Riverwood Conservation Crews

Are you looking for a fun and meaningful way for your business, organization, or community group to give back? Look no further! When you book a group volunteering activity with The Riverwood Conservancy, you’ll help make Mississauga greener, and make a positive impact on the wider environment.

As a Riverwood Conservation Crew, your team will support the preservation of Riverwood by actively participating in conservation activities: planting native wildflowers, removing invasive species, or maintaining our trail network. Your work will help protect 150 acres of natural space in the heart of Canada’s sixth largest city, ensuring healthy habitats for wildlife throughout this urban sanctuary.

Your Conservation Crew experience includes:

– A guided, outdoor natural areas stewardship event, specifically prepared for your team;
– Safety training for all tools and activities;
– Access to all required tools for your event, including shovels, gloves, and other safety equipment;
– Promotion of your team on The Riverwood Conservancy’s social media channels;
– Recognition on our 2020 Conservation Crews page;
– A team photo to display in your office so you can celebrate your community impact.

Half-Day Conservation Crew Shifts

For groups of 30 participants or less: $500 minimum donation

For groups of over 30 participants: $1,000 minimum donation

Full-Day Conservation Crew Shifts

For groups of 30 participants or less: $1,000 minimum donation

For groups of over 30 participants: $2,000 minimum donation

Full-Day Green Retreat (available in July and August only)

Our Green Retreat gives groups a half-day of conservation work, and the use of meeting space in our historic Chappell House for the other half of the day. Audio/visual equipment is available.

Green Retreat programs accommodate up to 30 participants for a minimum donation of $1,250.

Frequently Asked Questions

Where is Riverwood?

You can find us at 4300 Riverwood Park Lane in Mississauga. We’re a short drive away from Square One, and just west of the Erindale GO Station. [Map]

When do Conservation Crew activities happen?

Conservation Crew events run from May through October. Half-day events typically run from 9:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. or from 1:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m.  We’ll work with you to find a time that works best for your team’s needs.

I thought we were volunteering. Why is there a minimum donation?

The Riverwood Conservancy is a registered charity, and we rely on contributions from the community to support our conservation activities and environmental education programs. Your donation helps cover the costs of our conservation program – including plant materials, supplies and equipment, and conservation staff. We’re confident that you’ll feel great about your investment in Riverwood!

Are all conservation activities outside?

Yes. To keep our 150 acres of meadows, ponds, and forest healthy, we’ll need you and your team outside. We think you’ll enjoy Riverwood more that way too!

But what if it's raining when it’s time for our shift?

Our Conservation Crew program runs rain or shine!  If it is raining, please come equipped with weather-appropriate clothing.

We do occasionally cancel/reschedule conservation activities if there are safety concerns (e.g. thunderstorms, high winds, flooding). In this case, we’ll work with you to reschedule your shift.

Are there washrooms on site?

You bet! Sometimes nature calls when you’re working in nature, so public washrooms are maintained and available on site.

Is there a maximum number of participants?

We’ll work with you to best accommodate your group whatever size it may be, but groups of over 50 participants may come at additional cost.

Should my team bring plastic water bottles?

At The Riverwood Conservancy, we work hard to live sustainably, and protect the environment that we call home. Please bring reusable water bottles, and limit single-use plastics and waste wherever possible. Thanks for doing your part!

What if our group needs to cancel?

A cancellation fee of 25% of the minimum donation is in effect if your group cancels less than two weeks (10 business days) before your scheduled shift.

Group Volunteering Bookings

Ready to bring your group out to Riverwood to help keep our ecosystems healthy? Get in touch with our Conservation Specialist, Derek Stone.