atureHood is a program of Nature Canada. Its goal is connecting people of all ages to nature right where they live — which, in Canada, increasingly means urban centres.
NatureHood inspires urban residents to connect with nature through innovative programming, celebratory events and stewardship activities set in urban green spaces and Important Bird and Biodiversity Areas. Through strong partnerships with grassroots naturalist clubs across Canada, NatureHood promotes nature awareness at the local level and exposes a new generation of naturalists and citizen scientists to nature all around them.
In July 2012, Nature Canada started its pilot NatureHood program along the Ottawa River at Lac Deschênes. The pilot program extends to both the Ontario and Quebec sides of the water in the cities of Ottawa and Gatineau and has already proven to be a resounding success. Based on this success, NatureHood is poised to expand to several major Canadian urban centres further broadening the appeal of nature with all Canadians, with a special focus on new Canadians.
Visit Lac Deschênes
Learn more about NatureHood through our national pilot project in Ottawa-Gatineau learn more
NatureHood virtual tours
Discover the birds and wildlife in your NatureHood through our virtual tourslearn more
Celebrate wildlife and connect to nature in your NatureHood! learn more
Get the NatureHood app!
Become a citizen scientist by mapping sightings of wildlife in a public space learn more
7 Ways to Help Species at Risk
Discover 7 easy ways that you can be a good neighbour in your NatureHood learn more
Bird Tweet of the Week
Learn about a new bird species every week on our featured segment on CBC Radio’s In Town and Out learn more
Learn about species at risk in the Lac Deschênes Important Bird and Biodiversity Arealearn more