Please note: For all travel locations we meet at the municipal parking lot to the west of the Ingersoll Arena at 9:00 a.m., unless otherwise stated. Families will be encouraged to drive themselves to hiking locations. For any activities at the Lawson Nature Reserve, please go directly there.
Should we experience another wave of COVID-19, restrictions may apply.
All activities are subject to change. We will do our best to notify in advance.
2023 ACTIVITIES GUIDE
Saturday, January 21 / OXFORD THAMES RIVER TRAIL (Beachville, East of village trail)
This maintained trail is well travelled in winter and the trails are well marked. The committee’s goal to develop, construct and maintain their trails to the highest possible standards to allow everyone the opportunity to explore the historically significant heritage river – The Thames River – has certainly been met. The trail project has been instrumental in restoring ecological function to the Thames River Corridor after years of neglect and misuse. Contact Sheila, 519-485-2645.
Wednesday, February 15 – 7:00 p.m. / LIBRARY NATURE NOTES with Brenda Gallagher – Exploring Wetlands
Join Upper Thames River Conservation Authority’s Brenda Gallagher (Forestry Technician (Vegetation)) to learn more about the importance of wetlands. Southern Ontario is home to four types of wetlands: bogs, fens, swamps and marshes. This talk explores the unique features of each and how they function. Discover some of the mysterious plants and animals that inhabit these fascinating ecosystems. Contact Sheila, 519-485-2645
Saturday, February 18 / VANSITTART WOODS
The Vansittart Woods offers several loop options to make this trail shorter or longer as desired. Although it’s quite close to the highway, there are certainly some beautiful spots such as a pond, a cedar forest and very tall trees which make the trail feel secluded. A lovely way to spend a winter morning. Contact Ken, 519-539-5234
Wednesday, March 15 – 7:00 p.m. / LIBRARY NATURE NOTES with Brandon Williamson – Managing Invasive Plant and Forest Pest Species
Join Upper Thames River Conservation Authority’s Brandon Williamson (Land Management Coordinator) as he discusses managing the negative effects of invasive plant and forest pest species. Of special interest to the Lawson Nature Reserve, where phragmites is a significant cause of concern. Contact Sheila, 519-485-2645.
Saturday, March 18 / TRILLIUM WOODS AND MAPLE SYRUP FESTIVAL
Trillium Woods Provincial Nature Reserve is situated on a flat-to-gently rolling ground moraine created by glaciers. The soils here are predominantly silty and well drained. The nature reserve is near the northern limit of the Carolinian forest region and supports a mature forest of sugar maple, white ash, black cherry, bitternut hickory, beech and butternut. The one km trail is accessible to the physically challenged. Unfortunately, no trilliums to be seen in March! But March does bring Jakeman’s Maple Syrup Festival – come sample their great syrup and pancakes! Producing since 1876! Contact Meg, 519- 485-4220
Saturday, April 15 / HODGES’ POND
In 2015 a re-naturalization project was started to return the roughly 400-acres of land to its original status. The pond was originally built as a mill pond, but the subsequent re-opening of the dam and reconnection of the stream to Cedar Creek has provided environmental benefits such as improved flood reduction and water quality for the Thames River. It also sustains new vegetation and wildlife habitat. This project ties into Future Oxford’s Community Sustainability plan to protect and restore the ecosystem. An interesting walk! Contact Ken, 519-539-5234.
Wednesday, April 19 – 7:00 p.m. / LIBRARY NATURE NOTES with Phil Holst, Hodges Pond Restoration 2.0
Coinciding with Saturday’s walk, join us to hear how Phil Holst’s leadership and continued reclamation of Hodges’ Pond has worked its magic, specifically the opening of the new section of trail on the east side of Cedar Creek. This work leaves a lasting legacy for generations to come. Contact Sheila, 519-485-2645.
Saturday, May 13 / THAMES TALBOT LAND TRUST – ROSS‘S WOODS
Join us for a guided tour of the 23-hectare (56-acre) Ross’s Woods, part of the Five Points Woods Wetland Complex and an important wildlife refuge. The mixed deciduous/coniferous forest contains unusual habitats such as stands of hemlock and many large mature trees of various species. Streams support cold- water fish species, and spring-fed provincially significant wetlands furnish essential habitat for amphibians and turtles. Rare species of dragonflies, butterflies, birds, and plants make their homes here. Ross’s Woods
and adjacent lands are regularly visited and inhabited by 150 bird species, at least 35 of which are priority species in Bird Conservation Region 13, and at least 2 which are Species at Risk. Newly opened to the public. Contact Sheila, 519-485-2645.
Saturday, June 3 – 9:00 a.m. meet at the Reserve / LAWSON NATURE RESERVE CLEAN-UP DAY
Community members are welcome to join us for clean-up activities at the Reserve, including trail maintenance, garlic mustard extraction and painting. Bring gloves, bug spray and water proof boots. Contact: Peter, 519-425-0429
Saturday, June 24 / KOMOKA PROVINCIAL PARK
Join us for a hike through this fascinating landscape near London. Along the Thames river, the ravine is deep with steep edges. It forms a beautiful valley, heavily forested and punctuated with exposed cliff banks. By walking to the very end of the eastern blue trail we will be greeted with a sensational view of the Thames River and surrounding countryside. More than 100 rare species live here due the park’s ideal location, landscape, and unique ecology of the ravine. Komoka Park provides vital protection for these rare species, several of which are endangered or threatened. Species that include the American Badger, Eastern Hog-nosed Snake, Least Bittern, the Spiny Softshell turtle, and the Black Tern. This park is a must-see for its beauty and environmental importance. Contact: Ken, 519-539-5234
We welcome newcomers to participate in any and all of our activities. We are interested in the development and preservation of nature in Oxford County.
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