The Ganaraska Region Conservation Authority (GRCA) works to ensure that local watersheds, lakes, wetlands, woodlands, and natural habitats are conserved, managed and restored. The conservation authority develops and maintains programs that protect life and property from natural hazards, such as flooding and erosion and works to provide opportunities for the public to enjoy, learn from and respect the region’s natural environment.

The GRCA relies on a high degree of voluntary effort to expand and improve programs and to make our delivery of service unique and successful. Program volunteers are responsible to GRCA staff for their performance and project supervisors will determine if a volunteer should be denied volunteer privileges. Volunteers are expected to maintain the GRCA’s high quality of service and to conduct themselves in a professional, helpful manner at all times. Volunteers agree to support the GRCA without expectation of remuneration or special consideration. The GRCA supports its volunteers by providing training and guidance in their program areas.

With over 11,000 acres of forest and conservation lands that include an extensive trail network, the Ganaraska Forest provides incredible opportunities for outdoor recreation, education and resource management. Volunteer opportunities may include patrolling the forest for user’s proper documentation, trail maintenance and site restoration, public education programs, guided hikes, and special events.

Volunteer opportunities may also be available through the GRCA’s watershed services program for environmental monitoring and/or stewardship programs such as tree planting, Yellow Fish Road and other community public events.

The first step in being considered for a volunteer position is the completion of a Volunteer Application and Liability Waiver.

If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to email or call the GRCA.