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Tuesday, 11 December 2018 09:43

Christmas at Ken Reid an overwhelming success

December 10, 2018 – As the colder weather gave way to milder temperatures, sunny skies and light snow, more than 800 people came through the gates for the first-ever Christmas at Ken Reid, making it an overwhelming success.“The weather, the atmosphere, the people, it was perfect,” exclaimed Kawartha Conservation CAO Mark Majchrowski. “It really exceeded all of our expectations.” Made possible through an Aviva Community Fund grant, staff, volunteers and the local community banded together to create a memorable event for the entire community. “Saturday’s event was the culmination of about 6 weeks planning and we couldn’t be more thrilled…
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.…
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 21, 2018 – Mark Wednesday, September 26 on your calendar for a fun and informative workshop on how to enhance your backyard to attract and enjoy birds at the Caesarea Community Hall in Caesarea. The free two hour workshop will run from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. and is part of the Durham Stewardship Speaker Series. “Kawartha Conservation’s Rob Stavinga is a well-known and respected local bird and horticulture enthusiast,” said Kawartha Conservation Stewardship Coordinator Holly Shipclark. “Rob is sought out for his incredible knowledge and enthusiasm for birds and creating and maintaining natural landscapes that attract birds for…
September 21, 2018 – Children from 4 to 8 years old can look forward to a fun-filled Halloween inspired P.A. Day Nature Camp at Ken Reid Conservation Area on Friday, October 26. Space is limited for the day-long camp and a pizza lunch is included for participants.  “We always get great feedback from our camp participants and parents regarding our nature camp experiences,” said Coordinator, Environmental Programs/GIS Specialist Nancy Aspden. “We’re really looking forward to this camp and have a lot of great activities in store for the kids.” In keeping with the time of year, the camp will focus…
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…
September 6, 2018 – Durham Regional Police have laid more than 10 charges and arrested one individual for trespassing and vandalism-related incidents during the last four weeks as a result of increased enforcement at Durham East Cross Forest Conservation Area. Though illegal, historically the property has been a popular area for people to drive jeeps, trucks, All Terrain Vehicles and dirt bikes, resulting in significant environmental and ecological damage. Despite numerous signs, postings and gates, some people continue to vandalize gates, trails and cameras. In August, vandals used a steel saw to cut through a metal gate restricting access to…
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