Long Point Waterfowl established the Research and Education Centre near Turkey Point in 2007. The five main buildings located on this 40-acre property are currently used to provide seasonal and year-round accommodation and office space for Long Point Waterfowl staff, undergraduate students, graduate students, technicians, volunteers and visiting scientists.
Long Point has many local and regional conservation, education, and research based organizations. Based on this and the lack of hotels and conference centers in the Long Point area, Long Point Waterfowl has invited other youth, education, conservation and recreation based organizations to use the facility. Some groups that used the Research and Education Centre in 2010/11 include Bird Studies Canada, Norfolk County, the Ontario Federation of Anglers and Hunters, the Ontario Ministry of Natural Resources, and the Simcoe Scouts, as well as numerous educational field trips and students visiting from various high schools and universities.
Since the facility’s establishment in 2007, Long Point Waterfowl has utilized rental fees, private donations and government grants to operate and make extensive upgrades to the Research and Education Centre. Most recently, Long Point Waterfowl received a grant from the Sand Plains Community Development Fund to establish a new interpretive trail and install educational signs around the property. The new trail system is approximately two kilometers and highlights plants, animals and heritage points present on and around the property.
The Research and Education Centre has facilities to accommodate professional meetings, training workshops and youth activities. Click here to view the REC brochure.