Walk & Run for rare


2018 Walk & Run for rare



To all participants in the 2018 Walk & Run for rare!

September 30, 2018

Riverbluffs Park, Cambridge

On September 30, 2018, community members and rare supporters joined the fun and helped protect and conserve land in Waterloo Region and Wellington County. This 5km walk and fun-run supports our Turn the Map Green campaign – every $2 raised protects 1 square meter of environmentally sensitive land intact in perpetuity!


  • Free food and drinks for participants
  • Chance to win exciting prizes just by registering
  • Access to interpretive educational stations
  • Live music and family fun activities
  • Free t-shirt for participants raising over $50
  • Free shuttle bus from end of route back to the beginning
  • Opportunity to help Turn the Map Green and support conservation in Waterloo Region and Wellington County

To donate to this event click here!

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 x126


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 landscape rich in biodiversity. We strive to protect 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 8km 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.

The rare Charitable Research Reserve acknowledges and is grateful to all of the original stewards of the land in which rare resides, within the Haldimand Treaty, spanning six miles on either side of the Grand River from source to mouth. Understanding that this land has been rich in diverse Indigenous presence since time immemorial there are several Indigenous Nations to mention. We would like to honour and respect the sovereignty of both First Nations in our area; the Onkwehon:we Peoples of Six Nations of the Grand River and the Anishinaabe Peoples of Mississauga of the New Credit. Nia:weh and Miigwech to these Nations who share their lands with us. We’d also like to acknowledge the Neutral people which we have archeological evidence for dating back 10, 500 years. Lastly, we’d like to acknowledge those Indigenous Peoples who currently live, work, play and learn in the urban landscape around us such other self-identified and status First Nations, Métis, and Inuit.

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 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 invasive species, maintain trails and train the next generation of land stewards. 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