Long Point Basin Land Trust was founded in 1996 with a mission to protect and restore functioning ecosystems in the central Carolinian Region. This is accomplished through land ownership, land management and nature stewardship. LPBLT currently protects 10 nature reserves, totaling 671 acres, which provide opportunities for people to connect with nature through hands-on outdoor experiences.

We are so very excited to be launching the new Explore the Outdoors program, which will bring people together to explore and appreciate the amazing natural areas in this region.


All of the events are FREE and open to anyone! However, registration is recommended for attendance at any of the events and will open one month prior to each event. The number of available spaces varies by event and may be limited. Do not forget to bring to the events whatever you need to enjoy your time outdoors – water bottle, hiking boots, sunscreen, bug spray, snacks, etc.

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Gardening with Native Plants

June 23 @ 9:00 am - 4:30 pm

What does the term “native” mean in terms of plant selection for your garden? This workshop will address gardening with native plants at the scale of the home garden, along with important planning and design considerations for creating long lasting landscapes with all season interest. Careful selection of native plants and the incorporation of other garden features for the benefit of pollinators, birds and other wildlife will be discussed. A wide selection of native trees, shrubs and perennials will be introduced along with practical tips for growing them successfully.

Kevin Kavanagh is the owner of South Coast Gardens, a small specialty nursery and landscape design business next door to LPBLT’s Shirley and George Pond Nature Reserve. Kevin has a longstanding interest in nature conservation, native plants, and garden design. He will be assisted at the workshop by staff from South Coast Gardens and members of the Norfolk County Master Gardeners.

There will be two REPEAT sessions held on Sunday, June 23; the morning session be from 9:00 a.m. until 12:00 p.m. and the afternoon session will be from 1:30 p.m. until 4:30 p.m. Please only register for one of the sessions.


June 23
9:00 am - 4:30 pm


Shirley and George Pond Nature Reserve
1653 Front road
St. Williams, Ontario Canada