On May 21, 22 and 23, 175 students from Brampton Centennial Secondary School will be planting hundreds of native trees and shrubs as part of Credit Valley Conservation's (CVC) Branch Out program. Planting takes place in Bach Park along Fletcher's Creek, a tributary to the Credit River. Each day will begin with a blessing ceremony from Elder Garry Sault, an Ojibway storyteller from the Mississauga’s of the New Credit First Nation, who will welcome the students, staff, and restoration project to his traditional territory.
Restoring Fletcher's Creek is significant due to the presence of redside dace, an at risk fish species. Restoration projects like this create wildlife habitat, prevent soil erosion and enhance water quality.
Students will monitor the trees and habitat for years as part of an extended geography, science and environmental studies program. Over the past year CVC’s Branch Out program helped over 2000 high school students in the Credit River watershed discover nature in their community and participate in environmental projects. For more information about Branch Out and other CVC youth volunteer programs, visit www.creditvalleyca.ca\cyc.