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About Us

Mission

Ontario Nature protects wild species and wild spaces through conservation, education and public engagement.

Ontario Nature is a charitable organization representing more than 30,000 members and supporters, and more than 150 member groups from across Ontario.

Since it was established as the Federation of Ontario Naturalists in 1931, Ontario Nature has been a champion for nature in Ontario.

From spearheading the creation of a wilderness area in Algonquin Park in 1934 to working tirelessly for the creation of the Oak Ridges Moraine Conservation Plan in 2001; publishing science-based research for scholars and education materials for young naturalists; advocating for Ontario's original Endangered Species Act in 1971 to pushing for its timely revision in 2007, Ontario Nature has been at the forefront of the conservation movement in this province. Today, Ontario Nature's voice is sustained by a Nature Network of more than 150 member organizations and 30,000 members and supporters.

Goals

  • Protect and restore nature to reverse the ongoing trend of biodiversity decline in Ontario.
  • Strengthen the Nature Network to build grassroots capacity and build the collective voice for nature conservation.
  • Connect people with nature to decrease nature deficit in the community and build commitment to life-long stewardship.
  • Strengthen organizational capacity to increase Ontario Nature’s impact.

Vision

An Ontario where nature inspires and sustains us for generations to come.

Values

Our work is inspired by the following core values which guide us as we work to achieve our mission and realize our vision:

  • Passion – We are passionate about and celebrate the diversity of life and a society that lives in harmony with the natural world that sustains and enriches us.
  • Optimism– We believe that Ontario’s biodiversity and life on Earth can and will be conserved for its intrinsic value and for future generations.
  • Courage– We are bold and courageous in striving to reach our goals, persisting to protect wild species and wild spaces.
  • Accountability – We are accountable to our supporters and the people of Ontario by ensuring that our work is science- and fact-based, and done with integrity.

To combat the increasingly serious threats to our environment, and to promote a positive vision of environmental protection, we need your support.

With your help, we can continue to protect Ontario's rich natural habitats, wildlife and healthy ecosystems for future generations.

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