Volunteer Conservation Activities

Play an active role in the protection of Mount Royal’s beautiful environment as part of our Environmental Stewardship Program.
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Saturdays, May 11 to October 26, from 10 a.m. to 12 p.m.

Location

Mount Royal Park

Play an active role in the protection of Mount Royal’s beautiful environment by participating in weekly conservation activities as part of our Environmental Stewardship Program. All activities aim to support the biodiversity of Mount Royal. 

When?

Activities take place every Saturday morning, from 10 a.m. to 12 p.m. Come once or as many times as you want!

Where?

The meeting point is at Smith House in Mount Royal Park or as specified in the schedule below.

Why?

Taking part in our Environmental Stewardship Program provides many benefits:

  • Take concrete actions that contribute to the quality of the mountain’s natural habitats.
  • Get active while enjoying nature and the great outdoors!
  • Learn about environmental issues with our Conservation team.
  • Meet other volunteers who share common interests.

How to participate?

To take part in one or more activities, simply join us at the meeting point on Saturday morning at 10 a.m.

To receive a monthly reminder of upcoming activities, please complete the volunteer form. For more information, write to conservation@lemontroyal.qc.ca.

Schedule of Activities

Activities vary weekly depending on the season and needs, and are supervised by members of our Conservation team.

We supply gloves, tools and other necessary equipment.

Saturday, June 1 - Mission Monarch: milkweed inventory

Mission Monarch is a citizen science project led by the Montreal Insectarium and Espace pour la vie to save monarch butterflies. Les amis de la montagne have been collaborating with Mission Monarch since 2016 to conduct inventories. (6 years and older)

Action:

  • Count milkweed plants in Mount Royal Park

Saturday, June 8 - Monitoring tree and shrub plantings

This activity is used to collect plant growth data to assess the quality and survival rate of Les amis de la montagne plantations. The activity also helps to raise awareness of the various conservation issues in natural environments. (12 years and older)

Actions:

  • Measure plant growth
  • Determine the general condition of trees using an evaluation grid

Saturday, June 15 - Managing invasive alien species: garlic mustard

Garlic mustard is an invasive non-native plant with a significant impact on woodland biodiversity. (12 years and older)

Actions:

  • Locate plants and participate in an inventory
  • Continue uprooting actions

Saturday, June 22 - Managing invasive alien species: ragweed

Les amis de la montagne, in partnership with the Ville-Marie borough, tackle this harmful plant in Mount Royal Park. Ragweed has a major impact on public health since its pollen is the main cause of seasonal rhinitis. (12 years and older)

Actions:

  • Delimit the areas to be treated
  • Manually remove plants

Saturday, June 29 - Maintenance at the educational tree nursery (MIL campus)

Les amis de la montagne teams up with the Société de verdissement du Montréal métropolitain (Soverdi) to maintain and run an educational tree nursery at the MIL campus. Trees and shrubs are then replanted on Mount Royal and other areas of Montréal as part of conservation projects. (12 years old and over)

Actions:

  • Maintenance of potted trees by weeding and repotting
  • Site cleaning and maintenance

IMPORTANT! The meeting point is at the Parc metro station.

Saturday, July 6 - Mission Monarch: inventory of butterfly eggs

Mission Monarch is a citizen science project led by the Montreal Insectarium and Espace pour la vie to save monarch butterflies. Les amis de la montagne have been collaborating with Mission Monarch since 2016 to conduct inventories. (6 years and older)

Action:

  • Count monarch eggs and caterpillars on milkweed plants

Saturday, July 13 - Managing invasive alien species: dog-strangling vine

Native to Eurasia, dog-strangling vine belongs to the milkweed family. Very invasive, it is widespread on the mountain and adversely affects the monarch butterfly, whose populations are declining. (12 years and older)

Actions:

  • Locate and count plants
  • Manually remove plants

Saturday, July 20 - Managing invasive alien species: ragweed

Les amis de la montagne, in partnership with the Ville-Marie borough, tackle this harmful plant in Mount Royal Park. Ragweed has a major impact on public health since its pollen is the main cause of seasonal rhinitis. (12 years and older)

Actions:

  • Delimit the areas to be treated
  • Manually remove plants

Saturday, July 27 - Maintenance at the educational tree nursery (MIL campus)

Les amis de la montagne teams up with the Société de verdissement du Montréal métropolitain (Soverdi) to maintain and run an educational tree nursery at the MIL campus. Trees and shrubs are then replanted on Mount Royal and other areas of Montréal as part of conservation projects. (12 years old and over)

Actions:

  • Maintenance of potted trees by weeding and repotting
  • Site cleaning and maintenance

IMPORTANT! The meeting point is at the Parc metro station.

Saturday, August 3 - Mission Monarch: inventory of butterfly eggs

Mission Monarch is a citizen science project led by the Montreal Insectarium and Espace pour la vie to save monarch butterflies. Les amis de la montagne have been collaborating with Mission Monarch since 2016 to conduct inventories. (6 years and older)

Action:

  • Count monarch eggs and caterpillars on milkweed plants

Saturday, August 10 - Managing invasive alien species: dog-strangling vine

Native to Eurasia, dog-strangling vine belongs to the milkweed family. Very invasive, it is widespread on the mountain and adversely affects the monarch butterfly, whose populations are declining. (12 years and older)

Actions:

  • Locate and count plants
  • Manually remove plants

Saturday, August 17 - Managing invasive alien species: ragweed

Les amis de la montagne, in partnership with the Ville-Marie borough, tackle this harmful plant in Mount Royal Park. Ragweed has a major impact on public health since its pollen is the main cause of seasonal rhinitis. (12 years and older)

Actions:

  • Delimit the areas to be treated
  • Manually remove plants

Saturday, August 24 - Maintenance at the educational tree nursery (MIL campus)

Les amis de la montagne teams up with the Société de verdissement du Montréal métropolitain (Soverdi) to maintain and run an educational tree nursery at the MIL campus. Trees and shrubs are then replanted on Mount Royal and other areas of Montréal as part of conservation projects. (12 years and older)

Actions:

  • Maintenance of potted trees by weeding and repotting
  • Site cleaning and maintenance

IMPORTANT! The meeting point is at the Parc metro station.

Saturday, August 31 - Managing invasive alien species: common buckthorn

Buckthorn is an invasive alien shrub that threatens the biodiversity of the natural environment. Because of its presence in the undergrowth, it prevents the natural growth of many native trees and shrubs. (16 years and older)

Actions:

  • Pursue cutting actions
  • Participate in inventory

Saturday, September 7 - Planting native trees and shrubs

Les amis de la montagne supports the natural regeneration of the forest by overseeing the planting of native plants. Plantations help to prevent the regrowth of invasive species and to reforest certain trails. Participants are supervised by team leaders who have received training on planting techniques. (16 years and older)

Actions:

  • In teams of two or three, participants plant trees at predetermined locations and then water them.

Saturday, September 14 - Planting native trees and shrubs

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Saturday, September 21 - Planting native trees and shrubs

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Saturday, September 28 - Planting native trees and shrubs

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Saturday, October 5 - Planting native trees and shrubs

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Saturday, October 12 - Planting native trees and shrubs

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Saturday, October 19 - Planting native trees and shrubs

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Saturday, October 26 - Planting native trees and shrubs

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SATURDAYS, AUGUST 31 TO OCTOBER 26, FROM 10 A.M. TO 12 P.M.

Help us green Mount Royal by planting trees and shrubs as part of our Environmental Stewardship Program.

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