Formerly known as the Brereton Field Naturalists’ Club of Barrie, Nature Barrie was first formed in 1951, when a group of like-minded nature enthusiasts came together to help with preservation projects around Simcoe County.
Today, it works to acquire and share knowledge of natural history, to protect wildlife and to stimulate public interest in nature and its preservation here in the Barrie area.
Nature Barrie has spent the last 50 years working to maintain Barrie’s natural beauty and wildlife, working alongside various levels of government to achieve their goal of preserving local food, medicine and water sources as well as green spaces.
Beyond preservation efforts, Nature Barrie is also dedicated to attracting younger people to get interested and involved in nature and take up the cause. Its members sponsor several students for the Ontario Nature youth summit each year, where the students have the opportunity to learn Indigenous conservation methods that can be used in their home communities. Many of these students have gone on to pursue careers in conservation and science.
Not only do these efforts promote wildlife education and conservation, they also open up doors of opportunity for local and non-locals to flock to our natural regions for tourism purposes and pursue careers in hobbies in the natural environment.
The Hall of Fame Award is presented to an individual or a group that has had a significant impact on the community.
Congratulations, Nature Barrie!
This award is proudly sponsored by Simcoe Solutions.