Canatara Park is nestled along the shores of Lake Huron in Sarnia, Ontario. It is home to natural trails and native plants that residents and visitors can enjoy.
And the City of Sarnia wants to keep it that way.
This summer, thanks to funding in part by the CPRA’s Summer Work Experience Green Jobs Initiative, with support from the Government of Canada’s Summer Work Experience program, the municipality was able to hire two summer students to maintain this treasured natural area – keeping it healthy and strong so future generations can enjoy it too
“This is the best opportunity I’ve ever had - Mitchell Grant, student
“This is the best opportunity I’ve ever had,” says Mitchell Grant, who was one of the students hired for the summer.
Mitchell, who is in the fish and wildlife program at Fleming College, has spent the summer maintaining the park’s many natural trails – from trimming trees and cutting grass, to removing invasive species from the trails.
“We’re trying to make all the plants on the trials native to the area, and trying to remove any invasive species in eco-sensitive areas along the trails,” Grant explains, adding that he has especially valued the opportunity to learn outside the classroom.