High Lonesome Nature Reserve
Calling all Naturalists to share
with the young (& young at heart) a sense of wonder
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 (:>it
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/
Male Monarch Butterfly
“It was a beautiful morning at High Lonesome on June 28 with nature as it should be. Attached is a photo of a male Monarch butterfly that was feeding among the wild flowers and here in plenty of time for Canada Day.”
~ Howard Robinson
NOTE: for information about High Lonesome Nature Reserve in the Pakenham hills, visit http://mmlt.ca/protecting-nature/our-protected-properties/high-lonesome-nature-reserve/
High Lonesome Nature Reserve Welcome Centre Grand Opening
There is now a welcome centre at the High Lonesome Nature Reserve in Pakenham. The Mississippi Madawaska Land Trust extends the following invitation to its Grand Opening, June 24.
“Please join us for the Grand Opening of our new Welcome Centre at High Lonesome Nature Reserve on Saturday, June 24th. Check in time is 10:00 a.m. and the ceremony begins at 10:30.
Following the ceremony is a Hygge Tree event. Admission to this portion is a $10 donation to MMLT. Visitors will be invited to explore different tree species along the trails, to learn more about them and their connections within the natural world and with people.”
For more details and directions to High Lonesome, please visit this link.