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OSFN Young Naturalist Club

Do you know a child who loves the outdoors and exploring nature? The Young Naturalists Club welcomes members aged 7 to 12 years old. Younger and older children are welcome!
The club typically meets the last Sunday of the month from September to June. Registration information:

Jody Johnson Petit, 519-370-2000,

Native Nurseries

Spring Hospital Plans

Spring hospital plans and dates have been set.  Although the majority of trees are planted in the fall, some trees will be planted this spring. Plenty of tasks to keep everyone busy this spring, though.  In addition to regular care and maintainance of the already planted trees, NeighbourWoods North is installing a shed at the hospital. The shed will provide a place to keep all the equipment needed to plant and maintain trees in one place, closer to where it's needed.  This gives us more time and energy to care for the trees.  To install the shed,

  • 5 - 7 small trees need to be transplanted

  • the base has to be prepared for the shed

  • once the shed arrives it has to be installed and secured

  • Sign hung and celebration time

Another mulch path in the lower part of the Forest of Hope & Healing will be installed this spring.  Mulch paths enable volunteers to make their way around the forest more easily and encourage visitors to walk through the burgeoning forest.  Mulch paths do require maintainence each year so that's another

spring task.  Other tasks needed are mulching trees, trimming grasses and weeds around trees, seeing to trees that have winter damage, watering as necessary, and ensuring soil compaction has not occurred.

To Volunteer - You can preregister here or just come by.  For insurance reasons, please sign in upon arrival.  Wear clothing appropriate to the weather.  Gloves are a necessity.  Bring rakes, shovels, buckets, and wheelbarrows if you have them.  Meet at fenced power station across from Emerge. Parking is free along laneway only while volunteering.  Grass has been planted along the laneway so please do not park on the grounds.


Saturday mornings, 9 to 11 am

May 6, 13, 20 & 27

June 3 & 10

Restoring Nature with Urban Forestry

Grey County


     The first phase of naturalizing the property of the Grey County Administration building was launched by Grey County and NeighbourWoods North last year.    Volunteers and Grey County Staff planted approximately 20 trees.  Watch the video to see the excitement of everyone who participated - children and adults.   Work will continue this year with two pollinator gardens and exploring a future rain garden.  A rain garden will reduce the drainage problems prevalent in the current lawnscape, reduce water entering storm system, atttract pollinators, and are low maintainence.  Funding for this project comes from the normal operating budget, that is the current cost to maintain the expanse of lawn, and from grants.

Did You Know?


NeighbourWoods North works "behind the scenes" with businesses and local governments as well as planning and participating in planting projects.


Boulevard Tree Program

The Boulevard Tree Program of Owen Sound is not well-known.  NWN is working to change that.  This vital program  provides residents with a free tree which is planted in the boulevard in front of their home. 


Tree Cities of the World

Owen Sound became a Tree City of the World in 2021 with the encouragement of NWN.  Tree Cities of the World recognizes cities worldwide that are working to maintain their urban treescapes.


Business Tree Challange

NWN challanges local business to plant trees on their property and to off-set carbon use by contributing to tree planting initiatives.  Currently done through direct contact a challange event is being planned.


Locates completed!  Contractor hired!  Funding in place!

Locates held up building the path last year but now...

We're ready to go!

Just waiting for the ground to dry.

The Hospital Healing Path

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