Step into Nature with Watershed Explorations

Otonabee Conservation is marking its 60th anniversary of providing environmental services to residents and visitors to the Kawarthas with “Step into Nature ~ Watershed Explorations”.

As Dan Marinigh, Chief Administrative Officer for Otonabee Conservation explains, “Step into Nature ~ Watershed Explorations”, offers a variety of new, self-directed and environmentally-themed activities to enjoy and participate in throughout the year.”

The program involves five distinct activities that are all connected through the new Watershed Map App described as “a guide to touring the Otonabee Region watershed and discovering the unique natural features and special spaces of 11 conservation and wildlife areas.” The new Map App provides location information, a description of activities and facilities offered at the areas, and useful links to additional information. A variety of mapping tools are also available to record your adventure and build upon your explorations. 

Conservation Areas are just steps away from your front door and offer unique outdoor experiences. Whether you want to enjoy a hike through the woods, take your family camping, have a quiet picnic, or catch ‘the big one’ at a popular fishing spot, the 60 Things to Do is your guide.

While you’re you are out exploring the watershed region, take a photo and enter it in the 60th Anniversary Photo Contest. Capture the places, wildlife and experiences throughout the four seasons that make the Otonabee Region watershed unique. The photo contest continues until  October 31, 2019 and photos taken throughout the four seasons are welcome.

Back by popular demand is the Discovery Days series of demonstrations and workshops. The Discovery Days series will be held at various conservation areas including the Harold Town Conservation Area, the historic Hope Mill, Beavermead Campground and the Warsaw Caves Conservation Area. Trail events, heritage activities, live wildlife demonstrations, fishing workshops, paddling tours, and night sky viewing are among the activities being offered.

For complete details on the activities and conservation areas waiting to be explored, visit

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