Monthly Archives: September 2019

Friends of the Eramosa Karst ensure Conservation Area thrives as surrounding neighbourhoods grow

(l to r) FOTEK representatives Doug Dunford, Brad Gautreau and Margaret Reid present a cheque to Grace Correia, Foundation Executive Director, Cllr. Lloyd Ferguson, HCA Chair and Lisa Burnside HCA CAO.

The Friends of the Eramosa Karst (FOTEK) have donated $60,000 to the Foundation thanks to a grant from the Heritage Green Community Trust. The funding helps us complete the next step in efforts to plant a buffer of vegetation between the Conservation Area’s lush meadows and the surrounding residential developments. With continued growth around the Conservation Area, these plantings are more vital than ever.

The trees and shrubs funded through this donation will be planted, in part during a volunteer day on Saturday, September 21st. Normally this email would include a call for volunteers but, due to FOTEK’s overwhelming success in bringing community together, the event is already full!

This donation brings FOTEK up to the $100,000 Trustee of Conservation level on the Foundation’s Donor Wall and will be honoured at the Foundation’s 2020 Appreciation Evening next May.

Hamilton Future Fund grant connects Canal Park with waterfront

The viewing platform and shade structure completes the Canal Park vision and brings the Foundation’s EcoPark Campaign efforts to a successful close.

A grant from the Hamilton Future Fund means that a new shade structure and canal viewing platform are now complete at Canal Park. The structure offers visitors to the urban nature sanctuary a chance to get right up to the water.

The structure will be formally unveiled at an event on Sunday, September 29 from 2-4pm which will feature a classical guitar performance by Gary Santucci. Readers are welcome to attend and are encouraged to RSVP to or 905-525-2181 ext. 129.

The site of the former Ben Veldhuis Greenhouses has been a part of a decade-long brownfield restoration effort funded through donations to the Foundation’s EcoPark Campaign. The Campaign sought to turn the site into an urban nature sanctuary and acquire natural lands between Cootes Paradise and the Niagara Escarpment as part of the multi-partner Cootes to Escarpment EcoPark System. With this grant, the Foundation was able to bring the last piece of the Campaign vision to its successful completion.

Back to School and Back to Nature

Outdoor Environmental Education teacher-naturalist James O’Neill shows families around the Dundas Valley Conservation Area on a guided hike at the end of August.

Now that we are well into September, we are waking up to chillier mornings and little pockets of leaves are starting to hint that Fall is just around the corner. This is an exciting time of year out in our Conservation Areas. Schools are back in session and classes are once again exploring the Dundas Valley Conservation Area as part of our Outdoor Environmental Education program.

Our Outdoor Environmental Education program provides classes with curriculum-focused field trips to the Dundas Valley CA. These sessions bring classroom lessons to life in the great outdoors. Every year, over 5,000 students are able to benefit from this experience.

Those students get to enjoy the Valley because of donations from generous people like you. Donations fund our Outdoor Environmental Education program and ensure that, despite increasing budget pressures on schools and Conservation Authorities, Hamilton’s students will still get their day in the Valley.

To all of you who continue to support this program with donations to our Outdoor Environmental Education Fund: thank you!