Walk the history of a ravine

Stewardship, conservancy, and appreciation. These are the three priorities the Friends of Glen Stewart Ravine hope to put forward when the group hosts its first nature walk on Sunday, Oct. 25.

The guided tour will meander through the leafy enclave that stretches between Kingston Road and Queen Street East beginning at 3 p.m. at the Beech Avenue entrance to the ravine, and ending at Queen Street, with an option to continue to the lake front.

Local field naturalist and nature lover Bob Kortright will lead the tour, pointing out interesting plants, animals and birds along the way, lending special emphasis to the small creek that runs through the ravine.

“It’s pretty impressive, you know,” said Katya Nosko, one of the founding members, along with Ronn Stevenson, of the Friends group.

“It’s a little spring, so where does that water come from, where does it go to, what was it like during Hurricane Hazel, all those sorts of things. He has a fair bit of knowledge about that,” she said.

Nosko hopes the walk will encourage residents and visitors who enjoy the ravine as much as she does to join the Friends.

“The park is a jewel in the area and in Ontario, actually,” she said. “It’s protected land, it’s an oak moraine and there are very, very few of them left.”

She would like to see schools become more active through their eco programs, either by studying the ravine, encouraging nature walks, or by actually taking part in caring for such a special place.

“Even though it has a long history and it’s very well used, there isn’t a lot known about it anymore, as to either its history or its nature preserve aspects, so it would be nice to have more people aware of how special it is,” said Nosko.

To help the group learn more about that history, Beach Metro News history writer Gene Domagala will be on the walk, shedding some light on the ravine’s past. See page 18 for some of that history.

For more information on the walk or the group, find the Friends of Glen Stewart Ravine on Facebook or email friendsofglenstewartparkravine@gmail.com.

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