800 Students Connect to Nature in Leamington

Tuesday, May 28, 2019

Students plant a tree at Soltz family planting May 2019

Leamington – Last week, more than 800 students planted over 2500 trees at a former farm field in Leamington. Additionally, more than 100 secondary school students gained an enhanced level of environmental education on tree planting, restoration and leadership skills. This opportunity was made available by the Solcz Family Foundation.

“Connecting kids to nature is one of the most important gifts we can give to young people,” said Susan Stockwell Andrews, President of the Essex Region Conservation Foundation.  “This program provides so many wonderful opportunities. In addition to allowing kids to take action for the environment and connect to nature, important leadership opportunities were provided to secondary school students, and thousands of trees were added to our region’s landscape. We are so grateful to the Solcz Family Foundation for providing these important experiential learning opportunities.”

This program will continue until 2021, and upon completion, the 32 acres restoration project, adjacent to Hillman Marsh Conservation Area, will be known as the Solcz Family Foundation Forest.

“The Solcz Family Foundation is proud to partner with the Essex Region Conservation as we work together to provide unique educational opportunities for local youth to explore their environment and to learn about the importance of restoring and sustaining habitat. The Solcz Family Foundation is pleased to support the Essex Region Conservation and the valuable work they do to make Windsor-Essex a great place to live,” said Kyrsten Solcz, Executive Director of the Solcz Family Foundation.

For more than four decades, Essex Region Conservation has been sustaining and enriching the environment of the Windsor-Essex-Pelee Island region to ensure it is the Place for Life.


a wooded forest trail
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