McMaster University recognizes that the University and surrounding Hamilton area, including their nature spaces, are situated on traditional territories shared between the Haudenosaunee confederacy and Anishnaabe nations. These lands are protected by the Dish with One Spoon Wampum belt. The wampum uses the symbolism of a dish to represent the territory, and one spoon to represent that the people are to share the resources of the land and only take what they need.
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Nature at McMaster assists with the land management of natural areas related to trails and invasive and native species management on McMaster University property, runs hiking events, stewardship projects as well as classroom and outdoor learning programming.

Nature at McMaster was created through the Presidents Advisory Committee on Natural Lands, in partnership with the Department of Athletics and Recreation in 2016. The President’s Advisory Committee on Natural Lands serves to inform the Office of the President on issues related to and concerning natural lands, environment, wildlife, and sustainability both in around McMaster’s campus.

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Nature at McMaster runs many stewardship events such as tree planting, invasive species clearing, clean ups, and artificial nest construction for wildlife. We help organize and run events for McMaster groups, clubs, classes, and community members. If you are interested in running a stewardship event, do not hesitate to reach out!


Nature at McMaster is an excellent resource for education on natural lands, ecology, environmental issues, and nature and health. We run many educational events such as speaker series, class lectures, interpretive hikes, workshops, and documentary screenings.

Land Management

Nature at McMaster assists University Facility Services with the management of McMaster’s natural lands, including McMaster Forest and greenspace bordering the Royal Botanical Gardens and the Hamilton Conservation Authority.

Sustainability On-Campus Partnerships

Working with several university programs and committees on sustainability issues that affect natural and environmental spaces. Supporting sustainability is important to maintaining the ecological diversity and integrity of our natural lands. We help to organize workshops, educational events, such as McMaster Sustainability Day.