About Friends of Petrie Island

robertson_fopiworkcrew_2005The Friends of Petrie Island  (FOPI) is a group formed in November 1997 with its constitution was approved in October 1998. It was incorporated in 2002. The volunteer organization consists of a 10-person executive which holds regular meetings the third Tuesday of each month, except in high summer, as well as a fall general meeting.

Information on becoming a member of Friends of Petrie Island is here.  The yearly membership fee is $10.


* Education of the public about the importance of preserving Petrie Island as a natural area to be enjoyed by future generations.

* Preservation of Petrie Island ecology, a Carolinian forest environment made possible by local microclimatic conditions, usually associated with areas of southern Ontario.

* Protection of Petrie Island’s flora and fauna, including turtle habitat and nesting areas and over 130 bird species as well as a rich amphibian, reptile and fish habitat.

You can support our work by taking part in projects or becoming a member. Members receive regular dispatches on upcoming events.

  • Become a member ($10/yr), or make a donation
  • Help out on work days or as a monitor
  • Help with fundraising
  • Play a part in the interpretive program
  • Be a guide for a tour
  • Gather background material or assemble displays

The Friends of Petrie Island sponsor a series of walks and outdoor talks on various aspects of the nature and history of Petrie. Insights and information are provided by local experts on a variety of topics of interest, including plants, ecology, wildlife and the Island’s past uses. Walks take place rain or shine. Keep watching this space fo this year’s events. Hope to see you there!