Thanks to a donation from Caesars Windsor Cares, the 4.5 kilometre trail has been completely resurfaced to improve safety, accessibility and natural connections at Devonwood Conservation Area - Windsor’s only Conservation Area. The trail has been named the Caesars Windsor Nature Trail in appreciation of this significant investment in the Place for Life.
Mary Riley, Vice President of Marketing at Caesars Windsor, said, “By providing today’s grant to rebuild this beautiful, 4.5 kilometre trail system, Caesars Windsor is bringing our environmental commitment outside of our property to benefit the entire community for many years to come.”
Located on Division Road just north of Cabana, it is believed that no other forest in Canada supports a greater diversity of oak trees. Students from Roseland Public School were treated to a nature walk along the new trails to learn about the eight different species of oak trees and the owl habitat that Devonwood provides. ‘Take Me Outside Day’ was also recognized. Across Canada kids are encouraged to get outdoors and into nature, and the improvements at Devonwood make this easier for the students at the four elementary schools within a 4 kilometre radius.
In addition to the overhauled trails, benches have been rebuilt, the parking lot improved and a light added.
“We are so incredibly grateful to Caesars Windsor Cares for their investment in Devonwood Conservation Area,” said Claire Wales, Vice President, Essex Region Conservation Foundation. “It’s hard to believe this forest oasis is located right in the heart of such a highly urbanized area. When you walk these trails, you can feel the stresses of life melting away. Thanks to Caesars Windsor, visitors to this conservation area will be able to safely access and enjoy these trails for years to come. It’s partners like Caesars Windsor Cares who help ensure our region remains the Place for Life.”
University of Windsor Alumni Association
The University of Windsor Alumni Association is pleased to announce a contribution of $50,000 to fund two projects to further science and education in the Windsor-Essex region.
The first initiative will see the Alumni Association partner with the Essex Region Conservation Foundation to research methods of removing phosphorus from Lake Erie at the newly constructed Lebo Creek Research Wetland.
“Supporting environmental projects such as the Lebo Creek Research Wetland is important to the University of Windsor Alumni Association and aligns with our board’s mission to add value to the lives of alumni and students,” said Beth Ann Prince, President of the Alumni Association Board of Directors. “This partnership with Essex Region Conservation will benefit students of all ages, alumni and the community in which we live.”
A Masters student from the Department of Biochemistry will be undertaking this innovative research, which includes investigating various methods of filtering phosphorus through the newly constructed wetland prior to its return to Lake Erie. Wetlands are important for biodiversity, nutrient cycling and flood management.
The Alumni Association will also fund the development of the University of Windsor Alumni Association Outdoor Classroom at Holiday Beach Conservation Area this spring.
Susan Stockwell Andrews, President of Essex Region Conservation Foundation said both the University and Essex Region Conservation believe education is a building block for the success of future generations.
“A compelling body of evidence clearly shows that introducing kids to nature has numerous health benefits, including increased physical activity, healthier body weight, better concentration, reduced symptoms of ADHD and anxiety, and improves energy,” said Stockwell Andrews. “The Alumni Association’s commitment to funding an outdoor classroom at Holiday Beach Conservation Area will allow us to connect more students to nature, and help foster an interest in science and technology, paving the way for students to consider their path to the University of Windsor.”
In addition to its use for outdoor education, the Outdoor Classroom will also help engage the visitors who travel from around the world to learn more about raptor migration at this conservation area.
“A well-known poet once said, ‘Let Nature be your teacher,’ and as a tree-hugger myself I value the good work that the Essex Region Conservation Foundation supports,” said President Douglas Kneale. “The Outdoor Classroom, in its natural setting, will be a place of learning in which students will benefit from ‘the lore which Nature brings.’”