Compass “Come Walk with Us Night” on Medd Mountain

Compass “Come Walk with Us Night” on Medd Mountain
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  Compass Early Learning and Care and Millbrook Valley Trails hosted an evening walk for preschoolers, their families, and educators on April 24, 2018. Compass educator Norma Curtis rallied 36 eager walkers from childcare campuses in 3 adjoining counties. For many it was their first visit to Millbrook. And for … Continue reading

Plant a Forest, Help Clean the Air

Plant a Forest, Help Clean the Air
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Eleanor Reed is planting a forest on a private property south of Millbrook.  A licensed Forest Consultant and registered professional Forester, she helps property owners do their part in reducing their carbon footprint by transforming open, fallow fields into true forests, converting these spaces into carbon sponges for many years … Continue reading

New Forest School will Offer Unconventional Academic Experience This Fall

New Forest School will Offer Unconventional Academic Experience This Fall
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  Rather than embracing technology with smart boards and small screens in a climate-controlled classroom, the Road Less Travelled Academy is adopting a throw-back approach to early education, using nature as the backdrop and over-arching theme behind its curriculum. It is the newest Forest School in Canada, and is set … Continue reading

A Different Kind of Catch and Release at Millbrook Dam

A Different Kind of Catch and Release at Millbrook Dam
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While we miss the traditional catch and release action that is part of the Annual Fishing Derby that is cancelled this year, early in March the millpond was the location of a different and wildly successful catch and release activity. As progress continues on the Millbrook Dam reconstruction project, the … Continue reading

Building a Different Kind of Bank for the Future

Building a Different Kind of Bank for the Future
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  You might call it an occupational hazard, but these days everywhere she looks, Melissa Spearing sees seeds.  The obsession has been known to have her stop at the side of the road to take samples or photographs.  Her interests don’t stop at seeds, either.  She has even stopped at … Continue reading

Permit Required To Hunt Otonabee Conservation Lands

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Peterborough: With the fall hunting season only weeks away, Otonabee Conservation is reminding hunters that hunting opportunities are available on specific conservation lands and that hunters will need to apply for permission to access the properties. “Over the years there has been more interest by hunters to access conservation lands … Continue reading

Bumble Bee Count Calls for Volunteer Census-takers

Bumble Bee Count Calls for Volunteer Census-takers
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In response to global concerns about declines in pollinator biodiversity, Friends of the Earth is launching its second “Great Canadian Bumble Bee Count” and offering downloadable “Census Cards” to help identify the bees. The campaign asks people to look for and take photos of bumble bees and to upload the … Continue reading

Place Your Native Plant Orders Before September 4

Place Your Native Plant Orders Before September 4
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Have you been thinking about adding native plants and pollinators to your property? The Kawartha Conservation 2017 Native Plant Distribution Program is a great way to purchase low-cost native plants for a variety of landscape, garden and shoreline projects within the Kawartha watershed. “Native plants are a beautiful addition to … Continue reading

International Trails Day Festival Events

International Trails Day Festival Events
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Otonabee Conservation and its community partners in the 6th Annual International Trails Day Festival – June 1st to 3rd – are helping host events to celebrate trails in the area. The festival is the result of the collaboration of municipalities, community groups and recreational clubs which have provided a variety … Continue reading

Millbrook Valley Trails Work Day Volunteers needed!

Millbrook Valley Trails Work Day Volunteers needed!
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This year’s Annual Millbrook Valley Trails Work Day will take place Saturday May 6 at 9 am starting at the Distillery Street trailhead beside the pond. In case of rain the rain date will be Saturday May 13. Please bring gloves, a rake and a shovel if possible, wear suitable … Continue reading

Get Out – Seeing is Believing? Not Necessarily!

Get Out – Seeing is Believing? Not Necessarily!
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It is always my intention with this column to excite and interest readers in exploring the great outdoors. There is never a guarantee that you will see anything interesting or exciting but there’s always the chance. We are blessed with a richness of lovely places to walk–that in itself is … Continue reading

Get Your Lines and Hooks Ready for the Fishing Derby

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Calling all fisherpersons! The annual Millbrook and District Lions Club Fishing Derby will take place at the Millpond in Millbrook on Saturday April 29 from 7:00am to 1:00pm. The fishing derby is open to those 16 and under with a registration fee of $2.00. More than 100 competitors joined the … Continue reading

Has the Time for Water Harvesting Arrived?

Has the Time for Water Harvesting Arrived?
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After last summer, homeowners, farmers and gardeners may be wondering what kind of weather conditions we can expect during the upcoming growing season. Those who have experienced water shortages might be getting more serious about the ancient process of collecting and storing rainwater for later use. It is a process … Continue reading