Toldo Foundation Supports New Outdoor Classroom

Saturday June 12th, 2021

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A gift from the Toldo Foundation will allow thousands of students and visitors to take in the historic outbuildings, heritage gardens and orchard, and most spectacularly, the best vantage point to experience the western basin of Lake Erie.

The new Toldo Foundation Outdoor Classroom & Wildlife Viewing Area, which will be part of the new John R. Park Homestead Heritage Centre, expected to open in the coming month.

“At a time when connection to the outdoors and the need for innovative learning spaces has never been more important, the Toldo Foundation is proud to support the Essex Region Conservation Foundation and our students of all ages in the creation of a unique and environmentally conscious learning space,” said Anthony G. Toldo, Trustee of The Toldo Foundation.

The Toldo Foundation Outdoor Classroom & Wildlife Viewing Area will also provide a rest area for visitors wishing to immerse themselves in the experiences of the conservation area, but who may not be able to venture far from the main building. This is also for relaxation, meditation and reflection, which is especially valuable for guests with sensory sensitivity.

In addition to the Toldo Foundation Outdoor Classroom and Wildlife Viewing Area, the new Heritage Centre will provide an equitable and accessible educational experience, enhanced exhibit and interpretive space, and serve as a Tourism Hub.

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