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Norval fall family open house on Oct. 18

leaf border - Norval Please attend the annual fall family open house at the Norval Outdoor School on Sunday, Oct. 18 from 1 to 3 p.m.

Stephen House will be open and food and refreshments will be available. These seasonal family open houses at Norval are held on Sunday afternoons in October, January, March and May and are free of charge. The idea is to open up Norval to UCC community members and offer a variety of outdoor activities for you and your family to enjoy.

Fall at Norval is a time of beautiful colours. There will be lots of evidence of wildlife, as most animals are preparing for winter. Dogs on a leash are welcome. A wide variety of activities will be offered, including:

1.  Plant a tree at Norval: Norval needs trees. Help grow healthier, more natural forests at Norval by planting a tree while you’re at the open house. You can help in one of three ways:

i)  Bring your own tree. Any native tree species will do, including maple, ash, cedar, pine and willow. You can use one of our shovels to plant it or bring your own.

ii) Plant one of our trees. We’ve purchased a number of native tree saplings for planting at the family open house.   Planters - Norval

iii) Plant some seeds. We have lots of native trees at Norval, but they’re too far away for their seeds to reach the plantation forests. With the help of Norval staff, you can collect seeds from large healthy trees like oak, hickory and maple and plant them in the plantation forests where they’re most needed.

2. Apple cider: Join us as we collect apples from our orchard, then help us make apple cider using our wooden cider press. This is a great activity for kids of all ages.

3. Fall colours hike: Come explore Norval at this beautiful time of year. We’ll have a long hike starting at 1:15 p.m. and a shorter hike at 2 p.m.

RSVP the number of people attending to Courtney McNeillie at association@ucc.on.ca or 1-800-822-5361. Please indicate if you’ll be camping.

Directions: Take Highway 401 west to Winston Churchill Boulevard. Follow Winston Churchill north and go through the village of Norval. Continue straight ahead. The entrance to the Norval property is on your left, 1.2 kilometres north of the village stoplight. The drive takes about 50 minutes from UCC in light traffic.