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W.E.Hike for Conservation Returns!

Essex Region – The Essex Region Conservation Foundation will again provide a variety of opportunities for people to connect with nature at stunning locations across the region.

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.

Award-winning nature photographer Steve Biro will help participants Discover Devonwood through the photography lens. Phil Roberts, formerly the CBC’s ‘Nature Guy’ will showcase all things Winged, Wiggly and Wild at Holiday Beach Conservation Area. Mike Fisher and Bill Roesel from the Friends of Ojibway will guide guests through the future Ojibway Urban National Park.  ERCA staff will lead guided 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 2024 is a great way to get outdoors and discover some of the lesser-known facts about our incredible region, led by some remarkable guides,” says Claire Wales, President of the Essex Region Conservation Foundation. “We’re so proud to host this fundraising event for the second time, and hope many people across the region will want to Hike for Conservation!”

All hikes will take place on Saturday, June 1 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. In 2023, thanks to events like this, more than $570,000 was contributed to local conservation initiatives.

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