Conservation Volunteers remove Scotch pine from the Hazel Bird Nature Reserve, Rice Lake Plains, ON (Photo by Nick Tardif)

Conservation Volunteers remove Scotch pine from the Hazel Bird Nature Reserve, Rice Lake Plains, ON (Photo by Nick Tardif)

Celebrate the holidays with conservation

Conservation Volunteers transform invasive Scotch pine from the Hazel Bird Nature Reserve into festive wreaths, Rice Lake Plains, ON (Photo by Nick Tardif)

Conservation Volunteers transform invasive Scotch pine from the Hazel Bird Nature Reserve into festive wreaths, Rice Lake Plains, ON (Photo by Nick Tardif)

Looking for ways to make your holidays more green and white? Want to include conservation into your Christmas traditions? Here are a few ways the Nature Conservancy of Canada (NCC) can help you get into the holiday spirit!

1)  Join a holiday-themed Conservation Volunteers event

Join NCC on December 7 in Napanee, Ontario, for our Deck the Halls volunteer event. Help us conserve globally rare alvar habitat on the Napanee Plain Alvar by removing eastern red-cedar, a native tree that is spreading across the landscape. By removing these trees we can mimic natural processes, such as fire, to improve the habitat for grassland birds. After we’ve finished in the field, we will use the branches to make festive wreaths for you to take home and enjoy.

2)  Spend the day enjoying nature with your family

Winter at the Hazel Bird Nature Reserve, ON (Photo by NCC)

Winter at the Hazel Bird Nature Reserve, ON (Photo by NCC)

NCC’s four Ontario Nature Destinations are just as fun to explore in the winter as they are in summer. Grab your snowshoes, cross-country skis or just your boots to explore the many trails and interpretive features of our properties. Be sure to bring your binoculars; winter is a great time to spot some of the many local birds that stick around to enjoy the snow.

3)  Purchase an eco-friendly holiday gift

The holidays don’t have to be all about the malls. Get creative with your giving. Purchase used, recycled or upcycled gifts. Bake some cookies or give the gift of your time. Donating to charity is also a great way to celebrate the season. NCC’s Gifts of Canadian Nature are symbolic gifts that help us protect and care for priority natural areas across Ontario.


Video produced and edited by Nick Tardif.

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