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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…
October 23, 2018 – Canadian youth are spending an average of nearly eight hours a day in front of screens, taking a toll on the health and wellbeing of a generation of Canadians.Recent studies have shown that Canadians, and Canadian youth in particular, are spending less and less time outdoors which impacts everything from physical fitness, obesity rates, mental health, mood, and more.On Wednesday, October 24, we are encouraging all Canadians to get outside and enjoy nature as an individual or with a group of friends or family.In 2011, Colin Harris, founder and Executive Director of Take Me Outside ran…
September 24, 2018 – The public is welcome to join staff, dignitaries and members of the Kawartha Conservation Board of Directors on Saturday, September 29 for the official opening of the newly constructed accessible viewing platform overlooking the Provincially Significant McLaren Marsh. “Saturday will be an exciting day for all of our staff who have worked hard to realize the completion of this project, and for the public who have told us how much they love the new viewing platform,” said Director of Stewardship and Conservation Areas, Kristie Virgoe. “The previous observation deck was a popular attraction at Ken Reid…
SEPTEMBER 20, 2018 - With clear, sunny skies forecast for the first weekend of fall, it is a great time to get out and explore the rolling hills, scenic valleys and wetland boardwalks of Kawartha Conservation’s watershed. Home to several kilometers of trails, boardwalks and scenic lookouts, Kawartha Conservation offers residents, visitors and families’ four conservation areas and one natural area to hike, bike, walk and explore. “We’re fortunate to offer some of the most scenic conservation areas and lookouts anywhere in the region,” said Kawartha Conservation Stewardship and Conservation Lands Director Kristie Virgoe. “Our newly opened accessible marsh lookout…
Although growing up in the City of Montreal, Lindsay resident Judith Hayes developed a love for nature during her childhood when she would enjoy summer vacations at the family cottage.   “I loved walking in the woods, even climbing the trees,” she said. “It was a special place for me surrounded by the sights, smells and sounds of the forest.” Ms. Hayes said when the chance to reconnect with nature in an educational and meaningful way through a new program at Kawartha Conservation, it was the opportunity she was looking for. In May, Kawartha Conservation launched the Walk in Nature…
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