Recipe for Nature Conservation

A recipe triggering ambition and growth:  The realization that like-minded, passionate changemakers exist in the world, eager to protect nature for the benefit of future generations. If this has yet to happen to you, March 3rd, 2018 presents an exciting learning opportunity.

This discovery of hit me four short years ago when I discovered the Couchiching Conservancy (CC) land trust, based out of Orillia, through the former Carden Alvar Nature Festival. CC offers diverse opportunities to grow personal connections with the natural environment. Whether it’s through environmental stewardship coupled with emerging citizen science techniques or advocating at community events for the protection of special natural spaces. CC’s mission is executed by hundreds of motivated community members, and it is down right inspirational.

Through firsthand experiences, I’ve explored the wilderness of the Carden Alvar, east of Orillia. From the age of three to present, I have developed a special connection with the land, water and associated species of wildlife. Whether observing reptiles, fish, amphibians, mammals or birds, my young self, unbeknownst, had established a strong mindset: To do whatever it takes to ensure a fair chance is considered for nature conservation. Protecting the rich habitats of the Orillia region is a mutual goal between the Couchiching Conservancy and I. It’s been amazing to witness species such as the bald eagle make a return to the landscape, evidence that conserving their habitat is crucial now more than ever.

The youngster in me is ecstatic for community collaboration opportunities in achieving nature conservation. It is a dream come true. The recipe is unique blend of communication and cooperation between ambitious groups of people. Join the Couchiching Conservancy at ODAS Park for our Annual General Meeting on Saturday, March 3rd, 2018. Warning: you may leave inspired to change the world.

Originally appearing on Also published on, a Metroland Media Group, for Land Trust.