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New Nature Centre at Scanlon Creek​​​​​​

Each year, we welcome thousands of children to our Nature Centre to explore the outdoors for engaging, inspiring and outstanding educational experiences. We know that raising the next generation to experience the outdoors is the best way to get them to love it. We protect what we love. 

The current Nature Centre has come to the end of its lifecycle. Our future Nature Centre will usher in a whole new range of opportunities for engagement, with 8,000 square feet of space, capacity for 250 people, 3 flexible, multi-use rooms and it will incorporate the latest in sustainable design. It’s our goal to build a new environmental hub where our entire community, young and old – will have the opportunity to reconnect with nature. 

Fundraising for a new Nature Centre is a massive undertaking. Our external campaign​ will launch in 2020, but already in 2019, staff actively embarked on their own fundraising efforts because they recognize the inherent value of a new Nature Centre. Their FUNdraising efforts in 2019 brought in over $30,000. The highlight of their activities was their “Roughing it for a Reason” overnight camp-out at Scanlon Creek, which raised $24,000. The Get Connect-Ed Campaign will continue in 2020 and beyond. 

Our goal is for the new Nature Centre at Scanlon Creek to open in 2022. It will be a place unlike any other, where nature inspires us and sustains us for years to come.