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.

Virtual Birding Tour

Many of us have been indoors longer than we’d like because of COVID-19, and there may be a need for that trend to continue, at least in the short term. Connections to nature are vital to our physical and mental wellbeing and that those connections can, and must, continue even when more of our lives are spent in a virtual space. So we created a virtual tour of the park with a focus on birds!

The Riverwood Virtual Birding Tour guides you along the park’s trails to highlight areas where 14 bird species can be found. Each stop on the tour focuses on one species, describing its’ appearance, size, diet, and some fun facts. Pictures, videos, and audio clips of bird calls are also included.

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 at all of our videos by clicking the playlist icon on the video player below, or see the full playlist on our YouTube page.

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 and resources

Take part in a nature-based webinar to join in on the discussion and ask your questions to our expert speakers. See our events calendar for details on upcoming virtual events.

Be sure to subscribe to our YouTube channel so you’ll be the first to know when we have fresh content to watch, including recordings of webinars you may have missed.

You and your friends, colleagues, or community group members can enjoy an informative connection to nature directly through your computer or mobile device as one of our staff members delivers a nature-based presentation directly to you. See our presentation options and book yours here.

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