Conservation volunteers tree planting (photo by Neil Ever Osborne)

Conservation volunteers tree planting (photo by Neil Ever Osborne)

Hailing our conservation heroes!

Volunteers ID dragonlfies at Minesing Wetlands (photo by NCC)

Volunteers ID dragonlfies at Minesing Wetlands (photo by NCC)

In 2019, the Nature Conservancy of Canada (NCC) in Ontario was able to restore more prairie, count more butterflies and build more fish apartments than ever before — because of you! The time you give us is precious, so thank you for coming out, year after year, to help NCC with our priority stewardship work.

Your impact on nature

Every year, volunteers just like you help us care for nature. Because of the time you so generously give us, we can care for our lands and the species that live there, ensuring they thrive. In Ontario in 2019, over the span of 59 events, 992 volunteers from 112 cities and towns across Ontario donated over 3,600 hours of important stewardship work. As a result, together we successfully:

  • Restored nearly 20 hectares (50 acres) of grassland and meadow habitat by plating native wildflowers and grasses;
  • Removed over 5 hectares (12 acres) of invasive plants, like garlic mustard and buckthorn;
  • Created over 3 kilometres of fish habitat along the Mad River;
  • Built 70 metres of boardwalk in Happy Valley Forest; and  
  • Planted 30 hectares (74 acres) with native trees to restore forest and wetland habitat.

For all your efforts, we say thank you!

"I love the area where we live and am happy that the Nature Conservancy of Canada is acquiring and preserving lands as natural spaces close to my home. When I heard of volunteer opportunities to help with habitat restoration projects, I was glad to help out. It was a great way to get outdoors and get my hands dirty and learn about the plants and animals that are native to this area. One of my favourite memories of 2019 was the sighting of a giant swallowtail butterfly at the end of our day of planting prairie plants at the Barr Property, Rice Lake Plains. That was our reward for the hard work we did that day!"  - Susanne Williams, Conservation Volunteer

With a little help from our friends

Conservation is a big job, and it’s thanks to these 14 partners that our 2019 Ontario Conservation Volunteers program was made possible. Thank you so much to these amazing organizations for their support of on-the-ground conservation in Ontario:

Volunteers removing garlic mustard (photo by Brent Sinclair)

Volunteers removing garlic mustard (photo by Brent Sinclair)

  • Alectra
  • CIBC Mellon
  • Cleaning Up Norfolk
  • Goderich District Collegiate Institute
  • Home Trust
  • Lion’s Club
  • Long Point Region Conservation Authority 
  • Lower Maitland Steward Group
  • Nottawasaga Valley Conservation Authority
  • Ontario Power Generation
  • ParkBus
  • Royal Bank of Canada
  • Telus
  • Valley Heights High School

Looking ahead

Volunteers planting at Hazel Bird Nature Reserve (photo by Neil Ever Osborne)

Volunteers planting at Hazel Bird Nature Reserve (photo by Neil Ever Osborne)

We are currently busy planning for the 2020 Conservation Volunteers season, which will launch in April. Keep an eye on our website. New events will be added throughout the spring and summer. Visit conservationvolunters.ca for more information and to find an event near you!

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