As Friends continues to work towards our plan of establishing the Great Lakes Wetlands Centre at Second Marsh, this page will provide our members, the community, donors, and partners with up to date information on our success.

Friends is currently engaged in planning and preparing for the Great Lakes Wetlands Centre Project. This initial phase includes building partnerships, recruiting volunteers, cultivating donors, and preparing to initiate a fundraising campaign. Other activities of Friends at this time are to prepare the architectural & engineering and display & exhibit designs and obtain planning and building approvals.

Milestone successes along the path to establishing the Great Lakes Wetlands Centre include:

  • $288,000 through the Canada-Ontario Infrastructure Program

  • $250,000 seed funding from the City of Oshawa

  • a gift of nearly 5 acres of land, valued at $750,000 from General Motors of Canada Ltd.

  • 100% participation in an internal appeal from staff and the Directors of Friends

The Great Lakes Wetlands Centre represents much more than simply a new building - it is about ensuring a future that values innovation and leadership in the delivery of environmental education.

In light of this need there are specific sponsorship and naming opportunities for both corporations and individuals starting at $10,000.

Contact the Friends office at 905-723-5047 for details on naming and sponsorship opportunities.

A successful Great Lakes Wetlands Centre Campaign will be the result of partnerships between Friends of Second Marsh, the Federal and Provincial Governments, the City of Oshawa and the private sector. The estimated cost for constructing the Great Lakes Wetlands Centre, including displays and landscaping is over $7 million. We anticipate that:

  • $3.25 million of funding will be secured through government funding (Federal, Provincial and Municipal) and

  • $3.75 million will be raised in the private sector through the Great Lakes Wetlands Centre Campaign.

The Great Lakes Wetlands Centre Campaign welcomes all forms of giving:

  • Gifts of cash, in one-time payments or multi-year pledges via cheque.

  • Gifts of appreciated securities (taxable gains are reduced by half when transferring securities to a charitable organization).

  • Future gifts, such as bequests and life insurance.

  • Gifts in memoriam and in honour.

  • Corporate sponsorship

Or become a member of Friends or call the Office to enquire about available volunteer opportunities.

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