Lower Trent Conservation

Volunteers for Conservation

i_volunteers.jpgInterested in planting trees or wildflowers, monitoring trails or local streams, establishing a shoreline buffer or helping children learn more about the natural environment? We may have a project for anyone wishing to give nature a helping hand.

Through the Volunteers for Conservation Program, we work with many volunteers throughout the year to help restore and enhance our watershed region. Your interest in volunteering may be to gain work experience, working for a cause, improving the quality of community life, making new friends, or obtaining new skills.

Register NOW to get involved and give nature a helping hand!

2017 Volunteer Projects

Tri-County Children’s Water Festival

The Tri-County Children’s Water Festival, scheduled for May 26-27 at Batawa Ski Hill, helps shape children’s attitudes about respecting and conserving valuable water resources. There are 30 to 35 hands-on activities to challenge students to consider the importance of water to themselves as individuals and to society.

Volunteers can be involved as activity centre instructors, directing groups through the site, or helping keep the grounds safe and tidy. If you’d rather work behind the scenes, we need help with set up and take down.

Interested? Contact Corinne, Environmental Education Technician.

Caring For Our Watersheds

Caring For Our Watersheds™ contest involves Grade 7,8 and 9 students. The students are asked to submit an essay proposal that answers the question, “What can you do to improve your watershed?” Either individually or as a team, students research their local watershed, identify an environmental concern and come up with a realistic solution.

Mentors from industry, education and conservation help students learn, innovate and above all take action to protect the natural environment. Community members are needed to judge the proposals and select the top six finalist to participate in the final event. Judging is taking place on Wednesday, March 29, 2017 from 9:00 AM – 3:00 PM with lunch included at the Lower Trent Conservation Administrative Office.

Interested? Contact Corinne, Environmental Education Technician.

Tree Seedling Program

Through our Tree Seedling Program, native coniferous and deciduous tree and shrub seedling stock are made available to the public to order. Our 2017 bulk order is approximately 15,000 seedlings which, upon arrival in mid to late April, will need to be packaged for pick up by those who placed orders.

Interested in helping package seedling orders? Contact Ewa, Ecology & Stewardship Specialist.

Rain Barrel Sale

Rain barrels capture rainwater, store it until you need it to water your plants, garden or even wash the car. In conjunction with RainBarrel.ca, we will be holding a rain barrel sale in Spring 2017. This will also be a fundraising event to support Connecting Kids with Nature campaign. Several volunteers are needed to help with the barrel distribution on the pick-up day, Friday, April 28, 2017.

Contact Ewa, Ecology & Stewardship Specialist for further details.

Shoreline Naturalization

Shorelines are areas rich in biodiversity, and are sensitive to damage.  Over the years many shorelines have been significantly altered leading to erosion, poor water quality and loss of habitat. A healthy shoreline has a diverse buffer of vegetation including trees, shrubs, grasses and wildflowers working to protect the waterway. Native plants help absorb runoff, protect against erosion and create vibrant habitat.

Lower Trent Conservation has completed four shoreline naturalization demonstration projects to help inspire the public to enhance their properties. The four sites include:

  • Trenton Greenbelt Conservation Area
  • Warkworth Conservation Area
  • Harbour Street Parkette (Brighton)
  • Hastings Village Marina.

As these naturalized shorelines become established, they require occasional maintenance including some weeding and additional planting best carried out in May and June.

Interested? Contact Ewa, Ecology & Stewardship Specialist.

Conservation Area Habitat Improvement

Our network of Conservation Areas protect unique natural habitats including tall grass prairie, oak savannah, upland forests, etc. Assistance is needed for invasive species removal along with blue bird box maintenance at Trenton Greenbelt, Glen Miller, Seymour, Proctor Park, and Goodrich-Loomis Conservation Areas.

Interested? Contact Ewa, Ecology & Stewardship Specialist.

Office Administration

Opportunities exist for volunteers with all levels of business management skills. If you have an eye for detail and enjoy organizing, we have opportunities for you to learn or enhance your administrative and financial skills! Volunteer activities are during regular business hours and may include:

  • General office support work
  • Records and information management support – sorting, coding, labelling, filing, storing and boxing record files
  • Photocopying, scanning, mailing, and data entry
  • Operation of a personal computer, photocopier, multi-line phone system and other equipment normally found in a modern office environment
  • Volunteer hours can be scheduled to fit your needs such as, High School students on PA days or school holidays, retirees or stay at home parents wanting to get involved
Interested? Contact Kelly, Manager, Corporate Services