Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

When is the Carolinian Forest Festival?

The 2018 Carolinian Forest Festival will take place from Monday, October 1st to Thursday, October 4th from 9:30 a.m. to 1:45 p.m. at Springwater Conservation Area.

Who can attend the Festival?

The Festival welcomes students in grades 6 and 7 from the Thames Valley District School Board, the London District Catholic School Board and local private and home school students.

How much is the cost for students?

The Festival is $8 per student and is free of charge for adult chaperones, teachers and volunteers. This includes transportation to and from the Festival.

How do you sign up to attend the Festival?

Teachers will be notified of registration for the 2018 Festival in the Spring.

What if it is supposed to rain on the day we are attending?

The Festival is held RAIN or SHINE.  The Festival will only be cancelled if there is severe weather.

Can I volunteer at the Festival?

Yes. The Festival is a community event and its success depends on the community coming together to teach children about our local natural environment. The Festival is a perfect opportunity to gain experience with community outreach, public speaking and teaching. The Festival depends on over 70 volunteers each day.

To sign up, contact Betsy McClure, Festival Coordinator, at 519-631-1270 x229 or by e-mail at

My organization does not have the time to volunteer. Is there another way we can contribute to this event?

The Festival is made possible through generous in-kind and monetary contributions from the local community which will go directly towards educating children about our local forest resources.

The festival includes five levels of sponsorship:
Forest Level Sponsor ($5,000 +)
Tree Level Sponsor ($1,000 - $4,999)
Sapling Level Sponsor ($500 - $999)
Seedling Level Sponsor (up to $499)

Contact Betsy McClure, Festival Coordinator at 519-631-1270 x229 for more information on how you can sponsor this event.

Winner of the
Carolinian Canada
Conservation Award
for Youth

Volunteers Needed

The Carolinian Forest Festival is a community initiative and requires over 70 volunteers each day from 8:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.
Sign up today!

Contact Information

Betsy McClure,
Festival Coordinator
519-631-1270 x229


Thank you for organizing a fun and educational day...the students thoroughly enjoyed the Festival” - Teacher, Myrtle St. Public School

Loved the reptiles, games, raptors, getting dirty and hiking through the woods” - Teacher, St. Michael Catholic School

I liked learning about the different kinds of trees and the ecological footprint. I liked the snakes, the food chain game, but most of all I liked the birds” - Student, Wilton Grove Public School