Volunteering in the Cootes to Escarpment EcoPark System

The development of the Cootes to Escarpment EcoPark System was aided by a stakeholder advisory group and local citizens, and volunteers contiue to be important to the success of the EcoPark System. Please visit our Events page for a listing of events and volunteer activities.

The Cootes to Escarpment partners value and support the groups undertaking important natural areas restoration and preservation projects in our area. Many of these groups have volunteer opportunities for activities such as clean ups, invasive species management, native species planting, trail maintenance and monitoring, and more.

The variety of volunteer opportunities means that there is something for everyone – contact us with your interests and we’ll direct you to the group with similar interests, or you can visit the websites of the following groups (click on their logos to go to their websites):

BARC logo

The Bay Area Restoration Council represents the public interest in the restoration of Hamilton Harbour and its watershed. BARC is responsible for actions in implementing the Hamilton Harbour Remedial Action Plan (RAP) and for evaluating the overall performance of RAP progress. BARC encourages community action by offering school programs, volunteer planting events, community workshops, evaluative reporting on current issues, and opportunities for digital engagement and promotion.

Bruce Trail Iroquoia Club logo

The Bruce Trail Iroquoia Club is the local Bruce Trail Club for Grimbsy to Milton. We manage the Niagara Escarpment a UNESCO World Biosphere Reserve & maintain the Bruce Trail.

BurlingtonGreen logo

Established in 2007, BurlingtonGreen is a citizen-led, not-for-profit environmental agency. We provide a dedicated voice for the local environment and inclusive, impactful programs, events, and services. We have become recognized locally, regionally, provincially and nationally as the “go to” environmental organization for Burlington.
Our mission is to protect the diversity of nature and to create a healthier environment, now and for the future. Through awareness, advocacy, and action we collaborate with all sectors of the community (citizens, schools, community groups, businesses, and governments), to protect the natural environment, and to make Burlington a cleaner, greener, more environmentally responsible city.

Earth Day Hamilton-Burlington logo

Earth Day Hamilton-Burlington has been hosting large hands-on environmental events for the community since 1996. We are Hamilton’s premiere tree planting organization, hosting several large-scale plantings per year. Earth Day Hamilton-Burlington also hosts one of Canada’s largest educational Eco-Festivals, teaching youth about the environment and getting them out into nature. And finally, we educate elementary school students and the general public about actions they can take to reduce the waste going into landfill. Our facebook page is at

Environment Hamilton logo

Environment Hamilton was incorporated as a non-for-profit organization in 2001 and has worked since then to inspire people to protect and enhance our environment through leadership, education and advocacy. Together we: raise awareness and offer hope that we can all make a difference; fearlessly and persistently tackle environmental injustices and remove environmental stresses to living systems; identify, involve, support, and celebrate the commitment of those who share our vision for a better community and engage those who may not; offer locally relevant solutions to achieve: food security, sustainable transportation, and healthy, clean air, water, and land; connect with, mentor, support, inspire, and spark creativity in our youth in order to engage them in our efforts and to prepare them for what the future holds; and take local action on climate change and other global environmental issues.

Field and Stream Rescue Team logo

Field and Stream Rescue Team holds several projects per year in which we count on community volunteers to participate and aid in cleaning, general stream rehabilitation and native tree and shrub plantings. We hold 15-20 events each year. Our goal is to educate communities through hands-on activities and create an overall cleaner, more natural environment.

Friends of Sheldon Creek logo

Protecting, rehabilitating, restoring and rewilding the Sheldon Creek watershed in Burlington and Oakville.

Green Venture logo

Green Venture is a community-based, non-profit organization committed to helping Hamilton-area residents live more sustainably where they live, work, and play. Our staff directly engage and support between 13,000 and 20,000 residents of all ages every year. We run EcoHouse, a 150-year-old historic farm house that has been retrofitted with green technology and sustainable living products such as renewable energy, composters, rain barrels, and energy efficient appliances. The two-acre property features native species gardens, natural landscaping, a community garden, rain gardens, and a renewable energy generation system. EcoHouse provides an informative and interactive backdrop for all programs delivered by Green Venture and is visited by approximately 2,000 to 4,000 residents annually.

Greening Sacred Spaces logo

Faith & the Common Good was established in 2000 to support Canada’s diverse faith communities to seek common ground for the common good. Our primary program, Greening Sacred Spaces is Canada’s only inter-faith, non-profit network dedicated to environmental sustainability.
Greening Sacred Spaces resources are designed to be accessible to all faith traditions. Network members have access to a wide array of practical educational tools, services and “How to guides” around conservation (waste, water and energy), edible gardening, climate action, and faith building green audits. We encourage faith communities to undertake greening actions from their individual spiritual teachings and promote a variety of expressions of this action.

Hamilton Naturalists' Club logo

The Hamilton Naturalists' Club (HNC) is a volunteer-based organization with a 95 year history of promoting habitat protection, stimulating public interest and action in conservation, undertaking research and education regarding natural areas and acquiring and managing nature sanctuaries.

OPIRG McMaster logo

OPIRG McMaster is a dynamic resource centre supporting student and community volunteers, educating and taking action on important issues in the public interest.

  • bruce trail
  • city of burlington
  • Conservation Halton
  • Halton Region
  • City of Hamilton
  • Hamilton Conservation Authority
  • hamilton harbour
  • Hamilton Naturalists' club
  • McMaster
  • RBG

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