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Ottawa-Carleton Wildlife Centre

The Ottawa-Carleton Wildlife Centre (OCWC) is committed to educating people about wildlife and helping to foster an appreciation for the natural world and the important role all species play in a healthy ecosystem, particularly in urban areas. The OCWC originally did wildlife rehabilitation and now focuses on education. This has given us the opportunity to address the root causes of problems facing wildlife rather than treating the symptoms.

Each of us can help conserve nature, starting in our own backyard and parks. The OCWC is located near parks, forests, and wetlands in the Greenbelt. Our education programs focus on: connecting people with wildlife and nature through workshops and guided walks, implementing innovative ways to coexist with nature through pilot projects and tree planting, and hosting information booths. We reach hundreds of children and youth each year through our programming and continue to help restore the storm-water ponds near our Centre. These sites act as our outdoor classrooms when we do tree planting or go on nature walks.

Since 2005, the OCWC has worked in the Ottawa community to connect people with the environment and the animals who live there. Our current programs are built on years of first-hand experience in order to help people of all ages better understand and appreciate wildlife and their habitats. We have held events for children, the Girl Guides and Boy Scouts, seniors' walking groups, and tree planting events to restore wetland habitats.

Parks we work in:

  • Andrew Haydon Park
  • Greenbelt surrounding 60 Moodie Drive
  • Lakeview Park
  • Lakeview Park

Things we do:

  • advocacy
  • environmental education
  • environmental restoration
  • nature walks
  • stewardship
  • tree planting
  • workshops

We're looking for volunteers in these areas:

  • Occasional volunteers

Where you can find us

  • 60 Moodie Drive, Nepean, ON, Canada