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Spark the inner land steward in you!

Are you looking to develop your employable skills and  build your resume? Are you looking for a team building exercise for employees? Are you looking to complete your high school community service hours? Are you looking to make a meaningful connection with nature? There are many volunteer opportunities that rare offers to help foster personal development while you help steward the local environment. Click on the headings below for more information about the various departments and how you can help them.


Our land management team at rare provides meaningful opportunities for personal development, corporate work days or if you’re just looking to connect with nature in a meaningful way. Check our events calendar for upcoming events.

  • Invasive Plant Management — help remove plants that out-compete native vegetation.
  • Trail Maintenance and Rehabilitation — help keep trails clean and clear of brush.
  • Native Species Planting — plant trees, shrubs and perennials to help support natural habitat.
  • Community Gardening — help weed, water, plant and harvest in our organic Food Bank gardens.
  • Volunteer Land Steward —  work with staff to monitor, maintain and improve our trails.

For more information about volunteer opportunities, contact Alissa Fraser at alissa [dot] fraser [at] or 519-650-9336 x114


The Research Team at rare works to expand our understanding of environmental science. Over the year, a number of research projects and citizen science activities need help from interested volunteers.

  • Become a community scientist — help to monitor species & habitats on the reserve.
  • Help with Species Monitoring — identify, monitor and record species like butterflies, salamanders, or forest health on the rare Charitable Research Reserve.
  • Research Assistant — gain valuable knowledge and experience in conducting literature reviews of the newest research and ideas on topics in sciences and the arts.

For more information about volunteer opportunities, contact Jenna Quinn at jenna [dot] quinn [at] or 519-650-9336 x111


The Education Team at rare runs a number of programs, including nature schools, PD Day, March Break and Summer ECO Camps, as well as hosting field trips from area schools. Help is always appreciated in sparking a sense of wonder in nature in our next generation of conservationists:

  • Education Programming — are you aretired educator or aspiring teacher? Why not help develop and deliver outdoor educational programming that is aligned with school curriculum from Grades K-12?
  • Summer, March Break or PD Day ECO Camps — See children’s eyes light up with wonder as they explore nature!

For more information about volunteer opportunities, contact Istafa Sufi at istafa [dot] sufi [at] or 519-650-9336 x116 or Michelle MacMillan at michelle [dot] macmillan [at] or 519-650-9336 x112

Events, Fundraising and Administration

There is always ongoing fundraising, communications and administrative activities at rare. Are you looking to develop your skills in the office and build your resume? You can help us as:

  • Marketing and Promotions Volunteer
  • Special Events Assistant
  • Office Administration Volunteer
  • Graphic Designer Volunteer
  • Community Outreach Volunteer
  • Campus Ambassadors

For more information about volunteer opportunities here, contact Kim Robichaud at kim [dot] robichaud [at] or 519-650-9336 x125 or James Bow at james [dot] bow [at] or 519-650-9336 x123