‘Walk on the Wild Side’ with Michael Runtz — September18

If walking in the woods isn’t something that you would ordinarily enjoy doing on your own, then there couldn’t be a better opportunity than following the lead of Michael Runtz.

Runtz Nature Walk

You’ll have that opportunity on Sunday, September 18th at High Lonesome Nature Reserve near Pakenham.

Michael Runtz has a real talent for making nature more accessible to just about anyone, from the avid naturalist to the person who can’t tell a groundhog from a badger.  Michael’s dynamic, story-telling style, laced with humour, can turn a simple walk in the woods into an amazing adventure in the wild.  His enthusiastic style has won him numerous teaching awards and record enrolments at Carleton University where he teaches Natural History.  He has published 11 books, adorned with the stunning photographs from his adventures.

High Lonesome Nature Reserve has been a favourite spot of Michael’s for years, before it was donated to the Mississippi Madawaska Land Trust (MMLT) in 2012.  This 200-acre property lies within a wetland complex, which is rich habitat for a variety of wildlife.  It has 8 km of trails that wind around ponds, meadows and through different types of forest.  New interpretive signage is being installed this summer.

To date, MMLT has legally protected over 2,400 acres of sensitive lands in eastern Ontario.  It is somewhat unique among land trusts in that its mandate goes beyond the conservation of these special properties.  MMLT believes that nature experiences provide numerous benefits that contribute to our physical, emotional and spiritual health.  Year-round opportunities are provided on three of its five properties for hiking, trail running, snowshoeing and cross-country skiing.

Registration for Walk on the Wild Side is at 9:30 a.m. on September 18th.  The walk starts at 10:00.  A donation of $10 per person is requested.  High Lonesome Nature Reserve is located at 867 Carbine Road in the Pakenham Hills. To reach High Lonesome, take County Road 29 to Pakenham Village and turn onto Waba Road.  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 and you have arrived!  For further information and a map, visit mmlt.ca/events.