Laurie Lawson Outdoor Education Centre

The Laurie Lawson property was the first property under the care of the Northumberland Land Trust – as announced on December 7th, 2005.

LOCATION Northumberland County
MUNICIPALITY Hamilton Township
LATITUDE & LOGITUDE 43°59'14.0"N 78°12'57.1"W
NEAREST TOWN Cobourg
DESCRIPTION Hamilton Township, Lot 24, Concession 2 (S.part)
ROLL NUMBER  
TOTAL PROPERTY SIZE 100 acres
LAND CLASSIFICATION  
HISTORY A Mr. Donaldson was owner of the property in 1878. Subsequently it passed through the hands of several owners until purchased by the late Dr. Laurie Lawson. In 1968 he offered the site to the local Cobourg School Board for use as an Outdoor Education Centre. Initially four Cobourg schools made use of it working out of a large loaned C.O.D. tent erected by army personnel.
ACQUISITION DATE Dec. 2005 
ECOLOGICAL GIFT NUMBER  

The Laurie Lawson Outdoor Education Centre (LLOEC) was desired by the Public-School Board now known as the Kawartha Pine Ridge District School Board in 1969 to be an outdoor education centre. A building was built at that time, in partnership with technical students of Cobourg District Collegiate East. 

Dr. Mary Bedford-Jones and her husband, the late Mr. Bill Goodwin took over the Nature Reserve following Dr. Lawson’s death in 1983. Dr. Bedford-Jones wanted to continue the preservation of this area so in 2005 she donated this 100-acre Nature Reserve to the Northumberland Land Trust.

The property is located at 8000 Telephone Road, Cobourg, and trails can be visited by the general public. Here's a trail map


For more information about pedestrian access to this property please contact info@nltrust.ca

Details: A number of documents are available that describe this property more fully – you can download them from the following list:

  1. Map of Habitats – PDF – JPEG
  2. Trail Map – PDF  JPEG
  3. Managed Forest Compartment Map – PDF  JPEG
  4. Location Map (where is this property exactly?) – PDF  JPEG
  5. Base Line Report – Description of why the property is valuable – PDF only
  6. Salamander Habitat Suitability Study – PDF only

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