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Conservation Awards

Do you know a conservation champion whose efforts and accomplishments deserve recognition? Now is your chance to nominate them for one of Ontario Nature’s Conservation Awards!

2022/23 Conservation Award Recipients © Noah Cole


Community involvement defines Ontario Nature’s character and approach. Along with our member groups and individual members, Ontario Nature is a force for conservation across the province. Together we are building a natural legacy for future generations.

Ontario Nature’s Conservation Awards recognize excellence by honouring the work of individuals, groups, government agencies and corporations to protect nature in Ontario. Read the below flyer which explains the awards criteria, the nomination procedure, and highlights key dates and events.

Monarch butterfly © James Wheeler

Nominate an Environmental Champion

We will recognize the award winners at Ontario Nature’s 2024 Annual Gathering from May 31 – June 2, 2024 at Evergreen Resort in the beautiful Saugeen Bruce Peninsula. We will also feature the winners in the fall issue of our award-winning ON Nature magazine.

Ontario Nature is committed to equity, diversity, inclusivity and accessibility.

Bernie VanDenBelt © Daria Koscinski

Please forward nominations, including supporting material, to the attention of:

Chair, Ontario Nature Awards Committee
Ontario Nature @ Centre for Social Innovation
720 Bathurst Street
Toronto, ON M5S 2R4

Email submissions to Lisa Martell at lisam@ontarionature.org.

If you need more information or have any questions, please contact Lisa at lisam@ontarionature.org or 1-800-440-2366 ext. 271.

© Margaret Paré

Nomination Procedure

  1. Nominations must be submitted on an official form. To obtain a form, please contact Lisa Martell at lisam@ontarionature.org or 1-800-440-2366 ext. 271 Nominations can be submitted either electronically or by mail.
  2. Nominees must be living.
  3. Nominees must be nominated by at least one current Ontario Nature member or one member group. Nominees do not have to be Ontario Nature members.
  4. A person may be nominated for more than one award. However, each nomination must be submitted on a separate form and tailored to the criteria for the award.
  5. Nominators must provide supporting material with their submission. Supporting material should not exceed five pages but may include references or electronic links to relevant items such as papers, reports, websites or other publications.
  6. Nominations must be received by March 25, 2024.
  7. Awards are given at the discretion of the Awards Committee.
© Mark Schwarz

Key Dates

  • Nominations Deadline: March 25, 2024
  • Nominations Acknowledged: April 1, 2024
  • Winners Notified: April 29, 2024
  • Awards Ceremony: June 1, 2024
  • Awards Published: ON Nature magazine, Fall 2024

Recipients for 2022-23

Read about past award winners.

Emma and Fatima © The Narwhal