Nature House Open and Programs Restarted

We are pleased to announce the Nature House has reopened on a limited schedule (M-F, 9AM to 3PM) with COVID-19 social distancing and enhanced cleaning and sanitizing protocols in effect. We have also relaunched our Biology Buddies and Les Petits Explorateurs children's programs. Please see the Programs tab for more information regarding these programs.

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heading-wave About Us

Swan Lake Christmas Hill Nature Sanctuary is a wild oasis in the heart of the urban landscape and includes two distinct ecosystems: the beautiful marshland of Swan Lake and the rocky, oak-forested highlands of Christmas Hill. Both are home to an incredible array of native plants and wild animals.

The Sanctuary is a living classroom fostering an understanding and appreciation of nature through direct experiences. Educational programs for all ages encourage responsibility for the care and protection of the natural environment. To protect our native plants and animals, please remember that dogs are not permitted in the Sanctuary.

Managed by a non-profit society, this urban refuge provides an exceptional opportunity to bring people and nature together.

We welcome you to explore and discover.

kids sitting
180
bird species
6884
hours volunteered
12km2
total watershed
17226+
event attendees

heading-wave Our values


Collaboration to accomplish together what cannot be done alone


Commitment to fostering community understanding of our work


Excellence in conservation, education and innovation


Respect for the land we steward, the ecosystems within it, and the people who care for it