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Conservation Areas

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

June 3, 2019 – Ken Reid Conservation Area is a jewel among local conservation areas and hiking destinations. Featuring an off-leash dog park, accessible trails, boardwalks and a viewing platform overlooking the provincially-significant McLaren Marsh, Ken Reid attracts tens of thousands of visitors each year. As use of the conservation area continues to increase and the demographics and user groups continue to change, Kawartha Conservation is undertaking an extensive community consultation to help form the Ken Reid Conservation Area Master Plan. “Kawartha Conservation first established a Master Plan for Ken Reid Conservation Area in 1983,” explained Brianna Callaghan, Watershed Resources…
MAY 21, 2019 – Are you a parent, grandparent, new parent, caregiver or educator? Kawartha Conservation has a number of programs designed to educate and inspire children, while promoting a healthy love for nature.“Ken Reid Conservation Area provides a great backdrop for a number of our programs, classes and camps,” explained Coordinator, Environmental Programs/GIS Specialist Nancy Aspden. “With our Outdoor Education Centre, trails, viewing platforms and our friendly, knowledgeable staff, Ken Reid is a fantastic place for kids to explore and enjoy.”Programming ranges from a Parent & Tot program for 2 to 4 year olds on Thursday mornings to Nature…
MAY 21, 2019 – Kawartha Conservation’s popular guided walks for seniors are returning for 2019.Beginning Tuesday, May 28, Kawartha Conservation is once again launching its popular program for seniors looking to connect with nature.The Senior’s Walking in Nature (WIN) program will run Tuesday’s from 10 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. beginning May 28. Walks will be held at Ken Reid Conservation Area.Nature is a wonderful place to recharge and the physical, mental, and emotional benefits of spending time in nature are vast, including reduced stress, improved immune system functioning, and improved mood.  Deepening our relationship with nature has other benefits as…
APRIL 16, 2019 – On Saturday, May 11, Kawartha Conservation and the Kawartha Foundation are inviting families and individuals to help Mother Nature in Durham East Cross Forest Conservation Area by planting endangered Butternut and companion trees.Meeting at the Devitts Road parking lot (4560 Devitts Rd Scugog, ON) at 10 a.m., the tree planting event will include planting nearly 300 Butternut and companion trees which will continue to help re-establish the endangered trees in the area.“This is a wonderful opportunity to not only visit Durham East Cross Forest, but to see some of the restoration work that is taking place…
April 12, 2019 – Have you been interested in birding? Or wondered what types of birds make their permanent and temporary home in the Kawartha Region? Join Kawartha Conservation’s Rob Stavinga for an educational and fun Introduction to Birding on Saturday, May 4 at Ken Reid Conservation Area.“The focus of the day will be introducing people to birding, or for people who are already avid birders, introducing them to eBird,” explained Mr. Stavinga. “I will be covering a variety of topics geared towards novice birders and those simply interested in how to find, spot and identify different birds that can…
APRIL 9, 2019 – The sounds and sights of spring migration are in full flight at Ken Reid Conservation Area as song birds and waterfowl begin their long journey north. “We’re extremely fortunate at Ken Reid to have a diverse environment which supports a variety of birds and waterfowl species,” explained Watershed Resources Technician, Rob Stavinga. “The Provincially Significant McLaren Marsh as well as the shallow bay areas of Sturgeon Lake are home to dozens of species of ducks, loons, geese, swans, osprey and more, while the inland areas of the conservation area offer a host of bird viewing opportunities…
MARCH 19, 2019 – Join Kawartha Conservation Watershed Resources Technician, and resident birding enthusiast, Rob Stavinga for an educational and insightful Owl Prowl at Ken Reid Conservation Area on Wednesday, April 3. “Ken Reid is a great place to come and explore birding and we are often frequented by a variety of owls including Barred Owls, Eastern Screech Owls, Great Horned Owls and more,” said Mr. Stavinga. “This fun, family event will be an opportunity to explore Ken Reid after dark while we try and locate some of the owls that make their home in the canopy.” Cost for the…
Friday, 01 March 2019 09:24

Summer camp registration opens for 2019

March 1, 2019 – With the warmer days of summer right around the corner, now is a great time to think about registering your kids for Kawartha Conservation’s fun, interactive and highly popular summer day and week-long nature camps. One-day Nature Camps for Kids is back for 2019 offering children, ages 4 (must turn 4 by July 1) to 6, with different themed days and hands-on, structured outdoor learning in a fun, safe and nurturing environment. Activities include guided hikes, arts and crafts, exploring nature, learning about wildlife, playing games and much more. “Our camps continue to become more and…
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…
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