Do you have what it takes to be a Biodiversity Boss?

Biodiversity Boss Youth Conservation Training is a skills development program offered by Thames Talbot Land Trust. Participants learn about conservation and restoration in the context of Canada's Carolinian Zone, including hands on activities in restoration, invasive species management, and species-at-risk monitoring.

Are you:

  • a high school, college, or university student, or a recent graduate?
  • intending to pursue a career in conservation, ecology, natural resources management, or another similar field?
  • looking for fun, hands-on, skills building experience in conservation and restoration?
  • comfortable being outside in nature, off trail, whatever the weather (and potentially with bugs)?
  • available on Thursday afternoons/early evenings, between March 22nd and June 14th?

If so, consider joining us and earn your Biodiversity Boss badge!

What to Expect

The program is designed to be participatory, hands-on, and fun! It will consist of a mixture of field trips and lectures. Participants will learn about different conservation issues and take part in important restoration and conservation projects. Along the way, they will learn to ID various native and invasive species. At the end of the program, participants will be presented with their Biodiversity Boss badge!

Lectures will take place at or near Western University (exact locations TBA). Field trips will include the greenhouse at Western University, Meadowlily Nature Preserve near Commissioners and Highbury in London, and Bebensee Nature Tract in the Skunk's Misery Natural Area in Southwest Middlesex.

This program is free for participants due to generous support from Trojan UV Technologies and the London Community Foundation.

To apply:

Because there are limited spaces available, we are asking participants to fill out a short application form, found here. Please email your completed form to rebecca.launchbury@ttlt.ca, by March 12th 2018. All applicants will be notified by March 15th.

Program Dates:

March 22nd - Program Orientation and Introduction to Restoration Ecology - 4-6pm

March 29th - Native Plants in the Greenhouse - 4-6pm

April 12th - Introduction to Invasive Species - 4-6pm

April 26th - Invasive Species Control at Meadowlily Nature Preserve - 4-7pm

May 10th - Introduction to Species-at-Risk - 4-6pm

May 24th - Species-at-Risk Monitoring at Bebensee Nature Tract - 4-8pm

June 7th - Planting Day at Meadowlily Nature Preserve - 4-7pm

June 14th - Debrief and Badge Ceremony (time and location TBA)