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Come Explore the Trent University Nature Areas

With over 1,400 acres of land situated on the banks of Otonabee River and over 30 kilometres of nature trails, Trent boasts one of the most picturesque University campuses in the country. The combination of lush forest, drumlins, streams and open fields provides a unique learning and recreational environment that is used by Trent students, faculty and staff as well as by members of the Peterborough and surrounding communities.

Your Gateway to Nature   

The Trent Nature Areas are a vital part of the University’s commitment to preserving and honouring the natural world around us. Appreciated for their marvellous aesthetic and natural qualities, the Nature Areas afford visitors the opportunity to view wildlife, study nature, and enjoy many recreational activities like hiking, bird watching and cross-country skiing.

A Leader in the Environment since 1964

Trent University has been a leader in the environment since its inception in 1964. The opening of the John de Pencier Trail in the Trent Nature Areas solidifies the University’s commitment to preserving and celebrating our natural setting. Donor commitment to this important initiative also marks a significant milestone in the creation of Trent University’s Centre of Knowledge in the Environment, the first of several virtual Centres to be launched at Trent leading up to the University’s 50th anniversary in 2014.

Rich in Environmental and Culture history, Trent University invites you to come explore, and learn about  the natural and culture heritage of the Symon Campus.  

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Download PDF of Geological History of Trent Nature Areas
Download PDF of Cultural  History of Trent Nature Areas
Download Word file of Geological History of Trent Nature Areas Download Word file of Cultural History of Trent Nature Areas


Download PDF of the 2002 Draft Stewardship Plan for the Trent Nature Areas. Printed copies are available from the Circulation Desk at the Bata Library as well as in the University Archives.

More information on the Trent Nature Areas, including the history, stewardship and Trent Nature Areas Stewardship Advisory Committee, can be found in the University Archives, on the first floor of the Bata Library.  For a List of archived files, follow this link.