Heartland Forest is a Natural Oasis in Niagara Falls
Heartland Forest is a unique natural attraction located on 93 acres of wetland in a remote area of Niagara Falls at 8215 Kalar Rd., just west of the QEW at the McLeod Rd. exit. Its founder, Dan Bowman, purchased the land in 1999 to save it from industrial development. With a vision in mind this kind-hearted soul has dedicated himself to develop a natural oasis within a rapidly growing city. Heartland Forest is now a land of forest trails, outdoor learning centres, home to a turtle, fish and frog pond, one of the largest tree houses in Canada with a 210 foot ramp, and streams and pools set within a Carolinian forest that officially opened to the public in 2004.
The Heartland Forest Nature Experience
Heartland Forest teaches everyone, young and old, about the diverse natural habitats of wildlife. Learn and grow through booking a community, school or day camp with them and gain access to the “Heartland Forest Nature Experience” in which professional outdoor educators lead any person or group on a fun-filled adventure into the forest and teaches them about the natural ecosystem. Click here for details on how to book your event and what is included.
All ages and abilities are made to feel welcome among its 2.5 kilometres of trails due to Heartland Forest’s dedication to keep everything wheelchair and handicap accessible. The use of the “Tootsie Express train” and free tours in a golf cart for the elderly solidify the importance of catering to everybody despite any special needs. Currently, 18,000 visitors annually flood this natural Niagara Falls community. Enjoy its butterfly garden, animal carvings, picnic areas, observation and rest stations, playground, barrier-free mini-putt and, of course, the tree house…all free of charge and dog-friendly. New to 2013 are themed birthday parties which are a hit with the Heartland Forest Nature Experience! It includes a party facilitator and use of their fantastic amenities. Choose from: Butterfly Adventure, Jungle Safari Party, Pirate Party, Fairy Princess, Amphibian Adventure and Geocaching. Parties are available year-round and it’s your choice to hold it in either a rustic classroom, the treehouse or the brand new Nature Centre! You can contact Rita Maier, Fundraising, Events and Facility Coordinator for information or to book your party at: firstname.lastname@example.org.
When Heartland Forest first opened there was a dream for a permanent facility that came true on June 21, 2013. That day saw to it the Grand Opening of the 14,000 square foot multi-purpose, fully accessible Nature Centre! This enhances their current areas of service and provides opportunities for employment within the Niagara region. It has seating for up tp 150 people and the wings of the centre house classrooms, an arts studio and space for seminars, workshops and indoor recreational activities.
Heartland Forest is a partner of “Heater’s Heroes” which is an annual Niagara Falls event that honours the late Robert “Heater” Lavelle, who dedicated his life helping those children in need. This event is 100% charity based and needs the help, support and generosity of local communities and businesses. This year’s event is on Saturday, August 10th, 2013 and the proceeds will be donated to the children in need from Niagara Falls, St.Catharines, Fort Erie and Port Colborne, as well as to Heartland Forest who plays a significant role in supporting these children. Everyone is welcome to attend and there will be plenty of activities for children — with the evening entertainment set aside for the adults!
Clifton Hill is proud to be a sponsor of Heartland Forest as we as well love the importance of teaching children and adults through our attractions and packages. School trips may be over for the season, but we offer fantastic packages for students well worth looking into beginning in the Fall. In the meantime, many group packages apply for your corporate, birthday party and any other function that include many attractions such as wheelchair accessible rides like the Niagara Skywheel. Galaxy Golf and Movieland Wax Museum are also wheelchair accessible and all our attractions offer group rates. Inquire by clicking here or by calling our Group Sales Coordinator at 1-800-801-8557. Adults and children rave about our Clifton Hill Fun Pass which is drastically discounted to 50% its retail value and includes the attractions mentioned plus the XD Ride Theatre, Ghostblasters Dark Ride, some tokens for the Great Canadian Midway and the choice to do Dinosaur Adventure Golf instead of Galaxy Golf if you are more in the mood for an outdoorsy Jurassic Park-type adventure instead! Boston Pizza Clifton Hill also includes packages that include a meal, all these attractions and the use of Strike Rock N Bowl located within the same facility as the restaurant! Or custom choose your own package for your wants and desires! Click here for details and how to book. Check out all these attractions in our brand-new video:
Niagara Falls is an ideal destination to teach through nature as Heartland Forest does, and through fun and attractions just steps away from the Falls on Clifton Hill. Diversity and fun for all ages is vast throughout this city.
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