Being a member of the Nature Network allows groups to interact with like-minded organizations across the province. We hold meetings in each region twice a year, giving groups an opportunity to meet with other naturalists in their area to share ideas and news. Our Annual Gathering brings together groups from throughout the province to hear from experts discussing a wide variety of conservation-related topics.
Our Conservation Directory is a great resource for groups looking to connect with others in the Nature Network for advice and support. Through these avenues, member groups develop new relationships with other naturalist and conservation groups, leading to exciting partnership opportunities. Additionally, groups within the Nature Network provide support to each other, through letters and other actions, for local conservation campaigns and initiatives. Remember, if there is an issue your group is dealing with, whether it be local, regional or provincial, the Nature Network is here to support you and help to strengthen your voice.
Nature Network News
Nature Network News is a monthly electronic newsletter published to provide Community Conservation Groups an opportunity to share their activities. Announcements and articles are also provided from Ontario Nature highlighting our initiatives. This newsletter is distributed to all member groups and other interested partners. Groups are strongly encouraged to reprint information in your own group's newsletter, communications and website.
Your group will be invited to attend spring and fall regional meetings with neighbouring conservation groups. These gatherings promote the sharing of ideas amongst naturalists in your area, and also offer fun and interesting training and educational opportunities.
Voice for Nature in Ontario
As a member, your group will become part of the Nature Network – the provincial voice for nature in Ontario. Ontario Nature's provincial network of conservation and nature organizations play a crucial role in shaping the future of Ontario's natural areas.
Environmental Issues Awareness
Detailed information can be obtained on both provincial and federal legislation dealing with issues such as land designation, forest and woodland management. Resources are available to assist citizens with issues involving smart growth, wetlands, wildlife, parks and forest management. Your Regional Coordinator is available to offer suggestions regarding helpful contacts and appropriate actions.
ON Nature magazine
Member groups receive complimentary copies of our award winning magazine, ON Nature four times a year, along with other publications and resources that highlight Ontario Nature's and members' programs. Groups advertise in ON Nature at a discounted rate.
Educational and Organizational Resources
Ontario Nature has the latest information on resources dealing with natural history, conservation, and organizational management. Regional Coordinators can connect your group to other organizations that focus on education of both adults and children and assist you in locating resources to help your club run smoothly.
Protection of Natural Areas: Land Trusts, Conservation Easements, and Nature Reserves
Ontario Nature's Conservation and Science Department is responsible for the acquisition and management of 24 nature reserves in Ontario. Advice is available to groups about protecting and preserving natural areas through landholding arrangements and participation in the Ontario Land Trust Alliance.
Periodically, member groups receive special discounts on bulk purchases of Ontario Nature merchandise. Selling greeting cards can help raise money for your group.
Special Event and Publicity Opportunities
Occasionally, member groups will be offered opportunities to take part in regional events and other publicity opportunities that raise the profile of member groups. Support for such regional events and publicity opportunities are offered through the Regional Coordinators. Ontario Nature will also feature member group descriptions, website links and group contact information on our website.
Ontario Nature's Annual Gathering
Each year, Ontario Nature members are invited to attend the Annual Gathering, which is held in conjunction with the Annual General Meeting. These events are packed with interesting nature workshops and nature hikes from experts on a wide variety of natural history and conservation related subjects.
Nature Conservation Awards
Through a series of annual conservation awards, Ontario Nature honours individuals, groups and corporations who demonstrate a commitment to nature. Member groups and individual members are eligible to submit nominations for these awards. A brochure outlining awards and criteria is at found on our Conservation Awards area.
Ontario Nature has an excellent insurance package consisting of general liability coverage. Additional policies for Directors/Officers and landholdings are also available.
Services Ontario Nature can offer
- Advice and resources for issues
- Ontario Nature materials for displays
- Ontario Nature staff as speakers
- Distribute materials to other groups
Through the Nature Network member groups can increase their profile both locally and provincially.
- Each member group has its own page on our website, with links to their own home page and newsletter if desired.
- The Nature Network provides an online Nature Calendar where groups can post upcoming events.
- In consultation with Ontario Nature staff, we can write letters of support. We can also provide information for member groups to help them with their conservation causes.