Natural Areas

At Ruthven Park

Connect with Nature

With nearly 1,500 acres of land, Ruthven Park is composed of a diversity of ecosystems that provide essential habitat for an amazing variety of wildlife.

Carolinian forest, wetlands, riparian and aquatic habitat along the Grand River, meadows, and active agricultural land are all part of this diverse landscape.

Since 1994, Ruthven Park’s staff and volunteers have been passionately studying and conserving these lands through bird banding, inventories, studies of species at risk and habitat restoration projects.


Ruthven is a unique and diverse location for birdwatchers and nature enthusiasts alike. Discover the variety of birds found at Ruthven Park including Black Capped Chickadees, pictured above.

Species at Risk

Learn about species at risk such as the snapping turtle pictured above and what is being done to study and help them at Ruthven Park.


Discover diverse ecosystems such as the slough forest above, learn about some of the species that call the park home and find out about stewardship projects on site.

What is a Land Trust?

Ruthven Park is a member of the Ontario Land Trust Alliance (OLTA).  To find out more about what it means to be a Land Trust, visit OLTA’s website.