Get Involved in Durham

We plan and deliver a variety of events and programs in partnership with residents, schools, neighbourhood groups and local municipalities that educate and engage the public in environmental initiatives.

Durham Region Community Engagement programs cover natural and cultural heritage awareness, homeowner outreach and education, habitat creation and citizen science.


Programs

Events

Jun 8 @ 4:30 pm – 7:00 pm
Maintaining Pollinator Habitat @ St. Andrews Park | Ajax | Ontario | Canada
Help maintain Ajax’s pollinator habitat by planting native wildflowers and pulling invasive plants. High school students can receive volunteer hours for their time.
Altona Forest Hike: Fall Wildflowers @ Altona Forest Entrance & Parking
Sep 16 @ 10:00 am – 12:00 pm
Altona Forest Hike: Fall Wildflowers @ Altona Forest Entrance & Parking | Pickering | Ontario | Canada
Enjoy the diversity of bright fall blooms, including asters and goldenrods. Join the Altona Forest Stewardship Committee on this guided hike through the woods. Meet at the Altona Forest parking lot on Altona Road, across...
Altona Forest Hike: Autumn by Dusk @ Altona Forest (Summerpark Crescent)
Oct 14 @ 6:00 pm – 8:00 pm
Altona Forest Hike: Autumn by Dusk @ Altona Forest (Summerpark Crescent) | Pickering | Ontario | Canada
Discover the colours of Altona Forest! Bring your cameras to capture the changing leaves and setting sun. Led by the Altona Forest Stewardship Committee. Meet at the entrance in Summer Park (located on Summerpark Crescent)....
Altona Forest Hike: Tree Bark and Buds @ Altona Forest Entrance and Parking
Nov 18 @ 10:00 am – 12:00 pm
Altona Forest Hike: Tree Bark and Buds @ Altona Forest Entrance and Parking | Pickering | Ontario | Canada
Learn to identify trees without leaves! We’ll share our tips for using tree bark and buds. Led by the Altona Forest Stewardship Committee. Meet at Altona Forest Parking on Altona Road across from Pine Grove...

 

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Community Engagement in Ajax

TRCA works with the Town of Ajax on various environmental programs to engage residents in hands-on activities or workshops.


NEW PROJECT IN AJAX: Pollinator Meadowscape Project
This project aims to link natural spaces, specifically meadows, with pollinators and community gardens.  We plan to engage the community in planting projects that couple native wildflower meadows with existing food producing gardens.  We will offer a suite of planting events, educational workshops and environmental activities that demonstrate the role of pollinators and their link to our food sources and the environment.

Three-year project deliverables will include:

  • One meadow restoration
  • Two community demonstrations gardens
  • A minimum of 22 pollinator habitat installations

These three components will provide habitat to important pollinator species, and help to educate the public and reinforce why meadows, native plants and pollinators are important to our livelihoods.

Toronto and Region Conservation was successful in securing $88,000 over three years from the Ontario Trillium Foundation (OTF) in April 2013. To ensure a successful project, we engaged the following experienced collaborative partners:


Community Engagement in Pickering

Toronto and Region Conservation stewardship has been active and successful for more than 10 years in Pickering!

In 2008, the City of Pickering, Ontario Power Generation and TRCA approached environmental and community organizations to join together and form a committee called Environmental Stewardship Pickering (ESP). ESP is now an active group in the community that provides leadership and support, and builds awareness for environmental stewardship in Pickering.


Community Engagement in Uxbridge

The southern Uxbridge area covers the East Duffins Headwaters of the TRCA jurisdiction. There is a focus on stewardship with in this area to help residents understand how they can enjoy and protect this important environmental gem.


Links

Ajax Links

Pickering Links

Uxbridge Links


Contact

Maggie Ballantyne
Supervisor, Education, Training and Outreach
416.661.6600 x 5676
mballantyne@trca.on.ca