Swan Lake Christmas Hill Nature Sanctuary Society
Our Impact Why We Exist
Swan Lake Christmas Hill Nature Sanctuary is a wild oasis in the heart of the urban landscape and includes two distinct ecosystems: the beautiful marshland of Swan Lake and the rocky, oak-forested highlands of Christmas Hill. Both are home to an incredible array of native plants and wild animals.
The Sanctuary is a living classroom fostering an understanding and appreciation of nature through direct experiences. Educational programs for all ages encourage responsibility for the care and protection of the natural environment. To protect our native plants and animals please remember that dogs are not permitted in the Sanctuary. Managed by a non-profit society, this urban refuge provides an exceptional opportunity to bring people and nature together.
Our Story What We Do
The Swan Lake Christmas Hill Nature Sanctuary is a leader in the stewardship of functioning & diverse ecosystems and an urban refuge that provides opportunities to bring people and nature together.
We provide a diverse and enriching experience with a focus on natural history, education and ecological restoration to inspire personal action in stewardship activities. We achieve this by:
- Fostering an understanding and appreciation of nature through direct experiences.
- Demonstrating responsible stewardship of our lands and ecosystems through sound ecological restoration and conservation.
- Providing education that encourages personal responsibility for the care and protection of the natural environment.
- Developing and fostering community partnerships and providing rewarding opportunities for our staff and volunteers.
Our Programs How We Do It
We offer a wide range of natural history programs for all ages, from pre-schoolers to seniors. During the school season, we provide a variety of seasonal on-site guided visits from Kindergarten to Grade 7, with topics such as Daring Ducks, Frog Fables and Turtle Tales, Wetland Discoveries and Way Cool Raccoon School. In the summer months, the program focus changes to accommodate Parks and Recreation groups in a fun and enriching nature experience. Throughout the year, we provide children's programs, including Biology Buddies and Nature Explorers, and even Big and Little, where parents and children get to share the experience. Nature tours for seniors and regular guided bird walks for all ages are also provided year-round.
What You Can Do
The Swan Lake Christmas Hill Nature Sanctuary is a registered charitable organization that needs your involvement to continue to inspire stewardship of natural places through education and ecological experiences. A wide range of volunteer opportunities are available, including habitat restoration activities, assistance with special event programs and office administration. Consider joining the Nature Sanctuary Society by way of annual membership, providing discounts on program fees and purchases (including the annual Native Plant Sale), an informative newsletter, and an opportunity to have a say in the management of the Nature Sanctuary.