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.
Become a Partner in Sustainability!
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.
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
Essex Region Conservation Foundation is presently raising $1 million dollars to support four pillars which make our region the Place for Life:
- 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.
Full STEAM Ahead!
YES – I want to help to help create a new interactive educational experience to ensure stories of our past are protected for the future!
CSG Greenway Entrance
The beautiful Cypher Systems Group Greenway connects Essex to Amherstburg and intersects with the existing Chrysler Canada Greenway, allowing our entire community to be connected by trails.
Now that this wonderful trail system is open for public use, we need your help to create parking locations for trail users to access the Cypher Systems Group Greenway.
This multi-use trail cannot be opened for equestrian use until an entrance that can accommodate horse trailers is built. Your donation can help get us one step closer to creating this community entrance.