Stewards meeting at Todmorden Mills Wildflower Preserve, 2021
Stewardship on Public Land

Toronto Nature Stewards

We all enjoy the benefits of the ravines and natural areas.  Our unique urban forest is home to abundant wildlife and an oasis for citizens in Canada’s largest City.  The ravines connect important ecosystems, connect our communities, and connect us to nature – one of the pillars of a sustainable planet and sustainable living.

Despite the importance of nature in the City, Toronto’s natural areas are at an ecological tipping point. Invasive species, climate change, overuse and misuse by people, intensive land development, and excessive litter threaten the current and future health of the city’s wild species and natural communities.

Toronto Nature Stewards (TNS) believes that stewardship is part of the solution. Protecting and caring for the land is essential. Our vision is a Toronto with healthy biodiverse ecosystems where plants, animals and humans can thrive together.

YOU CAN HELP

Let’s work together to restore and maintain healthy natural areas to improve the quality of life for all Toronto residents.

Latest from Our Blog

  • TNS In the News!

    Joel Rodriguez, Globe and Mail September 10, 2022 Toronto Nature Stewards volunteer to protect ravines https://www.theglobeandmail.com/canada/article-torontos-ravines-are-in-a-critical-state-threatened-by-invasive/ Toronto’s ravine system makes up a significant part of the city’s green infrastructure, as natural parklands and urban forests provide countless environmental, health and recreational benefits. However, the city’s ravines are in a critical state, threatened by invasive species, […]

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  • A City-wide Stewardship Celebration – Oct 1

    A Celebration of Stewardship and Volunteering is taking place on October 1 at Middle Mill from 10am to 1pm. 44 Beechwood Drive, Toronto, ON M4K 3H8 Join the Toronto Nature Stewards, Toronto Field Naturalists, A Park of All and many more. This will be a fun filled day with lots of nature and kid friendly […]

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  • From our Stewards – Stories from the Field: Index

    The Toronto Nature Stewards are working hard but still having fun while removing invasive species in our ravine and park sites. Each Lead Steward organizes their volunteers and have many different experiences to share with each other. The following posts are specific to a site, how to improve the experience and personal reflections. Follow the […]

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  • About our 2022 Stewardship Season 

    TNS has 23 sites (more than twice from last year) and 60 trained Lead Stewards but there is much more to do. There are 6,600 hectares of public ravine land and we are currently stewarding approximately 74 hectares on 23 sites.  Each hectare needs active regular stewardship to improve biodiversity and ecosystem health.  Each site […]

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  • Participate in Community Science: Invasive Jumping Worms!

    Toronto Nature Stewards has recently partnered with a U of T researcher, Michael McTavish, investigating the spread of invasive jumping worms, recently detected in Toronto. All are welcome to participate.

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  • Site Stories – Sunnypoint-Neilson Park

    August 30, 2022 Happy Monday to our Sunnypoint Stewards! ** As the sun is setting sooner and the mosquitos are coming out earlier, we are moving our start time to 6:30pm.  We know that this may make it a rush for people coming home from work, so please just come and find the team whenever you can […]

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