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  • Conservation Halton logo

    CH - Conservation Halton

    Conservation Halton works to protect, restore and manage natural resources in your watershed from lake to escarpment. Their vision is to sustain a healthy watershed with clean streams, vigorous forests, abundant green space and balanced growth that results in strong livable communities. Spanning (1000 Sq. Km) of land, 17 flowing creeks, approximately 26 km of Lake Ontario shoreline, extensive forest cover and 80 kilometres of Ontario's Niagara Escarpment, our mandate is to create avenues for sustainable synergy between the natural world we live in and the 450,000 residents that make up the Halton watershed.
  • HCA - Hamilton Conservation Authority

    Hamilton Conservation Authority (HCA), located at the western end of Lake Ontario, is the area's largest environmental management agency, and is dedicated to the conservation and enjoyment of watershed lands and water resources. HCA's mandate includes flood forecasting and warning, issuing permits for planning and engineering regulations, preserving environmentally significant natural lands, promoting stewardship and conservation, outdoor education and providing recreational opportunities.  HCA owns or manages nearly 11,000 acres (400 ha) of environmentally significant lands within the boundaries of its watershed.
  • Hamilton Naturalists Club logo

    HNC – Hamilton Naturalists Club

    Dating back to the 1919's the Hamilton Naturalists Club is a non-profit organization that is dedicated to the study, appreciation and conservation of Hamilton's plants and animals. The HNC acts as a human voice for the natural environments and are dedicated to promoting the enjoyment of nature from environmental appreciation and conservation, fostering public interest and education in the appreciation and study of nature and encouraging the conservation of natural resources and environmental protection. HNC holds monthly meetings, talks and slide presentations on all aspects of natural history which feature guest speaks and scientists. Walks are also led by knowledgeable HNC members in the local area and are open to all.
  • Giants rib Discovery Centre logo

    Giants rib Discovery Centre

    Canada's early settlers once called the Niagara Escarpment a "Giant's Rib." The Giant's Rib Discovery Centre (GRDC) is located in the Dundas Valley Conservation Area and is open Saturdays and Sundays offering fossil displays, escarpment educational materials and displays, monthly lectures, featured artists and other Niagara Escarpment-related educational programs. The GRDC has been recognized by the Canadian Biosphere Reserves Association as a local biosphere committee for the Niagara Escarpment World Biosphere Reserve. The GRDC is a charitable organization promoting uses of the Niagara Escarpment World Biosphere Reserve that will ensure retention of its natural state for future generations. The GRDC is always looking for energetic and enthusiastic volunteers to help lead hikes, act as Discovery Centre Interpreters or coordinate various programs. Please email if you would like to get involved.
  • RBG logo

    RBG – Royal Botanical Gardens

    The Royal Botanical Gardens (RBG) is the largest of its kind in Canada and is a National Historic Site. Covering over 1100 hectares the RBG had 4 distinct formal gardens; Hendrie Park, Laking Garden, Rock Garden, Arboretum - and 27 km's of nature trails.

    Open year round the RBG's mission is "to promote the public's understanding of the relationship between the plant world, society and the environment [...], and strive to be a global leader in how we use plants in bringing people, places and sustainable behaviour together".

    In doing so RBG has worked hard to protect and restore over 2450 acres of nature sanctuaries and sensitive habitats where over 50 species at risk have made their home.

    RBG also continues to foster the relationship between nature and human society through various community and volunteer events held throughout the year which range from clean ups to music nights in the gardens.  

  • Cootes To Escarpment Ecopark system logo

    Cootes To Escarpment Ecopark system

    The Cootes to Escarpment Ecopark system is a collaborative initiative of nine local government and non-profit organizations in the Burlington-Hamilton area. These organizations own and manage almost 1900 hectares of natural lands in the area and are working to protect, connect and restore the natural lands and to deliver sustainable recreation and education opportunities. Cootes to Escarpment is continually involved in restoration and conservation work and collaborates with various partners within the University and elsewhere to raise funds and awareness for the Ecopark System.

  • Bay Area Restoration Council logo

    BARC / RAP - Bay Area Restoration Council (remedial action plan)

    The Bay Area Restoration Council (BARC) is a community not-for-profit group that assesses and promotes clean-up projects in Hamilton Harbour and its watershed. BARC works with all levels of government and the private sector to keep Harbour restoration issues at the forefront of community discussions and decision-making.
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  • Bruce Trail Conservancy logo

    BTC and IBTC - Bruce Trail Conservancy

    The Burce Trail is one of Canada's oldest and longest marked footpaths and stretches from Niagara to Tobermory, covering almost 890 Km of main trails and 400 Km of associated trails. The Bruce Trail Conservancy is a charitable organization committed to establishing a conservation corridor containing public footpaths along the Niagara Escarpment in order to protect the natural ecosystems and promote environmentally responsible public access. The BTC is composed of 9 regional Volunteer run Bruce Trail Clubs that contribute to this vision. The local Hamilton area chapter of the BTC is the Iroquoia Bruce Trail Club. The Iroquoia Club has 13 properties that it continually maintains and stewards. Stewardship of the land, which includes trail maintenance, brush clearance, invasive species removal, is all carried out by volunteers. 

  • HBTC - Hamilton Burlington Trails Council

    The Hamilton Burlington Trails Council is a collaborative of 14 organizations work together to serve as a trail alliance in developing and communicating first class trail systems in the Hamilton Burlington region. The group's objectives include promoting active living and infrastructure needed to sustain active living, facilitating trail development, links and networks, advocating the needs of citizens in regards to trails and pathways, and various other related goals.

  • Stewards of Cootes Watershed logo

    Stewards of Cootes Watershed

    Stewards of Cootes Watershed is a neighbourhood based team of stewards that do their part to ensuring the health and biodiversity of Cootes Paradise and the creeks that flow into it are well maintained. The work conducted by the stewards is critical to restoring the Cootes Paradise March back to full ecological health, this past year volunteer stewards were able to remove 21,600 Kgs of debri and garbage from the area.