Ecological Restoration Alliance of Botanic Gardens

Join us for the next public symposium of the Ecological Restoration Alliance of Botanic Gardens at Royal Botanical Gardens (Canada), 3rd October 2018

13 June 2018

The Ecological Restoration Alliance of Botanic Gardens (ERA) is excited to announce that the next ERA public symposium and meeting will be hosted by Royal Botanical Gardens (Ontario, Canada).

The ERA was founded in 2011 by botanic gardens leading restoration initiatives, with the aim of mobilising the collective resources and expertise of botanic gardens worldwide to restore damaged, degraded and destroyed landscapes. The ERA has grown to over 30 member gardens. The annual symposia and ERA business meetings provide an opportunity for ERA members to meet each other and engage with restoration practitioners and experts in different regions.


The agenda is as follows:

- Wednesday 3rd October - Symposium entitled "Restoration in Urban Areas" in collaboration with the Society for Ecological Restoration - Ontario Chapter (SERO).

- Thursday 4th October - Field trip to nearby restoration sites (ERA and BGCI members only).

- Friday 5th October - ERA business meeting.



The public symposium "Restoration in Urban Areas" will bring together restoration practitioners and researchers, from across the world to discuss how to deliver effective innovative ecological restoration, particularly in the urban context. You can register for the symposium here.

Symposium talks

Registration 8.30am. Talks start at 9.00am. Symposium close by 5.00pm.

Time  Speaker       Title
9:30  T. Theijsmeijer    Urban Restoration Ecology (keynote)
10:10  H. Jongerden The Challenge and Opportunity of Toronto’s Ravines
10:45   N. Finney Restoring 170 hectares within a near urban protected area  – Glenorchy Conservation Area
11:05  M. Spearing Assisted Migration Trials with Various Seed Sources of Oaks in Pickering, Ontario
11:25  J. Aronson Rethinking Restoration in Urban Landscapes, Both Above- and Below-Ground
11:45  K. Dreisilker Urban Stream Restoration within an Arboretum
12:05  A. Yarger The Urban Prairies Project: Partnerships for Grassland Restoration.
13:00  A. Court Twenty Years of Progress Restoring River Mouth Marshes in the Hamilton Harbour AOC
13:20  R. Hufft South Platte River Basin Restoration
13:40  K. Havens Applying zoo population management tools to rare plants in living collections
14:00  S. Godefroid Plant species reintroductions: facts, problems and needs
14:20  S. Byrd Restoring urban and rural landscapes for the future: How native prairie seedling in utility right-of-ways may lead to regional habitat restoration.
14:35  M. Taylor Moving PA State Route 52, Associated Reforestation and Meadow Installation and Measuring the Impact on Avifaunal Population Dynamics
14:55  J. Schuler Connecting Urban Youth to Nature through Citizen Science and Ecological Restoration
15:15  J. Stevens Science partnerships can deliver restoration solutions, but urban spaces provide other challenges
15:35  K. Havens Prairie restoration: How to make the best decisions about what seed provenances to collect and where to use them
16:10   Panel Discussion: Restoration in Urban Areas


Field trip

A tour of ecological restoration sites within the 1,000 ha of nature sanctuaries owned by Royal Botanical Gardens as well as nearby projects in other protected areas is organised for ERA members. The tour will include wetland, prairie-savannah and other restoration themes, as well as a visit to a reclaimed quarry that now hosts a vibrant wetland.


ERA business meeting

The ERA business meeting will be open to ERA members and other botanic gardens actively engaged in restoration that are interested in joining the alliance. We will hear updates from members, discuss progress towards our strategy and identify opportunities for collaborative work.



Royal Botanical Gardens ( is the largest botanical garden in Canada and one of the largest in the world. With over 1,000 hectares (2,700 acres) of cultivated gardens and nature preserves, it is also one of the biggest urban nature sanctuaries and marshland restoration sites in North America. With its extraordinary land holdings, breathtaking landscapes, biodiversity, collections, facilities, educational and conservation programmes, Royal Botanical Gardens is a top-rated regional tourist attraction and a global leader in its sector.



If you require more information about this event or are interested in joining the ERA, please contact


Back to project updates