Your partner in risk management, resource conservation and stewardship

Mississippi Valley Conservation Foundation

Showy Lady Slipper Orchid
In 1930, Joe Purdon discovered a colony of Lady Slipper Orchids in Lanark Highlands. Since their discovery, the colony has grown to over 16,000 blooms. Donations help to protect this rare colony along with improving accessibility of the 400-metre boardwalk trail. 
Osprey Tower
Osprey Tower - Habitat destruction has caused a decline in Osprey populations. Donations to the Foundation help support this magnificent species-at-risk. 
Mill of Kintail Museum
Mill of Kintail Museum - Home to the collections of Dr. R. Tait McKenzie and Dr. James Naismith. Donations to the Foundation help maintain treasured pieces of local history and culture. 
Campers catching bugs
MVCA Education Programs - Support educational programming in your community with a donation to our education and living classroom fund.
Carp River
Carp River Conservation Area - Help support the continued development of restoration projects in our urban areas.

What We Do

The Mississippi Valley Conservation Foundation (MVCF) was created in 1996 and is managed by an elected volunteer Board of Directors who represent different areas of the watershed and are concerned about its future.

On behalf of the Authority, the Foundation organizes special events, solicits individual donations, corporate partnerships and sponsorships and prepares project proposals to private granting foundations, community groups and government agencies. The MVCF mission is to raise funds and provide volunteer support for the conservation, education, and outreach programs of Mississippi Valley Conservation Authority.

MVCF is a registered charitable organization dedicated to conserving lands, wildlife and water environments and to preserve places of outstanding natural and cultural significance. Our changing climate and increased development place continuous pressures on groundwater systems, shoreline habitats and the ecological processes sustaining our communities and wildlife.

MVCF's main objectives are:

  • Conserving the healthy water environment and natural resources of the Mississippi and Carp River watersheds,
  • Preserving places of natural, ecological, and cultural significance in the watershed, and
  • Engaging the general public and stakeholders in conservation education and awareness.

You Make it Possible

When you contribute to the Mississippi Valley Conservation Foundation (MVCF) you are helping to ensure continued management and protection of natural resources in your watershed.

Current Initiatives:

Purdon Conservation Area Boardwalk Upgrades

Wetland Restoration & Protection

Carp River Living Classroom

Completed Projects:

Mill of Kintail Museum Roof

Carp River Conservation Area Osprey Nest

MVCA Education Program

Ways to Donate