The rare Charitable Research Reserve is the jewel in the crown of Waterloo Region’s protected areas. With holdings of more than 900 acres, rare is one of the largest privately owned urban green spaces in all of Canada. The charity that stewards the land is committed to conservation, education and research. rare Moments in Time is a story about First Nations People, early European settlers, the rich and powerful, and the people wo secured the future of a nature sanctuary in the midst of Waterloo Region. The story, told by Bob Burtt, spans a time extending back to after glaciers receded when prehistoric animals roamed around what eventually became the hamlet of Blair.