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Scout’s Valley Ideal Setting for Local Group’s Activities

Scout’s Valley Ideal Setting for Local Group’s Activities

Scout’s Valley is an excellent place to take your kids, go to with friends, or walk your dogs.  Despite its close proximity to the city, it still serves as a natural way to learn about small wildlife, birds, trees and a variety of wildflowers.  The property contains a variety of tree populations and an avid visitor could easily spot the populations of mature hardwoods including (beech, hard maple), cedar and hemlock stands, white birch, white pine, and oak.  You will also find many sumacs and willows lazing around on the hillsides, especially meandering down towards the historic Regan House, situated off Oro-Medonte Line 15 North.

 

There are several different trails that traverse different terrain styles for a diverse outdoor experience.  No matter which way you take, you are sure to notice something new.  Once the location of two gristmills in the mid-1800s, it became a haven for nature-seekers in the 1930s when it was used as a hiking and camping site for local Scout and outdoors groups.  Donated to the Couchiching Conservancy in 2007 by the City of Orillia, the Valley will provide for many years a perfect setting in which to enjoy all four seasons.

 

The weather may have its ups and downs, but Scout’s Valley is always a place of beauty and fascination.  Kids for Turtles Environmental Education is wrapping up its winter season having hosted successful winter snowshoeing days at Scout’s Valley for members and interested families. Tours along the winter trails, led by our KFT volunteers Bob Bowles and Randy West, were very popular and will be planned in greater numbers next winter.   The enjoyment had by all in this winter is giving way to an exciting spring and summer of activities happening at the very same location.

 

Kids for Turtles is excited to be participating in National Youth Week by hosting a Geocaching event for youths on Saturday May 3rd, 2014.  Geocaching is a fun and active blend of enjoying nature and using technology.  The outdoor activity is gaining popularity all over the world and is an excellent activity to enjoy with family and friends. When given a set of GPS coordinates corresponding to a location within Scout’s Valley, adventurers activate and use a smartphone app or a provided GPS locator to set out from the Regan House on the property in search of the target location.  In the immediate area of the coordinates, adventurers must then find a hidden “cache” of surprises.  Both independent navigators and group search parties are sure to have fun using navigational skills and enjoying the environment.  Multiple sets of coordinates will be available to make for a fulfilling day.