Nature is a powerful teacher. When we immerse ourselves in nature, it stimulates our creativity and imagination to a whole new degree.
When did you last stop, breathe and appreciate the great outdoors? There was a time when being a kid meant staying outside until dark. It meant coming home with a new rip in your jeans and muddy fingers, eyes sparkling with a day’s worth of adventures to share.
We can help our community rediscover the great outdoors through the Connect Campaign. This initiative is the driving force behind the construction of a new Nature Centre at Scanlon Creek. Here you can plug back into nature through hands-on activities, including natural programs that promote experiential learning, appreciation of nature and a healthy lifestyle.
The New Nature Centre
At a Glance:
Approximate $6 million project
Grand opening in 2024
Welcome to the region’s premier destination for experiencing and learning about nature!
In 2024, we will open the new Nature Centre at Scanlon Creek, a place unlike any other where you can become inspired by the wonders of the natural world and learn about your role in preserving it for future generations.
From exploring a hiking path and trailblazing through the woods, to learning to work together and discovering a fantastic insect, the new Centre will be a place for all of us to get active outside and to reconnect with nature.
With additional capacity for captivating hands-on workshops and events, the new Nature Centre will help cultivate a newfound sense of environmental responsibility and demonstrate the importance and necessity of preserving our precious green spaces.
The new Centre will be an immersive natural experience, blurring the lines between indoors and outdoors by incorporating the latest innovations in sustainable design and construction.
By joining the Connect Campaign you can help build a new environmental hub where our entire community—young and old—will have the opportunity to reconnect with nature once again!
The Old Nature Centre
At a Glance:
Since the 1980’s, the Nature Centre at Scanlon Creek Conservation Area has been the anchor of the region’s outdoor environmental education.
Generations of students can fondly recall their first trip to Scanlon Creek. For thousands of schoolchildren, it was the highlight of the year and the catalyst that encouraged a healthy respect for nature and its role in everyday life.
And now, after decades of use, it’s painfully evident that we’ve outgrown the existing centre. “Cozy” has turned into “cramped”, “outdated” has become “obsolete”, and we can no longer maintain the lofty standards that we expect from our educational programs.
The time has come for a new building that will carry the torch further!
Nature Centre Virtual Tour
Take a self-guided tour and see it for yourself!
We invite you to take a look around the current Nature Centre at Scanlon Creek. Move your mouse around for the full 360 degrees experience and click on the white “i” buttons for more detailed information for each space/location. Be sure to visit all 10 views/rooms. At the end of the tour we reveal the location for the new Nature Centre.
2021 Connect Campaign Update
Learn about the progress of the campaign and how we’re moving forward, despite a slight set-back due to COVID-19.
Lake Simcoe Region Conservation Authority’s new CAO, Rob Baldwin shares the latest updates on the Connect Campaign to build a new Nature Centre at Scanlon Creek in this video released September 27, 2021.
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A big thank you to Paul Sadlon from Paul Sadlon Motors. His private donation of $850,000 is – our largest donation to date!
Thanks to Mr. Sadlon’s support, the Connect Campaign has surpassed its ambitious fundraising goal of $3 million.
“I moved to Bradford as a young child and have lived here my entire life. This is Paul Sadlon country! My car dealership in Barrie has served the community for decades and I see firsthand the incredible work that needs our collective support. The new Nature Centre will be a one-of-a-kind facility that is desperately needed to keep our kids healthy, engaged and inspired by nature. I am very proud to support it”
— Paul Sadlon, Paul Sadlon Motors
Lake Simcoe Conservation Foundation Dinner (June 14, 2023)
In photo: Paul Sadlon
View Connect Campaign Donors
Paul Sadlon Motors
United Soils Management
Kerbel Group/Andrin Homes/Lakeview Homes in Honour of Edythe M. Hall
Bazil Developments Limited
The Dalt Hicks Foundation
Brookfield Residential (Ontario) Limited
Gwillimdale Farms Limited
Joseph and Najet Dableh Family Foundation
Len and Angela Ferragine, Bradford Greenhouses
Trisan (Angelo and Yvette Santorelli)
Calibrex Development Group
Clean River Recycling
DV Bell Foundation
Groundswell Urban Planners
K Winter Sanitation
King Cole Ducks
Lake Simcoe Region Conservation Authority Employees
The Rose Corporation
The Sarjeant Co. Ltd.
Upper Unionville Golf Club
Helen McCrea Peacock Foundation
The Conzelmann Family
WG5 Bravewolf Land Holding Limited
Wycliffe Thornridge Sharon Corners Limited
Acorn Development Corporation, The
Alcona Capital Properties Inc.
Leah Taylor Roy
RP (Royal Park) Partners Aurora Limited (Doug Skeffington)
Schaeffer and Associates Limited
Wood-Hall Family – Tribute to Edyth M. Hall
Yorkwood Homes (Sharon) Limited