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May 2024

Road Trip of the Wildlands

May 1, 2024 - May 1, 2025

Looking to explore a new region but don’t know where to go? We’ve got your itinerary planned for you! This do it yourself road trip takes you to the Black River Wildlands. Home to hundreds of species, the Wildlands is a mixture of wetlands, forests and magnificent Canadian Shield. There is so much to explore. Trip highlights are scenic viewpoints, beautiful streams, creeks, and forests, and visiting two different nature reserves with trails. Download our guide to receive insider tips…

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Road Trip of Carden

May 1, 2024 - May 1, 2025

Looking to explore a new region but don’t know where to go? We’ve got your itinerary planned for you! This do it yourself road trip takes you to a globally rare landscape with over 200 bird species who call this area home. Trip highlights are scenic viewpoints, rare species and plants, and visiting three different nature reserves with trails. Download our guide to receive insider tips from locals, ensuring an unforgettable exploration of the region. If you make a generous…

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August 2024

Discover Trails Day

August 3 @ 10:00 am - 1:00 pm
Ron Reid Nature Reserve, Black River Rd
Washago, L0K 2B0
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Kick off this year’s Passport program with Discover Trails Day! This is your opportunity to discover The Couchiching Conservancy’s nature reserves with trails. Connect with volunteer trail ambassadors at one of three locations. Pick up resources, do an activity and learn about what you could see along the trails. No registration required, just drop in!

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Wheels & Wetlands

August 17 @ 10:00 am - 12:00 pm
Couchiching Beach Park, 140 Canice St
Orillia, Ontario L3V 4H8 Canada
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Grab your bike and join a guided cycling tour of an important watershed within the City of Orillia. You will learn about a hidden gem in our community – a rare cold-water stream that needs to be protected and restored. This will be a leisurely 15 km bike ride, beginning at Couchiching Beach Park. We will explore the flow of Sundial Creek, making stops at Grant and Wilson Wetland. Conservancy Board Members Jane Bonsteel and Bob Sullivan will share information…

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October 2024

Painting in the Wildlands

October 6 @ 10:00 am - 1:00 pm
Adam’s Nature Reserve, 1900 Cooper's Falls Road
Washago, Ontario K0M 2B0 Canada
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Join Doug Cooper, a well-known artist from Washago, for an outdoor acrylic painting workshop. This 3-hour workshop will take place at Adams Nature Reserve located off of Coopers Falls Road, approximately 5km west of the village of Washago, providing stunning vistas to inspire you. Participants are asked to bring their own painting supplies and dress for the weather as it will go rain or shine. So, sign up, come out and partake in this “plein air” experience!

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November 2024

Afternoon at the Movies

November 17 @ 1:00 pm - 3:00 pm

Join us as we view and discuss a thought-provoking documentary film about what impacts the natural world around us and how we can better preserve it. The title of the film will be published at a later date but prior to the registration deadline. This engaging and educational film will be introduced by Dr. Gerardo Reyes, Assistant Professor at Lakehead University in the Departments of Biology and Sustainability Sciences and subject matter expert on Environmental Issues, Biodiversity, Climate Change, Population…

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February 2025

Full Moon Night Snowshoe

February 14, 2025 @ 8:00 pm - 10:00 pm
East Coulson Swamp, 510 Bass Lake Side Rd E
Orillia, ON L0L 1T0 Canada
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Bundle up and embark on a magical winter adventure at East Coulson Swamp (NCC). Under the glow of the full moon, explore the snow-covered landscape on a snowshoe trek while our knowledgeable guides share insights into the ecology of the area. Please bring your own snowshoes. Event guides: Chase Moser, (M.Sc. Biology), is a member of the Biology & Sustainability Sciences staff at Lakehead University & Jamie Ross, (B.Sc. Biology, B.Ed.), Past President of the Couchiching Conservancy, has held multiple…

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