SOURCE: Canadian Wildlife Federation

Canadian Wildlife Federation

May 26, 2015 10:00 ET

2015 Walk for Wildlife in the Rouge, May 30 and 31

TORONTO, ON--(Marketwired - May 26, 2015) - Join in for two days of outdoor fun with the Canadian Wildlife Federation's (CWF) flagship national Walk for Wildlife event on May 30 and 31, at what will soon become Rouge National Urban Park, near the Toronto Zoo.

Saturday, May 30

Walk for Wildlife festivities kick-off on Saturday, May 30, with several free public events from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. featuring guided nature walks, live animals, music, food and more. All of Saturday's events will be held across from the Rouge Valley Conservation Centre at 1749 Meadowvale Road (off Zoo Road), near the Toronto Zoo (map: https://goo.gl/maps/5KPk5).

Nearby parking is available, and the event is fully accessible by public transit: http://goo.gl/Vmcp8X.

Juno award-winning singer/songwriter Tomi Swick will be performing his music throughout the day for everyone to enjoy, including songs from his much-anticipated soon-to-be-released new album.

Wildlife educational experts, Speaking of Wildlife, will also be on hand with live animals, including a great horned owl, saw-whet owl, skunk and ground hog. Come enjoy an intimate and interactive animal experience. The Toronto Zoo's Adopt-A-Pond Wetland Conservation Programme will also be on hand with a live turtle to chat about challenges faced by turtles in cities and how the Rouge Valley provides them with what they need to survive.

Sunday, May 31

Walk for Wildlife events continue on Sunday, May 31, with several free guided walks throughout the Rouge led by CWF and Park Canada staff at 9:30 a.m., and 12:30 and 2 p.m.

On both days, look for the CWF tent at the entrance to the park just east of the Toronto Zoo off Meadowvale Road, across from the Rouge Valley Conservation Centre (map: https://goo.gl/maps/5KPk5), where there will be fun activities and games for all ages. Drop by for a Green Screen family photo as a 2015 Walk for Wildlife souvenir.

For more info, including guided walk descriptions and details, visit WalkforWildlife.ca

About Walk for Wildlife:
Walk for Wildlife is a national campaign that encourages all Canadians to get outside and experience the wildlife and natural spaces in their own area. Launching on April 10 during National Wildlife Week until May 31, Walk for Wildlife encourages people to help CWF raise awareness and funds for migrating species at-risk like the burrowing owl, polar bear and right whale and add their kilometres walked to the national tally. For more information and to register visit WalkforWildlife.ca

About the Canadian Wildlife Federation:
The Canadian Wildlife Federation is a national non-profit charitable organization dedicated to ensuring an appreciation of our natural world and a lasting legacy of healthy wildlife and habitat. By spreading knowledge of human impacts on the environment, developing and delivering educational programs, sponsoring research, promoting the sustainable use of natural resources, recommending policy changes and co-operating with like-minded partners, CWF encourages a future in which Canadians can live in harmony with nature. For more information, visit CanadianWildlifeFederation.ca.

About the Rouge National Urban Park initiative:
Once established, Rouge National Urban Park will be one of the largest and best protected urban parks of its kind in North America. The Rouge is home to an unparalleled combination of natural, cultural and agricultural features -- including 1,700 species of plants, birds, fish, mammals, insects, reptiles and amphibians; more than 10,000 years of human history; and large tracts of Class 1 farmland, the rarest, most fertile and endangered in the country. For more info, please visit: www.parkscanada.gc.ca/rouge

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