It’s been another big year in the environmental world. Climate change, environmental protection, flooding and clean water have been in the news and across social media.
You may be asking what can I do to help the environment? The good news is there’s opportunity in your own backyard to make a difference! This past Giving Tuesday Credit Valley Conservation Foundation (CVCF), the charitable arm of Credit Valley Conservation, kicked-off a month-long campaign to support nature. The Gift of Nature holiday campaign makes it easy to take action locally.
You can contribute to initiatives that support a healthy environment, protect wildlife and natural resources, connect kids and youth with nature, and give everyone more opportunities to experience nature.
What does your donation directly support?
The Gifts of Nature holiday campaign helps supports four major initiatives across the watershed. Each initiative has an important role in supporting a thriving environment that protects, connects, and sustains us. You can make a general donation, or direct your donation to the initiative that means the most to you.
- You can help connect kids with nature by supporting the new natural playground at Island Lake Conservation Area. Currently under construction, this play space will be located on 1.17 acres and includes natural elements, a trail loop with play pods and built-in play structures for a wide range of sensory experiences and opportunities that will inspire a lifelong appreciation of nature.
- Maybe you’re inspired to connect youth with nature? You can support the Conservation Youth Corps (CYC) program which provides hands-on environmental stewardship and education opportunities for high school students across the watershed. This program helps build leadership and career skills development for the next generation of environmental leaders.
- If you’re eager to protect land, water and wildlife you can help secure an important piece of land in the heart of Caledon, known as the Capstone property. This 44-acre parcel of land stretches along the Credit River and is critical to protecting nature and wildlife, including important brook trout habitat. It will also give you more access to greenspace by opening public access to Charles Sauriol Conservation Area. It’s a vital part of creating the Credit Valley Trail.
- Perhaps you want to help create the Credit Valley Trail and be part of a living legacy? This continuous 100-kilometre pathway through the Credit River Valley will take you on a journey from the hills of the headwaters in Orangeville to the shores of Lake Ontario in Port Credit. The Credit Valley Trail will connect people with nature, culture and nature heritage, Indigenous heritage and values, and to the sacred, sustaining waters of the Credit River.
Whichever initiative you choose to contribute to, you’ll be giving a gift that has a lasting impact. To learn more about the Gifts of Nature holiday campaign and the impact your donation will make, visit the website.
All donations are eligible for a charitable tax receipt – donate by December 31 to receive your 2019 tax receipt!
Thanks to our generous supporters for being inspire by nature to give this holiday season. The Gift of Nature holiday campaign initiatives are supported by:
Conservation Youth Corps:
Alectra Utilities, Bass Pro Shops, Biogen, Enbridge, Patagonia, RBC, TD Friends of the Environment Foundation, UPS, and Woodbine Cares
Humeniuk Family Foundation and TPC Toronto at Osprey Valley, Takla Foundation, and Suncor
Island Lake Natural Playground:
County of Dufferin, Friends of Island Lake, Lions Club of Orangeville, and Rotary Club of Orangeville
Credit Valley Trail:
407 ETR, Greenbelt Foundation, and Province of Ontario