Communities for Nature
Doing Good Things for Nature & Your Community!
Communities for Nature creates connections between businesses and industries, schools, and the local community, and improves the environment for everyone.
The UTRCA works with corporations interested in supporting local environmental initiatives. Our staff meet with local partners to identify sites that can be restored, then coordinate community involvement in planting trees, shrubs, aquatic plants, wildflower meadows, and prairies. Projects range from small neighbourhood sites to large multi-year corporate and municipal initiatives.
Communities for Nature benefits nature and local communities by:
• Improving water and air quality
• Providing wildlife habitat
• Protecting endangered species
• Increasing biodiversity
• Building partnerships
• Providing opportunities for students to get involved in their community, and to learn that their efforts can make a difference
• Making our communities better places to live
Communities for Nature Programs
Communities for Nature offers a choice of four activities: Community Forestry, Aquatic Connections, Spreading like Wildflowers and School Ground Greening. These programs can be done separately or in combination, depending on each project’s scope and site design.
Community Forestry establishes native tree and wildlife shrub communities in parks, along watercourses, and on industrial and commercial properties.
Projects available in April, May and November
We’ve Been Busy! Here are some statistics on our Community Forestry program in the Upper Thames River watershed, from 1991 to 2011:
Number of trees and shrubs planted – 216,000
Number of students participating – 63,000
Number of community members participating – 26,000
Number of acres planted – 320
Aquatic Connections restores streams and wetlands throughout the watershed by planting native wetland species and bio-engineering.
Projects available from March to June and September to November
Spreading like Wildflowers
Spreading like Wildflowers creates native wildflower meadows and prairies by planting wildflower and grass plugs, and spreading seeds.
Projects available in late May and June
School Ground Greening
Are you interested in greening your school grounds and enhancing your ecoschools application? School Ground Greening actively engages students and staff in the care of the natural environment, encourages teaching and learning in the outdoors, and increases biodiversity on the school grounds, through plantings and creating more natural spaces.
Projects available in April/May and October/November
For More Information
Contact Karen Pugh, 519-451-2800 ext. 252 for more information.