Carp River Living Classroom

The Mississippi Valley Conservation Authority (MVCA) is developing the Carp River Living Classroom, which will animate the river and its wetlands for education and discovery.  Located at the new Carp River Conservation Area in Kanata, the Living Classroom will be a destination for families to learn about biodiversity and for hands-on learning by thousands of students from nearby schools.

The Carp River Conservation Area is a two kilometre section of the newly restored Carp River. The area lies between Richardson Side Road to the north and Highway 417 to the south in Kanata.

The first phase of this multi-year program launched in November 2020.  It includes welcome signs, interpretive signs, a downloadable brochure, and citizen science projects in iNaturalist.  Over the next few years, other features are planned:  an educational and interactive mobile app for learning more about the river and wetlands, a covered viewing platform that can be used as an outdoor classroom, and development of a curriculum for use by schools.

MVCA is partnered with Friends of the Carp River and the Ottawa Stewardship Council for developing the Living Classroom.

People can access the pathways from Terry Fox Drive at the Kanata Avenue and Richardson Side Road intersections.  Visitors can park at Insmill Park and walk a short distance to the site.  No on-site parking or washrooms are available.

The north pathway at the Carp River Conservation Area is open for use, but sections on the south side and at the east end are not available due to construction. (Map from Google Earth.)

Construction adjacent to the Conservation Area has closed access to some sections of the site. Two kilometers of pathway on the north side are open for use. The section at the east end is not available due to construction of the Campeau Drive Extension.  The south side pathway is also closed due to construction related to the Arcadia subdivision.

Learn More

Read about the Carp River Restoration Project.

Read about Walking/Biking and Birding at the Conservation Area.

Learn how to contribute nature observations.  Become a Citizen Scientist.

Read about Carleton University Environmental Science projects at the site.