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Festival of the Wild Child

July 29th and 30th. This is a Mississippi Madawaska Land Trust Conservancy event to be held at High Lonesome Nature Reserve in the Pakenham Hills.

See details below and at https://mmlt.ca/event/festival-of-the-wild-child-june-29-30/:

For two days of nature-inspired fun, families are invited to the Festival of the Wild Child at High Lonesome Nature Reserve in the Pakenham Hills on July 29th and 30th.

Open to the public from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., this festival is offered by the Mississippi Madawaska Land Trust to give children and their families an opportunity to use all their senses to explore and experience nature. There will be a variety of “stations” around the 200-acre Nature Reserve that will be both interpretive and interactive to instill a sense of wonder in the natural world that surrounds us.   Exploring life in the pond, finding and identifying rocks and fossils, wandering through the enchanting Stone Wall Arboretum, investigating the secrets of the soil under your feet, using inner creativity to make eco-art or learning bush craft will make up the exciting Festival program.  Volunteers will be at each station to help open windows into the many wonders of Nature.

There will also be some special events.  The ever-popular Soundscaping station will offer participants a chance to hear nature’s sounds amplified, including the surprisingly active life in the bottom of the pond or the wind high up in the trees.  On Saturday, author and illustrator Victoria Gilpin will read from her latest book Benjamin’s Tree, the perfect story to inspire children’s imaginations in a woodland setting.  Conscious of the need for safety in nature, Rideau Search and Rescue will present “Hug a Tree” programs at the Welcome Centre to let children and their families learn what to do if they get lost.

Bring a lunch and stay for the whole day.  Admission is $10 per person or $20 per family.  Dependent children are free.

High Lonesome is located at 867 Carbine Rd. in Pakenham.  Take County Road 29 to Pakenham Village, turn on Waba Road and continue west for 2.9 km.  Turn left on Barr Side Road and travel for 1.6 km.  Take the first left at Carbine Road and drive 4 km to 867 Carbine Road.

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MMLT

Festival of the Wild Child

High Lonesome Nature Reserve

July 29th and 30th

Open to the public from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. July 29 & 30, the “Wild Child” festival is offered by the Mississippi Madawaska Land Trust (MMLT) to give children and their families an opportunity to use all their senses to explore and experience nature.

MMLT is seeking volunteers passionate about nature to interact with the visitors at one of the “stations”: exploring life in the pond, finding and identifying rocks and fossils, wandering through the enchanting Stone Wall Arboretum, investigating the secrets of the soil under your feet, creating at the creativity station, or learning bush craft.  The volunteers need not be experts, only eager to help the lead of the station open windows into the many wonders of Nature, with interesting relevant information and tidbits provided as background for each station.

The Soundscaping station provides a special opportunity for anyone interested in the technology for audio interpretation of the natural world.  In addition to assisting and explaining the technology, Chad Clifford would train volunteers to operate the soundscaping equipment.

There are 4 volunteer time slots for each station:

10:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m. Saturday, July 29

1:00 – 4:00 p.m. Saturday, July 29

10:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m. Sunday, July 30

1:00 – 4:00 p.m. Sunday, July 30

If you wish to sign up for both time periods one day, please bring a lunch. We are seeking more than one volunteer at each site to support the lead.

To volunteer, please contact Mary Vandenhoff at or 1-613-278-2939. For further details, or to discuss station activities, the contact information for the lead person at each station is provided below.

Activity Stations at the MMLT “Festival of the Wild Child” July 29th and 30th

Welcome Centre:  Registration, explanation of festival program (morning time slot for this station starts at 9:30 AM)  ()

Beaver Pond, adjacent meadow:  Creativity Station, activities such as leaf and bark rubbings, etc.  Help Jacquie Christiani () with these or suggest other fun nature activities for little hands.

Tranquility Pond:  pond life; learn about beaver (they have just moved in to this pond).  Help Chris Baburek () catch and examine frogs, salamanders, leeches; some info on pond life and on the beaver (look at stumps where trees were recently chewed down by beavers).  At least two volunteers needed for each time slot.

Rockery at Spooky Marsh:  Assist Moses Goldenberg () and Deb Shea, looking for and identifying rocks; explanation of geology of area (granite/marble).  Scope for also discussing trees.

Stone Wall Arboretum:  Assist Anne Cameron ( ) with the identification of trees & shrubs; interesting tidbits about each.  Some explanation of the stone wall and why the settlers made it.

Joel’s Pond:  Soundscaping and tree identification; opportunity to be trained to work with soundscaping expert Chad Clifford ( )

Read about the event and directions to High Lonesome in the Pakenham Hills on the MMLT website at https://mmlt.ca/event/festival-of-the-wild-child-june-29-30/

 

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