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Dan, Dan The Nature Man

Guelph Lake Nature Centre Complex gets crowdfunding boost from a familiar face

Guelph - Ask any student who has been to Guelph Lake Nature Centre who they remember most from their visit and many will recite one name before all others – ‘Dan, Dan the Nature Man’.
Dan Schneider, a recently retired senior Resource Interpreter with the Grand River Conservation Authority may not remember the names of all 600,000 students who have spent a day out at the lake, but many of those students could tell you about the impact he’s had on their lives.

“Every kid thought Dan, Dan the Nature Man was the coolest guy around” says former Guelph Lake Nature Centre alum Rachel Greene. “We would pull up along the wooden fence, and there would be Dan, waving and smiling at us. The days with Dan were the best part of school for me”.

After 30 years, Schneider decided to hang up his hiking boots in June, but not before wanting to leave his own mark on the Guelph Lake landscape. The GRCA is in the middle of a $3-million dollar fundraising campaign to replace the aging Guelph Lake Nature Centre with a new 8,000 square foot purpose-built outdoor education facility within Guelph Lake Park. Dan wanted to ensure there would be a special place that students and visitors to the new complex could call their own. “I want to create a space that inspires students for the next thirty years” says Schneider.

You can get involved in the ‘Join Dan’ crowdfunding initiative until December 23rd, through a new Indiegogo campaign set up by the Grand River Conservation Foundation that will channel funds to this new learning space. Donors to this campaign will be rewarded with a number of unique gift opportunities including t-shirts, engraved stepping stones that will be placed on a trail around the new facility, or your own private movie night on the Guelph Lake island.


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