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Conservation Areas

Blog posts and news releases related to conservation and natural areas.

February 11, 2019 – What better way to spend Family Day than by enjoying the beauty and tranquility of the great outdoors? To celebrate families across the Kawartha Watershed, and encourage area families and visitors to enjoy the regions ecological diversity, parking will be free at Ken Reid Conservation Area on Monday, February 18. “As Kawartha Conservation’s flagship conservation area, Ken Reid is a beautiful 110 acre area featuring numerous trails and boardwalks highlighting different ecological features,” explained Director, Stewardship and Conservation Lands, Kristie Virgoe, “Ken Reid offers several loop trails that lead through forests, meadows, and wetlands. A favourite…
JANUARY 11, 2019 – The Friday, February 1 Professional Activity (PA) Day for students is quickly approaching, and what better way to have your 4 to 8 year-old child get to learn, explore and enjoy the outdoors than with the Kawartha Conservation P.A. Day Nature Camp. “Our Nature Day Camps are popular among young people and parents and caregivers,” explained Nancy Aspden, Coordinator, Environmental Programs/GIS Specialist. “It is a great way to foster continuous learning, experience the outdoors and make new friends.” The P.A. Day Nature Day Camp is a camp being offered for children between the ages of 4…
DECEMBER 21, 2018 – Winter is a great time to visit Ken Reid Conservation Area, and what better way to celebrate the beginning of winter and the Christmas holidays than with a hike along the trails to see how many different bird species you can see.“Winter is a great time to see different birds at Ken Reid Conservation Area because the bare trees make it easier to spot them,” explained watershed resources technician and resident birding expert Rob Stavinga. “There are more than 10 different bird species you can see while walking through Ken Reid.”Among the more common birds are…
Tuesday, 11 December 2018 09:43

Christmas at Ken Reid an overwhelming success

December 10, 2018 – As the colder weather gave way to milder temperatures, sunny skies and light snow, more than 800 people came through the gates for the first-ever Christmas at Ken Reid, making it an overwhelming success.“The weather, the atmosphere, the people, it was perfect,” exclaimed Kawartha Conservation CAO Mark Majchrowski. “It really exceeded all of our expectations.” Made possible through an Aviva Community Fund grant, staff, volunteers and the local community banded together to create a memorable event for the entire community. “Saturday’s event was the culmination of about 6 weeks planning and we couldn’t be more thrilled…
Thursday, 06 December 2018 16:09

Schedule announced for Christmas at Ken Reid

December 6, 2018 – A full day of activities is planned for Saturday, December 8, with the first ever Christmas at Ken Reid family event. The day-long festivities at Ken Reid Conservation Area will feature free activities for the whole family. “This event is about bringing people together, bringing the community together, and celebrating the holidays and celebrating nature,” explained Mark Majchrowski, CAO of Kawartha Conservation. “Our staff have worked extremely hard to put together an event that we are excited about and we’re sure visitors will love.” Between 10 a.m. and 4:30 p.m. there will be singing and entertainment,…
December 3, 2018 – Santa’s elves have been busy, the community has come together and this Saturday, December 8, Ken Reid Conservation Area will be the site for the first-ever Christmas at Ken Reid event – a free family event with fun, crafts, animals, wagon rides, entertainment and much, much more for people of all ages. “We really wanted to create an event that offered something for everyone,” explained Kawartha Conservation Director of Stewardship and Conservation Lands. “We are excited to be able to partner with so many people and businesses within the community to put on what we think…
November 26, 2018 – Christmas at Ken Reid is less than two weeks away and plans are continuing to unfold for what is expected to be a fantastic, fun-filled day for families, children and adults. “There is so much excitement and anticipation for Christmas at Ken Reid,” explained Director of Stewardship and Conservation Lands Kristie Virgoe. “This event will be the first of its kind at Ken Reid Conservation Area and we are looking forward to inviting the entire community for a free family-focused event celebrating the spirit of the season.” Starting at 10 a.m. and running until 4:30 p.m.…
November 20, 2018 – Nature has always provided a great backdrop to spending time with family, friends and loved ones. Kawartha Conservation is inviting the public to create wonderful new memories during the first-ever Christmas at Ken Reid community event. On Saturday, December 8, Ken Reid Conservation Area will be host to a wonderful new festive-themed, community-focused, family event with a day filled with activities, fun, animals and a visit from Santa himself. “At the heart of every conservation authority is people,” said Kawartha Conservation CAO Mark Majchrowski. “Our focus is on not only protecting people and property, but also…
Tuesday, 20 November 2018 09:05

The Aviva Community Fund Winners Revealed

November 20, 2018 – The Aviva Community Fund has announced Kawartha Conservation has won $10,000 in funding for 2018. Since 2009, Aviva has funded over $9.5 million in local projects, and has supported over 400 charities and community groups across Canada. For the 10th anniversary of the Aviva Community Fund, $1 million has been earmarked for ideas that bring people together and create meaningful change in local communities. Aviva Canada chose to focus on bringing communities together because building strong communities creates a more welcoming place to live and builds resilience and trust amongst community members. Kawartha Conservation was selected…
November 8, 2018 – A partnership between Fleming College and Kawartha Conservation has resulted in the reopening and creation of new trails at Pigeon River Headwaters Conservation Area.“This is a great project that has allowed us to re-open southern portions of the trail system while expanding and creating new trails for people to enjoy,” explained Conservation Areas Technician Ben Teskey.Pigeon River Headwaters Conservation Area is a valuable natural resource and a beautiful place to explore. The 125 hectare (308 acre) property is situated on the Pigeon River partially within the Oak Ridges Moraine and is important for the many cold…
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