A Rocha Ontario offers place-based experiences, in a hospitable Christian community, centered on the connection between God, people and Creation. Transforming people into hopeful-active participants in the flourishing of God’s world.
Immersive nature experiences for all ages and abilities.
Accessible nature experiences for adults with disabilities.
Most of our projects and programs are run out of the Cedar Haven Eco-Centre — a 95-acre oasis of fields and forests, in Southern Ontario — a short distance from Hamilton, Burlington, Guelph Cambridge, and Kitchener. Cedar Haven is a hub for studying, appreciating and restoring the natural world.
To Stop and To Notice Summer Staff Reflection Written by Hannah Horling, Education Programs Assistant (Summer 2023) Edited by Madison Martinez, Communications and Administrative Coordinator August 2023 At the Cedar [...]
An Interview with Jeremy Petrusma - Ontario Conservation Coordinator By Madison Martinez & Jeremy Petrusma June 27, 2023 Invasive species removal and management has been a priority for A Rocha Ontario’s [...]
Where We Step Why Environmental Education Matters Written by Jacoba Buist, Ontario Program Coordinator Edited by Madison Martinez, Communications and Administrative Coordinator June 20, 2023 In the last three years, [...]
Southern Ontario is home to many species of plants and animals found nowhere else in Canada. Many are at-risk because of habitat loss and fragmentation. A Rocha is playing a unique role in addressing this problem, partnering with local Conservation Authorities, private landowners, churches and academic institutions, to care for creation through community-based conservation.
Imagine a beautiful property of rolling hills, fields, forest, and hedge rows. Near the front of the property is a 150-year-old farmhouse that has been lovingly restored by the owners. Next to the house is a beautiful pond surrounded by wetlands. This is Cedar Haven Eco-Centre, near Hamilton. The owners of Cedar Haven, Bill and Lyndia Hendry, have very graciously extended an invitation to A Rocha Canada to steward their property. As retired teachers, they eagerly welcome kids to explore and experience this beautiful and wonderful place.
This property is the base of many different programs including Operation Wild, Wild Things, various school and community groups, and day trips.
A Rocha began its foray into sustainable agriculture over ten years ago through our Community Shared Agriculture (CSA) project in Surrey, BC. Building on our success in organic farming, our Community Garden Network is equipping community gardeners across Canada to grow food for those in their communities who do not have access to fresh produce. We’re turning schoolyards into farmyards in inner-city neighbourhoods through our Farm to Families project. And we’re bringing hope and health to newcomers to Canada through our Earth to Table project in Hamilton.
Visit a sustainable agricultural site at the Cedar Haven Eco-Centre!