Species At Risk

How to get involved

We can all do our part to protect species at risk and their habitats in Ontario so that the biodiversity we currently enjoy will still be there for future generations. See what you can do to make a difference.

Volunteer at an Ontario Park

Do you live near a provincial park? Ontario Parks volunteers help with park operations, including acting as campground hosts, maintaining trails or canoe routes and doing research. Some activities benefit endangered plants and animals in the park. Learn more about volunteer opportunities.

Summer jobs protecting nature

Working with the Ministry of Natural Resources means helping protect our forests, wetlands, fish, wildlife and natural spaces – for the sake of future generations and for the sake of rare and threatened species. Our youth employment programs include jobs in Ontario Parks across the province.


Local opportunities

All over Ontario, there are opportunities to learn more about and help protect species at risk, from joining a naturalist club to participating in a land trust.

Ontario Stewardship

Ontario Stewardship is a community based environmental program made up of dedicated volunteers and stakeholders that help turn good ideas into great projects. The program has 45 stewardship councils across the province. Find your local council

Stewardship Network of Ontario

The Stewardship Network of Ontario is an informal network of regional and provincial organizations working together to build and enhance stewardship opportunities.

Stewardship Canada

Stewardship Canada is an online knowledge network about stewardship in Canada. It’s a virtual community that features information and resources intended to encourage and link stewardship efforts.

Ontario Federation of Anglers and Hunters

This group has a variety of community partnership projects on the go. Get involved in conservation efforts to recover lost species, or clean up and restore shoreline habitat

Understand the threat of Invasive Species

Invasive species are a serious threat to Ontario’s biodiversity – especially to rare and vulnerable native species. Learn about how you can reduce the threat of invasive species – at home and when you’re enjoying the great outdoors.

Invading Species Awareness Program

This partnership between the Ontario Federation of Anglers and Hunters and the Ministry of Natural Resources promotes control, monitoring and prevention of invading species, as well as education and awareness. Get involved in activities such as the Invading Species Watch, a volunteer lake monitoring program for aquatic invading species.

Habitat Stewardship Program for Species at Risk

This federal government program helps in the recovery of species at risk and engages Canadians to prevent other species from becoming at risk. It provides funding for projects that conserve and protect species at risk and their habitats.

Aboriginal Fund for Species at Risk

This fund supports projects aimed at developing Aboriginal capacity for participation in the protection of species at risk and projects related to the protection and the recovery of species at risk and their habitat.