From all of us at The Riverwood Conservancy, we hope that you and your loved ones are staying safe and healthy as we all continue to adjust to new realities and new terms like “social distancing”, “flattening the curve”, and “speaking moistly”.

Like you, our staff have been heeding the advice of public health officials and staying home as much as possible. But while at home, we’ve been working on some creative ways for you to stay connected with nature. Here’s how you can continue to get your nature fix from the comfort of your home.

Virtual Retreat in Nature

Go on a Google Earth adventure to explore some of the most beautiful and interesting areas of Riverwood. You’ll learn more about our natural space along the way, and discover new ways to engage with and appreciate nature – even while you’re at home.

Our Virtual Retreat in Nature is modeled off our LEADS program of the same name, which gives secondary students a chance to connect with nature and consider their relationship with the environment. LEADS programs are made possible by the Suncor Energy Foundation, Weston Forest, and the Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council of Canada (NSERC).

Please note that you’ll need the Google Earth app to view the virtual retreat on a mobile device. Download the app for free from Google Play or the App Store.

Webinars and Facebook Live Presentations

Catch up with our past webinars and Facebook Live presentations. Our virtual events offer you gardening ideas, bird photography tips, dinosaur discussions, and lots more. Take a look through all of our videos by clicking the playlist icon near the top right of the video player below.

The four seasons at Riverwood

Immerse yourself in the sights and sounds of nature as we travel through the seasons at Riverwood. Enjoy the views of our varied species of birds, animals, and plant life. Many thanks to our Education Program Director/Consultant, Dave Taylor, for compiling the footage and composing this video for us.

Additional webinars, articles, and resources

Take part in a webinar or Facebook Live broadcast to join in on the discussion and ask your questions to our expert speakers. See our events calendar for details on upcoming webinars and Facebook Live events.

We’re posting articles on our blog that offer insight into the local environment and ways to connect with nature from the safety of your home.

Be sure to subscribe to our YouTube channel so you’ll be the first to know when we have fresh content to watch.

If you’re a parent, a teacher, or a parent who’s now become a teacher, we have a number of education resources available to engage kids with science and nature.

Thank you for doing your part to keep our community safe, and for staying connected to our ongoing environmental work. Be well!