Nature Reserve Stewardship


Escape the ordinary!  Join us for a brief getaway in nature and indulge your senses as you explore and restore a stunning piece of the Oak Ridges Moraine.  You’ll work hard for a few hours, get a little dirty, pick up some burs, and—no false advertising here—even get a few mosquito bites. But, you will meet some great people and immerse yourself in nature restoring the habitat for the monarch butterfly and a variety of birds and animals! 

To get involved, join Paul Abell, volunteer Property Steward with the Oak Ridges Moraine Land Trust for the StarCliff property and Stewardship Adviser with A Rocha Canada.  You will be able to participate in hands-on stewardship—restoration, monitoring and maintenance—activities such as:

  • Invasive species removal
  • Biological inventories
  • Trail maintenance

Our group meets from 9:30 am to 12:30 pm on the 1st and 3rd Saturday of each month, April through October.  No long term commitment required!

You will need to ensure the following:

  • Dress according to the weather conditions. Pants and long-sleeved shirt, ball cap or wide-brimmed hat and closed-toe shoes or hiking boots are recommended. Depending on the weather, rain gear (rain boots or waterproof hiking boots, rain coat and pants or rain poncho);
  • Please bring bug spray or bug jackets and hats and sunblock for your own personal use.
  • Be well hydrated and fed. A snack is provided and water is available, but you are encouraged to bring your own water in a large, reusable bottle. You may also want to pack a lunch.

Specific tools required will be provided for you.

Please RSVP for each Nature Reserve Stewardship work days by contacting Paul, either with an email to paul.abell@arocha.ca or at his mobile at 647-969-0259. If notifying him by email, please also copy your RSVP to landtrust@oakridgesmoraine.org.  Meeting location will be provided at the time of registration.

Nature Reserve Stewardship happens rain or shine. If there is a cancellation, all registered participants will receive an email by 7:10 AM

Please note that there are no toilets at StarCliff however a biffy is available for emergencies.  The closest public washroom is a five minute drive south towards Nobleton.




Living on the Moraine means that you could have an impact - good, not-so-good or neutral - on what happens here. The Oak Ridges Moraine Conservation Plan is only one tool put in place to help sustain natural functions that help sustain all of us.

Skills, talents, time and effort are always welcomed with various needs spread throughout the year, or in "one-off" activity. Volunteers may be operating on protected properties, some in the Land Trust office, some help out from the comfort of their own home. Every volunteer and every task is quite different – and every bit is appreciated by The Land Trust.

Detailed work plans will ensure that individual tasks are easily managed and include a mix of hands-on and more arms-length activity required of committee members. Orientation and guidance materials will be employed by both committees along with specific task descriptions.

The Fundraising Committee (details here) is looking for assistance with planning and execution of both short and long-term fundraising activities, including some interesting fundraising events – and it doesn't mean you need to solicit funds directly!

The Communications and Outreach Committee (details here) will be addressing a number of activities over the next year. Included in the work of the committee will be preparation for and delivery of presentations to many community groups, making arrangements for activity, writing and collecting information.

If you are interested in being considered for service as a team member for one or two years on either committee, please submit your application per the instructions below.

The list below will give you an idea of the sort of recurring positions that require volunteer support. There's always something more to be done! Join the Land Trust's 60-75 currently active volunteers by filling out and submitting the form at the bottom of the list. We can let you know when an opportunity that matches your interests and skills arises to help out the Land Trust (or other moraine wide organizations).

Volunteers planting trees on the Oak Ridges Moraine



Land securement support

Land stewardship monitoring

Tree planting

Research coordination

Property title archivist



Data Entry

Telephone calling

Financial officer/bookkeeper

Volunteer coordination

Web design/web master


Board member

Committee work



Newsletter creation

Newsletter production

Public relations communications officer


Planning for fundraising

Executing fundraising activity


On-line media scanner

Written communications


Plan community events

Set up community events

Participate in community events


All volunteers are placed on the Land Trust's mailing list and receive the Trust's newsletter (electronic option) and notices of special events and volunteer opportunities.

PLEASE NOTE: If you are interested in completing community hours or are below the age of majority you should contact the Land Trust office by telephone, rather than submitting an on-line application, to discuss specifics related to supervision and liability.

Volunteer Application Form

To volunteer please fill out a Volunteer Application Form. The form is available as both an On-line Version and an interactive PDF Version.

The On-line Version can be filled out and submitted on-line. Please click here to open the page with the On-line Version.

The Interactive Version can be filled out, saved to your computer or printed, and either emailed or mailed to us (see form for email address or postal address). Please click here to download for the Interactive PDF Version.


Oak Ridges Moraine Land Trust: Cawthra Mulock House 18462 Bathurst Street Newmarket Ontario L3Y 4V9 Tel:(905)853-3171