When my husband and I retired we moved very close to the Copeland Forest. It quickly became our favourite place. We were both avid naturalists and I was president of the Orillia Naturalists’ Club. I am a retired science teacher having taught chemistry, biology and environmental science. I took my students on field trips to a forest as often as possible. When you live near the Copeland Forest going for a walk in it provides the sense of tranquillity that is urgently needed in today’s hectic lives. It is difficult to pick a season that I enjoy most in the forest. In the spring the wild flowers are beautiful and so are the delicate shades of green on the young leaves. The ferns are special to me too. Everyone appreciates the fall colours. The winter scenes with snow on the trees are spectacular. The activities that I enjoy most in the forest are cross-country skiing, going on nature walks and snowshoeing. The Copeland Forest Friends are cooperating to try to maintain the beauty and ecological integrity of the forest for a variety of user groups.