Hike funding

August 16, 2022) – Upper Thames River Conservation Authority

UTRCA Receives Funding for Celebrating Natural Connections Events (Press Release: August 16, 2022)

With the support of municipalities and community organizations, the Upper Thames River Conservation Authority (UTRCA) has secured over $230,000 in financial support from the Canadian Heritage Celebrations and Commemorations Program Reopening Fund. The funds are being used to organize a series of free public ‘Celebrating Natural Connections’ events in natural areas of the Upper Thames River catchment.

“Celebrating Natural Connections will include 10 public hikes and two virtual hikes, led by community groups and UTRCA environmental education staff,” said Teresa Hollingsworth, UTRCA Community and Corporate Services Manager. “

There will also be activities, exhibits and presentations, and a commemorative item will be installed at many locations to recognize the contributions of local frontline workers. Local artists and municipalities will be involved, as well as hiking, naturalist and fishing clubs.

The UTRCA would especially like to invite all members of the community who have been instrumental in helping others during the pandemic.

The first event will take place at Burgess Park in the town of Woodstock on Saturday, August 27, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. For more information on upcoming events, visit: www.thamesriverevents.ca

“We are thrilled to receive the fund to bring these events to our watershed,” said Hollingsworth. “Throughout the pandemic, we have been reminded of the importance of our natural spaces to people’s well-being and we are honored to bring programming to the public at these sites. These Celebrating Natural Connections events also allow us to join our community partners and municipalities in recognizing the efforts of frontline workers in the response to COVID-19.

This project is funded in part by the Government of Canada.

Contact: Teresa Hollingsworth, Community and Corporate Services Manager