Volunteer

Volunteer With the NPCA

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Why Volunteer?
  • Learn a new skill and meet new people;
  • Support local conservation projects;
  • Get outdoors and enjoy some physical activity;
  • Share your knowledge and skills with others;
  • Earn community service hours for your high school diploma;
  • Gain job experience and training.

Who Can Volunteer?
  • Individuals;
  • Co-op students;
  • Community groups;
  • School groups;
  • Corporate groups.

Register to be a volunteer
Marsh Monitoring at NPCA Conservation Areas:

SURVEYING AMPHIBIANS

March-June (3 surveys, time/date chosen by volunteer)

Identify frogs/toads in one of our Conservation Areas. Volunteers will need to commit to surveying three times during the spring and early summer. Surveys should be conducted at least 15 days apart. We will give you all the instructions you need. This information is collected as part of the Bird Studies Canada Marsh Monitoring Program. The surveys are completed by the volunteer, an NPCA staff person will not be doing the surveys with you.

BIRD SURVEYS

Mid-May-early July (2 occasions chosen by volunteer)

Identify marsh birds in one of our Conservation Areas. Volunteers will need to commit to surveying two times during the spring and early summer. Surveys should be conducted at least 10 days apart. We will give you all the instructions you need. This information is collected as part of the Bird Studies Canada Marsh Monitoring Program. The surveys are completed by the volunteer, an NPCA staff person will not be doing the surveys with you.

Education/Heritage Program Assistant

Demonstrate heritage skills and knowledge to students. Assist in educational programs with school-aged children. Dates vary depending on bookings, typically week days.

Camp Leaders

Camp Leaders (18 years and over) and Junior Leaders (12–17 years)

Enthusiastic volunteers needed to assist with running March Break Camp and Summer Camp.

Gardening/Site Maintenance

Assist with keeping the gardens at Ball’s Falls looking beautiful.

Assist with site maintenance, garbage clean-up, and general duties at Binbrook Conservation Area.

Special Events

If you are an enthusiastic and outgoing, we would love to have you help with our many events and fundraisers! Volunteer opportunities range from activity centre presentations at Niagara Children’s Water Festival to being part of the recycling team at the Thanksgiving Festival.

Niagara Children’s Water Festival

May 7-10, 2019

Be the activity lead for water education. Educate children in grade 3 & 4 about water conservation and other water related topics.

Note: groups of 30+ secondary school students are required each day of the Festival.

Ball's Falls Thanksgiving Festival

Oct 11-14, 2019

Assist with tours, vendor relief, recycling team, parking, etc.

Niagara Turtle Watch

Help monitor selected turtle road crossings. Check and record turtle road use, species and status. Assist turtles crossing where safe.

NPCA Community Ambassador

These volunteer jobs are ideal for people who would like to work with us on a regular basis. Throughout the year, many different opportunities will become available so check back often. Training will be provided for these positions.

If you are interested in volunteering with the NPCA, please send an email to our volunteer coordinator, Kerry Royer kroyer@npca.ca or call 905-788-3135 x234.



Yellow Fish Road

The Yellow Fish Road program is a nation-wide environmental education initiative launched by Trout Unlimited Canada in 1991.

Thousands of Canadian youth have participated in the Yellow Fish Road program to learn about their water supply and the impact their community has on clean water. Participants remind their community of the importance of clean water and properly disposing of hazardous wastes by painting yellow fish near storm drains and distributing fish-shaped brochures.

Since the program’s inception in 1991 Youth Groups all over Canada have:

  • distributed 1 million fish hangers
  • marked 100,000 storm drains across the country with 60,000 volunteers participating

Yellow Fish Road™ is effective because children reinforce the knowledge they have gained by taking action to help ensure clean water in their community. Yellow Fish Road has been initiated internationally – including countries like the US, Australia and Scotland.

What is a Storm Drain?

Stormwater is the water from rainstorms or melting snow that drains into catch basins or storm drains. Storm drains or catch basins are located along the edges of roadways. Rainwater is collected by the storm drains and flows in an underground pipe system exiting via an outfall into local creeks, streams, rivers or lakes. Water flowing over lawns, driveways, gardens, roadways and sidewalks picks up debris and flows untreated into the storm drains.

Why is Yellow Fish Road important?

In most municipalities, water and materials entering storm drains do not get filtered at a water treatment plant before entering our streams and rivers. Unlike the drains in our sinks and toilets, stormwater drains directly into the local waterbody.

Here’s How it Flows:

  • Non-point source pollution is pollution spread over a large area, like storm water runoff. This type of pollution is hard to trace and is the largest contributor to urban water pollution.
  • Hazardous materials, such as pesticides, soap, motor oil and fertilizers that enter storm drains will end up in our streams and rivers. This can create an unhealthy environment for aquatic animals, such as fish.
  • Hazardous household wastes can also affect water quality and result in unsafe drinking water in our homes.
Why Yellow Fish Road?

Fish, and in particular trout, are a remarkable indicator species. Trout can act as the “canaries in the coal mine”. Once trout are unable to frequent an area, it is an indicator that the water in that area is unsafe for human use.

How does the program work?

The Yellow Fish Road program is a fun, participatory way to teach the importance of clean water and to demonstrate how decisions made by one person can make a difference to a whole community. The program has two components:

  • Learning: participants find their local water supply then explore how hazardous wastes can find their way into this water source.
  • Action: participants “make a difference” by painting yellow fish near storm drains to serve as a reminder that any materials entering the storm drain affect our water sources. Participants also distribute “fish hangers” on doors in the neighbourhood to educate the community about their actions and the rationale behind Yellow Fish Road™.

The impact of this program can be enormous. If the Yellow Fish Road™ prevents one person from pouring a litre of paint down a storm drain this directly benefits the community’s water source for drinking water, commerce, and recreation. It also provides tremendous benefits to animal and aquatic species who use the river for food, shelter and reproductive purposes.

What’s next?

Choose a neighbourhood along with possible dates for painting and contact the Niagara Peninsula Conservation Authority. The NPCA coordinates the Yellow Fish Road™ program on behalf of its partners, the Cities of Welland, St. Catharines, Thorold, Niagara Falls, Port Colborne, the Towns of Pelham, Lincoln, Niagara-on-the-Lake, Grimsby and Fort Erie, the Townships of West Lincoln and Wainfleet and the Regional Municipality of Niagara. The NPCA will provide further information, equipment and advice on how to organize your Yellow Fish Road day.