Greetings!

I miss you.

Not in the sense that you have gone away, because you haven’t.

Our supporters, members, volunteers and funders stood with us during this strange, rollercoaster year in ways we have yet to fully count.

Together we got through. And we will continue to get through as 2021 looms, with equal measures of promise and fear.

I miss you because over the years you have become my community, and I didn’t get much of you this year. We didn’t spend any time on a trail. We couldn’t chat over luke-warm coffee. There weren’t too many soakers, or mosquito bites, or cool birds, or laughs. We weren’t able to get together to applaud each other for pulling yet another conservation rabbit out of our collective hat.

That sense of community might be the secret sauce of our Conservancy. It certainly sustained us through these dark months, even when we couldn’t be together. But like the natural spaces we’re trying so hard to protect, maybe a taste of what it’s like to live without it makes us appreciate its value all the more.

Our collective work over the years in building a strong, sustainable organization paid off in 2020, and we were able to advance our goal of accelerating land protection over the next five years and beyond.

We created three new nature reserves and a fourth one is on the way in the Black River Wildlands Corridor. With our friends at the Nature Conservancy of Canada, we are close to bringing in the last dollars needed to secure the Cedarhurst Alvar in the heart of the Carden Alvar.

My staff colleagues did cartwheels to adapt our operations and programming as the pandemic swelled, ebbed and swelled again. The Carden Challenge was reinvented overnight, bringing in more than twice the normal amount and saving us from the disappointments of so many other cancellations. The Citizen Science Program training was re-imagined and our volunteers quietly moved through the landscape to complete crucial stewardship work as safely as possible.

With every possibility of disaster, you made 2020 a triumph.

As a Christmas unlike any other approaches, I will be counting my blessings. And I will be counting you among them.

On behalf of our whole team, I offer our gratitude and wish you peace and good health over the holiday season.

Until we meet again.
~ Mark Bisset
Executive Director

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Protecting Nature for Future Generations
Passing Along Some Holiday Cheer (Safely) to
You This Season
We know this holiday season will be different for everyone. To help spread some positivity and cheer to you and your family, we have put together a fun holiday video that we hope will make you smile.

Happy Holiday & Merry Christmas from all of us!
Holiday Office Closure

The Grant's Woods office continues to be closed and staff will be on holidays from December 25th-January 1st.

If you are interested in making a donation, purchasing Holiday cards, or need to drop off volunteer monitoring forms, you can call the office at 705-326-1620 and a staff member can help you.
Gifts of Nature
Protect an Acre

For $25, you can give the gift of protecting an acre of wilderness for a year!
Protect an Acre here.

Holiday Cards

Share your love of nature with our Holiday Cards! For $12 you can purchase a pack of 6 assorted cards.

If you are interested in Holiday Cards, please email Joelle at engage@couchconservancy.ca by December 23rd at 2:00pm.
Getting Outside this Winter is Critical for our Health
The president and CEO of Orillia Soldiers' Memorial Hospital recently shared with Orillia Matters the importance of spending time outside this winter. The pandemic has been tough on individuals' physical and mental health and finding ways to get people outside during this time is critical. Read the full article here.

Thanks to your support, our community has access to 16 local nature reserves with hiking trails that they can explore all year round. Take a family member, friend, or loved one on a physically distanced hike at one of the nature reserves this season and share your love for protecting wilderness!
Jaxx & Marbles:
12 Days of Giving

Co-Founders, Martha & Stephanie are two women who want to give back to ensure generations can do the same in the future.

Through their "12 Days of Giving" Campaign, 10% of sales will be directed to The Couchiching Conservancy if you use the code TCC at check out.

Discount code can be used until
December 24th.
A warm thank you to Janet at The Uptique Boutique for auctioning off this one of a kind window pane in support of helping to protect the Cedarhurst Alvar!
Phone: 705-326-1620
Mail: Box 704, Orillia, ON L3V 0X6
Office: 1485 Division Rd W, Orillia, ON L3V 6H2
Charitable Registration #: 13972 5030 RR0001
The land on which we operate is the traditional territory of Haudenosaunee, Anishnaabeg, Wendat and Metis Peoples. This territory is covered by the Upper Canada Treaties.