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. We call this nearby nature
NatureHood inspires urban residents to connect with nature through celebratory events, educational and stewardship activities and events, and wildlife observation, all set in urban green spaces and Important Bird and Biodiversity Areas (IBA). Through strong partnerships with grassroots naturalist clubs and allies across Canada, NatureHood promotes nature awareness at the local level and exposes a new generation of nature lovers, naturalists and citizen scientists to nature all around them.
In July 2012, Nature Canada started its pilot NatureHood program in Canada’s National Capital Region – including the cities of Ottawa, ON and Gatineau, QC – with a focus on the Lac Deschênes-Ottawa River IBA. The pilot program encompassed both the Ontario and Quebec sides of the Ottawa River and proved to be a resounding success. Based on this success, NatureHood has expanded to several major Canadian urban centres, further broadening the appeal of nature with all Canadians, with a special focus on youth and new Canadians.
What is a NatureHood?
Your NatureHood is nearby nature – it’s nature all around you!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 each week through our special feature on CBC Radio’s In Town and Out learn more
Visit Ottawa’s NatureHood
See where NatureHood all began with our 2012-14 national pilot project in Ottawa-Gatineau learn more
Species At Risk in the NatureHood
Learn about species at risk in the National Capital Region’s NatureHood!learn more