Volunteers for Conservation
Interested 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!
2020 Volunteers for Conservation Projects
If you are interested in getting involved with any of the projects listed below, contact us by email at communications@LTC.on.ca or call 613-394-4829
Tri-County Children’s Water Festival
The Tri-County Children’s Water Festival, scheduled for May 21-22 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.
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.
Native Plant Sale
Every year, Lower Trent Conservation works hard to promote the planting of native trees, shrubs and wildflowers across our watershed region. We do this by making a wide variety of native vegetation available for purchase at a cost that is extremely affordable, and by implementing an ordering process that is simple and convenient for local residents.
When our bulk order of approximately 12,000 tree seedlings arrives (usually mid to late April), volunteers can help with sorting and packaging individual orders. Packaging takes place at the Lower Trent Conservation Administration Office at 714 Murray Street, Quinte West. It usually takes about 3.5 hours. It’s a fast paced fun day!
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:
- Murray Marsh Natural Habitat Restoration Project (Buffer Plantings)
As these naturalized shorelines become established, they require occasional maintenance including some weeding and additional planting best carried out in May and June.
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, native vegetation plantings, native seed collection, and trail stewardship at Trenton Greenbelt, Glen Miller, Seymour, Proctor Park, Sager, Kings Mill and Goodrich-Loomis Conservation Areas.
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