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​​​​Campout Fundraiser brings in $40K ​

Money goes towards making sure kids get out in nature 

Lake Simcoe watershed, ON, September 28, 2020 – The new Nature Centre at Scanlon Creek is $40,000 closer to being built thanks to the efforts of campers who participated in Lake Simcoe Conservation Foundation’s “Roughin it for a Reason” fundraising campaign on September 24.

This is the second year the Foundation held its “Roughin’ it for a Reason” fundraising event to help raise awareness and funds to build a new Nature Centre at Scanlon Creek Conservation Area.

Tara Harvey and Melissa Rosato sit just outside their tents set up as part of the Roughin it for a reason event/
Tara Harvey (foreground) and Melissa Rosato (background) sit just outside their tents set up as part of the Lake Simcoe Foundation's “Roughin' It for a Reason" campout for a new Nature Centre​.

Last year the camping took place on location at Scanlon Creek, but this year, because of COVID-19, the venue changed to a virtual event where people camped in their own backyards, on balconies and in living rooms! 

Lake Simcoe Region Conservation Authority Chief Administrative Officer, Mike Walters, was one of the 35 campers, raising funds for a cause he is passionate about. “Nature and getting outside is more important than ever before. We can’t expect kids to have an appreciation for nature unless they’ve experienced it. That’s what Scanlon Creek, our Nature Centre and our Education ​Program is all about.” 

Virtual host, celebrity camper Frankie “Flowers” Ferragine opened the night with an Instagram Live takeover at 6:00pm, on location in his cousin (Bradford Councillor and LSRCA Board Vice Chair) Peter Ferragine’s backyard. Campers enjoyed programming every half hour, including an LSRCA-led kid’s activity, Cabela’s Campfire Cooking demonstration, Nature Centre presentation, a campfire story by Tiny Seedlings and live campfire music by local band, Dead Mechanics. There was also a visit from Barrie Mayor Jeff Lehman and the night was capped off with a final visit from Frankie on Instagram.

For over 40 years children have attended Outdoor Education programming at Scanlon Creek, but the building that supports the programming is now at the end of its life. If it is not rebuilt, Outdoor Education will end at Scanlon Creek. Not only will it support ongoing outdoor education, but the proposed Nature Centre is also anticipated to be an environmental hub where the entire community – young and old – will have the opportunity to reconnect with nature once again. 

Learn more about the event and the campers who participated​

​​​​​​​​​It is the mission of the Lake Simcoe Region Conservation Authority to collaborate, protect and restore the Lake Simcoe watershed with innovative research, policy and action.


Media Contact:
Katarina Zeppieri
Corporate Communications
Lake Simcoe Region Conse​rvation Authority
Phone: 905-895-1281, ext. 116
Toll Free: 1-800-465-0437
Mobile: 289-763-4281
Email: k.zeppieri@lsrca.on.ca​

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