We’ve been doing lots of planning for our upcoming Earth Day event on April 22nd, and it made me wonder about the origin of this day. I had no recollection of it growing up, so I thought either it’s relatively new or it’s just another example of how I wasn’t that aware of what was going on around me in my youth. Turns out, it’s neither! While Earth Day was first celebrated in 1970, according to environmental historian Paul Sabin, it “largely languished” in the 1980s.
Fortunately, there’s a lot more interest and support for Earth Day now. And spending the day on the Bruce Trail is a great way to remind ourselves how important the environment is.
Our Earth Day event is full, with a variety of activities you can join in:
- tree planting at Gosling Volunteer Forest and Matilda’s Way
- installing bluebird boxes
- environmental cleanup
- sign unveiling
- light refreshments
- “Pass the Baton” festivities
- and of course a thank you “walk in the woods”
Hold on minute. Pass the what? If you were around for the Conservancy’s 30th anniversary, you may recall a similar event. To commemorate the 50th anniversary, a special baton will be passed from hiker to hiker along the entire 900 km length of the trail. The baton will be presented to the Niagara section on April 1st and arrive in Tobermory in the Peninsula section on June 10th to mark the official anniversary of the opening of the trail. The baton will arrive in the Caledon Hills section just in time to allow attendees of our Earth Day event to participate in this momentous baton passing activity.
Our Earth Day festivities start at 10 am on Saturday, April 22nd. Please meet us at the Gosling Nature Reserve parking lot on 5th Sideroad, just east of Airport Road, about 3 km north of Highway 9 (km 46.6 on map #18 in the Bruce Trail Reference Guide, Edition #28). And if you have your own work gloves and shovel, it would be helpful if you could bring them.
We hope you can come and celebrate Earth Day with us on the Caledon Hills section of the Bruce Trail!
Interested in helping to “pass the baton” through the Caledon Hills section but not able to join us on Earth Day? Check out our End-to-End Hikes page for information on additional hikes April 23rd to 29th.
Interested in following the baton on its entire journey? Check out the BTC’s baton page or #brucetrailbaton on Twitter, Instagram, and Facebook.