Things to Do
Check out our biodiversity events calendar to get involved in an event near you!
Submit art, writing, or photography of your wild neighbors to the Get to Know Contest.
Ontario Power Generation, in partnership with several environmental organizations, sponsors a number of biodiversity-related events throughout the year. Check here frequently.
Citizen Science is the monitoring and assessment of species and ecosystems by individuals and groups using standard protocols. Become a citizen scientist through one of the programs listed below:
- NatureWatch lets you learn about the environment while gathering the information scientists need to monitor and protect it. Data collected through NatureWatch is being used to add to our knowledge of the effects of climate change and other impacts on biodiversity.
- Pollination Canada Discover insect pollinators by observing them, recording your observations, and submitting them to an on-line database. You will be assisting scientists to better understand these beneficial yet threatened species.
- Ecological Monitoring and Assessment Network (Environment Canada) This site provides monitoring information, resources and links, including a searchable database of protocols and some programs, and the means to add standardized data from local monitoring efforts.
Places to see
Conservation Areas Ontario’s Conservation Areas are just steps away fromyour front door and offer unique outdoor experiences to millions of visitors each year!
Down at the Pond Exploring Ontario’s public wetlands is a fascinating, inexpensive adventure for the whole family. Nature trails, boardwalks and wonderful learning experiences are waiting for you.
Ontario Parks With over 330 parks, covering 9 million hectares that attract over 10 million visits each year, there is a lot to discover!
Mario Cortellucci Hunting and Fishing Heritage Centre The OFAH’s centre boasts a large collection of Canadian wildlife on display and the chance to see Ontario’s warm water fish, live in our giant Shimano Aquarium.
Royal Botanical Gardens Over 1,100 hectares (2,700 acres) of breathtaking gardens and spectacular nature sanctuaries, conveniently located mid-way between Toronto and Niagara Falls.
Royal Ontario Museum Explore an exceptional array of themed galleries throughout the Museum, spanning both world cultures and natural history. With six million objects in the ROM’s collections, there’s something new to discover around every corner.
Toronto Zoo The Toronto Zoo is Canada’s premier zoo with over 5000 animals representing +460 species in various Regions and Pavilions based on geographical locations.
High Park Nature High Park is a great place for people living in Toronto and looking for a place to explore nature right in the city. There are also lots of resources on their website.