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Couchiching Conservancy's Passport to Nature returns

This year's program features virtual and in-person activities, including Scout Valley clean-up April 23


The Couchiching Conservancy is inviting you to get out, connect and protect nature through the popular Passport to Nature program.

This year the conservancy is offering a hybrid program of in-person events, virtual seminars and downloadable activities.

New for this year are the Family Fun Collection of downloadable activities, two self-guided road trips — Experience the Wildlands and Experience Carden Alvar — and Walk on the Wild Side challenges designed to help people explore the conservancy’s reserves year round through the seasons.

“We are also excited to announce other new, in-person events including Print Making in the Woods, a Paddle Party on the Black River, a Musical Mystery Tour, Yoga and Reflection on the Land, and Painting in the Wildlands,” says Tanya Clark, development co-ordinator for the conservancy.

The first in-person event is at Scout Valley on Saturday, April 23, in celebration of Earth Day (April 22). Scout Valley is a City of Orillia-owned property, which also has an easement with the Couchiching Conservancy, giving an added layer of protection for the future. To sign up for the Earth Day Clean-Up or to access other events, head to

A committee of volunteers and staff develop a new Passport to Nature program each year and, thanks to the outstanding and generous support of several sponsors, all activities are free to attend. Program sponsors include Raymond James (Executive Wealth Advisors), Cuisinart, Lafarge Canada, Sojourn Outdoors, Bee by the Sea, Orillia Home Hardware, the Crank and Sprocket Bicycle Co., Brewery Bay Food Co., and Rustica Pizza Vino. Event sponsors and partners can be found on our website.

The Couchiching Conservancy protects thousands of acres of wilderness in the region and manages over 23 km of trails and footpaths. It is a charitable non-profit land trust supported by individuals like you — people who want to ensure that special natural places are safeguarded for the future.

There is no cost to visit the reserves and although the Passport to Nature events are free to attend, the conservancy welcomes attendees to donate when they register for an event. All donations help the conservancy do even more for nature in our region.

To contact or find out more information about the Couchiching Conservancy, please visit



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