Nature Canada

Protected Places Declaration

We have a generational opportunity to protect the biologically diverse areas that we have grown up loving. Canada has adopted a target to conserve at least 17% of terrestrial and inland water areas and 10% of coastal areas by 2020.

Canada’s Environment Minister, the Hon. Catherine McKenna, is spearheading implementation of this target along with her provincial counterparts. But they need to know there is a large constituency behind them.

A declaration has been created to support these targets being met. Many organizations have signed already, but we need more to demonstrate broad support.

Please consider adding your organization to those below by emailing us at Or if you are in Ontario, you could sign online.

Here is a list of current signatories:

A2A – Algonquin to Adirondacks Conservation Association

Abbotsford Mission Nature Club

Active Kids Club

Against Port Expansion in the Fraser Estuary

Alberta Wilderness Association

ALIVE Outdoors

Alternatives Journal

Arrowsmith Naturalists

Avon Trail

Aware Simcoe

Bancroft Field Naturalist Club

Battle River Watershed Alliance

BC Nature

Beaver River Naturalist Society

Big Lake Environmental Support Society

Birds and Beans

Blazing Star Environmental

Blue Mountain Watershed Trust Foundation

Boost Creative

Boundary Bay Park Association

Brereton Field Naturalists’ Club

Burke Mountain Naturalists

Burns Bog Conservation Society

Camp Hurontario

Camp Wenonah

Canadian Environmental Law Association

Canadian Parks and Wilderness Society – Northern Alberta

Carden Field Naturalists

Carolinian Canada Coalition

Central Athabasca Stewardship Society

Chilliwack Field Naturalists

Citizens Environmental Alliance

Clean North

Comox Valley Nature

Conservation Ontario

Corner Brook Stream Development Corp

Couchiching Conservancy

David Suzuki Foundation

Delta Naturalists Society

Destined to Fly

Durham Region Field Naturalists


Earth Rangers

Eastern Ontario First Nation Working Group

Ecology North

Ecology Ottawa

EcoParent Magazine


Eden Mills Millpond Conservation Association Ltd.

Edmonton and Area Land Trust

Edmonton Nature Club

Environment North

Environmental Defence

EOS Eco-Energy Inc.

Escarpment Biosphere Conservancy

Farabout Peninsula Coalition

Firefly Books

Flying Squirrel Adventures

Fort Qu’Appelle Nature Society

Fort Saskatchewan Naturalist Society

FortWhyte Alive

Friends of Ecological Reserves

Friends of the Helen Schuler Nature Centre Society

Friends of Mount Carleton Provincial Park

Friends of Nature Conservation Society

Friends of Nose Hill Society

Friends of the Rouge Watershed

Friends of Second Marsh

Friends of Semiahmoo Bay Society

Friends of Shoal Harbour Society (FOSH)

Friends of the Earth Canada

Friends of the Pugwash Estuary

Friends of the Salmon River

Ganaraska Hiking Trail Association

Great Blue Heron Nature Reserve Society

Great Lakes Waterfront Trail

Green Action Centre

Green Infrastructure Ontario Coalition

Green Teams of Canada

Green Up TO


Guelph Outdoor School

Halton/North Peel Field Naturalists

Hamilton Naturalists’ Club

Hastings Prince Edward Land Trust

Hastings Stewardship Council

High Park Nature

Hobbitstee Wildlife Refuge

Hope Mountain Center for Outdoor Learning

Hope Mountain Centre for Outdoor Learning

Humber Natural History Society

Huron Fringe Field Naturalists

Island Nature Trust

Jasper Environmental Association

JJ Collett Natural Area Foundation

Junction Creek Stewardship Committee

Kelligrews Ecological Enhancement Program

Kelsey Ecological Society

Kingston Field Naturalists

L.I.D. Permeable Paving

Lake Superior Watershed Conservancy

Lambton Shores Nature Trails

Land Conservancy for Kingston, Frontenac, Lennox and Addington

Land Over Landings

Learning for a Sustainable Future

Lennox and Addington Stewardship Council

Lethbridge Naturalists Society

Lilooet Naturalist Society

Little Campbell Watershed Society

Limerick Area Conservation Coalition

Little River Enhancement Group

Living Sky Wildlife Rehabiliation

Local Enhancement and Appreciation of Forests (LEAF)

Long Point Basin Land Trust

Lower Grand River Land Trust Inc.

Magnetawan Watershed Land Trust

Maitland Trails Association

Manitoulin Nature Club

McKellar Island Bird Observatory (a project of Save Our Songbirds)

Meadowlark Nature Festival

Midland-Penetang Field Naturalists

Mississippi Madawaska Land Trust

Nashwaak Watershed Association Inc.

Nature Alberta

Nature Barrie

Nature Canada

Nature Guelph

Nature League – Collingwood

Nature London

Nature Nanaimo

Nature NB

Nature Newfoundland & Labrador

Nature Nova Scotia

Nature Prince Albert

Nature Regina

Nature Saskatchewan

Nature Trust of New Brunswick

NatureKids BC

Nature’s Calling Environmental Education

Niagara Falls Nature Club

Nipissing University Biology Society

North American Native Plant Society

North Durham Nature Club

North Gwillimbury Forest Alliance

Northeast Avalon Atlantic Coastal Action Program

Northumberland Land Trust


Nova Scotia Bird Society

Ocean Park Beautification Committee

Okanagan Similkameen Conservation Alliance

Oliver-Osoyoos Naturalists

Ontario Biodiversity Council

Ontario EcoSchools

Ontario Farmland Trust

Ontario Headwaters Institute

Ontario Invasive Plant Council

Ontario Land Trust Alliance

Ontario Master Naturalist Program – Lakehead

Ontario Nature

Ontario Parks Association

Ontario Rivers Alliance

Ontario Wildlife Rescue

Operation Migration

Orillia Naturalists’ Club

Ottawa Field-Naturalists’ Club

Ottawa Valley Wild Bird Care Centre

Otter Valley Naturalists

Owen Sound Field Naturalists

Park People


Peninsula Field Naturalists Club

Penokean Hills Field Naturalists

Pickering Naturalists

Plenty Canada

Point to Point PEC Foundation

Prince Edward County Field Naturalists

Prince Edward Point Bird Observatory

Quetico Foundation

Quinte Field Naturalists

Rainbow Routes


Redberry Lake Biosphere Reserve

Richmond Hill Naturalists

Rideau Environmental Action League

Royal Botanical Gardens

Saint John Citizens’ Coalition for Clean Air

Salmon Arm Nature Enhancement Society

Sargeant Bay Society

Saskatoon Nature Society

Saskatoon Young Naturalists

Saskatoon Zoo Society

Saugeen Nature

Sault Naturalists

Shuswap Naturalist Club

Somenos Marsh Wildlife Society

South Lake Simcoe Naturalists’ Club

South Peel Field Naturalists

South Shore Joint Initiative

Squamish Environment Society

St. Thomas Field Naturalists

Stewards of Alberta’s Protected Area Association


Stratford Area Watershed Improvement Group

Sudbury Naturalists

Sustainability Network

Swim Drink Fish

Sydenham Field Naturalists

The Birdhouse Nature Store

The Council of Canadians

The Huron Fringe Field Naturalists

The Land Between

The PINE project

Thickson’s Woods Land Trust

Thorne’s Insect Shoppe

Thunder Bay Field Naturalists

Thunder Bay Hiking Association

TLC The Land Conservancy of BC

Toronto Environmental Alliance

Toronto Field Naturalists

TRACKS Youth Program

Twin Lakes Conservation Club

University of Guelph Wildlife Club

Vankleek Hill and District Nature Society

Waterloo Region Nature

We Animals

Weaslehead Glenmore Park Preservation Society

Wellington Water Watchers

West Elgin Nature Club

West Elgin Nature Trust

White Rock and Surrey Naturalists Society


Willow Beach Field Naturalists

Woodland Environmental Consulting

Woodlands Wildlife Sanctuary

York Simcoe Nature Club

Yukon Conservation Society

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Canada’s wilderness is the world’s envy. It’s our duty to keep our true north strong and green.