October 15th - Day of Action - All activities are free

Location:  Brewer Park at Brewer Pond 

10am - 4pm 

Large-Scale Photography Exhibit:  

PhotoSynthesis 2 is a photography exhibit that features winning submissions of Tree Fest Ottawa's 2016 Community Photography Contest. The exhibit includes large-scale images and captions that express why trees are spectacular, resilient and provide benefits to our health and our city. 

Craft tables, chairs, outdoor library/bird watching station

Food/Drink Vendors

Apples, apple cider and beer nuts (from Pascale's All Natural Ice Cream) as well as free Bridgehead coffee

Tree seedlings available through Ecology Ottawa in memory of Jim MacNeill, Canadian environmentalist and international public servant. 

Special Events

10:00am - 11:00am - Tree Planting around Brewer Pond led by Ecology Ottawa 

Join Tree Fest Ottawa and Ecology Ottawa to plant two dozen trees around Brewer Pond. Trees will be supplied by the City of Ottawa and include native species such as pussy willow, red maple, silver maple and tamarack. Bring shovels if you have them. 

11:00 - 2:00pm - Field Studies Research Station with Carleton University's Department of Geography and Environmental Studies

Visit a research station set up by a professor and a few fourth year geography students to conduct field studies on the vegetation, soil and water around Brewer Pond. On this day the focus is on vegetation. Learn how to sample vegetation and interact with students about conducting field studies of this nature. 

10:00am - 2:00pm - Flowering Rush Removal with Rideau Valley Conservation Authority and City Stream Watch 

Join in to support a hands-on activity pulling the invasive flowering rush plant that has colonized a portion of Brewer pond.  RVCA staff will be Justin Robert, City Stream Watch Coordinator and Rosario Castanon-Escobar, Aquatic Resource Technician. Volunteers will be provided with chest waders and work gloves to assist with the invasive species removals.  Also, bring rubber boots if you have them.  To register for this event and receive additional event details please email: citystreamwatch@rvca.ca

1:00pm - NEW! Tree-themed Scavenger Hunt 

Form a group of 2 or 3 and participate in our tree-themed scavenger hunt. Be the first team to finish to win a prize. 

2:00 - 3:30pm - West African Hand Drumming Workshop with Kathy Armstrong from Baobab Community 

Join a community drumming workshop under the trees with Kathy Armstrong, a percussionist and educator who is well-known for bringing Ghanaian music and dance to choirs, schools and community groups in North America and Europe. 

3:30 - 4:00pm - Closing Ceremony for the 2016 Tree Festival