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 we raise are critical to ensuring that the Windsor-Essex County-Pelee Island region remains the Place for Life.
Gifts of Conservation
Plant a tree
To honour a loved one and create a greener community, have a tree planted. The gift recipient will receive a tree-shaped ornament.
Forge an Unforgettable Experience
In support of the John R. Park Homestead, the gift recipient will receive a bag of coal candy representing the Homestead’s blacksmithing experiences. Your gift will help preserve the stories of our past.
Adopt a trail metre
The gift recipient will receive a deed to their very own metre of Greenway trail with GPS coordinates. Your gift will help connect our community by trails.
Conservation Area Annual Pass
Purchase an Annual Pass for unlimited access to Holiday Beach, Hillman Marsh and the John R. Park Homestead Conservation Areas.
To create awareness and raise funds to enhance our natural environment for healthy living and economic vibrancy in the Essex region.
To achieve a sustainable environment with healthy watersheds highlighted by clean creeks, rivers and Great Lakes, thriving natural areas, productive agricultural lands and vibrant places.
- Protect and restore our environment
- Support education in the environment
- Connect the region through trails
- Preserve our heritage
- Build a strong Foundation
Our charitable registration number is 118902162RR0001.
The Place for Life
Our Fundraising Priorities
- Connecting our community by trails
- Greening our region
- Inspiring future generations through outdoor education
- Preserving our heritage.
Learn more about how you can become more involved in the Place for Life.
In 2015, the Foundation achieved prestigious accreditation from Imagine Canada’s Standards Program for Charitable and Non-Profit Organizations. Meeting these highest standards will inspire confidence among our donors and partners. Imagine Canada is a national umbrella organization that establishes operating and governance guidelines for charities and non-profits that demonstrate excellence in board governance; financial accountability and transparency; fundraising; staff management; and volunteer management.
The Foundation is also a member of the Association of Fundraising Professionals (AFP) and adheres to the AFP Code of Conduct.