Volunteering off the beaten path
This summer, get off the beaten track and lend a hand for nature! Abandon your weekend routine, and venture into some of the lesser-known corners of Canada by joining one of the Nature Conservancy of Canada's (NCC's) Conservation Volunteers events.
Travel along stretches of prairie roads under open skies, traverse the Bay of Fundy by ferry or climb the iconic peaks of the Rockies in support of on-the-ground conservation work.
Check out these five upcoming events, and visit our Conservation Volunteers event calendar for more volunteer opportunities near you.
Happy Valley, Happy Trails
Date: August 24
Nearest gas station: Langford, BC
Take a trip to the traditional territory of the Beecher Bay, Malahat, Songhees, Nanoose, T’Sou-ke and Saanich First Nations. Join NCC staff for an afternoon of stewardship work at the beautiful Lohbrunner Woods conservation area on Vancouver Island. Acquired from The Land Conservancy in 2015, the property encompasses coastal Douglas-fir habitat, rocky bluffs and open sites that sustain arbutus, camas and a diversity of meadow herbs.
Journey into Blind Canyon
Date: August 10
Nearest gas station: Pincher Creek, AB
Join NCC and the Castle-Crown Wilderness Coalition on a stunning hike into Blind Canyon to tackle invasive species along the eastern front of the Rocky Mountains. Enjoy the breathtaking views of the beautiful scenery at this remote conservation site near Waterton Lakes National Park, while learning about the natural and human history of the area from a local guide.
Clean-up at Key West
Date: August 26
Nearest gas station: Avonlea, SK
Travel to Key West without ever leaving Canada! Join forces with NCC to help clean up an old yard site on our Key West conservation site, located approximately one and a half hours southwest of Regina. Thanks to diverse grassland and wetland habitats, you may spot one of the many species at risk that reside in the area, such as ferruginous hawk, burrowing owl, northern leopard frog or Sprague’s pipit. Hit the open road, and embrace that big prairie sky!
Tall Grass Prairie Monarch Survey
Date: August 19
Nearest gas station: Stuartburn, MB
Become a citizen scientist for the day! Join NCC staff in conducting surveys of milkweed plants and monarch butterflies in Manitoba’s tall grass prairie. The data you collect will help NCC measure the effectiveness of our conservation work in providing suitable habitat for these species. The data will also be submitted to the Mission Monarch project, a Canada-wide initiative to collect information about the distribution and status of the monarch. With less than one half of one percent of tall grass prairie remaining in North America, this natural area is a significant refuge for plants and animals, and is well worth a visit!
Sights and Sounds of Brier Island
Date: August 26
Nearest gas station: Westport, NS
The Brier Island Nature Reserve is surrounded by the swirling waters of the Bay of Fundy and is accessed by not one, but two ferry trips. The island features spectacular coastline views, and is home to 95 per cent of the entire Canadian population of eastern mountain avens. Join NCC in cleaning up the shoreline and maintaining the 3.5-kilometre Brier Island Coastal Trail. As part of this event, you’ll have the opportunity to take part in early morning bird banding demonstration, and savour some of the local flavour at a community BBQ!