Volunteers and NCC staff at Sandy Point Beach Sweep event in 2014 (Photo by NCC)

Volunteers and NCC staff at Sandy Point Beach Sweep event in 2014 (Photo by NCC)

About the Conservation Volunteers program

Volunteers pulling garlic mustard at Happy Valley Forest, ON (Photo by Miguel Hortiguela)

Volunteers pulling garlic mustard at Happy Valley Forest, ON (Photo by Miguel Hortiguela)

The Nature Conservancy of Canada’s (NCC’s) Conservation Volunteers program engages Canadians of all ages in the protection of Canada’s species and natural habitats. These events provide meaningful, hands-on educational experience in some of our country’s most ecologically significant natural areas.

From butterfly to bird inventories, beach sweeps to invasive species pulls, NCC’s Conservation Volunteers program offers a wide range of conservation-focused events to suit all interests and ages.

Our impact

Since 2006, NCC’s Conservation Volunteers program has engaged over 13,000 Canadians across 1,157 events from coast to coast. In 2015 alone, more 2,500 volunteers helped NCC work on properties across the country.

See some of these dedicated volunteers in action, here:

  • Smiling CVs from one of Alberta's first CV events '06 (Photo by NCC)
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    Smiling CVs from one of Alberta's first CV events '06 (Photo by NCC)
  • Palmer CV event in AB, '07 (Photo by NCC)
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    Palmer CV event in AB, '07 (Photo by NCC)
  • By '08 CVs were blooming across Canada. Barachois planting, ATL(Photo by NCC)
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    By '08 CVs were blooming across Canada. Barachois planting, ATL(Photo by NCC)
  • Call of Piping Plover event '08, AB (Photo by NCC)
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    Call of Piping Plover event '08, AB (Photo by NCC)
  • Surveying orchids in '08 at Tall Grass Prairie, MB (Photo by NCC)
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    Surveying orchids in '08 at Tall Grass Prairie, MB (Photo by NCC)
  • Hiking the Headlands event '09, Gaff Point, NS (Photo by Derek Driver)
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    Hiking the Headlands event '09, Gaff Point, NS (Photo by Derek Driver)
  • CV event at Sandstone Ranch, AB in '09 (Photo by NCC)
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    CV event at Sandstone Ranch, AB in '09 (Photo by NCC)
  • CV events sometimes feature unique transportation. AB, '09 (Photo by NCC)
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    CV events sometimes feature unique transportation. AB '09 (Photo by NCC)
  • Our largest CV to date! Bloodroot Survey, '09 in MB (Photo by NCC)
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    Our largest CV to date! Bloodroot Survey, '09 in MB (Photo by NCC)
  • CVs on NCC's Kerr property, AB, '10 (Photo by NCC)
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    CVs on NCC's Kerr property, AB, '10 (Photo by NCC)
  • Rain or shine, CVs work toward conservation. Musquash, NB '10 (Photo by NCC)
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    Rain or shine, CVs work toward conservation. Musquash, NB '10 (Photo by NCC)
  • Hands of all sizes help keep shorelines clean in NS. '11 (Photo by NCC)
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    Hands of all sizes help keep shorelines clean in NS. '11 (Photo by NCC)
  • CVs were all smiles at Fairy Hill, SK in '11 (Photo by NCC)
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    CVs were all smiles at Fairy Hill, SK in '11 (Photo by NCC)
  • Removing invasive species, Cowichan Garry Oak Preserve, BC. '11(Photo by NCC)
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    Removing invasive species, Cowichan Garry Oak Preserve, BC. '11(Photo by NCC)

 

Program history

The Nature Conservancy of Canada has benefitted tremendously from volunteer involvement since its inception in 1962.

In 2001, we established a formal volunteer program in Ontario in partnership with Ontario Nature (then known as the Federation of Ontario Naturalists). Since then, thousands of volunteers have teamed up to help advance conservation work while developing valuable stewardship skills in some of Ontario's most spectacular natural landscapes. Both organizations continue to offer a diversity of outdoor volunteer opportunities.

Our Conservation Volunteers program expanded into Alberta in 2006 and has since grown to include events in all provinces.

How do I sign up?

Visit our Conservation Volunteers event listings page to find an event near you >

Supporter Spotlight

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