Calling All Adventurers, Gardeners and Nature Lovers | Carolinian Canada

Calling All Adventurers, Gardeners and Nature Lovers

Wednesday, April 8, 2015 - 8:00pm

For Immediate Release

Calling All Adventurers, Gardeners and Nature Lovers Go Wild – Grow Wild 2015, A regional Outdoor Expo with a conservation twist!

A sure sign of spring is here with announcement of the first annual Go Wild – Grow Wild! Join us April 18th, 10am – 6pm at the Agriplex Arena, Western Fair District in London, Ontario.

A full day of activity and fun for the very reasonable $5 adults, 12 and under free, free don’t want to miss’s going to be WILD!

A regional event Go Wild – Grow Wild will celebrate all that is special about this ecoregion from Windsor to Toronto called Carolinian Canada. Home to more diversity than any other region in Canada, the Carolinian Zone contains a third of Canada’s rare and endangered species, including 150 designated ‘Species at Risk’.

“We want to inspire your outdoor adventures” said event organizer Karen Laine. “Ecotourism operators from across the region will highlight adventures in this unique landscape – from river rafting with Grand River Rafting, to Explore Pelee and their tours on Pelee Island –one of the world’s finest areas to bird watch. In our own backyard we can zip line and rock climb, take a paddleboard yoga class or hike in natural landscapes. We invite you to “Get Out and Enjoy It” as we say!”

“There is also a large focus on native pants and native plant nurseries, landscapers and experts.” says Lauren Harris-Selby, who is also on the planning team. “We have the ‘who’s who’ and some of the largest and most respected Native Plant Nurseries from the region at this event. Come and buy your plants, trees, seeds and rootstock on April 18th from vendors who’s stock and expertise you can certainly trust- like St. Williams Nursery and Ecology Centre, Verbinnen’s Nursery, and Native Trees and Plants Nursery,...even trees from Reforest London just to name a few.”

At this event you will also find dozens of conservation minded organizations who will share their favourite places to hike, citizen science opportunities, and interactive exhibits including some pretty incredible youth programming. Conservation Authorities, Land Trusts, provincial and national Parks will all be there with details on where to hike, and how to enjoy the best of this region’s wild spaces.

“There will be over 80 exhibits, more than 25 workshops and demos.....a packed house of interactive exhibits, vendors with the latest gear and adventure tourism destinations, native plant nurseries, landscapers and conservation experts.” Says Karen Laine.

Over 25 workshops and demos will be held at 3 concurrent stages all day long. (see website for details) These workshop presenters are experts in their field,...from master adventure tourism guides to master native plan gardeners and experts! Some if these workshops are:

  • Grow Wild! The Joy of Native Plant Gardening with Lorraine Johnson- Author of more than 10 books related to Native Plant Gardening and urban agriculture.
  • Hanging by a Scale: The Decline of Reptiles in Ontario with Scott Gillingwater- Species at Risk Biologist with the Upper Thames River Conservation Authority.
  • Get Out and Enjoy It! High Adventure with Master Guides – with Garth Pottruff owner/tour guide with Grand River Rafting, Robin Tapley- instructor for Fanshawe's Adventure Expeditions program and Steve Martin - Manager for Long Point Eco Adventures discuss their own Adventure Expeditions in Carolinian Canada and beyond and how this has deepened their personal commitment and respect for the ecological integrity of the areas they explore.
  • Native Plants: 10 Years Documenting the Return of Wildlife to the City – with Ben Porchuk -a journey through photos reviewing the transition of his urban property from the typical yard to 40% native landscape, include 200 native species of plants and close to 100 species of birds, reptiles amphibians and fish!

Families won’t want to miss the special Youth Programming, sponsored by Ontario Nativescape!

Pick up a Passport at their booth in the Lobby, then visit youth focused workshops, special exhibits and vendors to receive a stamp on your passport. Tackle the climbing wall, meet the raptor ambassadors and learn how to pack a pack for your next camping adventure! Return your completed passport to Ontario Nativescape's booth for a prize!

Sneak Peak at some of the Youth focused programming- WORKSHOPS

  1. Learn to Pack a Pack with Mountain Equipment Co-op- 10:30am
  2. Salthaven's special Raptor Ambassadors- 11:30am
  3. Tree Caching with the Association of Canadian Educational Resources (ACER)- (12:30)
  4. Cool app to track Reptiles and Amphibians with Ontario Nature (1:30)


  • Climbing Wall by Junction Climbing Gym- (all day)
  • Sciencsational Sssnakes (all day)
  • Leaf identification and Colouring with Reforest London (all day)

......and so much more!

We hope to see you there! It’s going to be Wild!

For More information on Go Wild – Grow Wild 2015 contact:

Karen Laine        519-282-3150

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