Summer activities at the Conservancy

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Things are getting back to normal here at the Couchiching Conservancy. The office renovation is complete other than some odds and ends, the trails at Grant’s Woods are open again and staff and volunteers are in full swing out on the properties. We’ve got upcoming events and opportunities to get out to support our conservation efforts and enjoy the properties we help to protect.

2016_Orillia Summer TheatreIf you are looking for a fun night out in support of the Conservancy, get your tickets for the July 21 show of All for Nun…the 2nd Coming, taking place at the Orillia Community Church. Double R Productions/Orillia Summer Theatre is back with Sister Mary Margaret and the gang at the Church of Little Hope with songs, stories, a sing-along and a quiz show. Double R Productions has partnered with two local charities this year for a community night in support of their work – The Couchiching Conservancy (July 21 show) and Green Haven Shelter for Women (August 11). A portion of ticket sales supports our missions, and there will also be a door prize donation draw and other activities to assist with their fundraising and awareness endeavours during these evenings. Thanks to Double R Productions/Orillia Summer Theatre 2016 for supporting the community in many ways.

In addition to this event in the community, Grant’s Woods and the office of the Conservancy is back to being a hive of activity. We’re happy to have the property open to the public again so people can enjoy the forest.

This week we’ve had two groups using the trails. Jeff Miller’s Look, See, Paint program came through on Tuesday with a group of artists looking for inspiration from the woods. On Wednesday, Ben Porchuk led a Shinrin Roku walk, a popular activity in Japan. With his group, they took a slow walk to release stress and connect with the forest in a new way.

As well as the trails being open, the office and gazebo are also available for groups to use. The renovated office has a Community Room that can hold about 12-15 comfortably around a large table and maxes out at 20. The room has been set up to be flexible and change depending on the needs of the group. If you have a group meeting, hike or want to take group pictures with a photographer, please give us a call at the office to book. 705-326-1620.

We’ve been getting out to other Conservancy properties this year with the Passport to Nature program. These events have been made possible thanks to sponsors, volunteer leaders and others. If you have been thinking about attending an event but haven’t registered yet, I highly suggest visiting our event calendar and register as soon as possible. Many events are already full!

We hope to see you at an event or out on the trails. Happy summer!

Tanya Clark is the Development Coordinator at The Couchiching Conservancy.