FAQ’s

Q) What is rare?

A) Founded in 2001, the rare Charitable Research Reserve is a 900+ acre urban land trust and environmental institute in Waterloo Region/ Wellington. Since inception, rare has taken care of the land on behalf of the community through the use of Western tools in conservation, research and education. As rare becomes engaged in reconciliation with the Indigenous Peoples of Turtle Island (North America), these pillars will equally include and value Indigenous ways of knowing and being — to become three strands of a strong braid. Together we will steward these lands with respect for generations pasts, present and those yet to come, intact in perpetuity with trees more than 250 years old, 24 habitat types, and 6 of 8 pre-settlement landscapes.

Q) Is rare owned by or part of the Grand River Conservation Authority?

A) No. The rare Charitable Research Reserve is a registered a charity; a not for profit organization governed by an arms-length Board of Directors.  The organization is very fortunate to have the guidance of a team of experts who form our Advisory Committees (Environmental, Research, Education, and Fundraising).  Each committee is supported by a small dedicated staff team led by an Executive Director and include, but are not limited, to a Land Steward, Research Director, Education Director, Community Gardens Manager, Fundraising Manager, Bookkeeper and a Community Relations Manager.  Other project managers are hired or contracted as needed.

Q) Are the trails open to the public?

A) Yes. The trails are open to the public free of charge from dawn to dusk. The Grand Trunk Trail (part of the Cambridge Riverbank Trail system but crosses the rare property) is open all year. The Cliffs and Alvars Trails are open from mid March to mid November. Visit our trails page.

Q) Can anyone attend hikes, workshops or lectures?

A) Yes. All of the events listed in our Events Calendar are open to the public for a nominal fee.

Q) Can I use my bike or bring a stroller on the trails?

A) Due to the fragile ecosystem we work hard to preserve, bikes and strollers are only permitted on the Grand Trunk Trail, Maple Lane, Grand Allee, and Deer Run trails. Thank you for your cooperation.

Q) How is rare funded?

A) We are a charitable organization that relies on grants, individual donations, foundation and corporate support.

Q) Where is the best place to park if I want to hike at rare?

A)  Trail Head parking is accessible off of George Street or at 768 Blair Rd. (at the rare ECO Centre)

Q) What is the old stone barn on Blair Road being used for?

A) The Slit Barn has recently been renovated to provide a three-season facility for rare events (including our education programs) and private rentals. Along with the adjacent Resource House, this area is known as the rare ECO Centre – the hub of our Every Child Outdoors environmental programming.

Q) What is happening at Springbank Farm?

A) Springbank Farm is the now the site of Here We Grow! Springbank Farms Community Gardens project.  This project is seeing the radical transformation of the farm into educational demonstration gardens. These gardens offer a unique learning opportunity for people to develop an understanding of our environment, and are open to the public.

 

rare Charitable Research Reserve
1679 Blair Road
Cambridge, ON N3H 4R8
(519) 650-9336
Charitable Registration:
#8776 15914 RR0001