Our Program Areas
Our work includes sharing knowledge, research, applied and collaborative conservation, education, and community empowerment.
Water is essential to the health of humans, ecosystems, and wildlife. There is no life on our planet without it. The Land Between is home to 80% of Southern Ontario’s wetlands and over 30,000 lakes with no soil to absorb contaminants. The region is therefore vital in maintaining water health and integrity.
Healthy ecosystems require a range of animals, plants, and microorganisms to provide us with the air we breathe, the food we eat, the medicines we use, and more. As a meeting place of species from the north and south and a stronghold for numerous species in decline, The Land Between is the last intact living landscape in Southern Ontario.
The Land Between is a place of rich and extraordinary cultural heritage. An ancient travel route, a landscape embracing 2,000+ year old petroglyphs and pictographs, and a bustling art scene are just a handful of the cultural wonders of this region. It is a meeting place of the Anishinaabe and settler, the hunter and city dweller, and so many more.
Global and local climates are changing at alarming rates. This can cause more severe storms, warming lakes, increased disease, and other threats to life in Ontario, costing Ontarians fortunes. It also impacts our ability to grow food, compromising the security of our food systems. Democratic, local governance structures and grassroots efforts can have a major influence on our future.
Youth play an increasingly important role in changing our systems to reduce biodiversity loss and climate change, but there is a disconnect between current management and the values and concerns of youth. Our programs engage and empower youth to play an active role in conservation, in their communities, and to orient elders.
The foundation of our identity and conservation lies in understanding the truth of our shared history and the valuing of Indigenous Knowledge. These tenets are the only way forward. We strive to embrace and support Indigenous perspectives, knowledge and voices in all our conservation efforts.
Interested in learning about the impact we've had in these program areas?