Tag Archives: Nature Appreciation

Wild Child – Childreach


Supporting and strengthening parents and professionals through learning opportunities and relationships so that all children reach their full potential.

Take your kids outside!  Swap some screen time for wild time.

Wild Child Outdoor Playgroup Schedule
– Wednesdays at 10am at Kilally Meadows (Bridle Path entrance)
– Thursdays at 10am at The Studio (944 Western Counties Rd)
– Saturdays at 10am at Museum of Ontario Archaeology (1600 Attawandaron Rd)

Join us with your little ones every week as we head into the woods to enjoy free play in a natural setting.   Let us demystify the risks of outdoor free play and increase your confidence and competence in providing child-led, inquiry-based opportunities for your children.  We will meet no matter what the weather!  Dress accordingly, and bring a snack.  Everyone welcome!

This is a FREE nature-based program for families with children of all ages.  No registration required.

Got a question? Email Karen at kgair@childreach.on.ca or call us at 519-434-3644

Typical Volunteer Opportunities

  • Work day volunteers – Volunteers to assist with the facilitation of the Wild Child Outdoor Playgroup

Volunteer Coordinator

Amanda Benton
Email Amanda

Contact Us

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Forest Festival

ReForest London is excited to invite you to our first ever Forest Festival in Harris Park on Saturday, August 19th! From 11 am to 3 pm, this family-oriented event is all about celebrating trees, forests, and our identity as the Forest City! A BBQ picnic from Growing Chefs will be offered by donation to the first 500 attendees, where every dish includes an ingredient grown from a tree!

We are partnering with local organizations to provide a fun-filled day of interactive activities for all ages.

Activities include:

·         A massive free tree giveaway

·         A bird show by the Canadian Raptor Conservancy

·         The Hood Archery

·         A giant interactive art piece from the London Arts Council that will be filmed by a drone!

·         A fire truck

·         Educational tree hikes

·         Local businesses, artisans and musicians

·         Environmental organizations

This is sure to be a huge and exciting event, so mark your calendars! It will be a tree-rrific time for all!

  • Date: Saturday August 19th
  • Time: 11 am – 3 pm
  • Location: Harris Park


Want to have a booth? We still have space for a few more tree-related businesses and organizations. If you are interested, email Kelsey Nicholls, Festival Coordinator at Kelsey@reforestlondon.ca.

Want to volunteer at the event? Click here to help with set-up or take-down, or contactvolunteer@reforestlondon.ca for more information.

Growing Chefs! Ontario Society


To get kids excited about wholesome healthy food!

Organizational Objectives

  • To build and maintain a healthy, empowered community that is engaged with our food system.
  • To provide an avenue for chefs and growers to get more involved in the community and to support food education.
  • To provide children with the confidence, knowledge and enthusiasm to grow and prepare good, healthy cuisine.
  • To support and encourage the development and growth of food education for children and families.

Typical Volunteer Opportunities

  • Event planning & Setup
  • Workday Volunteers
  • Gardeners
  • Skill Sharing
  • People with strong educational backgrounds to assist in curriculum development
  • People with program evaluation experience.

Volunteer Coordinator

Noelle Coughlin
Email Noelle
Phone: 519-679-4769

Contact Us

Growing Chefs! Ontario Society
Email Growing Chefs!

London Block Parent Program (will be closing Dec. 2016)


To provide immediate assistance through a safety network and offer supportive community education programs.


To make London a safer place to live, work and play.


Safety, community and education

Organizational Objectives

  • Increase community safety
  • Strengthen community awareness through  education and volunteerism
  • Increase community partnerships
  • Support and promote health and well-being through active transportation

Volunteer Opportunities

The London Block Parent Program is excited to support a a Walking School Bus Program initiative to provide safe, environmentally friendly transportation to school.  This program utilizes Block Parent volunteer(s) walking students to school.

  • Block Parent Volunteers (Block Walkers) to walk students to school for the Walking School Bus Program
  • Administration Assistants
  • Workday Volunteers
  • Community Outreach
  • Event Planning and Setup

Volunteer Coordinator

Peggy Houston

(519) 681-5855
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Contact Us

London Block Parent Program (LBPP)
652 Elizabeth St.
London, ON   N6A 4L9

(519) 661-5855

Thames River Anglers Association


Dedication Today for Tomorrow: “For the enhancement, protection and promotion of a viable, multi-species fishery within the Thames River watershed.

Organizational Objectives

The Thames River Anglers Association (TRAA) works at a grassroots level within the Thames River Watershed to:

  • protect, enhance and regenerate a viable, multi-species, year-round fishery
  • promote and participate in environmental cleanup, pollution control and rehabilitation
  • breed, relocate and stock to re-establish or augment appropriate species of fish
  • promote environmentally-sound sport fishing practices
  • form partnerships with community businesses, government agencies, special interest groups, landowners and other stakeholders in the Thames River watershed
  • increase public awareness of the unique diversity of the Thames River Watershed, its challenges, its recreational opportunities and its vital importance to our community

Typical Volunteer Opportunities

  • River cleanup
  • Construction
  • Hatchery rotation
  • Field studies
  • Event organizers

Volunteer Coordinator

Robert Huber

(519) 630-1892

Contact Us

The Thames River Anglers Association
2202 Coronation Drive,
London, ON N6G 0B9

(519) 630-1892

Thames River Rally


Thames River Rally (TRR) believes that a healthy river is the lifeblood of a strong community.  We strive to find the most direct way to help Londoners get involved with cleaning up the Thames.

Organizational Objectives

Thames River Rally is a volunteer group that organizes monthly clean-ups of the Thames River within the city of London.  We target one area of the river per rally. Volunteers are welcome to spend as much or as little time as they can afford.   TRR recognizes that there are several groups and organizations likewise motivated to clean up the Thames, and seek to build greater collaborative efforts with these initiatives.   Please help us to maintain a “Healthy River, Strong Community!”

Typical Volunteer Opportunities

Volunteers to join in on our clean-ups are always welcome.

Volunteer Coordinator

Tom Cull and Miriam Love
(519) 432-4067

Contact Us

Thames River Rally
119 Grand Ave., Apt 3 (Upper)
London, ON  N6C 1L9


London Fanshawe Horticultural Society


London Fanshawe Horticultural Societys (LFHS) mission is to promote, encourage, and educate its members in the values of horticulture within the community of London, Ontario.

Organizational Objectives

  • Provide our members within information on all aspects of horticulture, through holding regular membership meetings with speakers who have expertise in the horticultural field.
  • Engage members by volunteering in community horticultural projects that beautify and protect our city.


Volunteer Coordinator

John McLeod

(519) 660-1163

Contact Us

London Fanshawe Horticultural Society
1593 Adelaide St. N.
P.O. Box 51017
London, ON N5X 4P9
(519) 660-1163
LFHS Website

Nature London (McIlwraith Field Naturalists of London)


To Preserve and Enjoy Nature

Organizational Objectives

  • To acquire and disseminate knowledge of natural history
  • To conserve wildlife and protect its natural habitat
  • To stimulate public interest in and understanding of nature and its protection and preservation
  • To develop and sponsor special interest groups in the various fields of natural history

Volunteer Coordinator

Norm Corrin


Contact Us

Nature London
Box 24008
London, ON  N6H 5C4


Carolinian Canada


Protect and restore natural heritage in the Carolinian Life Zone for healthy, sustainable landscapes through stewardship, cooperation and research.

Organizational Objectives

  • To preserve, protect and restore the flora and fauna of the Carolinian Life Zone in southwestern Ontario, by organizing and participating in environmental projects.
  • To conduct research relating to environmental issues affecting the Carolinian Life Zone in southwestern Ontario and to disseminate the results of such research to the public.
  • To educate and increase the public’s understanding of the importance of conserving the natural features of the Carolinian Life Zone in southwestern Ontario by developing and offering educational materials and programs.

Volunteer Coordinator

Michelle Kanter

(519) 433-7077

Contact Us

Carolinian Canada
1017 Western Road
London, ON  N6G 1G5

(519) 433-7077

Garden Club of London


The Garden Club of London (GCL) works with the community and Nature to inform the public about horticulture, floral design and the environment through our work at Parkwood Hospital, the Woodland off Wonderland Road, and by presenting a Floral Exhibition every two years. We also work closely with the City of London and other community organizations the assist with our and their goals.

Contact Us

The Garden Club of London
625 Springbank Drive,
London, ON  N6K 4T1

Tel: (519) 471-6200