Festival of the Wild Child

  • Start date:
    August 24, 2019, 10:00 am
  • End date:
    August 25, 2019, 4:00 pm
  • Venue:
    High Lonesome Nature Reserve
  • Place:
    867 Carbine Rd., Pakenham

The weekend gave us perfect weather for Festival of the Wild Child. Over 250 children and their families threw themselves into the spirit of wilderness discovery and creativity at the two-day event hosted by the Mississippi Madawaska Land Trust at High Lonesome Nature Reserve in Pakenham.

Tree quizzes and leaf rubbings, geology and painting pet rocks, soil layer discovery and sculpting, pond explorations and poetry, Soundscaping and painting, campfire and making bannock, wasp and bee exhibit.

The Mississippi Madawaska Land Trust thrives to keep beautiful Mississippi-Madawaska wilderness protected for all time, where all species thrive and people engage with nature.

Thanks to our Partners: Carleton Place Terrace, Reid Brothers Motors, Fulton’s and the Granary!

Join us for two days of woodland fun, a fantastic opportunity for families to participate in a whole range of nature-inspired activities, activities that will encourage you and your children to fall in love with creative outdoor learning and play.

The Festival of the Wild Child is a two-day event at High Lonesome Nature Reserve in the Pakenham Hills on August 24th and 25th.  Open to the public from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., this festival is organized by the Mississippi Madawaska Land Trust and will provide a variety of spots along wooded trails and by ponds to learn, explore and engage with the natural world. Knowledgeable volunteers will be at each station to help open windows onto the many wonders of nature.


1. Wasps & BeesSponsored by Reid Brothers Motor Sales

2. Trees and Bark Tracing Sponsored by Fulton’s

3. Rocks & Geology

4. Soil & Sculpting Sponsored by the Granary

5. Soundscaping, Sketching & Painting

6. Pond Discoveries at two different pond sites. Sponsored by Carleton Place Terrace by Symphony

7. Mystical, Magical, Musical Oak

8. Gather Around the Campfire

Also onsite:

Please remember to dress for the environment.  Long sleeves and pants, insect repellent, a hat and sunblock are strongly recommended.

Adult10.00 CAD
Children under 180.00 CADChildren must be accompanied by an adult
Your eTicket will be emailed after payment to your PayPal email address.

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.  After for 1.6 km., take the first left at Carbine Road and drive 3 km to 867 Carbine Road.