Join Us

Special Price $10 !

As we do not know when returning to our regular schedule of events will be possible, we have decided to extend your 2020 membership until the end of 2021. We are also offering a nominal fee of $10 for new members for the coming year, so they can get a flavour of what North Durham Nature is about.

Download the Application form.  and mail with  cheque to:
North Durham Nature c/o Derek Connelly
86 Dominion Street 
Uxbridge, ON
L9P 1K1


E-TRANSFER   e-mail NDN's Treasurer Kim Adams. 

New applications after September 1st provide membership for the following year.  All members receive four newsletters a year and regular updates of activities by email. 

Contact Us

If you have any questions , please e-mail them to:

Cara Gregory:

Past President:
Derek Connelly :

What We Do

We provide educational opportunities and foster awareness of nature, particularly the flora and fauna, as well as earth sciences and astronomy.

We lead and facilitate field trips to learn and experience nature. We promote the protection of nature, biological diversity and sustainability within North Durham.

We carry out projects in co-operation with other community groups, to conserve and protect the environment within North Durham.

About the Club

A group of nature enthusiasts got together in September 2013 and formed North Durham Nature. The area served includes Brock, Scugog and Uxbridge Townships including the Oak Ridges Moraine but members are welcome from anywhere. Bringing together a wealth of experience, the group holds over  four outdoor events and four evening events per year. They bring together a number of locals with a wealth of natural history who want to share their excitement and knowledge with residents of the area and beyond.

NDN Secretary Position Available!

What a great opportunity to connect with other nature minded folk during a time of social isolation!  Join the NDN board and become involved in connecting the North Durham community with nature during a time when we need it most!  Board meetings are held on the second Thursday of each month.  Please e-mail if you are interested in this position.

Leadership- bios

PresidentCara Gregory is a working Outdoor Environmental Educator at Nonquon and Duffin's Creek Environmental Education Centres, and past Naturalist with Ontario Parks. Cara looks after the website, and is VP of Ontario Nature, having been our Ontario Nature Representative.  

Vice President and Program DirectorJames Kamstra is responsible for organizing our talks.  He is the LON Regional Director for Ontario Nature, and our new Ontario Nature representative.  He brings a wealth of knowledge and experience as a biologist, expert naturalist and guide.  

Secretary and Advertising - Brenda Near is a long time Durham Resident (Zephyr area) with an interest in all things natural. She is an avid gardener, particularly interested in planting native plants to create back yard habitat for native bees, butterflies and birds.  She also looks after event advertising.Unfortunately Brenda will be stepping down from the board after December 2020 to pursue other ventures, and a new Secretary will be needed for the NDN board.  Please e-mail if you are interested in this position.

Treasurer - Kim Adams is a local naturalist, assistant compiler for the Christmas Bird Count, and past volunteer with the Ontario Breeding Bird Atlas, and the Marsh Monitoring program.  His financial experience includes past manager of a Coles/Indigo Books store, and financial work for Bell Canada. 

Director and Past President - Derek Connelly is a local naturalist , compiler of the Uxbridge Christmas Bird Count and past coordinator of Uxbridge Birders.  He is responsible for organizing our walks and community projects in Uxbridge.

Director - Jay Thibert is an outdoor enthusiast, and past Facilitator of the Nonquon Environmental Education Centre.  He brings a career of experience as an outdoor educator. Jay is chair of the Friends of Nonquon, whom NDN often partners with on Family events.

Director Carol Apperson is an avid birder, naturalist, ecotourist and long time resident of North Durham. She is responsible for organizing our Nature Nugget presentations.  

Director -  Pat Baldwin is a plant and tree enthusiast who has been involved in local restoration projects, and has recently completed a university course in Forest Medicine.

Director and Memberships Mark Humphrey. Mark’s love of nature started from a young age, spending time at his grandparents’ cottages.  His many years as a young Scout, led him to being a Leader in Uxbridge’s local Scouting organization.  He is a lifelong learner, having recently completed nature studies at Lakehead University, and is a member of a number of local nature affiliated organizations. He is responsible for memberships.  

Past Director and Secretary - Mark Stab is a local biologist involved in nature education activities and the Nature Conservancy of Canada has recently stepped down as a Board Director and Secretary.  Mark will continue to be involved with NDN projects, and we thank him for all the work he has done and continues to do.  

Newsletter writer/editor and Past Director - Geoff Carpentier, an expert birder, jounalist/author and international expedition guide, has recently stepped down as Director, but continues to be the writer/editor of our club newsletter.  We thank Geoff for all that he has contributed to the club over his years on the Board, and for his continued work. 

Alan Wells was the club's first president and outgoing treasurer, he was responsible for setting many of the structures in place which will guide us along and I am sure he will continue to keep an eye on us!

John Mc Lean stepped down after serving two years as a Director, his humour and insight from personal and other club experiences has been very helpful. He continues to coordinate the Beaverton Christmas Bird count and lead birding outings.  

Nancy Melcher, Uxbridge's own outdoor ed teacher and writer of the Cosmos newspaper's column "The Nature Nut" helped us out with publicity in the early stages and now assists with editing our newsletter. 

Pat Asling  served as Director for a short time but has stepped down to continue other volunteer activities. We thank her for her continued support. 

Are you interested in being part of the team? The February AGM is when we vote in new Directors and except formal support. Contact us soon if interested in a position on the Board. Secretary position opening up!

Other Positions

There are several other volunteers who help us out and are vital to the smooth running of a club. . Refreshments at evening talks are organized by Nancy Hannah and Anne Wells in Uxbridgewhile Carol Aperson and Lynne Thorkelsson help us in Port Perry.  Kim Lendvay has created and manages our Facebook page. Our website was first created and managed by Jacqueline Visconti from Back 2 Front Website Design. We thank her for her guidance and past hard work.  A healthy club always welcomes active members. If you would like to help out in any way let us know.

First Outdoor Event

The first outdoor event for this group was a visit to the Cranberry Marsh Hawkwatch station, on Halls Road in Whitby in September 2013. Since then we have added more walks and events each year exploring the nature in North Durham and beyond.

We have the energy for NATURE, do you?

Join Us!

Contact Cara at for more information .