The Great 2020 Pawpaw Parade Shares Wild Treasures with Diverse Communities | Carolinian Canada
The Great 2020 Pawpaw Parade Kicks off 10K Challenge and 6 Months of Give-Aways
Monday, September 21, 2020 to Tuesday, September 22, 2020

The 2020 Pawpaw Parade is over, but you can still be eligible for other native plant giveaways from September 2020- March 2021. 

Shake off your isolation blues.  It's time to celebrate local wild treasures! 

Native plants, like the Pawpaw, will connect you to amazing local diversity and help you grow a healthy neighbourhoods. The seeds you plant now will define our future.  

Start Tracking Now

This year, the Pawpaw Parade is growing with more give-aways and more native plants. New for 2020, when you join the parade, you will automatically be eligible for 6 months of 10K Challenge give-aways for climate-smart wildlife lovers. 

Take the 10K Challenge by exploring My Wild Green Home Climate-smart Passports until March 2021.

Read more about the 10K Challenege Here

Step 1.
Sign up for In The Zone and submit or update your garden tracker by September 28, 2020. We will make selections through September so the earlier you Track, the more chances you have. Check Give-away Guidelines   
Step 2.
Share your garden or wildlife story and how you connect with nature. Tell us what plants you are interested in adopting in the new Parade module at the end of the Tracker. Submit your Tracker to be automatically counted in 6 months of give-aways for the Pawpaw Parade and 10k Challenge.
Step 3.
Follow the Pawpaw Parade on our social media channels and My Wild Garden Party community on Facebook. Share your wildlife garden stories.
Step 4.
Don't wait! Start growing a healthy zone at home - find the native plant for you in the In The Zone Guides after you track your garden.

Track Your Garden

Join thousands growing Canada's Biggest Wildlife Garden! Join the Parade and get free climate-smart garden guides.

“It would be amazing to have rare Pawpaw trees that I was caring for and watching for several years and then finally seeing the fruits of my labour!” - Seth Goyal, 13 years, Mississauga

Get your 'paws' on some Pawpaws

Find out how to apply for Pawpaw Parade give-aways.  In 2020, we're giving away Pawpaw, Cucumber Magnolia, Tulip Tree, Blue Ash trees and Wild Garden Kits.  Plus you will be automatically entered into the 10K Challenge give-aways.

Connect with Diverse Stories

Growing even just one native plant, like a Pawpaw, White Oak or Butterfly Milkweed helps to reverse centuries of habitat loss and decolonize our landscapes.  The Pawpaw Parade shares stories and seeds for a healthy green future across the Carolinian Zone.

About the Pawpaw Parade

Grow Healthy Climate-Smart Neighbourhoods for Everyone

The Great Pawpaw Parade supports and celebrates the passionate people growing Canada’s Biggest Wildlife Garden connecting Toronto to Windsor across the Carolinian Zone.  Degraded and fragmented ecosystems make ithe Zone highly vulnerable to pollution; climate impacts like drought and flooding; and new diseases. Marginalized communities are often the hardest hit by climate change and loss of healthy ecosystems. It’s a dire situation but native plants, like the Pawpaw, can help to decolonize the landscape, save wildlife, build community and grow ecosystems everywhere.   (Pssst...  Diversifying with any native plant is climate-smart! ) We envision a world where everyone can step their door and be immersed in nature; where communities thrive because of healthy, resilient landscapes.

Discover Local Rarities and Local Stories

The Pawpaw is a small, rare tree that bears North America’s largest native fruit, with tones of mango and banana.  It connects diverse stories from First Nations who have grown it for centuries; to farmers and rural landowners who protect remnant wild stands; to foodies who are ‘re-discovering’ the delicious fruit for urban agriculture. The Zebra Swallowtail, disappeared from Canada, needs the Pawpaw tree to survive. Canadian gardeners can help it adapt to climate change by providing critical habitat at the northern edge of its range. Native plants help local pollinators thrive and respond to a shifting climate.  Meanwhile, Carolinian Canada sees it as hope for the future, representing 1,500 local wild plants essential to healthy local environments and help to grow equal access to healthy ecosystems and nearby nature for everyone.  

Join at the Parade Home

Carolinian Canada’s Great 2020 Pawpaw Parade starts on-line where you can find community, share stories and apply for give-aways from September 13 - 28, 2020.  The Parade takes to the road on September 21-22, 2020:  Ben Porchuk, Ecologist with Carolinian Canada will share wild treasures, connecting stories from diverse communities across the Zone.  Parade connections will by drop-off or invitation and follow Covid-19 safety protocols.

The Pawpaw Parade Story

In 2019, the 1st Pawpaw Parade was a pop-up that exploded with interest, attracting over 1,000 virtual participants from diverse communities who wanted to adopt and celebrate the local wild and delicious Pawpaw. The Parade was featured on CBC, the Weather Network and more.  

Since it is a rare plant, numbers are limited, but Carolinian Canada’s network of 300 groups and 5000 volunteers is working to reverse that trend for Pawpaw and other native plants that are essential to local healthy environments for wildlife and people.  

Carolinian Canada aims to make this a fall tradition so we can all grow a green future, together.

Supported by

The Great 2020 Pawpaw Parade is part of the 10k Challenge

What if you had six months to save the world but you're stuck at home? 

Count yourself in to join 10,000 volunteers growing a healthy Zone at home.  

Track your garden to get free garden guides and be eligible for hundreds of monthly give-aways for climate-smart wildlife lovers from September 2020 to March 2021.

Track Your Garden Today!

*conditions apply

My Wild Green Toolbox

Find Community, Stories, Events, Resources and More to Grow Healthy Landscapes

LinkedIn icon Pinterest icon Reddit icon Google icon
Learn more about the 10k Challenge
Learn more about My Wild Green Home and Go Wild Grow Wild.
Learn more about Contributing, Donating, and the Conservation Impact Bond

Carolinian Canada is a network of leaders growing healthy landscapes for a green future in the Carolinian Zone, Canada's extraordinary far south, in the spirit and practice of reconciliation.

Carolinian Canada is supported financially by the Ontario Trillium Foundation, the Government of Ontario, 3M, WWF-Canada, TD Friends of the Environment Foundation, Greenbelt Foundation, City of London, many partners and donors. Canadian Registered Charity 83559 4722

Ontario Trillium Foundation
Government of Ontario
TD Friends of the Environment Foundation
Greenbelt Foundation
City of London