The Essex Region Conservation Foundation (ERCF) was established in 1977 to receive and maintain funds for charitable, educational, conservation and heritage purposes related directly or indirectly to the conservation, restoration, development and management of natural and heritage resources in the Essex Region.  The funds our generous donors contribute are critical to ensuring that the Windsor-Essex County-Pelee Island region remains the Place for Life.

Learn more about the incredible donors making an impact by reading the 2021 Gratitude Report and watching the 2021 Gratitude Report Video. Also, meet the recipients of the 2021 Clifford Hatch Conservation Foundation Award – The Stephanie & Barry Zekelman Foundation; and Families First, the recipient of the Conservation Foundation Award for Outstanding Corporate Contribution.

Our Strategic Plan directs our fundraising priorities. Pillars currently include Greening our Region and Taking Climate Action, Connecting our Region by Trails, Inspiring Future Generations through Outdoor Education, and Preserving our Heritage.

The Foundation is now accepting applications for membership on its Board of Directors. If you are passionate about the environment and are interested in helping to raise funds for its protection and restoration, please review the Membership Expectations and submit an Expression of Interest.

Explore some of the Foundation’s campaigns and fundraising efforts below to make our region the #PlaceforLife!