What better way to explore your own creativity than in the natural beauty of the 200-acre High Lonesome Nature Reserve, a property conserved in perpetuity by the Mississippi Madawaska Land Trust Conservancy.

On Saturday May 3 and Sunday May 4 from 9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. young and old alike are invited to participate in the first ever Creativity Blitz at this oasis of tranquility in the Pakenham Hills. Join with others and connect with Nature and explore your creative side! Admission is free! Registration opens at 9:00 a.m. on May 3. There will be volunteers available to get you started.

Some of the possibilities include:

  • arranging natural materials and objects found on the ground into your creative piece;
  • bringing your own art supplies, musical instrument, poetry book, journal;
  • coming with nothing but a willingness to open your eyes, ears and senses.

Let your imagination soar!

No artistic experience is necessary and there will be many opportunities to participate in collaborative creative projects with mentors around to prompt and encourage. The emphasis is on creativity and nature – not art or artists.

Three special “WOW” spots have been selected as focal points, but with the eight kilometres of trails winding through woodlands, by beaver ponds and through meadows, you may just find that special spot that speaks to your soul and cries out for creative expression. There may be no Maypole, but dance around your favourite tree!

Once you have completed your creation, take it for immediate display in the barn or submit a photo, a short video or a CD as a keepsake of your creativity and a tribute to the inspirational value of Nature. On Sunday, continue on with your own creative project or simply appreciate the creative pieces on display.

Maps will be provided. The Creativity Blitz takes place rain or shine, so dress appropriately for the weather. Stay for the day: You can bring your own lunch and enjoy it outdoors.

We will be looking for some assistance from volunteers to help with registration, parking, and providing general directions to participants, so if you’d like to give us a hand, please contact the number below.


  • Take County Road 29 to Pakenham Village
  • Turn on Waba Road and continue west for 2.9 KM
  • Turn left on Barr Side Road
  • Travel for 1.6 KM

Take the first left at Carbine Road and drive 4 KM to 867 Carbine Road and you have arrived!

A map with directions can be found here. For more information, please visit our website at www.mmltc.ca or email Jacquie.christiani@bell.net or phone 613-624-5530.