Ontario conservation events

I used to keep a running list of Ontario-based conferences relevant to Ontario conservation biology. It was appreciated – I received many thanks from folks who bookmarked this page as a resource.

Unfortunately, I’ve decided to stop maintaining this list. The pandemic messed up conference planning, and my job is no longer very related to most conferences, so it’s good timing to stop doing this work. Thanks for the appreciation folks showed for this list!

An archived list of previous years’ conferences is here.

Conservation training in Ontario

Disclaimer: I cannot vouch for the legitimacy or usefulness of any training I list.

Terrestrial (mostly)

Ontario Invasive Plant Council webinars.

Ontario reptile and amphibian field course (annual course at Beausoleil Island, Georgian Bay, ON).

Society for Ecological Restoration Ontario – training.

University of Guelph Arboretum workshops.

Royal Botanical Gardens plant identification courses (Burlington, ON).

Ontario Field Ornithologist bird workshops.


American Fisheries Society (Ontario Chapter) – events and workshops.

Canadian Rivers Institute training.

Dorset Environmental Science Centre: Ontario Benthos Biomonitoring Network training.

Ontario Wetland Evaluation System (OWES) training (North Bay).

Toronto and Region Conservation Authority – technical training including:

  • Assessing headwater features workshop
  • Backpack electrofishing certification
  • Benthos identification workshop
  • Fish identification workshop
  • Ontario Stream Assessment Protocol (OSAP)

Trent Institute for Watershed Science.

Water Management and Wetland Restoration Course, Ontario.


U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service training (with archived webinars).

Field safety

Wilderness medical courses (often offered in Ontario), from Wilderness Medical Associates International.