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A Natural Investment

Help make a difference for nature, your community and for future generations by supporting the rare Charitable Research Reserve.

Whether it’s volunteering your time, coming out to our events, walking the trails, helping us spread the word or contributing financially, your support plays a vital role as we continue to work towards our goals.

Here are just a few ways that you can help…

Donate now by mail, phone or online

Every dollar helps protect 900+ acres of ecologically and culturally significant land through conservation, research and education efforts.

Here are a few ways your gift could help:
$10 = supplies for restoration days like garbage bags and gloves
$25 = native grass to plant
$30 = one box of nitrile gloves for salamander monitoring
$50 = five organic tomato plants for the Springbank Community Gardens Food Bank Garden
$100 = butterfly monitoring supplies like nets
$150 = one bus trip for a class to participate in Every Child Outdoors (ECO) programming
$200 = half day of ECO program for a class of 20 students
$250 = pollinator seed mix, including milkweed, to cover half an acre of rare land to ensure the sustainability of pollinators like monarchs and bees
$500 = one school program for up to 40 students with bus transportation
$600 = renting of an electrofishing backpack for one week
$1000 = 100 trees to restore 200m2 of ecologically sensitive and significant rare land

To donate by mail, please send your donation to:

rare Charitable Research Reserve
1679 Blair Road
Cambridge, Ontario N3H 4R8

To make a credit card donation by phone, call 519-650-9336 or 1-866-927-3866.

To donate online, please click here.

Turn the Map Green

Tallgrass prairie, cliffs and alvars, old growth forest… these are just a few examples of the 24 different habitat types that the rare Charitable Research Reserve protects intact and in perpetuity. The reserve is a beautiful and culturally significant landscape, rich in biodiversity and home to an array of flora and fauna; some of which are ranked significant regionally, provincially, nationally, and even globally.

For just $2 a square meter you can symbolically adopt your favourite piece of rare and help Turn the Map Green.

Adopt now and instantly see the impact of your donation – watch the map turn green right before your eyes!

Visit or contact Catherine Becsky (519-650-9336 x120 or catherine.becsky at for more details.

Donor Programs @ rare

If you looking for more information on legacy giving, becoming a monthly donor, corporate giving or even leadership giving, then this is the page for you! At rare, we have several Donor Programs to choose from.


Do you enjoy being outdoors?  Are you passionate about nature and the environment?

There are many volunteer opportunities that rare Charitable Research Reserve offers to help foster personal development while you help protect and restore the natural environment.

Visit our volunteer page, or contact Catherine Becsky (519-650-9336 x120 or catherine.becsky at for more details.

Take the pledge!

Interested in the preservation of conservation lands and the plants, animals and ecosystem services supported by these lands? Take the raresites pledge to receive general electronic communication!

Take the pledge by clicking here!

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