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Our Special Spaces

Youth-led nature restoration events

Our Species Spaces 2019, Hamilton © Joyce Cheng

Our Special Spaces 2021

In 2021, members of our Youth Council are working with community groups across the province to organize conservation volunteering events throughout the year.

The Youth Council is hosting a series of events to restore natural spaces – including pollinator gardens and riparian zones – across the province from April to October.

Our Species Spaces 2019, Whitby © Natalie Rae

Event Details

The following community events are being planned for 2021.

  • Markham
  • Newmarket
  • Scarborough
  • Waterloo
  • Whitby

To keep our Youth Council members, volunteers and staff safe during the COVID-19 pandemic, we are limiting the number of volunteers to allow for social distancing between participants. Read Ontario Nature’s COVID-19 event precautions.

Youth Council members will also be hosting events in partnership with local schools across Ontario. Please check back for updates or email Christine at christinea@ontarionature.org for more information.

Our Special Spaces, Scarborough © Andre Watson


Since 2011, hundreds of people have joined Our Special Spaces events and contributed to conservation efforts in their communities. Past projects include pollinator habitat creation, tree planting, litter removal, hiking trail maintenance and shoreline cleanups.

Youth Council members have hosted 72 Our Special Spaces events, engaging over 2,300 youth across Ontario.

Our Species Spaces 2019, Leamington © Chloe Jakob


Please contact Christine Ambre to get more information or about sponsorship inquiries 

or 416-444-8419 ext. 244.

Our Species Spaces 2019, King © Christine Ambre

“I couldn’t wait to get down and dirty with the soil!”  Sanna, volunteer for Our Special Spaces Collingwood 

“While I was planting, I could feel such a strong energy and community between the people doing it. Being able to take communal action is so crucial, because it gives you the motivation to keep working, and to keep pushing for change.” – Thomas, volunteer for Our Special Spaces Kitchener

Our Species Spaces 2019, King © Christine Ambre

Photo Album

Our Special Spaces 2019

The 2021 events are generously supported by: