Outing Report to Fossil Glen Nature Reserve

By Clarke Birchard

An occasional “tradition” for the Saugeen Naturalists has been to enjoy an October hike on some portion of The Bruce Trail. We are fortunate to have relatively easy access to the large portion of the trail that passes through Grey and Bruce Counties and are cared for by the Beaver Valley, Sydenham and Peninsula trail clubs.

On Saturday, October 11, a beautiful autumn day, a small but enthusiastic group hiked through the Fossil Glen Nature Reserve recently acquired by the Bruce Trail Conservancy and into a portion of The Glen Management Area. The going was slow in some parts due to rocky footing, narrow crevices that we squeezed through, spectacular views and our fascination with the abundance of ferns and fossils on and within the rocks beside us.

Included in this newsletter is one page of a handout provided by The Bruce Trail Conservancy. We thank Bob Knapp, president of the Sydenham Bruce Trail Club for his capable leadership of this outing.

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I the undersigned, wish to have my child
participate in the following activity
sponsored by the Saugeen Naturalists. As part of registering my child, I hereby agree as follows:
1. That I acknowledge that there are inherent risks associated with this activity and that my child could sustain personal injury through participation in this activity and I am hereby accepting to take that risk on behalf of myself or my child.

2. To save harmless and keep indemnified the Saugeen Naturalists and the Saugeen Valley Conservation Authority and their respective agents, official servants and representatives against all claims and actions, costs and expenses and demands, in respect of injury, loss or damage or death to myself or my child’s person.

3. That I acknowledge that in this situation volunteers are involved in supervising this activity and that I shall accept the responsibility of observing my child’s participation in this activity and should I have any objection to the manner in which my child or myself are being supervised or instructed, I accept the responsibility to remove myself or my child from this activity.

This agreement shall be binding upon myself, my heirs, executors and assigns.