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Giving Tuesday

Willoughby Nature Reserve event © Camille Tremblay

Nature Guardians Youth Program

Giving Tuesday is a day for Canadians to give to causes that mean the most to them. This year, Giving Tuesday is on November 30, 2021 and we are raising funds to grow our Nature Guardians Youth Program.

The program acts as a catalyst for youth to take environmental action across Ontario. We hope you will help us raise $30,000 to create hands-on opportunities for thousands of youth across Ontario to get involved in their schools and communities through environmental education and stewardship.

Networking Forum, Youth Summit, 2019 © Daynan Lepore

The Opportunity

Your gift today will support initiatives like the Youth Summit for Mother Earth and Our Special Spaces conservation volunteering events. These opportunities develop the knowledge, tools and networks for youth to create lasting, positive change through conservation action.

When you support our Nature Guardians Youth Program with your gift, you help the next generation of environmental leaders broaden their environmental knowledge and take environmental action in their local communities.

Youth Summit, 2019 © Noah Cole
“While I was at the summit, saving the world was secondary. I was there, in this parallel universe where kids talked to each other about birds and dressed as bees, and looked at spiderwebs instead of at our phones. Besides, you can’t save Mother Earth and forget to love her. The workshops were amazing. When you have all these kids interested in nature – and every kind too, the hippie, the bird nerd, the political activist – meeting and chatting with experts and First Nation Elders, the energy bounces off the walls and it’s impossible not to learn a lot!”  

– Haidi, age 17, Burlington, ON (2019)

Youth Summit bird watching © Brendan Toews

Youth Taking Eco Action

Our Youth Council is a group of highly engaged high school-aged youth from across the province. They collaborate to promote awareness and take action on issues such as pollinator decline, climate change and protected places.

With your support, Youth Council members will collaborate and organize to create change in their communities by:

  1. Leading webinars and workshops to spread awareness about environmental issues and provide opportunities to gain skills and share knowledge.
  2. Organizing hands-on conservation and restoration events.
  3. Working with environmental organizations to advocate for biodiversity conservation and climate action.
  4. Organizing our annual Youth Summit for Mother Earth to enhance youth understanding of, and engagement with, environmental issues.
Our Species Spaces 2019, Leamington © Chloe Jakob


Because of you, we will be able to:

  1. Develop the next generation of environmental leaders.
  2. Raise awareness about the need for youth-led conservation.
  3. Teach youth leadership skills to protect nature in their schools and communities.
  4. And much more!
Youth Summit 2019 © Noah Cole

Give Today

When you give today, your Giving Tuesday gift will go even farther. Donations up to $15,000 will be matched by Quest Nature Tours, Ontario Nature’s board of directors and staff, and an anonymous donor. We hope you will give today to help us reach our goal of $30,000.

Thank you for supporting Ontario’s environmental leaders of tomorrow.

Youth Council © Noah Cole
“Leading a successful cleanup event within my community inspired me to lead a planting event because, through my work, I could directly see the small but effective change that the project made in making our spaces cleaner. I found that providing volunteers with the hands-on experience inspired them to reflect on their own impact and see themselves as changemakers.”
– Natalie Rae, Our Special Spaces Whitby volunteer


You will receive an official charitable tax receipt for your donation.

If you have any questions or would like to make your gift by phone, please call Lisa at 1-800-440-2366 ext. 234.

You can also send your gift by mail to our Toronto office. The address is at the bottom of this webpage. Please indicate that the donation is for Giving Tuesday.

Vertebrate BioBlitz. Youth Summit 2019 © Noah Cole

Spread the Word

Follow Ontario Nature and our campaign announcements on social media leading up to Giving Tuesday. Please reach out to your networks and share our Giving Tuesday posts on social media to support this province-wide network of youth leaders.

Our Special Spaces, Peterborough 2019 © Robert Ormston