Senior’s Walking in Nature is back

By Lindsay Advocate

Kawartha Conservation’s popular guided walks for seniors are returning for 2019.

The Seniors’ Walking in Nature (WIN) program will run Tuesday’s from 10 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. beginning May 28. The walks will be held at Ken Reid Conservation Area.

“This is a wonderful opportunity for seniors of all skills and abilities to enjoy some time in nature at Ken Reid Conservation Area,” explained Director of Stewardship and Conservation Lands, Kristie Virgoe. “Participants will be guided for a one-and-a-half-hour hike by our staff and learn about the plants, animals and habitats that are here,” she explained.

“This is a relaxed pace on nature trails,” Virgoe added. “And most mobility needs can be met if identified ahead of time.”

A University of Minnesota study noted that in addition to helping to add some freshness to everyday life, getting outdoors also encourages seniors to increase their physical and mental activity levels, which, in turn, can contribute to warding off things like dementia, cognitive decline, immobility, and disease, Kawartha Conservation explained in the press release.

“We had some amazing and wonderful feedback from participants last year, and we felt this was an important program to continue offering to provide older residents with an opportunity to connect with friends, peers and nature in a safe, secure and nurturing environment,” said Virgoe. “Come out and enjoy the fresh air, the social interaction, and learn about the trails close to home.”

Guided educational walks are $10 + HST per person or $60 plus HST for six sessions.

For more information about the walks or to register, visit  or contact Kristie Virgoe by phone at 705-328-2271 Ext 214 or by email at 

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