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Sustainable Foraging in Northern Ontario

Ontario Nature's Boreal Office will host the 3rd annual Foraging Week in Thunder Bay from August 18-24. Foraging Week events help would-be foragers to properly identify, sustainably harvest and use many common forest foods. Events will include interpretive hikes on edible wild plants, medicinal wild plants and fungi, as well as a wild food cooking class and a dehydrator workshop. Interested individuals should contact Mallory Vanier (807-286-1789) for more information or to register. 

Medicinal Plants Workshop
Photo Courtesy of Julee Boan
Act Now to Defend the Greater Golden Horseshoe 

This is your final chance to tell the Ontario government to protect the water, nature and communities of the Greater Golden Horseshoe. In May, the Province released draft changes to the Greenbelt Plan, Oak Ridges Moraine Conservation Plan, Niagara Escarpment Plan, and the Growth Plan for the Greater Golden Horseshoe. The changes include many positive elements, but there are areas of concern which may undermine the vision guiding these plans. Join us in telling the government that you want a stronger landscape, laws and legacy for southern Ontario. 

Enter Our Pollinator Photo Contest

Ontario Nature's Youth Council is running a Pollinator Photo Contest throughout the month of August to celebrate pollinator diversity! Submissions will be accepted on Facebook and Instagram until August 31. One winner will be picked on each social media channel. The prizes include a complimentary one year Ontario Nature membership and a copy of “100 Nature Hot Spots in Ontario” or "How to Raise Monarch Butterflies". Check out our blog for details on how to enter.

Bumble Bee and Beebalm
Photo Courtesy of  Leslie Bol

Youth Summit Registration Now Open 

We are excited to announce that registration for the 2016 Youth Summit for Biodiversity & Environmental Leadership is now open until September 12! Ontario Nature is holding its sixth annual Youth Summit to bring together young leaders from all across the province for a weekend of nature exploration, interactive workshops, outdoor activities and networking opportunities. Space is limited so sign up early. For more information or to register, please visit the Youth Summit webpage.          


Help Us Welcome Two New Regional Directors 

We are pleased to announce the election of  Dorothy McKeown (Brereton Field Naturalists) and Ron Corkum (South Peel Naturalists Club) as Huronia Regional Director and Carolinian East Regional Director, respectively. Both bring with them a wealth of natural history knowledge and a commitment to nature protection that will strengthen Ontario Nature’s campaigns and public engagement efforts. Welcome Ron and Dorothy!      


2015 Board Retreat
Photo Courtesy of  Ontario Nature

Have Your Say on Wetland Conservation in Ontario

Let the government know what you think of their proposed plan to protect our vulnerable wetlands.  Building on your feedback about Wetland Conservation in Ontario: A Discussion Paper, the Ministry of Natural Resources and Forestry has developed a Wetland Conservation Strategy for Ontario. That strategy is now open for public comment on the Environmental Registry until November 16, 2016. For more information, contact Joshua Wise.


Minising Wetland
Photo Courtesy of Cathy Walton


  • Niagara Falls Nature Club Event Listings
    • Outing to Baden-Powell Park, Wednesday August 17; for more information contact Jim Grassie at 905-246-2956.
    • Outing to Dufferin Island, Wednesday August 24; for more information contact Joyce Sankey at 905-329-9672.
    • Outing to E. C. Brown Conservation Area, Wednesday August 31; for more information contact Kerry Kennedy at 905-892-4932.
    • Outing to Whirlpool Woods, Wednesday September 7; for more information contact Win Laar at 905-262-5057.            
  • Toronto Field Naturalists Event Listings
    • Nature Walk in High Park, Thursday August 18 @ 6:30pm; meet at the High Park entrance at Bloor St. West and High Park Avenue; leader: Wendy Rothwell.
    • Nature Walk in the Chatsworth Ravine, Saturday August 20 @ 10:00am; meet at the southeast corner of Yonge St. and Lawrence Ave. by Locke Library; leader: Nancy Dengler.
    • Nature and Heritage Walk in West Toronto, Sunday August 28 @ 1:30pm; meet at the Christie Street entrance to Wychwood Artscape Barns (601 Christie Street) in Toronto; leaders: Paul Overy and Helen Mills.
    • Nature and Heritage Walk in Toronto, Wednesday August 31 @ 1:30pm; meet at the northwest corner of Windermere Ave. and The Queensway; leader: Ed Freeman. 
  • Natures Calling Environmental Education Event Listings
    • Nature Adventure Camps, weeks of July 5 to August 25, Tuesday to Thursday from 9:00am to 4:00pm; open to children aged 4-14; for more information contact Robin Cloet at or 519-410-7376.
  • rare Charitable Research Reserve Event Listings
  • Orillia Naturalists' Club Event Listings
    • Picnic at Victoria Falls in Queen Elizabeth II Park, Saturday August 27 @ 9:30am; meet behind Zehr's at 9:30am to carpool; for more information contact Sue Deadman at or 705-835-5355.
  • Halton/North Peel Naturalist Club Event Listings
    • Mothing Event at Finlayson Field Centre, Friday August 26 @ 8:00pm; For more information contact Don Scallen at
  • Georgian Bay Biosphere Reserve Event Listings
    • Microplastics Sampling and Beach Cleanup, Saturday August 20 @ 11:00am; for more information contact Glenda Clayton at 705-774-0978.
  • Thunder Bay Field Naturalist Event Listings
    • Raptor Identification Workshop, Wednesday September 7 @ 7:00pm at Lakehead University, Centennial Biulding Room CB 3015.
  • York-Simcoe Naturalists Event Listings
    • The Health of Lake Simcoe with Dr. Brian Ginn (Lake Simcoe Region Conservation Authority), Tuesday September 13 @ 7:30pm at the River Drive Park Community Centre (20 Oak Avenue) in East Gwillimbury; for more information contact or
    • Saving Turtles at Risk Today with Scales Nature Park and the Georgian Bay Turtle Hospital, Tuesday October 11 @ 7:30pm at the River Drive Park Community Centre (20 Oak Avenue) in East Gwillimbury; for more information contact or
    • The Decline of Ontario's Hardwood Trees with Michele Williamson (Ministry of Environment & Climate Change), Tuesday November 8 @ 7:30pm at the River Drive Park Community Centre (20 Oak Avenue) in East Gwillimbury; for more information contact or                                                                    
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