The Riverwood Conservancy is a volunteer-driven and member-based charity that protects Riverwood, a 150-acre oasis of woodlands, ravines, gardens, creeks, ponds, meadows, and trails in the heart of Mississauga, Ontario. With abundant wildlife that includes deer, beavers, mink, and over 180 bird species, Riverwood is an incredibly diverse ecosystem, nourished by the Credit River.
In the face of climate change, the wetlands and wooded areas of Riverwood are more important than ever to protect against flooding, offer respite in extreme heat, and act as a carbon sink – an area that absorbs more carbon than it releases and lowers the concentration of carbon dioxide from the atmosphere.
Our mission is to protect Riverwood’s natural heritage, and to enrich the enjoyment of visitors of all ages and abilities. We accomplish this through education, community engagement, and conservation activities. Our programs and events welcome over 10,000 community members annually with the support of over 2,000 volunteers.
Founded in 1985 as the Mississauga Garden Council, today The Riverwood Conservancy works with like-minded groups and individuals to enable people of all cultures, ages, and abilities to respectfully connect with nature.
Our relationship with nature is in jeopardy. You can sense this every day when tackling traffic or staring at a screen. This disconnect from nature affects our emotional, physical, and community well being. And nature is suffering too. Biodiversity loss and climate change are global threats that leave no community untouched. Locally, climate change means hotter summers, wetter winters, and more frequent and intense extreme weather events. While we cannot escape the realities of our world, The Riverwood Conservancy helps to reconnect our community with nature, while conserving the natural areas that we can’t afford to lose.
By connecting the public with nature, inspiring youth to care for the environment, and protecting our existing natural space, our actions shift mindsets to heighten awareness of sustainability and appreciation of the environment.
This understanding helps to create a community of caring individuals who will continue to protect Riverwood, and the wider natural world, in the present and into the future.
How your gift will be used
Connect everyone in the community with nature
Our public programs, combined with our Enabling Garden for individuals with special needs, keep our community engaged with nature and aware of their impact on the environment.
Inspire the environmental leaders of tomorrow
Situated in a classroom 420 million years in the making, and led by The Riverwood Conservancy’s team of skilled and passionate nature educators, our field trip programs foster a new generation of nature lovers who understand the importance of environmental sustainability.
Conserve Riverwood’s unique natural areas
We coordinate hundreds of volunteers each year to protect the land’s natural spaces: forest, tablelands, meadows, ravines, wetlands, creeks, and the Credit River. Our conservation work maintains and restores natural areas to support wildlife habitats and promote biodiversity.