Larry Cornelis has extraordinary knowledge of the flora and fauna of Lambton County and beyond.  He expertly led a group of nearly 90 people through Lorne C. Henderson Conservation Area looking at various tree species, explaining what to look for when identifying trees, and engaging us with many facts about the importance of trees. 

A fairly recent popular term that Larry described is Forest Bathing – simply immersing oneself in a forest atmosphere.  With as little as 2 hours per week Forest Bathing has been scientifically shown to increase immunity, decrease the risk of cancer and help you to recover from illness faster, decreased risk of heart attack, help with obesity and diabetes, more energy and better sleep, mood- boosting effects, and decreased inflammation.

This two hour walk was enjoyed by all and everyone left understanding the significant role native trees play in providing habitat and food for the incredible biodiversity needed for a healthy ecosystem. 

Thank you Larry!  

Larry also provided a comprehensive list of books that he recommends for tree identification:

Trees of the Carolinian Forest; Gerry Waldron

The Sibley Guide to Trees; David Allen Sibley

Landscaping With Native Trees; Guy Sternberg & Jim Wilson

The Global Forest; Diana Beresford-Kroeger

Arboretum America; Diana Beresford-Kroeger

Forest Bathing; Dr Qing Li

The Hidden Life of Trees; Peter Wohllenben

Trees in Canada; John Laird Farrar

Over 20 people attended the kickoff of LWI’s annual “Habitat Thursdays” outdoor event. This year, at the suggestion of Shawn McKnight, we decided to make it a tour of residential landscapes that have been naturalized with native plants. We would actually be visiting “Habitat Gardens”.

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Tour the new greenhouse facilities and see the habitat projects and native plant gardens on site.

The Green House is a native plant project focusing on growing native plants for the Aamjiwnaang community and surrounding Sarnia-Lambton Area.

Plant rescue and restoration, seed collection and cleaning, native plant propagation, multi-generation teaching and learning, ecology stewardship education, and reconnecting with the Earth are just some of the initiatives being pursued at the facility.

Meet at 10am on Virgil Street next to the Maawn Doosh Gumig Community and Youth Centre.

This is the last of four different naturalized gardens that will be toured, one each Thursday evening of July. Learn about creating a habitat landscape with native plants from the Return the Landscape experts and the gardeners.

Refreshments will be supplied.

This is the third of four different naturalized gardens that will be toured, one each Thursday evening of July. Learn about creating a habitat landscape with native plants from the Return the Landscape experts and the gardeners.

Meet at the parking lot of Baxter Park to tour 3 beach side gardens.

Refreshments will be supplied.

This is the second of four different naturalized gardens that will be toured, one each Thursday evening of July. Learn about creating a habitat landscape with native plants from the Return the Landscape experts and the gardeners.

Refreshments will be supplied.

This is the first of four different naturalized gardens that will be toured, one each Thursday evening of July. Learn about creating a habitat landscape with native plants from the Return the Landscape experts and the gardeners.

Refreshments will be supplied.