Kids catching panfish at Frogfest 2012, Heartland Forest, Niagara Falls, ON.

Posted on May 6th, 2012

[nggallery id=704]I had the privilege of helping out yesterday at the Annual Frogfest Event at Heartland Forest, Niagara Falls, ON.  For those of you that may not be aware, Heartland Forest is a fully accessible nature experience with the goal to “preserve and educate”.  They are dedicated to enriching the lives of all people through the enjoyment of nature.  All service areas are fully accessible from the forest trails, tree house and learning stations to the playing field, fishing pond, boardwalk and interactive classroom.  Located on 93 acres of Provincially Significant Wetland and Carolinian forest, they are open to the public year round from 9 a.m. to dusk – free of charge.  Currently over 18,000 people access Heartland Forest Nature Experience each year making it a much loved resource in Niagara.

Frogfest was a special event to get families out to enjoy and celebrate spring at Heartland Forest.  Activities included; catching & identifying the common frog species at Heartland Forest, catching fish, learning their anatomy & identifying their characteristics, an art area where children could make amphibian art, displays by Port Colborne and District Conservation Club & Hatchery Program, food and refreshments, and much more.

I was on-hand to assist some of the anglers, to share knot tying tips, to make casting demonstrations, take pictures and autograph posters.  Kim Craitor, MPP for Niagara Falls, ON also showed his support and spent time  greeting many of the visitors and took some time to join me at the fishing pond.

If you would like to know more about Heartland Forest and the many activities and events they offer, just go to their website at, www.heartlandforest.org .

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