Celebrate 60 Years with Otonabee Conservation

Otonabee Conservation is marking its 60th anniversary of providing environmental services to area municipalities and residents in 2019~

Otonabee Conservation invites the community to celebrate this significant milestone, offering “Step into Nature ~ Watershed Explorations” a variety of new, self-directed and environmentally-themed activities to enjoy and participate throughout the year.

  • Step into Nature ~ Watershed Explorations Map App – This exciting new App will be your guide as you tour the Otonabee Region watershed and discover some unique natural features and special places of 11 conservation and wildlife areas. The map app will also provide a description of activities you can enjoy at the areas and geocache coordinates.  While you’re there, take a photo and enter it in the Photo Contest!

Here’s the link to the Step into Nature ~ Watershed Explorations  Map App:




  • Geocaching – Find a new geocache every month. To start your geocache adventure, visit the Warsaw Caves Conservation Area and add an item to the cache that can be found at these UTM  coordinates: 17T E 728354 N 4927196.  Stay tuned as the coordinates for a new geocache are revealed each month. You may find it at a conservation area familiar to you or an area that you have yet to explore!


  • Photo Contest capturing the places, wildlife and experiences throughout the four seasons that make the Otonabee Region watershed unique. The photo contest runs from May 31st to October 31, 2019. The contest rules, and description of prizes, will be available in the days ahead – stay tuned!


  • Step into Nature ~ Experience 60 Fun Things in the Watershed – 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, this 60 Things to Do is your guide.


  • Student Art Contest for elementary students attending schools in the Otonabee Region watershed. One visual art submission per class, illustrating the collective thought of “what conservation means to us”.  The student art contest will open May 1st and close May 24, 2019. The art submission can be any medium and all submissions will be showcased at the celebratory event planned for June 6, 2019.  One class entry from each of the Primary, Junior and Intermediate grade levels will be selected to receive a Pizza Lunch for the class with special guests from Otonabee Conservation.


  • Otonabee Conservation Day offering free day use admission to the Warsaw Caves Conservation Area on Tuesday, July 9th – Stay tuned for further details!


  • Discovery Days – Back by popular demand, the Discovery Days series of demonstrations and workshops will once again be hosted at local Conservation Areas! Some of the exciting events scheduled include:
    • International Trails Day at the Harold Town Conservation Area, Sunday, June 2nd
    • Machinery Day at the Hope Mill, Sunday, June 16
    • Meet Ontario’s Birds of Prey at Warsaw Caves Conservation Area on July 13th
    • Meet Ontario’s Snakes presentation at Beavermead Campground on July 21st
    • and much, much more!

Download the Discovery Days 2019 Schedule.


  • Presentation of the Environmental Excellence Awards during a celebratory event on June 6th, 2019