Dear fellow nature lover

Fall is almost here and the kids are heading back to school! Just because summer is ending, doesn’t mean your time outdoors has to. Read on for some fantastic opportunities for adults and kids alike to connect with nature.

Get your hands dirty

Trail building, snake planks, hikes, oh my! Join Ontario Nature at our upcoming events and have some fun while helping nature. Join our family friendly trail building at Reilly Bird Nature Reserve Sept. 9-11! If you happen to be on Pelee Island tomorrow, September 4th, come join us at Stone Road Alvar Nature Reserve to lay down monitoring boards for snakes and salamanders! For more details on all of our events check out our events page now.


Last chance: 2015 Youth Summit

The Youth Summit for Biodiversity and Environmental Leadership is only three weeks away! But it’s not too late to sponsor a young person to participate in this dynamic weekend of environmental leadership development and outdoor activities. Registration closes September 14th, so please encourage youth you know to join us at Ontario Nature’s 6th annual Youth Summit! Please contact Sarah Hedges, conservation and education coordinator to sponsor a youth at or 1-800-440-2366 ext. 241. Click here for youth registration and more information.


Formidable foragers found!

Hundreds of Thunder Bay enthusiasts participated in Ontario Nature’s second Foraging Week this August with sessions on everything from mushrooms to medicinal herbs. The workshops are part of a new pilot project, Forage North, through which Ontario Nature is working to strengthen the local food economy, improve community health and well-being and support environmental sustainability. We’ve also recently completed a Northern Forest Foraging Guide, which is a great introduction to foraging.


Get your gifts of membership today

With fall around the corner, the holiday season will be here before you know it. So why not take advantage of our early gift of membership offer today? You’ll get some of your holiday shopping out of the way, know you’re giving gifts that help protect nature you love and free up some extra time for a fall hike at one of Ontario Nature’s reserves! Each gift of membership comes with a special bonus bag of Birds & Beans’ Ontario Nature blend fair trade, organic, bird-friendly coffee. New this year, choose from decaffeinated or regular coffee. It’s never too early to give the gift of membership!

Volunteer with Ontario Nature

Looking for a way to stay involved with Ontario Nature over the cooler season? You can join us in our Toronto office for a few hours a week and volunteer. It’s an easy way to help protect nature you love during the winter while keeping warm! Our small and friendly office is easily accessible by foot, bike, transit or car. Please contact Portia Mohlmann, your member relations coordinator at 1-800-440-2366 ext. 233 or We look forward to seeing you!


Have your say

Provide your input on two important issues this fall. First, the provincial government is reviewing the Conservation Authorities Act. The Ministry of Natural Resources and Forestry has posted a discussion paper to solicit public and multi-sector feedback on the current act which governs conservation authorities and the programs and services they offer. The comment submission deadline is October 19th, 2015. Second, the Ontario government is developing a Strategic Plan for Ontario Wetlands and wants input. Your feedback will identify current challenges and opportunities, and help guide future actions. Visit the environmental registry to submit your comments before the October 30th, 2015 deadline.

Join Ontario Nature on Giving Tuesday and Stop the Loss, Ontario!

You may have heard about Black Friday and Cyber Monday, but how about Giving Tuesday? It’s a day for citizens to pass along some of their Black Friday and Cyber Monday savings to their favourite charities.  Ontario Nature is planning a special Giving Tuesday 2015 on December 1st that draws attention to the harsh reality for Ontario’s endangered species. Join the conversation on social media using the hashtag #stopthelossON and make Ontario Nature your charity for Giving Tuesday 2015!  



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