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Festival of the Wild Child at High Lonesome July 29, 30

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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Canoe Journeys – #18 Mississippi River from Pakenham Downriver

Mississippi River from Pakenham Downriver

How to Get There: North from Almonte on County Rd. 29 to Pakenham, or from Ottawa, north on Hwy. 417 to Kinburn Side Rd. and west to Pakenham and over Five Span Stone Bridge.

The Launch Site: Park at foot of Five Span Stone Bridge. Launch at riverside.

The Paddle: Travel downriver as far as you wish, skirting shorelines for best effect.

Watch For: Explore Cody Creek on south shore. Red-headed woodpeckers nest in old trees. Many shoreline wild flowers. Otters are common. Lunch spots and tea rooms in village.

Seasonal Information: Good until freeze-up.

WARNING: Stay clear of rapids under bridge by launch site.

 

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MVFN Annual Spring Walk – Spring into Action at High Lonesome! 2013

MVFN Annual Spring Walk 

Spring into Action at High Lonesome!

Saturday, May 4, 2013

Located in the Pakenham Hills, High Lonesome is a Mississippi Madawaska Land Trust Conservancy nature reserve. The trails on this 200 acre property pass by provincially significant wetlands and a diverse array of upland habitats. Over 670 species were recorded at the property during the bioblitz last summer ( including 340 plants, 150 insects and arachnids, 85 birds, 22 mammals, 12 amphibians, 6 reptiles, 62 fungi, some mosses). More recently the reserve was identified as a hot spot for the threatened flooded jellyskin lichen, a specialist of vernal pools. Perhaps MVFN can add more species to the list via our spring walk.

Join a big fan of High Lonesome, Joel Byrne—leader of MVFN’s annual spring walk, to explore this nature reserve.

Date: Saturday, May 4, 2013*

Time: 10:00 am

Location: from County Road 29 in Pakenham Village, drive west on Waba Road for 2.9 km. Turn left onto Barr Side Road, travel 1.6 km, turn left onto Carbine Road and drive 4 km to 867 Carbine Road (aka part lots 19 & 20, Concession 7, Pakenham Twp.)

Bring: lunch, binoculars, notebook, hat, camera, and dress for the weather

 *Please note: If the weather is bad, the walk will take place Sunday, May 5 (weather permitting). Please contact Cathy (613-257-3089) before 8:30 am if you wish to confirm the status of the walk.

 

 

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Canoe Journeys – #17 Mississippi River from Pakenham Upriver

#17  Mississippi River from Pakenham Upriver

How to Get There: North from Almonte on Hwy. 29 to Pakenham, or from Ottawa, north on Hwy. 417 to Kinburn Side Rd.  and west to Pakenham and over Five Span Stone Bridge.
The Launch Site: In Pakenham, find park behind public school. Launch at swimming beach.

The Paddle: Upriver to foot of Blakeney Falls.

Watch For: Beautiful shorelines, herons and other birds. Indian Creek through tunnel under roadway, shoreline wild flowers. Lunch site at Falls.

Seasonal Information: Good until freeze-up. WARNING: Don’t get swept downstream from this launch site during spring flood.

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