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Volunteers plant trees, shrubs, and flowers in the spring and early fall.  During the summer volunteers weed, water, mulch, rake, prune, divide plants, stake & support plants, monitor for pests, disease and weeds, and generally care for the plants.  Late fall requires preparing the plants for the winter.   

Volunteers are also needed in decision-making roles.  Decision makers oversee a defined portion of the plantings determing what care is needed in their area, whether it be watering, weeding, mulching, etc.

We welcome all volunteers whether your commitment is for one hour, one day, or ongoing.  To keep informed about upcoming volunteer events, please sign up to receive emails about upcoming opportunities.  If you are interested in a decision making role please indicate this on the email sign up.  Sometimes the weather doesn't permit a lot of planning, so you can also follow us on Facebook and Twitter to keep up to date.

Be sure to wear clothes appropriate to the weather and closed shoes.  Bring drinking water.  If you have work gloves or tools bring those, too. 

Decision Making


Owen Sound Field Naturalists accept donations on behalf of NeighbourWoods North through the website Canada Helps.  To ensure donations go to NeighbourWoods North, use the dropdown menu to select the NeighbourWoods North fund.

Any donation, large or small, is greatly appreciated and will go towards a project or item of your choice unless not specified.  If you don't have the time to volunteer, this is a great way to contribute to the naturalization of your community.  




Your group, organization, or business can partner with NeighbourWoods North.   Both goods and services are needed and can be provided through donation or discount.   Volunteers are always needed and can be provided by sponsoring a work party forming a volunteer work crew.  All can be done on a one-time or on-going basis.  In turn, we will give you acknowledgement on our website and through social and traditional media.    In addition, you will have the satisfaction of knowing you have contributed to your community and left a lasting legacy for future generations.   Just let us know on the communication form you are interested in partnering with NeighbourWoods North.

Items which are needed are:

  • trees & plants

  • mulch

  • soil

  • gravel

  • rakes, shovels, weeders

  • buckets

  • landscaping expertise

  • excavation expertise

  • path-building expertise

  • signage

  • art works

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