NBMCA believes that concerned and involved citizens are one of our environment's greatest assets.

Appreciating and understanding the natural environment is a step towards becoming actively involved in sound resource management decision-making and practices that will help balance human, social and economic needs with the needs of the natural environment. 

The Restore Your Shore program is now focused on providing education and information to property owners with regards to protecting streambanks, shorelines, and wetlands through planting.

The 2015-2019 planting program was funded by a number of grants, some of which are no longer available.  Therefore, NBMCA is not able to provide plants or planting assistance in 2020.

In the five years that the planting program did operate, NBMCA helped 147 property owners plant more than 6.5 km of shorelines and streambanks with 29,000 trees, shrubs and perennials.

Browse the Restore Your Shore website to find information on native plants; planting plans for rural properties, cottages and shorelines; native plants; blue-green algae and other information that will help you with your streambank and shoreline stewardship.

Communications and Outreach Services organizes special events and initiatives to raise awareness and engage the public in helping NBMCA achieve its mission and vision.  These initiatives include the Chippewa Creek EcoPath, the EcoPath Festival, the Mattawa River Canoe Race, and Adopt-the-Creek.  

NBMCA also provides leadership in organizing or participating in a variety of collaborative community events and educational programs each year including the North Bay Science Festival, North Bay Regional Science Fair, Louise de Kilrine Lawrence Nature Festival, North Bay's First Lego League Tournament and other environmental, science-based community events. 

During spring break and summer, NBMCA hosts the Canadian Ecology Centre's Eco-camps for Kids at the Laurentian Escarpment Conservation Area's natural classroom.   

NBMCA's Lands staff work closely with the Friends of LaVase Portages and the Friends of Laurier Woods with programs and initiatives in those two conservation areas.

From time-to-time, NBMCA also organizes consultations and public meetings to gather feedback on policy changes or initiatives that will engage or impact the public.  These will be posted on our website.

You can learn more about our outreach activities by following us on Twitter @theNBMCA, Facebook @theNBMCA and Instagram nbmcainfo.