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Join our Board of Directors! Help Oakville grow greener!

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Care about restoring and protecting nature where you live? Want to create a greener community that is connected to nature? Join our Board of Directors!

Oakvillegreen is looking for a Board Secretary.

More details on this role here: Be Our Board Secretary!

TO APPLY: Send a brief statement of interest including your qualifications (max 300 words) to president@oakvillegreen.org. We will begin to review applications on November 15, 2015 until a suitable candidate is selected.

What is Oakvillegreen?

Oakvillegreen Conservation Association (OCA) is a non-profit advocacy environmental organization with a 15-year history of protecting and enhancing nature and promoting a green Oakville. OCA has achieved success in advocating for natural heritage system planning, urban forest protection, a natural trails plan and against an incinerator, cosmetic pesticide use and new developments in natural areas. We have engaged thousands of volunteers in enhancing local parks and green spaces and have planted over 18,000 trees and shrubs. In collaboration with municipal, corporate and community partners, OCA volunteers plant native trees and shrubs and steward over 50 sites in Oakville and, new in 2015, a demonstration pollinator garden. We connect diverse audiences in the community to nature’s diversity through presentations, hands-on stewardship events, workshops, guided hikes and cycle tours. Our free, grade K to 12, curriculum-connected school programs, are delivered to thousands of students each year. 

We strive to create a LIVING Oakville, with restored nature and a community connected to nature! 

Companies that Plant Together…

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For another Fall planting season, we were happy to welcome corporate volunteer teams from KMInnovations (now VelocityEHS) of Oakville and UPS Customer Solutions Department.

At both planting locations the teams helped to mulch existing plantings and add new native trees and shrubs. The riparian areas that these volunteers targeted – in the floodplain along Taplow Creek and the southern portion of Bronte Creek – protect our neighbourhoods from the impacts of flooding!

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The team from KMInnovations of Oakville (now VelocityEHS)!
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UPS Customer Solutions Department volunteer team planting at Shell Park.

We thank both of these hardworking teams for their many combined years of environmental TLC! Great work teams!

We also gratefully acknowledge the financial support of the Oakville Environmental Fund at the Oakville Community Foundation, a registered charitable public foundation serving the Oakville Community (www.theocf.org).

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Learning through ‘Discover Your Creek’ Watershed Workshops

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 We were very happy this Fall to be able to offer a unique hands-on learning and community greening opportunity to several elementary and highschool classes in Oakville.

As part of our Discover Your Creek project, students and teachers from Ecole Secondaire Gaetan Gervais, Forest Trail Elementary, and Iroquois Ridge Secondary School headed outside to Oakville’s creeks and urban river valleys to learn first-hand about the issues facing their local watershed. Students learned about the important role floodplains and riparian* vegetation play in protecting water quality, slowing down stormwater runoff and providing ecological habitat and enhancing biodiversity. Several classes joined us to PLANT more than 180 native trees and shrubs, as well as  spread MULCH in nearby creek riparian areas. 

Riparian – the interface between land and a river or stream. Plants along the river margins and banks of a stream are called riparian vegetation. The extent, diversity and quality of riparian vegetation affects the ecological health of our urban watercourses.

If you’re interested in having our education staff visit your school for a presentation, nature walk, or workshop, please see our Education Programs and contact us at programs@oakvillegreen.ca.

Oakvillegreen gratefully acknowledge the financial support of the Oakville Environmental Fund at the Oakville Community Foundation, a registered charitable public foundation serving the Oakville Community (www.theocf.org).

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The team from Ecole Secondaire Gaétan-Gervais planting trees adjacent to Wellspring Stormwater Management Pond.

 

 

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