Past Annual Gatherings

A Day on the Grand

Ontario Nature and rare Charitable Research Reserve hosted a day on the Grand River for Ontario Nature's 84th Annual Gathering on May 23, 2015. Attendees explored diverse habitats – including alvar, cliff, wetland and woodland – found on the 900+ acre reserve, met the researchers who study ecology on the reserve and served as citizen scientists.

The day kicked off with an early morning bird banding demonstration, followed by a special presentation by Grant Linney: The Hero’s Journey to Sustainability. Local scientists, naturalists and researchers then led guided hikes and tours.

Ontario Nature’s celebrated conservation successes and shared our vision for the year ahead at the Annual General Meeting. Finally, Ontario Nature's Conservation Awards ceremony recognized outstanding leaders in conservation for the past year.

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Ontario Nature’s 83rd Annual Gathering

Thanks to everyone who joined us at our Annual Gathering at YMCA Geneva Park on beautiful Lake Couchiching, north of Orillia. We celebrated the common loon, Ontario Nature’s logo for the past 25 years. Together we looked at our past, present and future.

The gathering featured hands-on workshops, expert guided field trips, and thought-provoking presentations and discussions. Members explored the wild species and wild spaces where the Canadian Shield meets the St. Lawrence Lowlands.

Keynote: Wild Weather, Climate Change and Nature

Environment Canada’s Senior Climatologist, David Phillips, spoke at the Saturday banquet. Guests enjoyed delicious food, a glass of wine and a thought-provoking presentation.


  • Celebrated 25 years of Ontario Nature’s loon logo with a talk from Bird Studies Canada’s Dr. Doug Tozer on the natural history of the common loon and its future in Ontario.
  • Participated in nature workshops and learned from the experts on gardening with native plants, nature photography, searching for salamanders, identifying dragonflies and much more!
  • Explored ecological treasures on our guided field trips, including tours in the Carden Plain, a paddling trip in Minesing Wetlands, and an excursion at Ontario Nature’s 470-hectare Altberg Wildlife Sanctuary.
  • Heard about the year’s highlights and celebrate achievements at the 83rd Annual General Meeting and Conservation Awards Ceremony.
  • Youth Council members shared their stories of connecting with the environment and each other through the Nature Guardians Youth Program. It was a joy to hear how encouraged they are by dedicated members like you, and how they feel a sense of place in our community they haven’t found elsewhere.

We are grateful for the following event sponsors:

Cade Associates Insurance Brokers Limited
Conservation Ontario


We are grateful for the following in-kind donors:


Flat Rock Cellars Winery
The Laundry Tarts
Steam Whistle
Pepsi Co
Davids Tea
Mill Street Brewery
The Keg Steakhouse & Bar

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Ontario Nature's 82nd AGM and Gathering

Thanks to everyone who joined us at our 82nd Annual General Meeting and Gathering on June 8, 2013.

Guests explored the rolling hills, wetlands, creeks and woodlands with expert guides at Ontario Nature's Cawthra Mulock Nature Reserve. Some guests also participated in a mini bioblitz to identify resident species which will help Ontario Nature better manage the reserve. Click here for the final inventory of plants, birds, invertebrates, reptiles, amphibians and mammals.

At the AGM, Ontario Nature presented on the past year’s successes, and celebrated the achievements of our Conservation Award Winners. Click here to see the 2012 award recipients, which were given out at the AGM.

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We deeply appreciate the support of the AGM and Gathering sponsors:

Cade Associates Insurance Brokers Limited BNY Mellon Wealth Management


Ontario Nature's 81st AGM and Gathering

Thanks to everyone who joined us at our 81st Annual General Meeting and gathering on June 8-10, 2012 in the Frontenac Arch.

The gathering brought together scientists and expert naturalists to lead workshops, talks and field trips as well as outings to Frontenac Park, St. Lawrence Islands National Park, Queens University Biological Station and Ontario Nature’s own Lost Bay Nature Reserve on the eastern arm of Lake Gananoque.


Nature Workshops – Participants enjoyed a hands-on experience learning from the experts about wasps, weeds, bats, threats to native crayfish, mussels and snails, how to locate reptiles and amphibians, and much more! Click here for more information.

Field Trips – A day at the Frontenac Arch with leading naturalists exploring some of the richest plant and animal diversity in Canada. Outings included a canoe trip at Ontario Nature’s Lost Bay Nature Reserve, a geological expedition on Hill Island, and guided hikes among the area’s diverse flora and fauna at St. Lawrence Provincial Park, and Queen’s University Biological Station. Click here for more information.

Ontario Nature Conservation Awards – Click here to see the 2011 winners.

Photos of the 2012 AGM & Gathering


We deeply appreciate the wonderful support of our sponsors.


Ontario Nature's 80th AGM and Gathering

Fostering the next generation of environmental stewards

Thank you for celebrating nature and eight decades of conservation with us at the Ganaraska Forest Centre on June 11 – 12, 2011. We are proud of the accomplishments of our many supporters and the Nature Network. Together we are the voice for conservation in Ontario. Here’s to another 80 years of protecting wild species and wild spaces.

Click here to read about the 2010 Conservation Award winners.

Thank you to our sponsors who made the AGM possible.

Click here to see the event program-at-a-glance.

Photos of the 2011 AGM


Ontario Nature's 79th AGM and Gathering

Exploring our Watersheds

AGM group photo; CREDIT: Michael Wynia

The International Year of Biodiversity was the theme of our 79 th Annual General Meeting (AGM) in Lambton County, Ontario, a well-attended event where our members and supporters celebrated biological diversity and discussed how best to protect Ontario’s wild species and spaces. We also recognized excellence through our annual conservation awards that honoured individuals, groups and corporations who have worked to protect nature over the past year.

The AGM was co-hosted with Carolinian Canada. Together, we held numerous workshops on wildlife and landscape conservation along with local excursions with expert guides. In addition, participants had opportunity to explore Lampton County’s unique natural and aquatic features, a region rich in biodiversity with more than 60 species at risk, 300 provincial rarities and a large network of significant natural areas.

Guest speaker Gord Miller, Environmental Commission of Ontario, opened the event with an excellent talk, “Re-casting a vision for biodiversity in Ontario.”

Photos of the 2010 AGM


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