New Hiking Event to Raise Funds for Conservation

Wednesday, May 3, 2023

Essex Region – In honour of the Essex Region Conservation Authority’s 50th Anniversary, the Essex Region Conservation Foundation is launching a new event to raise awareness and funds for conservation projects.

W.E.Hike 2023 will offer a variety of guided hikes at conservation areas and trails across the Windsor-Essex region. For a tax-deductible donation of $25 or more, guests will participate in unique hiking experiences ranging from one to three kilometres led by some of the region’s most notable naturalists, who are generously volunteering their time and skills for this event.

Phil Roberts, formerly the CBC’s ‘Nature Guy’ will showcase all things Winged, Wiggly and Wild at Holiday Beach Conservation Area. Renowned birder Jeremy Hatt will guide guests around the unique Shorebird Habitat. ERCA staff will conduct hikes at various conservation areas highlighting native flora and fauna and conservation initiatives across the region, and more hike opportunities are being added regularly.

As well, individuals who wish to host their own private hikes in support of conservation will receive a host kit to make it easy to raise funds for local environmental initiatives.

“W.E.Hike 2023 is a great way to get outdoors and discover some of the lesser known facts about our incredible region,” says Claire Wales, President of the Essex Region Conservation Foundation. “We’re so proud to host this new fundraising event and hope many people across the region will want to Hike for Conservation!”

All hikes will take place on Saturday, June 3 in time for International Trails Day. More information is available at .

The Essex Region Conservation Foundation has been raising funds to enrich and sustain our region as the Place for Life since 1977. Its areas of focus are greening our region and taking climate action, connecting our region by trails, inspiring future generations through conservation education, and preserving our heritage at the John R. Park Homestead.

The Essex Region Conservation Authority is a public sector organization established by the Province of Ontario and governed by local municipalities. For 50 years, it has provided the organization and delivery of programs and services that further the conservation, restoration, development and management of natural resources in watersheds in Ontario.

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