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Nature’s Place


Nature’s Place in Minden Hills is a nature interpretive centre, with a mandate to educate, inspire and expand our understanding of our place in nature.

The white pine cone is our symbol. White pines were plentiful during the 1800s in Haliburton Highlands but were logged nearly to extinction. Now this symbolic pine cone is a constant reminder of our impact on Nature.

Visitors are encouraged to experience interactive, digital displays and exhibits that reflects different facets of the unique Haliburton Highlands ecology.

Here ideas, resources, exhibitions and local group presentations about our role in the environment will be offered. Nature’s Place is based on the philosophy of R.D. Lawrence. A prominent journalist and naturalist, Lawrence wrote more than 30 books, written from the mid-1960s until his death in 2003 at age 82. His real-life stories emerged from the dual instincts of an objective newspaper reporter and a naturalist’s passion for direct observation. The Nature’s Place collection includes a number of R.D. Lawrence’s personal items, books and original manuscripts.

A straw bale building… Nature’s Place is a straw bale building designed to have the least amount of impact on the environment while working in harmony with its natural surroundings. The building was constructed, in 2007, by students in Fleming College’s Sustainable Building Program. Students incorporated “green” features, using innovative construction techniques.

“Nature is careless of the individual but careful of the species. We have reversed the maxim; we are careful of the individuals and careless of the species. That is the road to extinction. If you kill the species, the individual will follow.” —R.D. Lawrence