Terra Cotta Centre for Environmental Learning
Terra Cotta Conservation Area will be transformed into the Terra Cotta Centre for Environmental Learning, an invaluable environmental education resource for local residents and park visitors.
The Friends of Terra Cotta was formed in 2008 as a volunteer fundraising committee of the Credit Valley Conservation Foundation. The Friends are local residents and community members dedicated to ensuring that the community and its visitors benefit from quality educational, interpretive and recreational opportunities at Terra Cotta Conservation Area.
Our Success to Date
Once known solely as a heavily used facility, Terra Cotta is blazing new trails and expanding its mission. In the 1980s Terra Cotta contained 137 campsites, a 10 acre day use area, 376 picnic tables, a one acre swimming pool, a concession stand, mini-golf and parking for 650 cars. This is not the Terra Cotta you will experience today. With a renewed commitment to environmental stewardship and protection, and an updated Management Plan, the campsites have been replanted, the parking lots re-vegetated and the swimming pool removed and replaced by an award winning wetland, used as a learning tool illustrating to visitors the importance of wetlands.
The Terra Cotta Centre for Environmental Learning operates year-round and is comprised of both indoor and outdoor learning opportunities and activities including:
- A Visitors Welcome Centre wherein local residents, park users and community groups will have the opportunity to meet in the natural setting of Terra Cotta and access knowledgeable park staff
- A Watershed Learning Centre offering year-round iinteractive and provocative programs that represent and support important and appropriate environmental themes. High quality and interactive interpretive workshops on natural, cultural and environmental themes important to Terra Cotta, the Niagara Escarpment and the watershed will be offered to local residents and park visitors.
- Opportunities for park visitors to participate in recreational and interpretive programs such as snowshoeing, skiing, fishing, hiking, bird watching, nature exploration and canoeing through the availability of rental equipment.
How You Can Support the Terra Cotta Centre for Environmental Learning
Make a cash donation
Gifts can be made in the form of cash, cheque, money order, credit card or online
Make an in-kind donation of goods
Donors considering gifts of building materials, equipment or services should contact the campaign chair for advice. The campaign committee has a list of specific materials, equipment and services needed for the campaign. Where appropriate, tax receipts for gifts-in-kind can be provided.
Get your business or community organization involved
You have the opportunity to have a direct and profound impact on our community. Whether it is through sponsorships, donations, services or volunteers there are countless ways we can work together.
Give of yourself. Volunteers are always needed on our various fundraising sub-committees. Opportunities to assist with special events, grant writing, donor recognition etc. always exist.
Attend a Friends of Terra Cotta event
Through out the year the Friends will be hosting numerous fundraising events. Get involved. Attend. Spread the word.