SINCE 2001

Protecting the land you love.

Kawartha Land Trust protects 33 properties comprising more than 5,350 acres of important, diverse types of land, and assists in the management of one additional property.

Help KLT Protect the Land You Love.

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Give Land

There are many options for landowners who would like to protect their land.  Explore KLT’s land protection options.

Give Money

Your gift will protect more natural spaces in the Kawarthas. Thank you for making a donation to protect the land you love today.

Give Time

At Kawartha Land Trust, our volunteers are the heart and soul of what we do. You can make a real difference!

Fall colours at Kawartha Land Trust's Ingleton-Wells property
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Partners in Conservation
Keeping our area protected...forever.

Help us grow our protected areas.

It’s only through the support of our donors and volunteers that we’ve been able to accomplish so much, but there is still more work to be done

Your donations further KLT’s impact upon our shared landscape:

We love the natural and working lands of the Kawarthas.

Recently Protected Properties

Bruce Kidd and Thom Unrau at Kidd Farm CEA
Kidd Farm CEA

195 acres of Douro farmland, forest, wetland, and meadows protected through a Conservation Easement Agreement between Bruce Kidd & Family and Kawartha Land Trust.



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Bruce Kidd & Family
Fall at Kawartha Land Trust's Ballyduff Trails tallgrass prairie
Ballyduff Trails

In 2021, Ralph McKim and Jean Garsonnin generously donated 150 acres of this Kawartha Lakes property to Kawartha Land Trust to protect forever. The property includes one of the rarest ecosystems in North America — the tallgrass prairie.



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Ralph McKim & Jean Garsonnin

Volunteer for a cause you really care about.

Are you looking to be a part of an amazing conservation movement in the Kawarthas? Do you care about nature in the Kawarthas? We invite you to enquire about volunteering with KLT!

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KLT's mission is to care for the land entrusted to us and help others protect the land they love in the Kawarthas

The land (and animals) we love!

"Given the many challenges we now face in responding to climate change, loss of species diversity, and the ever-decreasing number of areas that are left for people to explore the natural world, Kawartha Land Trust serves as a local champion in protecting and conserving natural lands in the Kawarthas for the overall benefit of the community."

Evan Thomas KLT Trustee & Longtime Volunteer

"Sometimes putting off until tomorrow allows something important never to happen…Once you know about KLT and have the ability to give, you should pursue this worthy organization. Putting off until tomorrow may deprive you of donating to protect your precious land from development, financial advantages, and just the sheer joy of giving."

Land Donor KLT's Pipers' Woods

"In 2011, when we put a Conservation Easement on the property with Kawartha Land Trust, our purpose was to ensure the landscape we were restoring would be protected in perpetuity. In 2023, as we complete the transfer of most of our property to KLT ownership our purpose has been enlarged — to ensure that young and old may continue to engage with Nature on this protected landscape for years to come drawing on her gifts and sharing in her healing."

Ralph McKim Land Donor

“We didn’t know how well we were doing with our ecology efforts until Kawartha Land Trust did a physical assessment of our farm. It opened our eyes to a fuller picture of our farm ecosystem...When you invite somebody onto your land to do an assessment there is a worry they will just point out all the flaws. KLT instead brought us reassurance that we are doing well and with very meaningful pointers to help manage the future of our farm.”

Partner in Conservation Kawartha Land Trust

"We’ve known of Kawartha Land Trust and have long appreciated its work in other areas of the Kawarthas. We have thus seen the trust that other large landholders place in it. We have also seen the planning and careful and caring protection it provides to the lands donated to it...We thus feel entirely able and very happy to entrust our beloved land to the protection of KLT."

Dr. Patricia Morton Land Donor

"I was on Ballyduff Trails over the weekend. I just wanted to reach out to you and tell you that I really enjoyed this trail and it is a beautiful property with rich and diverse ecosystem."

Trail Visitor KLT's Ballyduff Trails

What people have to say about KLT...

We’re grateful to the Kawartha Land Trust community for their enthusiasm and support for conserving land in the Kawarthas for current and future generations. 



Volunteer collecting tallgrass seeds. Passport to Nature logo.
Events Passport to Nature
KLT's Ballyduff Trails, Pontypool

Tallgrass Prairie Seed Harvesting

Gather tallgrass and wildflower seeds from an endangered ecosystem for future replanting in the native tallgrass prairie!

Leaves on a branch. Passport to Nature logo.
Events Passport to Nature
KLT's Jeffery-Cowan Forest Preserve

Immersive Nature Outing: Transformation

Feel the shift into Winter's quietude and look for signs of recovery in a forest that was heavily impacted by last May's windstorm.

Fall forest. Passport to Nature logo.
Events Passport to Nature
KLT's Ballyduff Trails, Pontypool

Challenge: Celebrate International Biosphere Reserves Day

Celebrate International Day for Biosphere Reserves with KLT! Get out and celebrate nature at your own place and pace.


News & Updates

Mature Eastern White Pine at KLT's Ingleton-Wells Property
KLT Events
Kawartha Land Trust to Host Community Tree-Planting & Mapping Event

If you’re looking for a way to make a lasting impact on the landscape in the Kawarthas, join Kawartha Land Trust (KLT) from 10 a.m. until noon on Saturday, September 23, 2023, for a free community tree-planting and mapping event: The Best Time to Plant a Tree is Today: Trees for All.

Overhead shot of a section of KLT's rapid reforestation plot at Dance Nature Sanctuary.
Land Stewardship
KLT’s “Fast Forest:” A Year Later

In 2022, KLT volunteers and staff planted a rapid reforestation plot at Dance Nature Sanctuary. It’s been 15 months since we first planted 2,000 native plants in the plot. Let’s check back in with KLT volunteer David Marshall to see how the plot is doing!

Field team member looking at a plant
Land Stewardship
Notes from the Field: Summer 2023

Field season is in full swing! Three members of Kawartha Land Trust’s field team take a moment to provide us with updates on the 2023 field season.

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