Innovating, educating and collaborating to open green doors to the future.

Yorklands Green Hub aims to create for Ontario’s public domain a self-sustaining education, demonstration, and research hub at the former Ontario Reformatory site in Guelph, Ontario.

Yorklands Green Hub will bring together businesses, organizations, and people of all ages and interests – to learn, work, share and innovate, with the common purpose of being engaged stewards of our land, food, water, cultural heritage and our overall wellbeing.

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*At present, we do not have charitable status and we are unable to issue receipts. With your support we are building up our programming to achieve status in the future.*


Learn More About Who We Are

In this short video by Ashley Miller, we explain who we are and describe our vision.

Ashley E. M. Miller is a Science Communicator experienced in science outreach, storytelling, and arts and culture. She has a deep passion for transdisciplinary approaches like STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts and Humanities, and Math) that draw upon and connect different bodies of knowledge. Her love for life-long learning and for art-making lead her to hone her skills in video editing, graphic recording, sketchnotes, and visual communication design as a way to further her Science Communication repertoire.  To learn more about Ashley visit her LInkedIn profile at https://www.linkedin.com/in/ashleyemmiller/

Make your own art with Colour Yorklands our colouring book which includes beautiful drawings by artist Irene Hanuta.

Susan Ratcliffe Takes You on a Tour of the Yorklands Site.


The following videos have been made possible thanks to the Ontario Trillium Foundation (OTF).  The OTF is an agency of the Government of Ontario, and one of Canada’s leading granting foundations. OTF awarded $108 million to 629 projects last year to build healthy and vibrant communities in Ontario. Thanks to the OTF grant Yorklands Green Hub continues to encourage people to support a healthy and sustainable environment and the conservation of the natural world.

Polli-Patches

Polli-patches is a pilot project by the Yorklands Green Hub. Learn more about these miniature pollinator habitats in this video by Donovan Bestari.

Donovan Bestari is a photographer and mixed media artist based in and around Toronto. To learn more about him and his work, visit his website at: https://donovanbestari.format.com/

Biodiversity at Yorklands

Learn about the biodiversity at Yorklands from wildlife biologist Matthew IIes.

Matthew IIes has a Masters of Science in Restoration Ecology & a Bachelor of Science in Ecology. You can find him on instagram at wild_m.iles. Donovan Bestari is a photographer and mixed media artist based in and around Toronto. To learn more about him and his work, visit his website at: https://donovanbestari.format.com/

“Biodiversity at Yorklands” noted 45 species on  June 25th 2020 7-9am.

Click ebird.org/view/checklist to see the full list.


Yorklands Blue Dot Trail

Donovan Bestari filmed this gorgeous video of the Yorklands Blue Dot Trail at the former Guelph Reformatory. It shows the natural beauty of this location and invites you to get out and explore the trail.

Donovan is a photographer and mixed media artist based in and around Toronto. As a recent graduate from Ryerson’s School of Image Arts specializing in Integrated Digital, he uses photography, film, graphic design and other digital media throughout his work. To learn more about him and his work, visit his website at: https://donovanbestari.format.com/

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