Celebrate nature in Laurier Woods

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The Friends of Laurier Woods, a non-profit charitable organization, is pleased to once again host the Annual Louise de Kiriline Lawrence Nature Festival to be held at the Laurier Woods Conservation Area Aug. 19 from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.

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Organized in conjunction with the Nipissing Naturalists and the North Bay-Mattawa Conservation Authority, and delivered by community volunteers and businesses this festival celebrates North Bay’s beautiful natural heritage.

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Laurier Woods Conservation Area comes alive with professional and amateur naturalists who will introduce guests of all ages to the hidden treasures of forests and wetlands.

Included in the days activities are guided hikes, forest bathing walk, kid’s activities, crafts, vendors, nature photo sale, bird ID game cards, painted clay turtles and nature books.

The festival is free for all to attend.

Louise de Kiriline Lawrence, an internationally renowned naturalist, author and nurse, lived west of Mattawa where she studied wildlife and ornithology.

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She wrote more than 500 reviews, 17 scientific papers, and 5 books on birds and animals and contributed regularly to Audubon Magazine.

Lawrence passed away in 1992. She was 98. Her written work is stored in the National Archives in Ottawa.

The Friends of Laurier Woods was established as a volunteer body to manage the area as a nature preserve; to develop an interpretive trail system, boardwalks, viewing platforms, and rest areas; and to promote the area for low-impact, day-use recreation. The Laurier Woods Conservation Area is owned and managed in partnership with the North Bay-Mattawa Conservation Authority.

For further information visit www.laurierwoods.com or visit our Facebook page.

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