Discover the Lowdown on Dirt, April 22

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  • Start date:
    April 22, 2018, 10:00 am
  • End date:
    April 22, 2018, 2:00 pm
  • Venue:
    High Lonesome Nature Reserve
  • Place:
    867 Carbine Rd., Pakenham

MMLT is offering a new Discover the Wild event series this year and we’re kicking off the season on Earth Day with Discover the Lowdown on Dirt, which couldn’t be more appropriate.  It’s that time of year, just when the snow is beginning to melt away, when we’re ordering our seeds and thinking about getting our hands in the soil once again.  Even if you’re not a gardener you may have wondered why certain trees just won’t grow on certain parts of your property or why some areas don’t drain very well.

This opportunity to learn all about soils will be offered at High Lonesome Nature Reserve on Sunday, April 22nd from 10:00 – 2:00 p.m by David Kroetsch who is a retired Soil Landscape Scientist (Pedologist). He specialized in the identification, characterization, description, classification, and mapping of soils in their natural landscape positions in all regions of Canada. David also has been involved in soil education for many years and is an Adjunct Professor in the School of Environmental Science at the University of Guelph where he has assisted in the development and instruction of a Graduate Field course. David was also a member of the team that developed and instructed a course for Provincial Ecological Landscape classification for the Ministry of Natural Resources.

High Lonesome is one of six nature reserves managed by the Land Trust.  It is located in the Pakenham hills and offers 8 km of trails that wind through meadows, around beaver ponds and through forest glades.  There are many scenic vistas so bring your camera!  This event will provide an opportunity to have your questions about soil types answered as well as explore the trail network around the property.

Admission to this event is $10 for adults and children under 12 are free.  We advise wearing boots because the trails can still be very wet this time of year.  Registration starts at 10 a.m.

High Lonesome is located at 867 Carbine Rd. in Pakenham.  Take County Road 29 to Pakenham Village, turn on Waba Road and continue west for 2.9 km.  Turn left on Barr Side Road and travel for 1.6 km.  Take the first left at Carbine Road and drive 4 km to 867 Carbine Road.  For more details, visit

This is the first of five events in the Discover the Wild series.  Registration for some of these events will be limited.  If you’re interested in participating in the limited registration events, sign up now.  Admission for each event is $10.

May 6:  Discover the Rugged Rocks
May 26:  Discover the Wonder of Warblers
June 23:  Discover Dragonflies & Butterflies
Oct. 6:  Discover the Fun in Fungi