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Reconnect with the great outdoors at “Amazing Things To Do Before You Are 12” on August 16 at Crawford Lake and Mountsberg

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Hey kids, have you ever wondered what your parents or your grandparents did for fun when they were your age? They probably spent a lot of time outdoors. They probably went exploring, or built a fort, or skipped stones on a lake, or climbed a tree.

Would you like to do those kinds of things? You can at Mountsberg and Crawford Lake Conservation Areas on Saturday August 16, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. You can spend the day trying a few of these activities which are not only lots of fun but will get you outside and active, at “Amazing Things To Do Before You Are 12”. Regular park admission applies; Halton Parks members can show their pass for admission.

At Mountsberg, we will have a visit from Little Ray’s Reptile Zoo of Hamilton, who will do a presentation from 11 a.m. to 12 noon, with 10 to 12 different reptiles, and then there will be opportunity at the end for photos and touching of some of the creatures.

Conservation Halton staff will help you to learn how to use a compass, hold a snake, search for ancient artefacts, start a fire without matches, skip a stone on the lake, and much more. It will be a great day full of family fun, and who knows, maybe you can prove you are your family’s greatest stone skipper of all time!

About “Amazing Things To Do Before You Are 12”
Hey mom and dad. In 2005 author Richard Louv introduced the dilemma of the disconnect between children and nature in his ground-breaking book “Last Child in the Woods”. He coined the term Nature Deficit Disorder which aptly describes the poor physical and emotional health of children and adults due to the lack of direct exposure to the outdoors.

Mountsberg and Crawford Lake Conservation Area, who are leaders in providing outdoor education, wanted to establish a program to combat Nature Deficit Disorder. This led to the creation of the “Amazing Things To Do Before You Are 12” event for park visitors.

You and the children in your life are invited to join in and start checking things off your list at this event. It includes many activities that some old timers may remember doing as kids. All the activities engage children and their families with nature in a way that is sure to create long term family memories.

About Crawford Lake Conservation Area
Crawford Lake is located at the corner of Guelph Line and Conservation Road (formerly Steeles Avenue) 15 km north of the QEW, and 5 km south of the 401 in Milton. The pristine waters of Crawford Lake have drawn people to its shores for hundreds of years. The rare lake, with surrounding boardwalk, is nestled in lush forests atop the stunning Niagara Escarpment where visitors can watch soaring turkey vultures glide through the Nassagaweya Canyon.

About Mountsberg Conservation Area
Mountsberg Conservation Area is located on Milburough Line, five km west of Campbellville, ON, between Highway 6 South and the Guelph Line. This 472 hectare park includes extensive wetlands, forests, fields, and a reservoir. Mountsberg hosts many family friendly events which are sure to become family traditions for many in the community. It is also well known for the Mountsberg Raptor Centre, which is home to 15 different species of native birds of prey. Many of the Raptor Centre’s resident birds of prey have permanent injuries that have left them incapable of surviving on their own in the wild.