It’s time to get dirty, learn something, and raise money for a good cause.
The third-annual See the Salmon Run event will be taking place Sept. 28 at 609830 12th Sideroad in the Town of the Blue Mountains.
The Blue Mountain Watershed Trust has been running the event since 2016. While the event took a break in 2018, more than 550 children and adults attended the 2017 iteration.
“We see the strong need for education in the younger generations because of the ongoing environmental concerns that take place in and around the Georgian Triangle,” said event co-ordinator Shirra Harris. “We want to involve and engage our children as well as their families so that they may become more connected to their environment and also more aware of environmental responsibilities.”
This year, children and adults can take a self-guided, short hike along Silver Creek, stopping at four creekside stations manned by the Nottawasaga Valley Conservation Authority, Grey Sauble Conservation Authority, Georgian Triangle Anglers Association, and the Collingwood Nature League. Attendees stop to learn, while children get a salmon sticker at each station for their Salmon Passport, a colouring book that tells the story of the Chinook salmon life cycle.
The Collingwood Public Library and Elephant Thoughts are supplying puzzles, blow-up animals, and aquatic-themed story time.
Collingwood Brewery will have a beer tent on-site. All proceeds from the event will go toward operating costs for the Blue Mountain Watershed Trust.
Harris said the trust hopes to raise $7,000 through the event this year.
“We... would put this towards the environmental education in the school systems; possibly adding two schools to the program that haven’t been involved in the past: Cameron Street Public School and Notre-Dame-De-La-Huronie,” she said.
“Teaching our children and adults about gratitude while giving thanks to the return of the Chinook Salmon is one step forward to pushing the need to keep them here and prevent housing over-development, which may interfere with their natural habitat,” said Harris.
The event takes place from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Saturday, Sept. 28. Tickets are $20 for adults and kids are free. Lunch will be provided. On-leash dogs are welcome.
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