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.

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.

Get to Know Riverwood's Wildlife

The Riverwood Conservancy’s Education Program Director/Consultant, Dave Taylor, is a professional wildlife photographer, videographer, and author. In this webinar, he provides an overview of the natural history of Riverwood and the wildlife that call our park home, and he answers questions from the audience about animals in Mississauga.

Bird Photography: Getting More from Your Equipment

Wildlife author of photographer, Dave Taylor, shares tips and techniques to help you sharpen your bird photography skills. We look at how to get more out of your camera, what lenses work best for different purposes, and how to make the most out of tripods. Dave also answers bird photography questions from our audience.

Ask the Expert Gardeners

Douglas Markoff and Gail Krantzberg take you on a virtual tour of their gardens and greenhouse in Mississauga, offering planting and growing tips along the way. Then our experts answer a variety of gardening questions from our webinar audience.

Dinosaurs: Changing Images

We muddle through internet connectivity issues to give you an informative presentation on dinosaurs, and how new discoveries are continually changing our image of them. Teacher, author, and illustrator, Dave Taylor, leads the presentation and answers questions from our audience on Facebook Live.

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. If you missed any of our previous events, you can catch up on our YouTube channel. Be sure to subscribe so you know when our latest videos are up.

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.

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!