Shaw Woods Outdoor Education Centre, 24 Nov 2022 4:01:03 +0000en-us<![CDATA[Mackenzie Community School]]>, 24 Nov 2022 4:01:03 +0000<![CDATA[SWOEC Board Meeting]]>, 16 Nov 2022 3:08:35 +0000<![CDATA[Algonquin Pembroke]]>, 16 Nov 2022 2:58:19 +0000<![CDATA[Cobden District Public School]]>, 15 Nov 2022 9:45:28 +0000<![CDATA[Valour]]>, 12 Nov 2022 1:53:30 +0000<![CDATA[Unavailable]]>, 09 Nov 2022 10:41:05 +0000<![CDATA[Bishop Smith]]>, 27 Oct 2022 11:20:00 +0000<![CDATA[TDCS Walk & Talk]]>, 27 Oct 2022 10:04:12 +0000<![CDATA[AJ Charbonneau PS]]>, 12 Oct 2022 10:14:09 +0000<![CDATA[Support]]>, 27 Sep 2022 4:32:55 +0000Donate Now Through!

Shaw Woods Outdoor Education Centre Inc is a registered charity.  Donations  are tax deductible.

To donate by cheque.

Make cheque payable to "Shaw Woods Outdoor Education Centre".

Mail to:
Shaw Woods OEC
c/o Carol Campbell
337 Matheson Dr.
Pembroke, ON
K8A 8S5 

Include your return address for tax receipt.

Our volunteers have contributed thousands of hours developing this unique centre.
Your financial donation supports this important project.

<![CDATA[Renfrew Collegiate Intermediate]]>, 21 Sep 2022 11:50:53 +0000<![CDATA[SHSM]]>, 19 Sep 2022 5:51:44 +0000<![CDATA[Opeongo]]>, 19 Sep 2022 11:52:39 +0000<![CDATA[Available]]>, 19 Sep 2022 11:08:46 +0000<![CDATA[Champlain Discovery]]>, 15 Sep 2022 8:54:55 +0000<![CDATA[Outdoors Club ADHS]]>, 13 Sep 2022 11:07:06 +0000<![CDATA[CRC Renfrew County]]>, 10 Sep 2022 2:12:18 +0000<![CDATA[Toy Bus]]>, 10 Sep 2022 2:12:07 +0000<![CDATA[St Francis of Assisi]]>, 10 Sep 2022 11:29:01 +0000<![CDATA[Walter Zadow]]>, 08 Sep 2022 10:56:55 +0000<![CDATA[Killaloe Public School]]>, 08 Sep 2022 10:30:17 +0000<![CDATA[Eganville District Public School]]>, 08 Sep 2022 4:38:57 +0000<![CDATA[Beachburg PS]]>, 08 Sep 2022 4:27:52 +0000<![CDATA[Herman Street PS]]>, 08 Sep 2022 4:06:23 +0000<![CDATA[St James]]>, 08 Sep 2022 3:52:39 +0000<![CDATA[Intermediate]]>, 06 Sep 2022 6:23:05 +0000

Intermediate Programs

Fall (Sept-Nov)

Winter (Dec- Feb)

Spring (March-April)

Summer (May-June)

Team Building/Navigation 101

Team Building/Navigation 101

Geocaching/Guided Hike

Wilderness Survival (fires optional, quinzhee building if snow)/snowshoe or guided hike

Guided HIke/Team Building

Biodiversity & Invasive Species Hike/Team Building

Biodiversity & Invasive Species Hike/Team Building

Team Building/Navigation 101

Tree ID/TEam building

Geocaching/Guided Hike

Click here for detailed program descriptions 

<![CDATA[Junior]]>, 06 Sep 2022 6:22:45 +0000

Junior Programs

Fall (Sept-Nov)

Winter (Dec- Feb)

Spring (March-April)

Summer (May-June)

Navigation 101/Biodiversity & Invasive Species Hike

MAPLE SYRUP (March 9th - April 9th)

Animal Tracking/Team building  

Geocaching/Guided Hike

Wilderness Survival (optional fire making & quinzhee building)/Snowshoe or Hike

Tree ID/Guided Hike (mid-April to May)

Wetland Wonders/Team building

Tree ID/Team building

Tree ID/Guided Hike

Click here for detailed program descriptions 

<![CDATA[Highview Public School]]>, 02 Sep 2022 10:29:02 +0000<![CDATA[Cathedral Catholic School]]>, 27 Aug 2022 12:53:28 +0000<![CDATA[RC Paramedics]]>, 24 Aug 2022 11:49:43 +0000<![CDATA[RCDSB Summer Camp]]>, 01 Jul 2022 10:24:56 +0000<![CDATA[Home]]>, 17 Jun 2022 10:42:37 +0000

Public Announcements:

Although no organized teaching programs take place outside the academic year, the Trail Guides and extensive interpretive material provides for a variety of self-guided opportunities.  Visitors are advised to print the appropriate items from this website.

As a result of the Covid-19 situation please note the following.

*For the moment, Shaw Woods trails remain open to provide much needed outdoor opportunities.

*Physical/Social distancing is an absolute must

*Washrooms are CLOSED due to the unavailability of sanitary supplies.

Thank you,

-The Shaw Woods Outdoor Education Ctr Team

If you are planning an event at Shaw Woods you must contact our office administrator, MK Jones ( to confirm details and check availability.

To foster an ethic of responsible environmental stewardship, by providing educational programming and self-directed learning to educational groups, community organizations and the public at large. In conjunction with the foregoing, to teach sustainable forestry practices which manage the social, economic and ecological values provided by forests.

We support the concept of maintaining undisturbed forest areas as living examples of old growth forest available for the study and appreciation of their unique cultural and scientific values.

<![CDATA[Board of Directors 2021-2022]]>, 15 Jun 2022 12:26:47 +0000

Name Occupation Position on Board

  • Fred Blackstein Engineer-retired, Co-Chair, SWOEC
  • Dana Shaw Forester Co-Chair, SWOEC
  • Carol Campbell Teacher-retired, Secretary-Treasurer
  • Herb Shaw Lawyer-retired, Shaw Family Representative
  • John Collins Physician, retired Chair Trails Ctee.
  • Ian Pineau Algonquin College Chair Risk Mgmt. Ctee.
  • Leanne Cheliak Teacher, retired Chair Education Ctee.
  • Emilie Clarke Teacher, RCDSB Rep.
  • Damian Solar Teacher, RCCDSB Rep.
  • Colette Stitt Trustee, CEPEO Rep.
  • James Brose Mayor, North Algona Wilberforce. Renfrew County Rep.
  • Lacey Rose County Forester Advisor
  • Christina Davis MNRF Advisor
  • William Dick Cultural Centre Pikwakanagan Rep.
  • John Kasaboski Teacher-retired Director at Large
  • Dave Lemkay PNFI-retired Director at Large
  • Tomas Stephenson Forester-retired, Director at Large
  • Frank Knaapen Forester-retired, Director at Large
  • Steven Boland County of Renfrew-retired, Director at Large

<![CDATA[Indigenous Students Program]]>, 02 Jun 2022 6:56:48 +0000<![CDATA[Central Public School]]>, 08 Apr 2022 8:44:55 +0000<![CDATA[Arnprior District HS]]>, 27 Mar 2022 4:36:11 +0000<![CDATA[Ecole Equinox]]>, 25 Mar 2022 10:43:41 +0000<![CDATA[St John XXIII]]>, 24 Mar 2022 8:04:46 +0000<![CDATA[Holy Name]]>, 24 Mar 2022 5:16:08 +0000<![CDATA[Our Lady of Grace]]>, 24 Mar 2022 3:54:18 +0000<![CDATA[St Mary's]]>, 11 Mar 2022 3:59:34 +0000<![CDATA[Our Lady of Lourdes]]>, 11 Mar 2022 10:59:53 +0000<![CDATA[Secondary]]>, 08 Mar 2022 5:12:18 +0000

Secondary Programs

Fall (Sept-Nov)

Winter (Dec- Feb)

Spring (March-April)

Summer (May-June)

Leadership/Guided Hike

Wilderness Survival/Navigation 101

Leadership/Navigation 101

Snake River Studies/Navigation 101


Team Building/Wilderness Survival

Forestry Management/Wilderness Skills


GPS GREENCHECK (specialty program, inquire about availability)

GPS GREENCHECK (Specialty program, inquire about avaialbility)

Click here for detailed program descriptions 

<![CDATA[Primary]]>, 08 Mar 2022 5:01:08 +0000

Primary Programs

Fall (Sept-Nov)

Winter (Dec- Feb)

Spring (March-April)

Summer (May-June)

Animal Antics/Plants & Soils


(Includes: snowshoe /games/animal tracking)

MAPLE SYRUP (Mar 9th - Apr 9th)

It’s a Bug’s Life/Bird Investigators

It’s a Bug’s Life/A Plant & Me

Bird Investigators/Animal Antics (Mid-April-May)

A Plant & Me/Animal Antics

Click here for detailed program descriptions

<![CDATA[Whitney Public School]]>, 08 Mar 2022 1:13:04 +0000<![CDATA[Our Lady of Fatima]]>, 01 Mar 2022 12:33:57 +0000<![CDATA[Paramedic Training]]>, 15 Dec 2021 11:06:37 +0000<![CDATA[St Anthony's]]>, 03 Dec 2021 5:25:53 +0000<![CDATA[Education]]>, 03 Dec 2021 12:58:10 +0000Primary Junior Intermediate Secondary

Online registration is limited to schools from the following boards: RCDSB, RCCDSB, CEPEO

Daily student maximum is 60 students.

One registration form (per group/class) for one programme.

Programmes listed in CAPITALS are full day programmes.

For larger groups or multiple grades please contact our office administrator, MK Jones at

*programs last for 4 hours*
Plan your arrival between 9:30 - 10:30 and departure between 1:30 and 2:30
<![CDATA[Game On!]]>, 26 Nov 2021 12:17:11 +0000<![CDATA[CRC Killaloe]]>, 26 Nov 2021 12:15:29 +0000<![CDATA[East Side]]>, 10 Nov 2021 7:50:13 +0000These trails will take you along the Snake River, Dore Scarp and Shaws Pond. From at op the scenic lookout in times of low water, it is still possible to see the river channel as it was before the dam was built in the eighteenth century to create the millpond. The landscapes and diversity of life forms found here stand in sharp contrast to the hardwood forest spreading out before you to the southwest. Pre-1900 forest fire regimes and more recent logging has influenced the forests growing today.

However, as you will soon learn, there are numerous connections linking the natural, geological, and human histories of the land along both sides of the waterway. We hope you enjoy your journey back in time!

<![CDATA[West Side]]>, 10 Nov 2021 4:49:01 +0000You are about to step into a rare and ancient forest. In many ways, it is not unlike what the first European explorers to eastern North America would have encountered. Some clues to recognizing this as an ‘Old Growth Forest’ are obvious while others are more subtle. See how many of these characte ristics you can identify on your walk:

  • High-branched, large diameter trees
  • Multilayered canopy
  • Pit and mound topography
  • Nurse logs and cavity trees
  • Lack of pioneer tree species
  • Absence of sawn stumps
<![CDATA[St Michael's]]>, 02 Nov 2021 11:42:30 +0000<![CDATA[Sherwood Public School]]>, 06 Oct 2021 3:07:50 +0000<![CDATA[Rockwood Public School]]>, 29 Sep 2021 3:06:34 +0000<![CDATA[Pine View Public School]]>, 27 Sep 2021 8:36:45 +0000<![CDATA[N/A]]>, 26 Sep 2021 6:24:59 +0000<![CDATA[Unavailable]]>, 25 Sep 2021 3:02:28 +0000<![CDATA[FCS Renfrew @Pavillion]]>, 14 Sep 2021 11:26:24 +0000<![CDATA[Event 1]]>, 28 Aug 2021 4:10:38 +0000<![CDATA[CIF]]>, 28 Aug 2021 2:54:23 +0000<![CDATA[Roseburg]]>, 28 Aug 2021 2:49:32 +0000<![CDATA[RTO Meeting]]>, 28 Aug 2021 2:48:32 +0000<![CDATA[RTO Meeting]]>, 28 Aug 2021 2:43:48 +0000<![CDATA[Self-Guided Story Walk 'The Thing Lou Couldn’t Do' by Ashley Spires! ]]>, 15 Jun 2021 1:28:00 +0000<![CDATA[Bonnechere Union Public Library]]>, 15 Jun 2021 1:25:41 +0000<![CDATA[Girl Guides]]>, 26 Mar 2021 1:46:26 +0000<![CDATA[Cancellation Policy]]>, 25 May 2020 3:10:06 +0000Please read through our cancellation policy BEFORE submitting your booking request.

Shaw Woods is an outdoor education centre and our programmes run four seasons a year in all weather conditions. Please refer to the appropriate clothing guide and general information that is attached to your registration form.

Once your booking request has been submitted and confirmed by our staff, your date, programmes chosen and student numbers will be reserved for your group(s) or class. Our booking calendar will now state “booked”.

Due to staffing requirements and interest by other schools, we require a MINIMUM of two weeks notice to accommodate any change in date or student numbers.

Specialized programme options (GPS Green check, Forestry Management) that include outside, or specialized Human Resources and/or course material, require a MINIMUM of FOUR WEEKS notice for change of date or student numbers. CHANGES made after this period will result in your Board’s allotted student days to be debited accordingly.

The only exceptions to this policy are: last minute bus cancellations or extreme weather conditions as mutually agreed upon between the school principal and Shaw Woods.

If changes are requested in a timely manner, or are the result of either bus cancellations or extreme weather conditions, our Office Administrator (MK Jones at will gladly rebook your day.

<![CDATA[Register]]>, 20 May 2020 5:39:15 +0000Online registration is limited to schools from the following boards: RCDSB, RCCDSB, CEPEO

Daily student maximum is 60 students.

One registration form (per group/class) for one programme.

Programmes listed in CAPITALS are full day programmes.

For larger groups or multiple grades please contact our office administrator, MK Jones at

Primary Junior Intermediate Secondary

<![CDATA[WQSB]]>, 17 Apr 2020 3:50:28 +0000<![CDATA[St. John Bosco]]>, 06 Apr 2020 9:44:39 +0000<![CDATA[Pembroke Area Field Naturalists Owl Prowl]]>, 18 Mar 2020 10:21:28 +0000<![CDATA[Queen Elizabeth Public School]]>, 13 Mar 2020 2:51:48 +0000<![CDATA[RCCDSB Arctic Games]]>, 13 Mar 2020 12:02:34 +0000<![CDATA[RCCDSB]]>, 13 Mar 2020 12:00:18 +0000<![CDATA[MARCH BREAK]]>, 12 Jan 2020 6:27:01 +0000<![CDATA[Valour]]>, 04 Dec 2019 12:46:04 +0000<![CDATA[Unavailable]]>, 10 Nov 2019 12:38:04 +0000<![CDATA[Event]]>, 17 Sep 2019 1:08:33 +0000<![CDATA[Private Event]]>, 13 Sep 2019 4:56:37 +0000<![CDATA[1st Pembroke Guide Pathfinder Unit]]>, 13 Sep 2019 4:53:29 +0000<![CDATA[ ]]>, 10 Sep 2019 11:32:58 +0000<![CDATA[Unavailable]]>, 10 Sep 2019 11:23:42 +0000<![CDATA[Forest Symposium]]>, 05 Sep 2019 9:55:24 +0000<![CDATA[Event]]>, 05 Sep 2019 9:54:52 +0000<![CDATA[ Algonquin Woodroffe]]>, 05 Sep 2019 9:50:40 +0000<![CDATA[Algonquin College]]>, 05 Sep 2019 9:50:12 +0000<![CDATA[St Joseph]]>, 05 Sep 2019 9:49:42 +0000<![CDATA[Calendar]]>, 05 Sep 2019 9:47:27 +0000Shaw Woods education programs are available to the following school boards:
Renfrew County District School Board,  Renfrew County Catholic School Board,  CEPEO

<![CDATA[CEPEO]]>, 05 Sep 2019 9:43:12 +0000<![CDATA[RCDSB]]>, 22 Aug 2019 10:31:22 +0000<![CDATA[Volunteer]]>, 26 Feb 2019 2:57:43 +0000Shaw woods white tail deerWe welcome volunteers who wish to support our activities. In particular, we could use help with our "Adopt a Trail" program. Volunteers walk their adopted trail on a schedule of their choice and identify any necessary maintenance and/or safety issues.

Volunteers conduct minor (hand tool) work and identify any chainsaw requirements to done by certified professionals.

For further information please contact the Chair of our Trails Committee, John Collins.


<![CDATA[Education Programs ]]>, 29 Nov 2018 6:26:10 +0000We have been offering outdoor-experiential curriculum-based programs to students in Renfrew County since 2012. On average we see around 3,500 students each year. We are always excited when we see returning students who remember the highlights of their previous visits to the centre. 

Our programs are based on a graduated system, whereby students will build on their previous knowledge set in subsequent visits to the site throughout their elementary and secondary years. 

Program History

The Shaw Woods OEC programs began running when we received funding from the Ontario Trillium Foundation (OTF) for $50,000. Since then we have received funding an additional $155,000 from the OTF,  from the Renfrew County District School Board (RCDSB), the Renfrew County Catholic District School Board (RCCDSB) and the French-public School Board (CEPEO), Community Foundations and TD Friends of the Environment. 

Our activities, services and programs include: protecting and conserving the native landscape; educating and providing awareness training of environmental issues; delivering outdoor experiential curriculum-based programs to school groups; creating and sustaining partnerships with various community groups and organizations to promote the positive health of our environment and communities; creating awareness and advocacy projects with like-minded groups and individuals (for example, working with PAN State University to conduct a survey of the Red-backed Salamander population in relationship to the increase of the invasive earth worm population); providing recreational and tourists opportunities through the promotion of healthy active lifestyles; maintaining trail networks that are open to the public 365 days a year; hosting community events to promote the strengths of other not-for profit organizations in the local and provincial communities; providing unique opportunities for the scientific and research community in Canada and abroad.

Over the last two and a half years we have had 6,500 students from the Renfrew County District School Board and the Renfrew County Catholic District School Board attend the programs at our centre. We have received hundreds of thank you letters that demonstrate how much the students enjoyed their activities and the importance of what they learned. We have had teachers continue to return to the centre and continue to support our initiatives inside the classroom as well. We now receive funding to support one full-time staff to direct, develop, deliver, and coordinate programs and one part-time assitant until 2020. 

We have been approached by the French-public school board to invest in our organization, hire a French speaking teacher to learn our programs, and deliver them to their students.

We have students from Algonquin College developing programs to be offered at our site and to participate ecological projects that promote the protection of our ground source water.

We reach people through social media and have over 7000 visitors to our Facebook page each week. They learn about the local flora and fauna of the site and provide opportunities to share their own initiatives with others.

We are developing community events whereby various organizations come to our site to promote their own initiatives and participate in engaging and motivating activities that promote the environment and healthy active lifestyles.

Check out our partner and funders websites below: 





TD Friends of the Environment-

Community Futures-

<![CDATA[Old Growth Forest Research]]>, 26 Sep 2017 6:14:51 +0000Our project is to quantify the features of Ontario's tolerant hardwood old-growth forests.  Old-growth features include vertical and horizontal complexity, large (over 60 cm dbh) and very large (over 90 cm dbh) trees, an abundance of standing dead trees, down woody debris, and pit and mound topology from trees tipping over.  These features are important to a variety of wildlife from amphibians and fungi on the forest floor to upper canopy birds and everything in between.  Old-growth features have never been quantified for Ontario sites before.  With the limited number of tolerant hardwood old-growth sites in Ontario, the measurements in Shaw Woods will greatly contribute to the data set.

We will be comparing old-growth with managed and unmanaged tolerant hardwood stands and discussing methods one can do to accelerate the development of old-growth features in managed stands using a technique called structural complexity enhancement (SCE).  SCE has been shown to accelerate the development of old-growth features, increase biodiversity, and increase the storage of carbon in comparison to traditional hardwood management.

I will be presenting the results along with my colleague Ken Elliot as the keynote speaker at the Trenton Woodlot Conference in November.

<![CDATA[Policies]]>, 25 Sep 2017 2:01:48 +0000<![CDATA[Native Plants ]]>, 25 Sep 2017 1:30:57 +0000These images have been taken from: Forest Plants of Central Ontario, Lone Pine, 1st Edition, 1996. The species have been specifically chosen to highlight the diversity of native plants along this trail; when the Grade 11 Biology class /studied along the trail, they grew to learn of these plants specific identifying features, medical uses, and whether they were edible vs. poisonous. Another amazing resource we used is Edible & Medicinal Plants of Canada, Lone Pine, New Edition, 2014. The goal was to have the students gain a better appreciation for the natural world through connecting to their studies in the classroom to the forest setting. They could feel, smell, and in some cases, taste the plants we introduced them to. It became a outdoor-experiential opportunity for everyone who participated. A special thank you to volunteer, Grant Dobson, for allowing the students to start their studies at his property. We always want to give a big thank you to all volunteers that make this centre run. 

<![CDATA[Eastern Red-backed Salamander Study 2017]]>, 30 May 2017 9:20:23 +0000Our Eastern Red-backed Salamander Study is well underway at Shaw Woods this spring! Each week we have been collecting data that indicates the health of the Red-backed Salamander population in our local area. This data will add to the SPARC-net project that is being conducted through PennState University. For more information please click on this link:

<![CDATA[Site Location]]>, 05 Dec 2016 4:21:15 +0000<![CDATA[Maps and Visitor Guides]]>, 05 Dec 2016 4:01:34 +0000If you are planning a visit to the Shaw Woods print copies of the visitor guides or maps.
Printing your own guide helps us control printing costs.

If you are planning an outing for a large group or club, please check our Group Use Policy.

<![CDATA[Research]]>, 05 Dec 2016 3:49:55 +0000The unique topography and diverse habitats of the Shaw Woods offer researchers an exceptional location for research projects. Permission, in writing, is required for anyone wishing to conduct research or undertake similar activities on the property.

If you are interested in conducting research at the Shaw Woods contact Fred Blackstein, Co-Chair.

<![CDATA[The Shaws of Lake Dore]]>, 25 Nov 2016 7:13:39 +0000A brief history …

John Shaw, originally from Inverness, Scotland, his wife, the former Barbara Thompson and their two-year-old son John II arrived here by canoe from Bytown (Ottawa) in 1847. Barbara was a niece of Ann Crichton, wife of the Hon. Thomas McKay, who built many locks along the Rideau Canal and his home Rideau Hall, now home to Canada’s Governors General. John Shaw was McKay’s miller and he and Barbara were married at Rideau Hall.

Upper Canada was quite a remote destination in those days with only a few families living in the united townships of Wilberforce, Grattan and Frazer (sic). Drawn by the potential water power of the Snake River, a sawmill and three-story gristmill were quickly established. By 1851 seven people were employed and the young enterprise had begun a long history, making it now the longest established family-owned lumber business in Canada. Fifth generation John 5th and Dana Shaw carry on the business today.

The Shaw’s first house was a simple 1 ½-story log structure. A mixed farm produced a variety of products to be sold or traded for help running the mills across the road. Several of the Shaws served as postmaster for the Lake Dore hamlet. John Shaw ll, known as “Honest John”, was at one time reeve and treasurer of Wilberforce Township and served on County Council in 1880. Local farmers from miles around would draw logs to be sawn and grain to be milled. In 19th century Renfrew County it was not uncommon to carry 35 kg. bags of grain for many miles and return home later that day with the ground flour. You can see two of the original grist stones, shipped from Scotland and used in the mill, at the Shaws Pond dam-site.

Several ‘day books’ from this time period tabulate the business’s local commerce, and every year (or two) the accounts would be settled. Trading of goods and services such as with the “Desjardin Steam Carriage, Sleigh and Waggon Factory” was established. The Shaws provided sawn basswood lumber, a lightweight and easily worked component for sleighs and carriages, and the Pembroke company supplied manufactured items for the Lake Dore company’s operations. At year’s end the party with accounts receivable had the dollar amount listed with the antiquated accounting term ‘favor’.

In 1942 the company, now operated by Herb and Len Shaw, sons of John ll, relocated to Pembroke to be closer to business interests. Their stately frame home, with its impressive stone fences and gardens was removed when the Bulger Road was widened. In the early 1950’s the farm fields were reforested with pine by Herb’s sons, John and Donald Shaw.

In the 1970’s the National Museum of Natural Sciences and the Nature Conservancy of Canada became interested in the property’s natural heritage value, and in partnership with the Shaw family established the Shaw Woods Nature Preserve. With uncommon plant species, centuries-old trees and animals as diverse as lynx and bald eagle, the woods have welcomed visitors from far and wide for decades. Over the years many scientific journals have contained reference to research conducted here, taking special advantage of the virtually untouched living laboratory. Currently, Algonquin College, the University of Guelph and the Great Lakes Forestry Centre all have field research projects.

Recently, a local not-for-profit charitable organization (SWOEC) was formed to provide for enhanced interpretive and educational opportunities. Their mandate is to foster an ethic of responsible environmental stewardship and highlight sound forest management practice, (a legacy of the Shaw owners down through the years) while at the same time respecting and protecting reserves such as this one for generations to come.......We hope you enjoy your visit.

by Grant Dobson and Mernie James, with Lana Shaw, Lisa Shaw-Verhoek and Lisbeth Shaw-Cullen

<![CDATA[Events]]>, 25 Nov 2016 6:02:20 +0000<![CDATA[About]]>, 25 Nov 2016 6:02:20 +0000

Mission Statement:
To foster an ethic of responsible environmental stewardship, by providing educational programming and self-directed learning to educational groups, community organizations and the public at large. In conjunction with the foregoing, to teach sustainable forestry practices which manage the social, economic and ecological values provided by forests.

We support the concept of maintaining undisturbed forest areas as living examples of old growth forest available for the study and appreciation of their unique cultural and scientific values.

  • The Shaw Woods OEC is a registered charitable, not for profit organization managed by a board of directors.
  • The Shaw Woods OEC was incorporated in 2010.
  • The property has been in the Shaw Family since 1847.
  • For over a century  the site included a working farm with a water powered saw mill and grist mill.
  • The site includes 50 hectares of old-growth forest and 160 hectares of wetlands and mixed forest.
  • The 14 km network of trails is maintained by a team of volunteers.
  • Trail Guides and Maps
  • The site is open year around, dawn to dusk.
  • Some trails are occasionally closed for special events.
  • There is no charge for parking or access to the site.
  • Washrooms available on site.
  • Cell reception available over much of the site.
  • School Program Information.
<![CDATA[Contact]]>, 25 Nov 2016 4:30:48 +0000