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. This event is sponsored by Vamos Outdoors in the vibrant town of Almonte, just west of Ottawa (

The Festival of the Wild Child is a two-day event at High Lonesome Nature Reserve in the Pakenham Hills on August 25th and 26th.  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.  At Tranquility Pond, don rubber boots, grab a net, wade in to see what lurks beneath the surface.  Experts will be on hand to help you learn about the creatures you find. Investigate the beaver dams, bugs and birds at Beaver Pond.  At Spooky Marsh discover some of nature’s secrets, enjoy a scavenger hunt and help write “The Mystery of Spooky Marsh”. Experience forest fun in the Stonewall Arboretum and maybe sneak up on a turtle or two where Turtle Pond joins the arboretum. All day Sunday there is a “Discover Geology” station at one of the many rocky outcroppings at High Lonesome where you will learn all about the rocks and ancient life beneath your feet. Finally return to the Creativity Centre for games, crafts and skill-building activities inspired by your day’s adventures.

Be a Wild Child. It’s in your Nature!

There are also various special events throughout the weekend. The ever-popular Soundscaping station will offer participants a chance to hear nature’s sounds amplified, including the surprisingly active life in the bottom of the pond or the wind high up in the trees.  Wilderness skills will be led by Chad Clifford on both Saturday and Sunday with sessions on “How to Walk Ever So Quietly in the Woods”. On Saturday rest awhile under the storytelling canopy with award-winning Natasha Peterson reading her wonderful children’s nature books. Ed Lawrence will on hand on Sunday to talk about nature’s garden.

Check the events on the website for the most up-to-date information.

Buy a hot dog lunch on site or bring a picnic and stay the day.

This festival is free for children under 18 years. Wild child adults are requested to pay $10 for admission which covers both days.

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.