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Lathrop Nature Preserve
The Lathrop Nature Preserve is located in Pelham and is part of the the Fonthill Sandhill Valley. In 1998 the richly wooded property was generously donated to the Nature Conservancy of Canada by Dr. D. Whiting and Margaret Lathrop.
The forest cover on this property helps protect the Twelve Mile Creek, which supports the last remaining brook trout population in the Niagara Region. This property also protects species of Carolinan trees which are now considered rare in Ontario.
From St. Catharines
Highway 406 south from St. Catharines to Hwy 20
Right (west) on Hwy 20
Right on Park Lane at the Marlene Stewart Streit Park into parking lot
Highway 58/Canboro Road to Hwy 20
North on Hwy 20
Left on Park Lane into parking lot for the Marlene Stewart Street Park
Click here for a PDF map showing trails and access points, courtesy the Nature Conservancy of Canada.
The Lathrop Nature Preserve is on the upper valley slopes and therefore has varied woodlands from dry forest to damp areas due to the large groundwater seepage zones. This groundwater serves as the headwaters for the Twelve Mile Creek, which is the most southerly coldwater creek in Ontario.
It plays host to the Carolinian Life Zone and includes such species as hooded warbler, butternut, American chestnut and prefoliate bellwort. This area plays host to an unusual concentration of large tulip-trees.
Visitors are welcome to the preserve which is accessible from the Marlene Stewart Streit Park and the John Nemy Trail.
The Lathrop Nature Preserve and Marlene Stewart Streit Park are in the residential and commercial heart of Pelham with nearby restaurants and unique local shops.
Carolinian Canada Big Picture Network: Niagara Region. Scroll down to Fonthill Sandhill Valley. Information from this website used for this page.
Nature Conservancy of Canada, Lathrop Nature Preserve.
Volunteers Help Maintain Pelham's Lathrop Preserve. The Voice of Pelham. April 22, 2009.
This page was prepared by Megan Scott in December 2009