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Centre Opening & Tree Event at High Lonesome Nature Reserve

Jun 24

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Doors open 10am.

With the help of many hands, the Mississippi Madawaska Land Trust (MMLT) has completed the renovation of an existing garage into a Welcome Centre.

The opening ceremony will be followed by a Hygge Tree outing. Hygge (pronounced hoo-gah) is a Danish word expressing a feeling of contentment and connection, exactly what one feels when surrounded by trees whispering softly in the wind. Visitors will be invited to become one with nature as they consider the distinct personalities of different tree species along the trails, to learn more about them and their connections within the natural world and with people. Every tree is different. Trees are not just amorphous masses of carbon-sinking habitat for animals, but rather individual species with interesting evolutionary histories, quirky adaptations and unique characteristics. Which is your treemate — the one that most gives you that Hygge feeling? For example, consider the stately oak tree, beloved by wildlife in the fall. Often called the Thunder Tree because it’s so often hit by lightning, it was also considered sacred to many early cultures. It is characterized by its robust nature and is courageous, strong, unrelenting, independent and sensible, does not like change, and keeps its feet firmly in the ground. Or is it the birch tree with its useful, permeable bark? Because of its beauty, it was considered magical in northern Europe and was used in many pagan rituals. You could say it is ambitiously reaching for more, seeking better horizons and obtaining higher aspirations. Activities appropriate to each tree will be offered to add to the experience. You may never look at trees the same way again!

High Lonesome Nature Reserve is located at 867 Carbine Road in the Pakenham Hills. To reach it, take County Road 29 to Pakenham Village and turn onto Waba Road. Continue west for 2.9km, turn left on Barr Side Road and travel for 1.6km. Take the first left at Carbine Road and drive 4km to 867 Carbine Road and you have arrived!

Ceremony then learn tree personalities.

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High Lonesome Nature Reserve
867 Carbine Rd.
Pakenham, ON K0A 2X0

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