Kawartha Conservation is a registered charitable organization that seeks ongoing community support. We invite you to be part of our vision of a sustainable watershed with clean and abundant water and natural resources assured for future generations. We greatly appreciate the support you can provide for this environmental cause.
You may wish your contribution to be of a general nature to help one of our many conservation programs, or you can direct your donation to specific projects and program areas.
Featured projects and program areas
Conservation takes many forms, from infrastructure that supports nature appreciation and recreation to volunteer programs. Your donation can be dedicated to one of the following, and will only be used for the project or program area that you specify.
Marsh Lookout - Ken Reid Conservation Area+
Thanks to the hard work of the Kawartha Conservation Foundation and a generous priviate donation, the popular Marsh Lookout is being reconstructed in 2017. Once complete it will be a multi-level accessible Lookout and a wonderful additional to Ken Reid Conservation Area.
The Marsh Lookout was removed in August 2013 due to structural issues. It offered one of the best vantage points for observing the provincially significant McLarens Creek Wetland and the osprey nesting platform installed by Friends of the Osprey in 2004. Over the years, thousands of people have come here to enjoy this magnificent view.
Howlers Corners Off-Leash Dog Park - Ken Reid Conservation Area+
Howlers Corners is an off leash dog park, approximately 3 acres in size, located within Ken Reid Conservation Area. It was completed in June 2013 through donations made to Friends of Kawartha Conservation and a grant from the City of Kawartha Lakes.
By making a donation, you will be supporting the addition of new features and ongoing maintenance of the park, including fence repairs, seeding and mulch to prevent mud puddles, waste cleanup, and supplies.
There are over 100 kilometres of trails in our five conservation areas. These areas protect sensitive valley lands, headwater tributaries, provincially significant wetlands, rare habitats, and forests, while providing green spaces for the local community, including schools and special interest groups.
Your contribution will go toward the enhancement of our trail systems, which may include building new, sustainable trails, improving trail conditions with the addition of mulch, removing fallen trees, adding interpretive and educational signage, and other infrastructure and maintenance that helps contribute to the enjoyment and protection of these areas.
Kawartha Water Watch+
Each volunteer has a sampling kit with equipment and supplies for measuring pH, alkalinity, turbidity, and nutrients.
During the summer, volunteers sample and test water on local lakes and rivers, which generates important information that supports programs and services focused on watershed health. They send their samples and recorded observations into Kawartha Conservation, some of which are sent to a laboratory for testing. All of the results are organized and analyzed, and compiled into a report at the end of the annual monitoring period. The report is made available to participants and government agencies to support informed decision-making.
The program costs over ,000 per year for supplies, lab testing and equipment maintenance. If you’re interested in learning about and protecting the health of your lake or stream, consider a donation to help us ensure its long-term sustainability.