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Building the Nature Network

Every year Ontario Nature offers exciting programs and hands-on activities that connect people with nature. Have you wondered what it would be like to build a boardwalk or go on a bird-watching adventure? Whether you are an outdoor enthusiast, a naturalist, or simply looking for a way to get more involved in local nature activities, there is something you can do today to help protect nature in your neighbourhood.

Ontario Nature is built on a strong commitment and concern for nature shared by 30,000 members and a province-wide network of more than 150 groups. These local groups form Ontario Nature's Nature Network. Day hikes, guest speakers, forums, and special outings are just some of the ways our Nature Network ensures that our special places and natural heritage are preserved for future generations. Take a look at the map to find the group closest to you!

Take the Ontario Nature Challenge

Five simple steps you can take to protect nature in your neighbourhood

Take part in the Ontario Nature Challenge. It's easy. There are five simple steps you can take to protect nature in your neighbourhood. Read the steps below, promise to take one step this year, sign up for the challenge, and that's it. Simple. Every other month we'll send you an e-newsletter full of exciting ways you can get involved in protecting nature.

Are you ready to take the Ontario Nature Challenge?

The Ontario Nature Network connects you with people working to make their communities better places in which to live.

Step 1.

Get involved – Join a group

Get involved by joining a nature group in your community. Take a look at our list to find the group nearest you. Are you ready to discover the wonders of birds, mammals, reptiles, and butterflies? Do environmental advisory committees, official plans, bird migration, and wildlife photography interest you?

To join a group or for more information, browse through the website, or contact the Ontario Nature at 1-800-440-2366 or info@ontarionature.org.

Step 2.

Get active – Volunteer at Ontario Nature

Spend your vacation making a difference! Every year Ontario Nature coordinates volunteers to protect and restore Ontario's special places. For more information, please click here.

Step 3.

Get connected – Help steward an Ontario Nature Reserve

From the rocky shores of Lake Huron to balmy Pelee Island, passionate Ontario Nature members and supporters have built one of Ontario's largest member-owned nature reserve systems. These 24 reserves cover 2,600 hectares (6,423 acres) of some of Ontario's best remaining examples of imperiled and vulnerable habitats. Take a look at the map to find the nature reserve nearest you.

Every year Ontario Nature counts on teams of dedicated stewards to help manage and care for these precious places. But as our system expands, we need more people. Are you interested in joining a team of dedicated nature stewards? To learn more, visit the nature reserves section of the website.

The success of Ontario Nature's Reserve System is due to passionate people – people unwilling to let nature's gifts slip into oblivion.

Step 4.

Get creative – Start a project

Do you have an innovative idea to help protect nature in your neighbourhood? Would you like to learn about exciting projects happening near you? Our Nature Network groups have plenty of tips to help you or your group get your project started. Visit our Nature Network webpages to learn more about your local group(s).

Step 5.

Get informed – Become an Advocate

Ontario Nature has more than 2,300 Advocates for Nature – people who are willing to take that extra step by communicating directly with the government and other decision-makers about the need to protect nature. Ontario Nature's Advocates helped with our campaigns that led to a conservation plan for the Oak Ridges Moraine and 2.4 million hectares of new parks and protected areas in Ontario.

As an Advocate for Nature, you will receive by e-mail important conservation action alerts whenever your help is urgently needed. Each alert will include an issue summary and a recommended action. Become an Advocate for Nature and help protect Ontario's woodlands, wetlands, and wildlife. Visit the Advocate for Nature page to sign up for this free service and make a tremendous difference.

Are you ready to make a difference?

YES! I will take the Ontario Nature Challenge. I promise to take at least one of these steps this year. Every month, I will receive the Nature Network News full of exciting ways I can protect nature in my neighbourhood.

Thank you for taking the Ontario Nature Challenge!

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