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Nature Guardians Youth Program

Dedicated teens leading conservation initiatives

Youth Council at the 2018–2019 leadership retreat © Natalie Rae


Our Nature Guardians Youth Program brings youth together through nature-based experiences and leadership opportunities to inspire and grow the next generation of conservation leaders in Ontario.

We aim to support high-school aged youth by:

  • Offering hands-on opportunities for meaningful engagement and community involvement through outdoor events and campaigns
  • Developing the knowledge, tools and networks youth need to create lasting, positive change through conservation action
  • Providing insight on volunteer, education and career opportunities to help youth grow the skills, experience and confidence needed to make a difference
Our Special Spaces, Peterborough 2019 © Robert Ormston

What We Are Doing

Youth Council
Dedicated teens leading conservation initiatives

Youth Summit
A weekend-long event that inspires youth

Youth Circle for Mother Earth
A cross-cultural network of young Indigenous and non-Indigenous environmental leaders

Pollinator Campaign
Youth take the lead to protect wild pollinators


The Nature Guardians Youth Program responds to an urgent need in society to reconnect youth to the natural world. By providing opportunities to explore, discover and protect wild species and spaces, our program offers environmental volunteering opportunities while nurturing a love for nature and a commitment to conservation.

For more information about the program, please contact Maya Davidson, education coordinator, at 416-444-8419 ext. 280 or mayad@ontarionature.org.

March Break Birding Social, Nature Guardians Youth Program © Simone Cao


The Nature Guardians Youth Program is generously supported by:

Thank you to those who participated in Youth Take Charge’s 2020-2021 survey for the Youth Circle for Mother Earth project. The winners of the survey draw are: Cailyn Carscadden, Jeffrey Driscoll, Aidan Brushett and Sophy Wu.