Nature will bear the closest inspection. She invites us to lay our eye level with her smallest leaf, and take an insect view of its plain..….Henry David Thoreau
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"Heart of the Trails" Trailhead and "Circle of Life" dedication
Port Franks Community Centre
Please join us to celebrate the completion of this community beautification project!
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We are pleased to announce the completion of the trailhead structures in Forest and at the Port Franks Community Centre. We want to thank everyone who helped make this a reality! Come out and enjoy the trails in Forest & Port Franks area.
Please consider donating to these community beautification projects. For donations over $300, a coloured leaf with your name and a brief comment will be added to the 'Donor Recognition Tree' featured on the side-panel at either of the trailheads.
An official tax receipt will be issued for donations over $20
Hike all 7 Nature Trails in Lambton Shores & Vicinity and correctly answer each question to receive your FREE badge!
The panels have now been installed at the “Heart of the Trails” trailhead in Port Franks. Historical information, a donor recognition tree and a trail map of the area are on display along with artwork by Jeffrey “Red” George. Thanks to all those who supported this community project.
Lorie & Derek Scott, Doug Bonesteel, Kristy Lyon & Marilyn Smith at the Forest Farmers Market sharing information about Lambton Shores Nature Trails and cooking up some tasty hamburgers! Connecting people of all ages to Nature!
Another piece of the Heart of the Trails in Port Franks is now complete. Handcrafted benches have been installed in the Four Directions of the Circle of Life. Miigwetch Nmishoomis (thank you Grandfather), Miigwetch Nookmis (thank you Grandmother). These beautiful benches were handcrafted by Shawn Core from Port Franks.
A trailhead post has been installed at Mystery Falls to mark the trail to the falls as well as the parking lot. Thanks to Darren, Wendy, Walter and Ross for their hard efforts!
A "Story Walk" has been installed in the Ausable River Cut Conservation Area thanks to funding though Public Health Ontario's Healthy Kids Community Challenge along with the support of the Municipality of Lambton Shores, Ausable Bayfield Conservation Authority and Lambton County Library.
The Story Walk features the children's book Contrary Creatures and is meant to promote healthy physical activity, healthy lifestyle choices and literacy for children from 0 to 12.
Special thanks to the volunteers who dedicated their time to make this youth initiative happen: Walter, Darren, Gerda, Marilyn and Ross.
We are in need of a dedicated person to utilize our easy-to-use GoDaddy software package to send emails to our contact list. The resposibiltiies include putting the campaign form together based on input received from various board members. If you are interested, please contact Marilyn @ 519.243.0123.
If you have a hard hat sitting around collecting dust, donate it to a good cause. We are in need of hard hats to protect our volunteers on some of our work days. If you would be so kind as to donate one, we will be more than happy to pick it up. Please contact Ross @ 519-786-4956.
Are you a certified chainsaw operator? We can really use your help tocut dead aNd fallen trees on the trails Every so often.we would apValley Trail near Arkona to make the trail safe for hikers. Please contact Klaus @ 519.243.0123
We are looking for motivated individuals who want to help make the trails a safe & enjoyable place to hike. There is lots to be done, not everything involves labour intensive work. Inquire today! Please contact Klaus @ 519.243.0123
Welcome to Lambton Shores and its communities of Arkona, Forest, Grand Bend, Ipperwash, Kettle Point, Northville. Port Franks and Thedford. A 'Destination for Nature Lovers' on the beautiful south-eastern shores of Lake Huron in Ontario, Canada. We offer anetwork of connected, accessible, safe & user-friendly Nature Trails for walking, hiking, cycling, kayaking & outdoor enthusiasts!
We invite you to explore the Nature Trails of Lambton Shores & Vicinity. Enjoy the vistas, the sounds, the smells, the feeling of our community. Come see what nature has to offer - sand dunes, Carolinian Forest, wetlands,waterfalls, native flowers & plants, wildlife, fossils and more. There is something new waiting for you to discover!
Protect & preserve our ‘Gems of Nature’
and everything in it.
Stay on the trail (follow the ‘blazes’ on the trees).
Help keep the trails LSNT works on natural
Take only pictures…Leave only footprints.
Adhere to the permitted uses and activities.
Keep dogs on the leash.
Today LSNT relies on a volunteer base of more than 100. You are invited to become a representative of your community on the Executive Committee, a volunteer on scheduled workdays, a trail hike leader, a 'GREEN' sponsor, a fundraiser, a natural heritage educator, a regular hiker on our wonderful nature trails!
LSNT believes in being socially responsible and being part of the larger community "Beyond the Trails":
We are a proud member of the County of Lambton Adopt-A-Road Program; cleaning Bog Line from Northville Rd. to the county boundary.
We initiate other projects to beautify the area for generations to come. For example, we planted 100 native trees around the perimeter of the Port Franks Community Centre grounds to create a ‘Green Tunnel’.
We spearheaded a research project to determine if black walnut husks have an impact on controlling the growth of invasive phragmites.
We have partnered with the North Lambton Community Health Centre and lead group hikes on area nature trails .
We have partnered with other like minded groups like the Lakeshore Eco-Network and continue to participate in the Collective Impact - Connected Rural Communities Collaborative Project initiated by the Grand Bend Area Health Centre.