Discovery Days Explores Natural Environment

Otonabee Conservation is pleased to announce the 2017 Discovery Days series of family-friendly explorations and activities featuring the natural environment of the watershed region during the celebratory year of Ontario’s 150th birthday.

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 and Campground. Trail events, heritage activities, wildlife demonstrations, fishing workshops, paddling tours, and yoga in the park are a few of the activities being offered this year.

New in 2017 is the Discovery Days Passport!

Individuals are encouraged to have their Discovery Days Passport stamped at the events they attend and enter their passport into a draw for a chance to win a great prize.

The prizes being offered include a 2018 Family Camping Package for the Warsaw Caves Conservation Area and Campground, a “Kawartha Chair” child-sized and a Pollinator Habitat Package, courtesy of Otonabee Conservation and the Hope Mill Volunteers.

The deadline to submit Discovery Days Passport: Friday, October 13, 2017.

Here are the Passport Contest RULES for 2017.

 

 

HERE ARE THE DISCOVERY DAYS EVENTS:

Hope Mill – Sunday, June 18, 2017
Mill Machinery Day 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.
Discover how the various lumber finishing machines work – from freshly sawn log to finished lumber ready for the next woodworking project.

 

Hope Mill – Sunday, July 2, 2017
Canada 150 Celebration 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.

 

Beavermead Campground – Saturday, July 8, 2017
10:00-11:00am – Outdoor Yoga
Family friendly/bring a mat/ towel.

1:00-2:00pm – Sciensational Snakes
Get up close and personal with local species of snakes during this interactive program.

Peterborough Power and Sail Squadron
An informative exhbit about how to stay safe on the water this summer.

2:30 – 4:30pm – Guided Paddling Tour of Little Lake
Bring your canoe/ kayak and join ORCA staff for a guided tour – by water of Meade Creek & Little lake.  Learn about local species, natural and cultural history.

 

Hope Mill – Sunday, July 16, 2017
Crafts Day and Woodworking 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.
Join the Hope Mill Volunteers for a special day of woodworking and crafts.

 

Warsaw Caves Conservation Area and Campground – Saturday, July 22, 2017
10:00-11:00am – Outdoor Yoga
Family friendly/bring a mat/ towel.

1:00-2:00pm – Sciensational Snakes
Get up close and personal with local species of snakes during this interactive program.

2:30-4:00 – The Ontario Turtle Conservation Centre
Learn about local turtle species and meet live turtles during this interactive presentation.

 

Beavermead Campground – Saturday, August 12, 2017 & Sunday, August 13, 2017
Saturday
10:00-11:00am – Outdoor Yoga
Family friendly/bring a mat/ towel.

1:00-2:00pm – Live Music & Puppet Show
Join Glen from Camp Kawartha and the paddling puppeteers for an interactive puppet show including songs of the Kawartha Lakes and Forests.

2:30-4:00 – The Ontario Turtle Conservation Centre
Learn about local turtle species and meet live turtles during this interactive presentation.

8:00-10:00pm – ORCA Campfire
Meet at the Group Camping Site near the Gatehouse for a campfire under the stars.

8:30-9:30 – Bat Walk
Are you interested in watching the nocturnal antics of local bats?  Join us for a night walk to learn about local bat species, behaviour and habitat.

Sunday
11:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. – OFAH/OPG Tackleshare Program and learn to fish this summer! Program includes games, fish identification, and all equipment is provided.

1:30-2:30pm – Guided Paddling Tour of Little Lake
Bring your canoe/ kayak and join ORCA staff for a guided tour – by water of Meade Creek & Little lake.  Learn about local species, natural and cultural history.

 

Warsaw Caves Conservation Area & Campground – Saturday, August 19, 2017
10:30-11:30am – Outdoor Yoga
Family friendly/bring a mat/ towel.

1:00pm – Birds of Prey
Join staff from Wild Ontario and meet live birds of prey, learn about biodiversity, climate change, and species at risk.

8:30-9:30 – Bat Walk
Are you interested in watching the nocturnal antics of local bats?  Join us for a night walk to learn about local bat species, behaviour and habitat.

 

Hope Mill – August 27, 2017
10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.
Family Day ~

 

Hope Mill – Sunday, September 24, 2017
10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.
Peterborough County Fair Days at the Mill

 

Harold Town Conservation Area – Saturday, September 30, 2017
2:00pm – Wild Edibles
Join Courtney Jeffery from Art of Awareness Therapy to learn about identifying wild edibles and how to eat them.

8:00pm – Night Sky
Peterborough Astronomical Society.