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Fort Erie Conservation Club

2555 Ott Rd
Fort Erie, ON
L0S 1S0

The club promotes and establishes local conservation education, establish and maintain local conservation areas, and establish fish, bird and animal habitats.

Also rents the hall for special events including: weddings, showers etc. To book the Clubhouse, contact Don Haynes at 905-993-2555. Will cater to groups of up to 50.

https://www.forterieconservationclub.ca

forterieconservationclub@gmail.com

Office: 905-382-2260

Summer Mon-Sun 8 am-8 pm * Winter Mon-Sun 8 am-dusk

Friends of Malcolmson Eco-Park

Malcolmson Eco-Park, 325 Lakeshore Rd
St Catharines, ON
L2M 7Z3

A non-profit organization of volunteers, working closely with the Recreation and Community Services Department, to naturalize the city-owned Malcolmson Eco-Park.

Focus of the activities includes the planting of the open area with tall grass prairie plants and replacing exotic tree species with native and Carolinian species. The organization requires volunteers to plant trees and wildflowers, weed flower beds, mulch trees and shrubs and pot seedlings in the greenhouse.

https://www.fomep.com

friendsofmalcolmsonecopark@gmail.com

Office: 905-688-5601 ext 3140

Mon-Sun 7 am-10 pm

Friends of Short Hills Park


Pelham, ON

A charitable organization dedicated to preserving the cultural and natural environment of Short Hills Provincial Park.

  • Welcomes hikers, cross-country skiers, cyclists, and equestrians
  • Education and interpretation in the park and related projects
  • Provides a guide book that includes maps and information about the park

https://www.friendsofshorthillspark.ca

shorthillspark@gmail.com

Mon-Sun sunrise-10 pm

Heartland Forest Nature Experience

8215 Heartland Forest Rd
Niagara Falls, ON
L2H 0L5

Provides an interactive nature experience through accessible, interactive and educational programs. Programs include environmental education and inclusive adventure camps; adaptable fitness and sports activities for children, adults and seniors; brain injury rehabilitation; day and work experience programs for persons with disabilities and an accessible wood working shop. Trails and outdoor facilities are open to the public year round, free of charge.

https://www.heartlandforest.org

info@heartlandforest.org

Office: 905-356-7384

Office Mon-Fri 9 am-3 pm * Trails - visit website for seasonal hours

Land Care Niagara

Vineland Research & Innovation Centre
4890 Victoria Avenue N Lincoln, ON
L0R 2E0

A local, environmental not-for-profit that promotes wise land stewardship and management practices. Committed to creating a healthy and sustainable rural and urban environment consisting of citizens who are knowledgeable and ecologically aware of land resource management.

The council aims to promote and enhance responsible land use practices through encouraging awareness of the range of values in the community; minimizing conflicts through information and communication; educating and providing the best information on responsible land management; and creating partnerships between landowners/land users/agencies and interest groups.

Local delivery agent for the provincial Forests Ontario 50 Million Tree program. Visit the website for more details under 'Rural Tree Planting Program.'

Other programs include; Re-Leaf Tree Nursery (Urban Tree Planting Program), Species at Risk work and Woodworking for Nature

Volunteer, sponsorship and partnerships are a key component of the work Land Care Niagara does.

Individuals have the option of "Planting a Tree" when they visit the website.

https://www.landcareniagara.com

info@landcareniagara.com

Office: 905-348-5263

Mon-Fri 9 am-4:30 pm

Links for Greener Learning - Community Produce Pop-Up Markets

255 Gilmore Rd
Fort Erie, ON
L2A 2M4

Pop-up food markets

goodfood@linksforgreenerlearning.org

Office: 905-397-5630

Fourth Thu of the month 12 noon-2 pm

Links for Greener Learning - Community Produce Pop-Up Markets

4848 Victoria Ave
Niagara Falls, ON
L2E 4C5

Pop-up food markets

goodfood@linksforgreenerlearning.org

Office: 905-397-5630

Second Thu of the month 12 noon-2 pm

Links for Greener Learning - Community Produce Pop-Up Markets

360 Niagara St
St Catharines, ON
L2M 4W1

Pop-up food markets

goodfood@linksforgreenerlearning.org

Office: 905-397-5630

Last Sat of the month 11 am-1 pm

Links for Greener Learning - Community Produce Pop-Up Markets

Old Robertson School, 85 Church St
St Catharines, ON
L2R 3C7

Pop-up food markets

goodfood@linksforgreenerlearning.org

Office: 905-397-5630

Second Wed of the month 11 am-1:30 pm

Links for Greener Learning - Community Produce Pop-Up Markets

70 Young St
Welland, ON
L3B 4C5

Pop-up food markets

goodfood@linksforgreenerlearning.org

Office: 905-397-5630

Fourth Tue of the month 12 noon-2 pm

Links for Greener Learning

15 Main St
Unit B St Catharines, ON
L2N 4T5

Geared towards linking education institutions, their newcomers and domestic students, with experiential learning opportunities

Services include:

Links for Greener Schools
Food literacy, waste management and gardening program designed for elementary and secondary schools. Offers workshops, cooking classes, school campaigns, waste audits and garden development.

Environmental Awareness and Education for Newcomers
Series of workshops designed to help newcomers develop awareness and skills in the area of waste management, water and energy conservation.

Growing Diversity Garden
  • Raises awareness among newcomers about food, how to grow organic food
  • Provides an opportunity to continue cooking traditional recipes
  • Gardens provide opportunity for recreation, exercise, education and the opportunity to meet people and practice English

https://www.linksforgreenerlearning.org

contact@linksforgreenerlearning.org

Office: 905-397-5630

Mon-Fri 9 am-4:30 pm

Niagara Bruce Trail Club


St Catharines, ON

The Bruce Trail Conservancy is a charitable organization committed to establishing a conservation corridor containing a public footpath along the Niagara Escarpment in order to protect its natural ecosystems and to promote environmentally responsible public access to this UNESCO World Biosphere Reserve. The Niagara Club is one of 9 clubs that maintains 83km (from Queenston to Grimsby) of the more than 890+km trail to Tobermory.

https://www.niagarabrucetrail.club

niagarabrucetrailclub@gmail.com

Call for information

Niagara Peninsula Conservation Authority - Ball's Falls Conservation Area

3292 Sixth Ave
RR 1 Lincoln, ON
L0R 1S0

A historical park featuring 20 Mile Creek Cataracts, scenic gorge and the Bruce Trail. Hosts the Annual Thanksgiving Festival in October and has hiking trails, displays, and the Bert Miller Arboretum. Guided historical tours for groups are available by reservation only.

The Centre for Conservation opened its doors in 2008. This facility houses state-of-the-art technologies along with more traditional systems, like the rainwater cisterns, utilized at the site's heritage buildings. In November 2008 the Centre for Conservation was officially certified as a LEED Gold Building by the Canada Green Building Council.

The Wedding Chapel, the Big Barn and the Centre for Conservation may be rented seasonally. Call for details. The Pavilion can be rented weekends and week days. Also offers summer day camps for children and youth.

https://npca.ca/parks/balls-falls

ballsfalls@npca.ca

Office: 905-562-5235

Fax: 905-562-7051

Park Mon-Sun 8 am-8 pm
Centre for Conservation Mon-Sun 9 am-4 pm

Niagara Peninsula Conservation Authority - Beamer Memorial Conservation Area

28 Quarry Rd
Grimsby, ON
L3M 4E7

The Bruce Trail traverses this property which can be used for hiking purposes. This site is also used to view the hawk migration by using the lookout platforms.

https://www.npca.ca/conservation-areas/beamer-memorial/

info@npca.ca

Office: 905-788-3135

Fax: 905-788-1121

Mon-Sun Sunrise-Sunset

Niagara Peninsula Conservation Authority - Chippawa Creek Conservation Area

74646 Regional Rd 45
West Lincoln, ON
L0R 2J0

A conservation area and family campground along the Welland River operated by Niagara Peninsula Conservation Authority. The area features Dils Lake, a manmade reservoir for paddling, angling and swimming. Other activities include hiking, nature appreciation, volleyball, children's playground and two accessible fishing piers. A picnic pavilion is available for rent. Area events include the Annual Bass Derby in July, Float Flyers Weekends and Stargazers Evenings and Ontario Family Fishing Weekend are scheduled during the summer.

https://www.npca.ca/conservation-areas/chippawa-creek/

chippawa@npca.ca

Office: 905-386-6387

Office: 905-788-3135

Fax: 905-788-1121

Mon-Sun 8 am-8 pm (Friday of Victoria Day-Thanksgiving) * Off season 8 am-6 pm

Niagara Peninsula Conservation Authority - Long Beach Conservation Area

12965 Lakeshore Rd
Wainfleet, ON
L0S 1V0

Conservation area operated by Niagara Peninsula Conservation Authority.

Offers the following:

  • sand beach
  • swimming
  • boating
  • fishing
  • picnicking
  • camping
  • nature appreciation
  • baseball
  • half-court basketball
  • beach volleyball
  • horseshoes
  • playground
  • special events
  • washrooms
  • parking

https://www.npca.ca

info@npca.ca

Office: 905-788-3135

Park/Reservations: 905-899-3462

Fax: 905-788-1121

Mon-Sun 8 am-8 pm
Dates: Victoria Day weekend to Thanksgiving weekend in Oct * Off season 8 am-6 pm

Niagara Peninsula Conservation Authority

250 Thorold Rd W
3rd Fl Welland, ON
L3C 3W2

Responsible for establishing and undertaking programs designed to further the conservation, restoration, development and management of natural resources. The NPCA fulfills this mandate by implementing programs that:

  • improve the quality of lands and watercourses within its jurisdiction
  • contribute to public safety from flooding and erosion
  • provide for the acquisition of conservation and hazard lands
  • enhance the quality of life in its watershed by using its lands for regional recreation, heritage preservation and conservation education.

https://www.npca.ca

info@npca.ca

Office: 905-788-3135

Fax: 905-788-1121

Mon-Fri 8:30 am-4:30 pm

Niagara Peninsula Conservation Authority - St John's Conservation Area

3101 Barron Rd
Pelham, ON
L0S 1E6

A scenic conservation area operated by Niagara Peninsula Conservation Authority. This area has a spring-fed pond, stocked with Rainbow Trout. Fishing begins the last Saturday in April and continues until September 30th annually. Nature trails through the Carolinian forest are ideal hiking and birdwatching. St. Johns pond also features wheelchair accessible fishing piers, wheelchair accessible trails and informational display kiosks.

https://npca.ca

info@npca.ca

Office: 905-788-3135

Fax: 905-788-1121

Mon-Sun Sunrise-Sunset

Niagara Peninsula Conservation Authority - Woodend Conservation Area

1 Taylor Rd
Niagara-On-The-Lake, ON
L0S 1J0

Conservation area operated by Niagara Peninsula Conservation Authority. Passive Day use park with trails and an open area for activities. Hiking and ski the trails are available, including the Bruce Trail. No washrooms. The buildings on-site have been leased and are not available to the public.

Woodend is also home to students participating in outdoor education programs in the education centre, which is leased by the District School Board of Niagara.

https://www.npca.ca/conservation-areas/woodend/

info@npca.ca

Office: 905-788-3135

Fax: 905-788-1121

Mon-Sun Sunrise-Sunset

Ontario. Ministry of Northern Development, Mines, Natural Resources and Forestry

Administration Building; 4890 Victoria Ave N
Lincoln, ON
L0R 2E0

The ministry's mission is to manage natural resources in an ecologically sustainable way to ensure that they are available for the enjoyment and use of future generations.

  • protects and conserves public land and waters
  • information about fishing regulations, limits and licences
  • information on hunting regulations and licences
  • sells licences at select Service Ontario Outlets and licence issuers
Please see the following links for locations to buy Outdoors Card/Fishing/Hunting Licences

The Niagara area office does not have a front counter service. Please note meetings with staff are by appointment only.

https://www.mnr.gov.on.ca

Office: 905-562-4147

Office: 1-800-667-1940

TTY: 1-866-686-6072

Mon-Fri 8:30 am-4:30 pm by appointment

Ontario. Ministry of the Environment, Conservation and Parks - Ontario. Ministry of the Environment, Conservation and Parks, Niagara District Office

Garden City Tower; 301 St Paul St
9th Fl, Suite 15 St Catharines, ON
L2R 7R4

COVID-19: Public access to the office is not available. Contact should be made through the general office number, available Mon-Fri 8:30 am-5 pm. Continued after hours/24/7 access is available through the Spills Action Centre at 1-800-268-6060.

Receives complaints about polluted air, land, or water. Ministry will advise and mediate if necessary.

https://www.ene.gov.on.ca

Environment.Niagara@ontario.ca

Office: 905-704-3900

Toll Free: 1-800-263-1035 ; Pollution Tips Line 1-866-663-8477

After Hours: 1-800-268-6060

Fax: 905-704-4015

Mon-Fri 8:30 am-5 pm

Ontariogreen

3150 Culp Rd
Lincoln, ON
L0R 1S0

School Programs
  • Free, in-class environmental education programs for students based on the Ontario Science Curriculum
  • Provides help to schools with schoolyard naturalization projects
Speaker Series
Talks on a range of topics from gardening with native plants to the conservation success story of Trumpeter Swans can be arranged for clubs or community groups.

Community Programs
  • Hosts environmental education events for communities
  • Organizes guided urban forest tours
Naturalization Programs
  • Schoolyard Naturalization Projects: Helps design, draft a budget, select plants, give advice about organizing planting day
  • Community Greening Projects: Organizes community plantings of native trees and shrubs

http://www.ontariogreen.ca

lizcdn@yahoo.com

Office: 905-562-3819

Call for information

Peninsula Field Naturalists Club

Niagara Region Headquarters; 1815 Sir Isaac Brock Blvd
Committee Room 4 Thorold, ON
L2V 4T7

A group that is interested in all aspects of nature. Monthly meetings provide programs on a variety of Nature related topics and scientific studies presented by experts. Conduct outings in the Niagara area to study various aspects of Nature; wildflowers, birds, trees.

Affiliated with Ontario Nature (formerly Federation of Ontario Naturalists) and Nature Canada.

Interested persons are invited to attend meetings. Also takes part in regional environmental events such as Hawk Watch and do environmental surveys as requested. Carries out Christmas Bird Count for St. Catharines area annually.

peninsulafieldnats.com

info@peninsulafieldnats.com

Meeting Fourth Mon at 7:30 pm, Sep-Mar

Port Colborne and District Conservation Club

3757 2nd Concession
Port Colborne, ON

Group of individuals with a collective interest in the conservation of natural resources and who enjoy the outdoors and outdoor recreational activities. Club members are involved in the following activities: Annual fishing tournament, tree planting, walleye hatchery, skeet and trap shooting, archery, numerous conservation projects and various social events.

https://www.pcdcc.com

pcdcc@pcdcc.com

Office: 905-894-1336

Call for information

Preservation of Agricultural Lands Society


St Catharines, ON

A national, charitable organization whose main concern is the preservation of prime farm lands, in particular the Niagara Fruit Lands. The group supports farmers and encourages the buying of fruit and vegetables from area farmers.

https://palscanada.org/

Office: 905-468-2841

Call for information

St Catharines Game and Fish Association

61 Lighthouse Rd
St Catharines, ON
L2N 7P4

Involved in conservation and restoration projects, including wildlife protection. Offers salmon derbies in the spring, summer and fall.

Operates a public four-lane boat ramp on Lighthouse Road in Port Dalhousie. The ramp is accessible 24/7.

https://www.scgfa.ca

scgameandfish@gmail.com

Office: Apr-Oct 905-937-6335

Call for information
Dates: Ramp: Apr-Oct
Meetings: Fourth Mon at 7 pm, in Jan, Mar, Jun & Sep at the Rib & Crib Restaurant