Conservation Areas Workshop

Registration is now open for the 11th Annual Conservation Areas Workshop – book your spot today!

Workshop Sessions


SITE TOURS - click to open the tour guide:


 Meeting place:

Stop 1— Minesing Wildlife Viewing Tower (10:30 am)

   Concession 2 Sunnidale Rd., near Angus

From Hwy 400 in Barrie, take the Dunlop Rd. West exit. Take Dunlop (CR 90) west towards Angus. Turn right onto McKinnon Rd. and then the first left onto Concession Rd. 2 Sunnidale.  The tower will be on your right (travel time ~ 20 mins from hwy).


 Meeting place:

Delegates are asked to meet at 10:30 a.m at Tews Falls located at 590 Harvest Road, Hamilton.

You will be invited on a short 2.2 km (round trip) hike to the Dundas Peak. Along the way we will discuss some of the ongoing issues related to visitor environmental impacts, master planning and oversubscribed areas.


The Annual Conservation Areas Workshop will be held at Geneva Park near Orillia, Ontario: October 25th - 27th, 2017.  This Workshop provides a valuable opportunity for training, networking, and collaboration for Land Managers and staff of the 36 Conservation Authorities in the province of Ontario. The annual Workshop provides an excellent opportunity for all staff to connect with each other. Check out the Nine Years in Review presentation to learn more. 

This year’s theme is Build, Teach, Connect.

Build: Attendees will be invited to share their experiences in making the most of natural spaces when building conservation areas.

Teach: Engaging in environmental education is crucial for land managers. The importance of educating the public on the value of conserving natural spaces, and developing deeper connections between people and nature will be highlighted through this year’s conference.  

Connect: The workshop seeks to emphasize how Conservation Areas across the province can connect people and promote an understanding of the importance of maintaining natural habitat. Attendees will have the opportunity to collaborate on techniques and strategies for fostering these connections.

This year, the Conservation Areas Workshop will be lead by an Eastern Ontario Conservation Authority.

John Mesman, Team Lead for Communications at South Nation Conservation will be chairing this year’s conference and offering a new perspective.