Walk & Run for rare


Thank you for making our
2017 Walk & Run for rare a great success!

With sunny skies and glorious weather, 168 people came out on Sunday, September 24 to Walk & Run for rare, helping to Turn the Map Green. Your efforts raised over $30,500 this year, which means over 15,000 square meters of land is protected intact and in perpetuity

Participants were treated to interpretive stations along the route providing information about pollinators, turtles, vegetable gardening and more! Waiting at the finish line was a community BBQ complete with entertainment, raffle prizes and announcement of our race winners. Congratulations to all!

In addition to our sponsors below, we also wish to thank the following companies for their in-kind support:

If you would like to learn more about this annual event and how you can support us in 2018, please contact Laura Klein at Laura.Klein@raresites.org or 519-650-9336 x122

Thank you to our 2017 Sponsors!








About rare & Turn the Map Green

Founded in 2001, the rare Charitable Research Reserve is a 900+ acre urban land trust and environmental institute situated at the confluence of the Grand and Speed Rivers in the heart of Waterloo Region. The reserve is a beautiful and culturally significant landscape rich in biodiversity. We strive to preserve the land for future generations by focusing on conservation, research and education.

Within this watershed, rare is comprised of 24 different habitat types, including some of the last Carolinian old-growth forest in Southern Ontario, home to trees more than 240 years old, globally-rare alvars, and six of eight pre-settlement landscapes, supporting rich biodiversity reminiscent of the original biota of southern Ontario prior to extensive human land use. It has an exceptional array of flora and fauna, with species that are ranked “significant” or “at risk” regionally, provincially, nationally and even globally. We serve Waterloo Region and beyond by offering opportunities for schools and the public to get outside recreationally, or take part in educational events. Our community gardens allow community members to grown their own food as well as the chance to volunteer their time in our Food Bank Garden growing food for those in need, and our eight km of trails open to the public offers the community passive recreation and the opportunity to engage with nature.

This beautiful landscape is also culturally significant. Our village hub property in Blair, perhaps the oldest settlement in “Upper Canada,” is known for its historical significance as the first stage coach inn. The beautifully restored 1840s limestone slit barn is one of only a few left in Ontario. Artefacts found on the property go back more than 10,500 years and the rare Charitable Research Reserve acknowledges the Chonnonton people (“people of the deer”) on whose traditional territory we live and work and offers respect to our Haudenosaunee, Anishinaabe, and Métis neighbours as we strengthen our relationships with them.

Turn the Map Green is a grassroots effort to ensure the protection — in perpetuity — of more than 900 acres of environmentally sensitive lands, important for their role in a healthy watershed, providing drinking water for 40 million people. The lands are a nature reserve with over eight kms of trails to encourage a local appreciation of nature –– and a living laboratory where research informs a global community and begins a Chain of Learning that extends to even the youngest citizen in a program called Every Child Outdoors (ECO). Because the goal of rare is to preserve its sites and ecosystems intact and in perpetuity, its first responsibility is to finish paying for the lands and ensure financial stability for their stewardship. Your support makes a difference and gets to the core of rare’s vision. Of every dollar, 90% pays for the lands and 10% allows us to control invasives, maintain trails and train the next generation of conservationists. We can’t do it without you!


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