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Forest Hike Series

ESA - Forest Hike Westminster Ponds

Forest Hike Series with ReForest London

This past summer, ReForest London welcomed many people to celebrate Ontario Forests with our Forest Hike Series for Ontario and Canada's 150th Birthday! Our hikes were held in the Forest City, throughout the months of May to July, many taking place in Environmentally Significant Areas. 

Did You Know?

In the City of London, 21 natural areas are currently designated as “Environmentally Significant Areas” or ESAs. These areas exist within both agricultural and urban settings and include wetlands, forests and meadows as well as river corridors and valleylands and significant wildlife habitat. 

Special thanks to our hike funder Ontario 150, and to our hike partner, Thames Valley Trail Association, who has provided hike leaders to lead some of the hikes in the series.

Photo Credit: Upper Thames River Conservation Authority

Thank you to everyone who joined us for a hike! See below for information about our summer 2017 hikes.

 

Saturday July 22 Kilally Meadows Hike has been rescheduled to 5:00 pm. Please arrive at 4:45 pm. See you there!

Please note: Hikers are asked to arrive at the meeting site at least 15 minutes before the outing is to begin in order to sign in, receive a safety talk and sign a waiver form. Hike times listed below are departure times from the meeting location.

Event Type

Date

Time

Location and Description
(click on address to view map)

Saturday June 3, 2017

10:00 am


(arrive 9:45 am)

Killally Meadows (ESA)
868 Windermere Road

Theme: The future of our forests: invasive species, climate change, and ongoing conservation efforts in our area

Hike Leader: Victoria Kacer, ReForest London
Co-Leader: Thames Valley Trail Association

Length: 1.5 hours, 2.70 km   
Pace: Moderate   
Type: Loop   
Terrain: Very easy. Well-defined trails. Mostly flat terrain. Hiking boots not required, but trails may be wet. 

Meeting Location: You can find us at the end of Windermere Rd. by the parking lot (868 Windermere Rd) 30 minutes before the hike start time. We will be leaving the office at the advertised hike start time.

Google Map: https://drive.google.com/open?id=1avItqRLny1oHM5aeruOgJ05U6WU&usp=sharing

Accessibility: There is a marked trail, it can be uneven and muddy in places. Closed-toe shoes or boots are strongly recommended. Dress for the weather conditions.

Our hike will also explore the common and most threatening invasive species in our forests, forest succession and ongoing conservation efforts in our area and in our ESAs. Hope to see you there! 

Thursday June 15, 2017

6:30 pm


(arrive 6:15 pm)

Westminster Ponds (ESA)
944 Western Counties Road

Theme: Forest Ecology and Trees of London

Hike Leader: Victoria Kacer, ReForest London
Co-Leader: Thames Valley Trail Association

Length: 1.5 hours, 3.43 km   
Pace: Moderate   
Type: Loop   
Terrain: Easy hike. Well-defined trails. Mostly flat terrain, with some hills.

Meeting Location: You can find us at the ReForest London Office (944 Western Counties Rd) 30 minutes before the hike start time. We will be leaving the office at the advertised hike start time.

Google Map: https://drive.google.com/open?id=1S-a0KPE3j9f_VaO0LKgFXC1wIFs&usp=sharing

Accessibility: There is a marked trail, it can be uneven and muddy in places. Closed-toe shoes or boots are strongly recommended. Dress for the weather conditions.

Our hike will also explore the natural significance of the Westminster Ponds ESA, talking about tree species, forest ecology, birds and wetlands. Hope to see you there! 

Saturday June 24, 2017

2:00 pm


(arrive 1:45 pm)

Meadowlily Woods (ESA)
34 Meadowlily Road S.

Theme: The history of Ontario’s forests and how they’ve changed over time

Hike Leader: Victoria Kacer, ReForest London
Co-Leader: Thames Valley Trail Association

Length: 1.5 hours, 3.23 km   
Pace: Moderate   
Type: Loop   
Terrain: Easy hike. Well-defined trails. Some hills. some rough spots or obstacles. Hiking Boots are recommended. 

Meeting Location: You can find us at the entrance to Meadowlily Woods ESA (34 Meadowlily Rd. S.) 30 minutes before the hike start time. We will be leaving the office at the advertised hike start time.

Google Map: https://drive.google.com/open?id=1YeWYbuIzF2bi-UYdTX1vbnJ9Ef4&usp=sharing

Accessibility: There is a marked trail, it can be uneven and muddy in places. Closed-toe shoes or boots are strongly recommended. Dress for the weather conditions.

Our hike will also explore the history of Ontario and London’s forests and how they have changed over time. We will also explore some geomorphology of the Meadowlily Woods ESA. Hope to see you there! 

Sunday July 9, 2017

2:00 pm


(arrive 1:45 pm)

Westminster Ponds (ESA)
944 Western Counties Road

Theme: 
Forest Ecology and Trees of London

Hike Leader: Victoria Kacer, ReForest London
Co-Leader: Thames Valley Trail Association

Length: 1.5 hours, 3.43 km   
Pace: Moderate   
Type: Loop   
Terrain: Easy hike. Well-defined trails. Mostly flat terrain, with some hills.

Meeting Location: You can find us at the ReForest London Office (944 Western Counties Rd) 30 minutes before the hike start time. We will be leaving the office at the advertised hike start time.

Google Map: https://drive.google.com/open?id=1S-a0KPE3j9f_VaO0LKgFXC1wIFs&usp=sharing

Accessibility: There is a marked trail, it can be uneven and muddy in places. Closed-toe shoes or boots are strongly recommended. Dress for the weather conditions.

Our hike will also explore the natural significance of the Westminster Ponds ESA, talking about tree species, forest ecology, birds and wetlands. Hope to see you there! 

Thursday July 13, 2017

6:30 pm


(arrive 6:15 pm)

Meadowlily Woods (ESA)
34 Meadowlily Road S.

Theme: 
The history of Ontario’s forests and how they’ve changed over time

Hike Leader: Victoria Kacer, ReForest London
Co-Leader: Thames Valley Trail Association

Length: 1.5 hours, 3.23 km   
Pace: Moderate   
Type: Loop   
Terrain: Easy hike. Well-defined trails. Some hills. some rough spots or obstacles. Hiking Boots are recommended. 

Meeting Location: You can find us at the entrance to Meadowlily Woods ESA (34 Meadowlily Rd. S.) 30 minutes before the hike start time. We will be leaving the office at the advertised hike start time.

Google Map: https://drive.google.com/open?id=1YeWYbuIzF2bi-UYdTX1vbnJ9Ef4&usp=sharing

Accessibility: There is a marked trail, it can be uneven and muddy in places. Closed-toe shoes or boots are strongly recommended. Dress for the weather conditions.

Our hike will also explore the history of Ontario and London’s forests and how they have changed over time. We will also explore some geomorphology of the Meadowlily Woods ESA. Hope to see you there! 

Saturday July 22, 2017

2:00 pm


(arrive 1:45 pm)

Killally Meadows (ESA)
868 Windermere Road

Theme: The future of our forests: invasive species, climate change, and ongoing conservation efforts in our area

Hike Leader: Victoria Kacer, ReForest London
Co-Leader: Thames Valley Trail Association

Length: 1.5 hours, 2.70 km   
Pace: Moderate   
Type: Loop   
Terrain: Very easy. Well-defined trails. Mostly flat terrain. Hiking boots not required, but trails may be wet. 

Meeting Location: You can find us at the end of Windermere Rd. by the parking lot (868 Windermere Rd) 30 minutes before the hike start time. We will be leaving the office at the advertised hike start time.

Google Map: https://drive.google.com/open?id=1avItqRLny1oHM5aeruOgJ05U6WU&usp=sharing

Accessibility: There is a marked trail, it can be uneven and muddy in places. Closed-toe shoes or boots are strongly recommended. Dress for the weather conditions.

Our hike will also explore the common and most threatening invasive species in our forests, forest succession and ongoing conservation efforts in our area and in our ESAs. Hope to see you there!