Glen Elbe Learning & Experience Centre
In 2019, a remarkable woman named Jane Topping, passed away and generously donated her Glen Elbe farm property and home, to TIWLT. We are looking for volunteers to help with gardening, pruning, carpentry and trail maintenance – but we have four initiatives that need your financial support.
For every $100 donated, a donor’s (or honouree’s) name will be added to the “4Ever Wall”. For $200, you can have two plaques. Consider this an opportunity to make a gift that will be displayed within the Glen Elbe restoration, literally forever! It makes a wonderful gift and remembrance and you get a full tax receipt. Some of the reasons people have chosen so far remembering are shown below. Weddings, birthdays, end-life, even a favourite 4-legged companion are all excellent reasons to support 4ever and help TIWLT. Every $100 you donate gets you a $100 CRA approved tax receipt as well as a 4”x12” 4ever tile that will be displayed prominently on site.
Select a Campaign to Support
The Stagecoach Stop
This hand-hewn timber structure needs its foundation repaired and its walls resided with local pine. The hay loft is in good shape and will be a wonderful meeting place when the renovations are complete and electricity installed. While volunteers will do most of the work, it will cost $21,000 for materials and electrical services.
We need 210 donations of $100 to make this possible.
Wrap-around Veranda & Meeting Space
TIWLT is currently restoring the 1840 house interior and outside veranda. Some of “4ever Wall Plaques” you can donate to will be displayed here as shown in the mockup above. When complete, during TIWLT events visitors can relax in the veranda’s shade, just as they did on stage-coach stops 150 years ago.
We need 170 donations of $100 to complete the restoration.
Bats and Bird Monitoring Station
TIWLT plans to set up an audio monitoring station that can hear bat and bird sounds humans can’t. Recordings will help to map sensitive environments, time migrations and breeding cycles. With the right equipment, we can also translate the sounds into frequencies people can hear as part of our learning programs, like “bat walks”.
We only require 70 donations of $100 to make this happen.
Climate Change Arboretum
If you are a gardener, you know that all plant ranges are confined by hardiness zones. With climate change, plants that once could not survive here, now can, or soon will be able to. TIWLT will build and maintain an arboretum that features those trees and shrubs on the move. Visitors will be able to see what choices are possible for their own properties.
We need 120 donations of $100 to reach our goal.
Conservation Protection Fund
The business of TIWLT goes far beyond the donation opportunities listed above. The Learning Center at Glen Elbe has very specific needs, particularly right now as the renovations and repairs proceed, but Glen Elbe is only one TIWLT location. Every year TIWLT needs funds to consider and appraise new properties, pay for legal services, insurance, office and marketing costs and of huge importance, the establishment of endowment accounts to look after individual properties 4ever! The government mandates that TIWLT have 10% of the assessed value of every property on hand and available to cover taxes and maintenance. Your donation to the Conservation Protection Fund will help ensure we continue to grow and protect the lands we love.