This past weekend, we got a glimmer of hope that the spring weather was coming and I used this to our advantage to get outside and soak up the Vitamin D. With friends one day and family another, we visited 2 of our local conservation areas; Heber Downs and Lynde Shores. If you are in the area, I totally recommend you make a day of it and visit one of these locations. Both are extremely scenic but very different from one another.
Heber Downs is quite hilly and in my opinion, more of a forested area. I have been several times in the past and haven’t run into much wildlife, if any.
Lynde Shores is more of a flat lands but tons of wildlife. The chickadees will come and eat seeds right out of your hands. It is amazing. Be sure to bring bird seed (especially sunflower seeds) with you!
Both of these are part of the Central Lake Ontario Conservation. Parking is $2/hour or $5/day. You can purchase a parking pass that works for all CLOCA locations for $60/year. So it is a great day and not hard on the pocket book.
I am seriously considering purchasing one of these as my son has recently discovered Geocaching. If you don’t know what Geocaching is, it is basically a scavenger hunt using GPS. There is an app that you can use on your phone and it helps you locate hidden objects within nature. Some contain little “treasures” that you can trade out. My son loved the idea of this. We were able to locate our first “cache” which was quite small but exciting nonetheless.
Even if you don’t live in our area, get out and visit your local conversation areas with you kids. It’s a great way to get them out in the fresh air and away from the electronics and who knows what you will find there!