Trails Open London

Celebrate Trails Open London with free, fun, family events

The London Heritage Council coordinates the annual “Trails Open London” event weekend.

Trails Open London promotes trail use, natural heritage conservation and stewardship, physical activity and a healthy lifestyle, and environmental education. Trails Open London allows Londoners and tourists to experience programs and activities presented by various environment and healthy lifestyle focused organizations.

Since 2017, we have partnered with the Upper Thames River Conservation Authority to organize the annual Earth Day London celebration.

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Celebrate Earth Day + Trails Open London with free family fun at St. Julien Park

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Earth Day London and Trails Open London 2018 will bring Londoners together to celebrate our trails, parks, natural heritage and environment on Earth Day (April 22nd) at St. Julien Park (40 Elgin St.) from 11:00 am to 3:00 pm. This free event (in partnership with the Upper Thames River Conservation Authority, London Clean & Green, and the City of London) is the 25th anniversary of Earth Day London and includes fun for the whole family. 

Come to St. Julien park and join us for a day of environmental discovery -  plant a tree, watch a Canadian Raptor Conservatory show, learn how cities shape our rivers, learn about London's amazing bike trails, experience hands-on science projects, and more! Participating organizations include:

Canadian Raptor Conservatory: Each demonstration includes 5 different raptors from around the world, including at least 3 free-flying birds. Meet our team of professional demonstration birds, who have performed at schools, fairs, and festivals across Canada. Many of the birds are also the stars of Hollywood productions and have appeared numerous times on television. Birds may include: Bald Eagle, Golden Eagle, Harris Hawk, Barn Owl, Great Horned Owl, Red-tailed Hawk, Peregrine Falcon, American Kestrel, or Turkey Vulture.

London Bug Day: Want to learn about the world of six-legged critters? Maybe looking for a bit of extra protein to snack on for the day? Come check out the London Bug Day booth at St Julien’s Park! Come learn about the wacky world of insects and arachnids with real entomologists. There will be a live insect zoo, creepy crawly crafts for kids, a chance to catch your own insects, and much more!

London Cross Cultural Learner Centre: LCCLC's Youth Group will be on hand to share the important concept of the three R’s -Recycle, Reduce, and Reuse. Learn how we can work on three Rs which affect our planet and our lives. Youth will demonstrate how to use the three R’s in our day to day lives. 

London Environmental Network : Visit the London Environmental Network booth to explore all the amazing environmental organizations London has to offer. Stop in to our photo booth or make a button on recycled paper.

London Public Library:  Join us for interactive activities with recyclable materials and everyday items you can find at home and in nature. We will also have books about earth day to read and explore.

ReForest London: Our booth will feature knowledgeable volunteers who can share information about our various programs, including our Park Naturalizations and Neighbourhood ReLeaf programs, and the many ways people can get involved. We will also have information about the benefits of trees, why to plant native and how to care for trees. Participate in a Tree Depot- A Tree Depot is a tree giveaway, where we set up a variety of native trees and shrubs to take home. Visitors of the Trails Open event can take up to three trees, by donation.

Thames Valley Trail Association: Put on a sturdy pair of walking shoes and enjoy the great outdoors while hiking! The Thames Valley Trail Association will be offering short hikes led by Ontario hiking Association certified hike leaders. Hikes will be 30 to 40 minutes in length beginning at 11:15am, 12:15pm, 1:15pm and 2:15pm.

Upper Thames River Conservation Authority: Visit the UTRCA booth to take a look at all of the displays about conservation and join us in helping to improve the health of the Thames watershed. You can also learn about the importance of water in our lives through interactive stations focusing on the importance of water and children are invited to help build bird boxes with UTRCA staff and place them in the park to attract blue birds. Help UTRCA staff plant native hardwood trees to naturalize portions of St. Julien Park and improve the river corridor in London.