Known as Canada’s cultural capital, Montreal is a vibrant city with boundless opportunities to explore the arts, enjoy some of the world’s best bagels, and experience centuries-old architecture. While the Francophone metropolis is known for its world-renowned contemporary design and abundance of music festivals, Montreal is also home to gorgeous green spaces and botanical gardens. Travelers who want to experience the city’s greenery and also give back to the community can volunteer for Les Amis de la Montagne. Check out the voluntourism program below and remember to listen to the broadcast of the Peter Greenberg Worldwide Radio Show from Montreal. Plus, don’t forget to check out our archive for all kinds of voluntourism opportunities.
You can spend a day in one of Montreal’s major parks and help to preserve it through Les Amis de la Montagne’s volunteer program. The nonprofit needs people to assist with its conservation efforts at Mount Royal Park, an urban green space located on Montreal’s highest peak. You will be able to witness the park’s panoramic views of the city while planting trees or participating in a park cleanup.
Founded in 1981, Les Amis de la Montagne is made up of community members dedicated to protecting and enhancing Mount Royal Park. The organization’s goal is to preserve the park through conservation and environmental education. It also aims to increase the public’s appreciation of Mount Royal through community activities and events, such as ski and ice skating lessons, snowshoe excursions, guided nature walks, and outdoor concerts.
Les Amis de la Montagne needs help preserving Mount Royal and keeping it clean. Volunteers of all ages are welcome to participate in conservation activities and assist with park events throughout the year. The organization needs assistance for its annual snowshoe event in February and community park cleanup in May. Volunteers can also participate in Les Amis de la Montagne’s Environmental Stewardship Program from May to October by planting trees.
If you are interested in volunteering, you’ll need to fill out a form on Les Amis de la Montagne’s website, and a volunteer coordinator will contact you about how you can help. Click here to learn more about Les Amis de la Montagne.
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By J. Shadé Quintanilla for PeterGreenberg.com