Recent Projects 

Better Organizations for Nature Project

Learning Opportunities in Collaboration with the Sustainably Network

Since 2015 several hundred organizations have been able to learn from national leaders how Engagement Organizing tools can be applied to help meet their mandates through people powered initiatives.  Locations for these workshops have included: Toronto, Ottawa, London, Windsor, Moncton as well as through online webinars. For upcoming workshops see EO Learning

Communities of Practice

The Foundation prompted six national, provincial and regional organizations relevant to its mandate to form a community of practice to learn how to apply Engagement Organizing tools in their work.  Since 2016, staff from these organizations have collaboratively honed their skills through specific projects:

  • Bird Studies Canada -increasing engagement in Swift Watch and other citizen science projects
  • Bruce Trail Conservancy -using online tools to build member and supporter relationships
  • Couchiching Conservancy -recruiting supporters through pledges at events and door to door contact and moving them up the engagement ladder
  • Nature Canada -Keep Cats Safe and Save Bird Lives -a multi municipality -snowflake model approach
  • Nature Trust of New Brunswick -applying database management tools to mobilize support for the 17% provincial land protection goal
  • Rare Charitable Reserve -using EO tools in the launch of the raresites regional land trust

Better Organizations for Nature Project Fund

Several organizations have accessed this fund to pilot tools in Engagement Organizing or re-orient their theories of change to be more people centred.   Examples include:

  • Hilliardton Marsh Research and Education Centre -matching funds to mobilize membership and supporters
  • National Farmers Union (Ontario) -recruiting urban residents to link to rural food producers
  • Northern Spotted Owl Breeding Program (British Columbia) -organizational review to expand the supporter base
  • Ontario Turtle Conservation Centre -Implementation of a new supporter data management system
  • Ottawa Riverkeepers -American Eel as a focus of EO tool application, building on new database implementation and staff training

Nature Festivals

The Nature Festival Seed Fund has prompted and supported many multi-day projects:
Creston Valley Bird Fest, British Columbia
Five Days for the Forest -New Brunswick
Nature Matters, Prince Edward County Ontario
Pelee Island Buzz, Ontario
Tree Fest Ottawa, Ontario
Two Rivers Festival, Guelph, Ontario
Wild About Saskatoon -Saskatchewan
Wild About Vancouver. British Columbia
Wild Wings Nature and Arts Festival -British Columbia

Land Acquisition and Protection Initiatives

  • Johnson’s Mills Shorebird Reserve, New Brunswick -support to secure a property in this Important Birding Area (IBA) essential to hundreds of thousands of migrating shorebirds -Nature Conservancy of Canada, New Brunswick
  • White Lake Basin Important Bird Area -land acquisition -southern Okanagan Valley British Columbia
  • Conservation Manitou Land Trust, Quebec -support for their first acquisition
  • Inaugural summit for Land Trusts Canada -Victoria B.C -2017

Invasive Species

  • Bruce Peninsula Sportsman’s Association -build and install boot scrubbers to stop the spread of invasive seeds -in collaboration with the Bruce Trail Conservancy
  • Phragmites monitoring and control, Nature Conservancy of Canada-Bruce Peninsula Ontario

New Leaders/Initiatives

  • Green Team Canada, British Columbia -start up and innovation funding to support the initiative and drive of the organization’s first executive director
  • Huron Tract Land Trust Conservancy, Ontario -start up funding for communications initiatives
  • Bee City Canada -the Foundation provided support for the initial summit of representatives from municipalities from across Ontario, 2018
  • Mobilization for the Ojibway Prairie, Windsor -funding to acknowledge and support leadership initiatives to protect this special site

Nature and Environmental Education -Supporting Evolution of Practice

Multi-Credit Integrated Programs –Secondary Schools

The Foundation has provided start up and innovation funding to these programs for many years because they are an example of how school-based organization can evolve to support more effective methods. This model provides a direction for secondary school reform.

Secondary school integrated programs use a learning delivery model that creates communities of learners with shared interests.  The Foundation has provided support for new programs with an environmental theme to assist those teachers taking leadership to apply this innovative model.
Four-credit integrated programs evolved from outdoor education in Ontario and often have an environmental/natural history component, frequently take place entirely outside of the home school, and integrate up to 4 subjects through an environmental theme.

Four-credit program best practice includes a business component. Typically, the secondary students plan, organize and deliver a fieldtrip program for younger students, a valuable learning opportunity. The funds realized from this are used to pay transportation, rental and program costs and ensure program sustainability.

Examples of programs that the Foundation has supported include:

Member -Canadian Environmental Grantmakers Network

The Foundation is a sustaining member of CEGN.