September 24th - HARVEST DAY:  All activities are free

Location:  Brewer Park at Brewer pond

10am - 3pm and 7pm - 9:30pm for Outdoor Film Screening 

Large-Scale Photography Exhibit:  

PhotoSynthesis is a photography exhibit that engages, informs, and inspires with images and perspectives of eight tree specialists from the Ottawa area, including a world-leading botanist and medical biologist, community activists, foragers and maple syrup producers, a violin maker, a forester, and a family physician. 

Craft table, chairs, outdoor library/slack line

Food/Drink Vendors 

Cloud Coffee vendor

There will also be apple cider, apples and cookies for sale

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

Special Events

10am - 11:00am - Walk and Talk with Herbalist and Forager Amber Westfall

Join herbalist and forager Amber Westfall to learn about some of the edible and medicinal uses of the trees of Brewer Park. Discover the edible fruit and nuts, medicinal bark, healing pitch and yummy teas that trees can offer us!


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 soil. Learn how soil testing is carried out and interact with students about conducting field studies of this nature. 


11:00 - Potluck Picnic with Tree Inspired Food

Come out and join others to picnic in the beautiful green space around Brewer Pond. Bring a tree -inspired dish for yourself or to share. Join a discussion about plant-based diets and how they help to reduce deforestation around the world. 


12pm - 1:00pm  - Experience Initiating and Running a Community Urban Orchard - POSTPONED until further notice 

Presentation on the creation of Leslie Park Urban Orchard with founder Mark Howard. Learn how the community established the urban orchard, and/or share your own experiences and ideas.


7:00pm - 9:30pm - Outdoor Film Screening

Bring a chair, a blanket, and sit back to enjoy high quality films. Presented in partnership with Forests Without Borders. Snacks will be available. 

7:00pm - Hidden Kingdoms (1 hour - BBC)  Immerse yourself in the lives of extraordinary characters that stand a few inches tall. From chipmunks to mice, be entertained and spellbound by the creatures that call the Hidden Kingdoms home.

8:00pm - Elisha and the Cacao Trees (17 mins - NFB).  This charming short documentary takes us on a trip to Belize, where we meet 13-year old Elisha, the daughter of a cacao farmer. What links a village in Belize and millions of North American kids? Chocolate!  We learn about Elisha's daily life and her dreams as she and her father show how cacao is grown, harvested and turned into chocolate. 

9:00pm - Amazon Alive (50mins - Light and Shadow)

PART 1 Jungle of the Mind:  Using key animals such as Jaguar, leaf-cutting ant, giant otter, and the fresh-water sting-ray, the film shows how to turn past fears of the hostile and impenetrable jungle into an understanding of its unrivalled biodiversity.