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Opportunity Details

Participants in this program help to care for natural areas across the city, with teams that meet weekly from April to September. As a volunteer you will:

  • learn about native trees, shrubs, herbaceous plants, invasive species, ecological monitoring and more
  • participate in additional training workshops
  • learn about sustainable trail design (Crothers Woods team)
  • meet new people, gain new friendships and network within the community
  • gain experience, leadership and interpersonal skills
  • acquire documented volunteer hours (if requested)

How to Apply

Email for program information and details on how to register.

Participants must be 14 years of age or older unless accompanied by a legal guardian.

Contact for information on site conditions including accessibility. If you would like to request accessibility support or accommodation, contact us as soon as possible.

Title Description
Beechwood Wetland
  • Tuesdays
  • 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. (bi-weekly)

Beechwood Wetland is located along the Lower Don Trail near Broadview Avenue and O’Connor Drive.  This area has the potential for significant improvement to both land and aquatic habitat quality.

Cottonwood Flats
  • Tuesdays
  • 10 a.m. to 12 p.m. (monthly)

Cottonwood Flats is an old industrial site in the Lower Don. The site has been allowed to renaturalize and currently attracts many birds including ground-nesting songbirds.

Crothers Woods
  • Mondays
  • 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. (bi-weekly)

Crothers Woods is a unique forest habitat with around 10 km of natural trails including specialized mountain biking trails.

Don Valley Brick Works Park
  • Mondays
  • 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. (bi-weekly)

Don Valley Brick Works Park contains a number of different habitat types, including wildflower meadows, woodlands, wetlands and steep cliff faces.

Humber Bay Butterfly Habitat
  • Wednesdays
  • 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. (bi-weekly)

Located in Humber Bay Park East, this ecological restoration project provides critical habitat for a variety of native butterfly species, including the Monarch butterfly.

Milne Hollow
  • Thursdays
  • 10 a.m. to 12 p.m. (bi-weekly)

Milne Hollow is the northern gateway to the Charles Sauriol Conservation Reserve in the floodplains of the East Don Watershed.

Nordheimer Ravine
  • Tuesdays
  • 10 a.m. to 12 p.m. (bi-weekly)

The Nordheimer Ravine contains one of the finest stands of old oak trees in the city.

Riverdale Park East
  • Wednesdays
  • 10 a.m. to 12 p.m. (bi-weekly)

Riverdale Park East includes a naturalized area at the north end of the park.

Cancellation Policy

A session will be cancelled if there is a greater than 70 per cent chance of thunderstorm or if other hazardous conditions arise.