Over 250 people, including many parents and children, enjoyed a wonderful day of environmental education, music, exhibitors, and a fabulous BBQ lunch prepared and served by the Thornbury Beaver Valley Lion’s Club.
The first WILDHOOD FESTIVAL was held on Saturday September 24th on the beautiful site of the Blue Mountain WILD School at Elephant Thoughts’ Kimbercote Campus overlooking the Beaver Valley. Co-sponsored by the Blue Mountain WILD School, the Escarpment Corridor Alliance (ECA), and Elephant Thoughts, the Festival was held to raise awareness of the many threats which the Niagara Escarpment faces in South Georgian Bay.
Environmental groups in attendance, who are each fighting to protect a special area of the Escarpment, included: Protect Talisman Lands, Friends of Silver Creek, Royal Astronomical Society Canada, Protect Our Winters, and Escarpment Biosphere Conservancy. Support for these environmental groups continues to grow as demonstrated by the turnout at the WILDHOOD FESTIVAL. The Escarpment Corridor Alliance has brought many of these groups together as partners to share resources and demonstrate to politicians and developers the strength of their cause to preserve and protect the Escarpment in South Georgian Bay. Vendors included Bloem Botanicals, Pollinate Collingwood, BeYou Yoga + Wellness, Holly Mac Realty, Beards and the Bees, Elephant Thoughts – Bees, Ashanti Coffee, Elephant Thoughts – Robotics, and Bubble Grove.
The day included many kids’ programs including scavenger hunts, a dash robot coding session, an obstacle course, a soccer game, math games, and more. The children were also entertained with a fun and educational talk about the formation of the escarpment and its geology and fossil “life” by Annette Sandberg a ECA board member. Musical entertainment was provided by local talent Ed St. Moritz, Alan Gardner, and members of Hot Pants.
We look forward to hosting another event soon in support of the preservation and protection of the Niagara Escarpment in South Georgian Bay.