Conservation Projects

RBG's conservation efforts occur in forest, wetland and prairie habitats and range from Species at Risk inventories to invasive alien species management.

Although best known for our display gardens and horticultural conservation work, Royal Botanical Gardens is working hard to preserve and restore the Nature Sanctuaries. Of particular importance is Project Paradise, the largest restoration project of its kind in North America, working to restore the aquatic habitats of Cootes Paradise and Grindstone Creek marshes.

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Major Projects

Royal Botanical Gardens’ 1,100 hectares is dominated by nature sanctuaries enveloping the western end of Lake Ontario. These properties are dominated by three types of habitats: wetlands, forest, and praries. With more than 750 native plant species, 277 types of migratory birds, 37 mammal species, 14 reptile species, 9 amphibian species and 68 species of Lake Ontario fish, the area is an important contributor to ecosystems that span international borders.

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Support Conservation at RBG

These conservation projects are possible thanks to the generous support of RBG Members and donors. With a donation to Growing up Green, you can ensure an active, vibrant and healthy future for the children of today and tomorrow through our horticultural and conservation projects.

Royal Botanical Gardens (RBG) is the largest botanical garden in Canada, a National Historic Site, and registered charitable organization with a mandate to bring together people, plants and nature.

Additional Resources

Learn more about RBG's conservation efforts with these downloadable PDF resources.

Experience the Nature Sanctuaries

There are lots of ways to get in touch with nature in a manner that is respectful to the species who call them home! Join us for a hike, a paddle, or see what's turning up in the fishway!

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The nature sanctuaries of RBG are home to 27km of trails. Find your route to stay active, and set aside some time to appreciate nature.

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Royal Botanical Gardens provides easy access to some of the most diverse birding in Ontario.

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See the marsh and its inhabitants from a new perspective as your guide leads you from one shore of Cootes Paradise to another.

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