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Questions and Answers on the Alvar

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If you’ve ever wondered what an alvar is…what kinds of species thrive there…what makes this place so special and why people flock to it each year…click to read (more…)

Count your species during the Carden Challenge

Carden Challenge 2014

Be on the look out for birds, dragonflies, snakes, butterflies and more…count your species and take part in the 10th annual Carden Challenge! (more…)

Get ready for the 2015 Carden Nature Festival!

Carden Nature Festival 2014

Planning is well underway for the 9th Carden Nature Festival…so set your calendars for Saturday, June 6, 2015. (more…)

Carden Nature Festival: explore nature…close to home!

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Birding, Botanizing, Paddling, Hiking, Biking and much more…“It’s a weekend I look forward to every year.”

Now in its 9th year, the Festival is a great opportunity to explore nature close to home.  Just 30 minutes from Orillia, Ontario and 50 minutes from Lindsay, Ontario, the Festival is open to nature lovers of all ages. This area is familiar to many naturalists across Ontario for its variety of bird species and has been designated by Birdlife International as an “Important Bird Area.”

Events: There are many new and returning events this year led by our group of enthusiastic, experienced experts. Topics range from reptiles, birding and paddling to insects, ferns and GPS usage. There is lots to choose from!

“So many tours to choose from and excellent guides to explore a very unique area. I always really enjoy the festival.”

Register: This year we are offering Festival Passes, which gives you access to at least three events over the weekend. This means that you don’t have to pay for individual events which makes registering easy and quick. So, take a look at the List of Activities, make your selections and then Register for the Festival! If you have any questions about registering, please phone: 705-323-2339.

Returning for the second year is the Family Fun Fest. Taking place all day Saturday, June 6th, it’s a great opportunity to get your family out and enjoy nature. There will be hay rides, bird house building, interactive exhibits on animals and much more. There will also be live music, vendors, good food and displays in the Recreation Centre.

A very special thank you to the Carden Nature Festival Planning Committee.