Gravel trail through forested area

The Place for Life is a region with connected natural areas. A place with healthy rivers and streams, beaches you can swim in, and lakes you can fish in. Greenways and trails that connect you to each other and to the landscapes around you. A place with productive agricultural lands. A sustainable place that is resilient and can adapt to change. The Place for Life reinforces that all elements of a place are interconnected – our community, its environmental health, healthy lifestyles for our citizens and our economy. There are many ways you can get involved in enriching and sustaining the Place for Life! Share your photos, participate in one of our many events, visit a conservation area, plant a tree as a gift that honours or help us achieve our most pressing fundraising needs. Visit the Place for Life to learn more.

Community Priorities

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.

Board of Directors

The Essex Region Conservation Foundation Board of Directors is comprised of volunteer dedicated to enriching our region as the Place for Life. President – Susan Stockwell Andrew Vice President – Claire Wales Past President – Ken Schmidt See our full list of Board Members.

Our Mission

To create awareness and raise funds to enhance our natural environment for healthy living and economic vibrancy in the Essex region.

Our Vision

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.

Our Goals

  • Protect and restore our environment
  • Support education in the environment
  • Connect the region through trails
  • Preserve our heritage
  • Build a strong Foundation

Imagine Canada Accreditation

Imagine Canada Accreditation logo

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.

Our charitable registration number is 118902162RR0001.