The Nature League began in 1984 as the Senior League Endowment Society of Collingwood. It seeks ways to conserve and protect the environment and focuses on the preservation of the natural heritage of the Blue Mountain Region.
Fundraising began by making floral arrangements for weddings and other events. More recently, holding a dinner dance at a ski club and membership fees have provided the funds to donate to local and provincial organizations that fall within the Leagues objectives such as Black Ash Creek rehabilitation, Silver Creek Wetlands preservation and Bruce Trail acquisition.
The League raised funds toward the purchase of the Feversham Gorge, now a conservation area. Funds have also helped support the Tiffm Centre, Wye Marsh, MTM Marsh, Ontario Nature, C.O.N.E., Grey Sauble Conservation Authority, Nottawasaga Valley Conservation Authority, Minesing Swamp, GABP (Grey Association for Better Planning) and Blue Mountain Watershed Trust.
Current membership is 155 members. In the spring and fall there are organized, weekly educational nature walks through areas of the Niagara Escarpment. Cross country skiing and snowshoeing in winter are followed by "soup's on" at the leaders home. There is a spring meeting and a fall annual general meeting. Our social events are the Christmas Potluck Supper and the fundraising dinner dance. We publish a spring, fall and winter newsletter informing the members of environmental concerns and forthcoming activities and events.
To raise funds, Nature League of Collingwood is selling notecards by local artist John [WoodCut] Capon together with Anne McGouran`s custom made recycled wallpaper envelopes. Each notecard features an elegant woodcut with an explanation of the plight of endangered species. The accompanying envelopes, made from repurposed wallpaper sourced from some of the world’s best manufacturers, are available in themed packets (Floral, Vintage, Geometric, Graphic, Contemporary) or as individual pieces.
By recycling discarded wallpaper that would otherwise end up in landfill (wallpaper inks and dyes can’t be separated from the paper), this project will have a positive environmental impact.
Funds raised through this initiative are earmarked for the Nature League's "Stephen Salaff Student Award Fund" and used to sponsor environmental studies for deserving local students.
Packets of 5 notecards with envelopes are available in standard mailing size (4-1/2 X 6-1/2”) for $20 or packets of 5 notelets (3-1/2” x 5”) for $15. Single cards range from $4 to $5 depending on the quality of the wallpaper.
Local orders only – Collingwood Area.
This project is generously supported by:
Robinson's Paint & Wallpaper
129 Hurontario St. Collingwood