(Port Rowan, ON) – On Monday October 16th, grade 9 students from Delhi District Secondary School visited Long Point Basin Land Trust’s Delhi Wetland Nature Reserve for an outdoor class trip to see interactions in nature first-hand. Nearing the end of their time at the property, Ms. Sawyer’s class held an impromptu garbage cleanup around the southern boundary that borders the Delhi Cemetery, making it the second cleanup for this property in 2017. The cleanup resulted in one large 170L industrial garbage bag being filled with a majority of the garbage found consisting of pop bottles and cans, candy/food wrappers, plastic flowers and arrangements, and plastic grocery bags. Students were asked afterwards to come up with ideas to help LPBLT mitigate the ongoing problem of illegal garbage dumping and littering. Some great ideas were suggested and are being taken into consideration by LPBLT.
The Delhi Wetland Nature Reserve is located in town, adjacent to the Delhi Cemetery and provides a peaceful spot to enjoy nature and wildlife. Students and teachers from DDSS have been involved with stewardship activities on the property for a year and have helped with 3 cleanups; 2 of them being major cleanups where large debris has been brought up out of the ravines. The continued involvement of DDSS with LPBLT has helped to greatly reduce littering and dumping and will continue to positively affect the protection of the important ecosystems found on this property.