Community Pitch in Day at the Lawson Nature Reserve

From Sheila Fleming:

Community Pitch in Day at the Lawson Nature Reserve on Saturday, June 4, 2022, saw 9 members work diligently fixing the front gate, clearing invasive garlic mustard, painting tables, clearing broken boardwalk and installing a small bridge. A good days work! Thanks to the volunteers who gave their time and effort making the LNR a safe place for our many visitors to this beautiful space.

The Future Ground Prize – Vote Today

From David Suzuki Foundation:

There are two weeks left to vote for your favourite finalist for this year’s Future Ground Prize, presented by Desjardins Group and supported by Nature’s Way. This special youth edition highlights young changemakers who are working to create a greener and more just future for their communities in Ontario and British Columbia!

By voting, you can help amplify the efforts of our 15 inspiring young finalists and their projects! The project that receives the most votes will win the People’s Choice Prize of $2,500! For a youth group, this will be a tremendous help to ensure the viability of its project!

Vote at

The polls will officially close on June 13 at 12 p.m. Eastern and 9 a.m. Pacific. To thank you for your support, all voters will be entered into a draw to win a David Suzuki prize pack, including a one-year family or group pass to National Parks Canada.

The Grand Prize and Rising Star Prize will be determined by our amazing panel of jurors (meet them here). All the winners will be announced at our online event on June 22. Save the date!

Three actions to help turtles in parks

From Ontario Parks:

In honour of #WorldTurtleDay, here are three actions you can take to help turtles in parks:

🐢 SLOW DOWN! Road mortality is a huge threat to turtles. Please obey speed limits and watch for wildlife on the road

🐢 Report your turtle sightings. Let staff know where you see turtles in the park, or add your sightings to iNaturalist

🐢 Pick up some of our Turtle Protection Project merchandise! Proceeds go towards turtle conservation projects in provincial parks: