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Programs

We protect wild species and wild spaces through conservation, education and public engagement. Our vision is an Ontario where nature sustains and inspires us for generations to come.

Muskoka © iStock

Citizen Science Program

We need data to better understand how to help the ever-changing populations of wild species and their habitats. We’re working to inspire nature lovers like you to become citizen scientists, to help increase our collective knowledge of wildlife in Ontario.

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Salamander reporting on atlas app © Noah Cole

Nature Guardians Youth Program

We support the next generation of conservation leaders by providing opportunities for young people of diverse backgrounds to connect with nature and to speak up for its protection.

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2016 Youth Summit © Brendan Toews

Endangered Species Program

More than 200 plants and animals are in danger of becoming extinct or disappearing from the province. We are at the forefront of research, public education and policy work to recover these species at risk and restore our natural heritage.

Blanding's turtle © Tracy Parker

Boreal Program

Through our office in Thunder Bay, we promote conservation in northern Ontario by supporting grassroots groups to protect the places they love, ensuring habitat protection through forest certification and promoting sustainable development that safeguards ecosystems and long-term prosperity.

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Big Pic Forest © Mallory Vanier

Greenway Program

Southern Ontario is under ever increasing pressure from population growth, development, and climate change. We work to establish interconnected natural areas and a livable landscape.

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Oak Ridges Moraine © Kim Lowes

Nature Reserves Program

We’ve been protecting significant natural areas within our nature reserve system since 1961. With 25 properties totaling 2,939 hectares (7,262 acres), these reserves protect some of the best remnants of Ontario’s most imperiled, biodiverse and vulnerable habitats.

Sauble Dunes Nature Reserve © Noah Cole