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The Carden Challenge: Working Together for Nature

It’s around 5:30 pm on Friday and the teams are starting to gather at the cabin. Tents are being pitched, cars parked and tally sheets distributed. It’s nearly time for the Carden Challenge to start.

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Exploring and learning on the alvar

Each year hundreds of people head to the Carden alvar in droves. They are drawn by the landscape and species, but also by two special events hosted by The Couchiching Conservancy featuring the alvar and taking place in late May and early June – Carden Challenge and Carden Alvar Nature Festival.

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What’s that smell? The Carden Alvar Nature Festival

Voices of the Dead is among more than 30 events scheduled during the festival. Activities range from canoe trips to cycling tours, wilderness hikes and boat cruises, all focused on the natural wonders offered by the Carden Alvar, a globally rare ecosystem in our own back yard.

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People flock to the Carden Plain

One of our priority areas is the Carden Plain, east of Orillia and northwest of Lindsay. This globally rare alvar is a unique habitat for birds, wildlife and plants. As such, a lot of our efforts and events are centered on this area. On the last weekend of May and first weekend of June, we all drive out to the Carden Plain, to revel in this special region during the Carden Challenge and Carden Nature Festival.

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Experience the Carden Nature Festival this weekend

Introducing local people to the beauty of the alvars, grasslands, forests and wetlands of Carden is the key goal of the Carden Nature Festival, being held today and Sunday at the Carden Recreation Centre on Lake Dalrymple. From there, dozens of field trips depart to explore the charms of Carden over the two-day festival. But if you haven’t registered for these trips ahead of time, you can still participate. In addition to several field trips which you can join, there are a number of activities for kids and their families to take part in at no charge.

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Unique workshops make the Festival fresh, new and wild

There are many new workshops added to this year’s Carden Nature Festival. Topics range from insects to botany and reptiles to geocaching (and everything in between). There is so much to learn about on the Carden alvar and the Festival is a great opportunity to join local leaders in an exploration of the area.

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Carden Nature Festival time is coming June1-3

Now that we heading into the late stages of winter, many thoughts turn towards spring with its warmth and sunshine. And it’s a good time to remind everyone, that despite the weather, in just a few months, the Carden Nature Festival will be here for three days of nature related events.

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