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Open Trails at MacSkimming

Saturday September 23, 2017
10 a.m. to 3 p.m.

This day is to provide an opportunity for everyone to have a chance to explore the forests at this 425-acre classroom. Normally, this Ottawa-Carleton District School Board facility is closed to the public because of attending students and overnight groups but on this date, the Centre will be open to everyone.

Come and take a hike, bring your binoculars, camera, magnify lenses or field guides to explore this unique site, which is part of the Beckets Creek Migratory Bird Sanctuary.

There is plenty of parking at 3685 Wilhaven Drive and 3640 Highway 174 locations. No food or drinks will provided for this event, so bring a lunch or picinic. A fire will be set-up at the Pioneer Village, if you would like to bring items for a cookout lunch.

This year, the Centre is celebrating its 50th anniversary of teaching students outside!

Access to Shirley Bay causeway

Our Birds Committee has obtained permission for OFNC members to use the causeway, which was closed recently because of safety concerns. However, you MUST call the Range Control Office (613-991-5740) before you arrive. You must give your name and state that you are an OFNC member. DND has been provided with our membership list and they will check your name against it. You must also call again when you have left the area. OFNC members access the property entirely at their own risk.

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