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Your guide to nature and wildlife in the Windsor Region.

5200 Matchette Road
Windsor, Ontario
N9C 4E8
Open Wed - Sat, 12-5pm
(519) 966-5852

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new link Spring prescribed burn season is underway! Portions of Ojibway Park will be closed on Sunday, March 24, 2024 while a prescribed burn is conducted. Click here for details and be sure to check out these areas in the summer to see the resulting floral display!

Winter works have begun in natural areas, click here for details.

For information on the Ojibway Parkway Wildlife Crossing please click here.

For information on the National Urban Park project and to provide your feedback on the proposed park, please visit here.

The Official Bird of the City of Windsor is the Tufted Titmouse!! Click here for details.

The City of Windsor is developing our first-ever Urban Forest Management Plan (UFMP)! The UFMP will establish a long-term vision, goals, and targets for the maintenance, protection, and enhancement of trees across the entire city. Please click here for more information.

Natural Areas   The Nature Centre
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Wildlife    Friends
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Insects, Mites & Spiders    Prairie, Botany, Fungi
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Birding    News, Site Map & Links
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Astonished gasps of children mingle with the buzz of thousands of bees swarming around a tree just to the right of the path. From a distance, the orange and black mass appears to be a single entity, wave after wave of energy rippling over its surface. Closer inspection reveals the truth. Individual honeybees crowded around a hole in the trunk. A seemingly endless river of bees flow from the hive, flying off in search of blossoms, while others struggle against the tide to deliver their cargo to workers within.

Karen Cedar, Naturalist at Ojibway Nature Centre, explains that the bees had moved in a couple of years ago. "Insects play an essential role in pollinating the wildflowers found in the park," she explains. "Without them, most plants could not survive."

The audience was a group of children enjoying summer nature camps offered by the Windsor Department of Parks. Day camps for children are only one of the many programmes offered at the Ojibway Nature Centre. Adults can join field trips led by interpretive Guides. Seasonal festivals offer the public a special opportunity to take part in nature-oriented activities and enjoy the outdoors whether it be spring, summer, fall or winter.

  • Natural history exhibits
  • Wildlife viewing window
  • Natural fireplace
  • Meeting rooms, kitchen facilities
  • Internet Access
  • Washrooms
  • Night lighting
  • Retail outlet
image of tallgrass prairie
  • Free parking
  • Nature trails
  • Picnic tables
  • Prairie wildflower garden
  • Bird feeder area
  • Pond
  • Owl, Duck, Bluebird and Bat boxes
Nature Centre is accessible
The Nature Centre is open seven days a week. There is no charge for admission and the building is accessible to those with disabilities. Inside, one finds informative and interesting displays on the ecology of the Ojibway Prairie Complex. A live exhibit area with Eastern Foxsnake and Eastern Massasauga Rattlesnake is always a crowd favourite. A wall of windows provides a breathtaking view of the forest and the natural fireplace makes for a warm, cozy atmosphere. Brochures on the birds, mammals, herps, butterflies, trees and wildflowers of Ojibway as well as trail guides, maps and other informative handouts are available. Sale items include a wide selection of field guides, posters, and children's items.

Groups needing a place to meet may utilize the beautiful and well-equipped rental rooms. Knowledgeable and friendly naturalists are available to organize programs for schools and other groups, and provide conducted tours.

Designated trails are marked on trailhead signage and are suited for walking, birding, photography, and leisure cycling. E-bikes and motorized vehicles are prohibited.

Land Acknowledgment: Recognized as one of Canada’s most diverse and multicultural communities, our city was developed on land that is the traditional territory of the Anishnaabeg people of the Three Fires Confederacy (Ojibwe, Potawatomi, and Odawa). Before Europeans arrived, the land along the Detroit River was referred to as Wawiiatanong by the Indigenous populations. Due to Windsor’s unique location along the Detroit River many different groups have called this area home including: Haudenosaunee, Attawandaron (Neutral), and Huron (Wyandot) peoples. Today, many indigenous people and Métis across Turtle Island call this area home. We are thankful to be able to share our history in this area.    

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