Hamilton Conservation Foundation



The Hamilton Conservation Foundation is a registered charity dedicated to the preservation and rehabilitation of the natural environment and cultural heritage within the Hamilton Conservation Authority (HCA) Watershed.

The Foundation was established in January 1976 with the following objectives:

  • To aid the Hamilton Conservation Authority by receiving gifts of property and money
  • To promote the practice of conservation
  • To assist in providing conservation education
  • To assist in the purchase of property

Our Mission:

The Hamilton Conservation Foundation protects and enhances natural and cultural legacies by raising and stewarding funds for the Hamilton Conservation Authority.

Our Impact

Hamilton Conservation Foundation funds make a difference by protecting environmentally sensitive land, teaching children about nature, and celebrating our cultural heritage.

Since 1976, donations to the Foundation have contributed to the creation of Dundas Valley Conservation Area, Eramosa Karst Conservation Area, and most recently, Saltfleet Conservation Area, among others, ensuring these natural lands remain are preserved for future generations. In addition to the recreational opportunities these areas provide, they also protect many species of plants, birds, and animals, many of which are endangered or unique to the area.

The Outdoor Environmental Education program, funded through donations, has brought thousands of students to Dundas Valley Conservation Area for hands-on learning, and is often the students’ first in-depth experience with nature, helping them understand the importance of these green spaces.


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Charity Number

85997 5617 RR0001

How your gift will be used

Legacy gifts will be used to conserve our diverse natural lands and rich cultural heritage, today and in the future. You may also choose to direct your gift to support an area of personal interest such as land acquisition, environmental education, trail maintenance, or a specific conservation area.

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