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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 and celebrate their achievements!

Nottawasaga Valley, Greenbelt © John Vetterli CC BY-NC 2.0


Community involvement defines Ontario Nature’s character and approach. With its member groups and individual members, Ontario Nature is a force for conservation across the province, 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. 

Piping plover chick © Stephen Muskie

Nominate an Environmental Champion

We will recognize the award winners at Ontario Nature’s 92nd Annual Gathering from June 9 to 11, 2023 at Collège Boréal in beautiful Sudbury. 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.

Ontario Nature 2011 Conservation Award recipients © Jeff Kirk

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 Martell at lisam@ontarionature.org or 1-800-440-2366 ext. 271.

Eastern meadowlark © Under The Same Moon CC BY-NC-SA 2.0

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 two current Ontario Nature members 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 31, 2023.
  7. Awards are given at the discretion of the Awards Committee.
Ontario Nature Conservation Award Recipients for 2014 © Noah Cole

Key Dates

  • Nominations Deadline: March 31, 2023
  • Nominations Acknowledged: April 7, 2023
  • Winners Notified: April 28, 2023
  • Awards Ceremony: June 10, 2023
  • Awards Published: ON Nature magazine, Fall 2023

Recipients for 2021-22

Read about past award winners.

Matchedash Bay Provincial Wildlife Area © Anne Bell