Kimbercote Farms Nature Centre

Grey Highlands, Ontario

Project Description

Kimbercote Farms Nature Centre is an experiential educational centre that teaches students about natural sciences and how to become better environmental stewards.

A unique feature of the Centre is an accessible trail with interpretive signage and an outdoor classroom. A portion of the accessible trail was constructed in 2016, and the Access4All Barrier Buster grant will go towards completing the remainder of the trail and constructing two accessible washrooms for all students and visiting guests.

Project Team Q&A

  1. Why did you decide to break down barriers in your community?

    We have a unique project building an environmental education center and nature retreat in one of the prettiest places in all of Ontario.  It is important to us that everyone gets to enjoy this facility.  Often outdoor education centres like this which include hiking trails and natural terrain are inaccessible but they don’t have to be.  With dedication and passion to share the woodpeckers, trees, river, coyotes, and wild turkeys that are abundant on site with everyone, it can easily be done.  We are especially passionate about making educational opportunities available to everyone and breaking down barriers to great programs.  Every child has a right to this type of excellent educational program, it is absolutely critical that we ensure no one is excluded.

  2. How is this project going to make a difference in your community?

    Until this project, there are few accessible options for exploring natural areas in our region..  This is such a shame as this location’s number one attraction is the natural areas.  This project is going to change that, now everyone can come and experience the trails, wildlife, forests, and nature.

  3. What’s the best thing about being a Barrier Buster?

    When you run a facility like the Kimbercote Nature Centre, the biggest joy of the job is meeting the people that visit and use the facility.  You often become friends, and you take pride in the fact that your facility helped others connect to nature, destress, and find some peace in a busy world.  Being a Barrier Buster means more people can access the site, meaning we get to meet people we would not otherwise meet and we get the joy of more friends and positive connections.

Awareness Event

Sunday

September 24, 2017

Kimbercote Centre Phase 1 Celebration

Location: Kimbercote Farm, 316 362 3rd Line C, Heathcote, ON

Time: 1pm - 4:30pm

Description: The Kimbercote Centre Phase 1 celebration event will include fun outdoor activities like guided nature interpretive presentations, bird watching, live animal viewing, and children’s nature games. There will also be local food, and drinks.

For more information, please contact:
Jeremy at jeremy@elephantthoughts.com