The Jack Miner Migratory Bird Foundation has invested marketing dollars in helping promote our brand and bring us up to today’s standards with a consistent look and feel. We feel the success of our future will depend on one thing: a “WOW” factor. This will be based on new and exciting ideas that will generate financial commitments from a variety of future supporters. The following are the future ideas and projects that we believe will bring the “WOW” factor we are looking for.
Jack was close friends with Henry Ford, Ty Cobb and many others. Several photos and signed memorabilia are on display in the current Jack Miner Museum. We are looking to expand our current museum and combine it with an education centre to create something extremely rare and unique. We are looking at a museum expansion that will attract people from all walks of life.
The path to achieving larger goals is simply located across the road from us on our property: Kennedy Woods Walking Trails and Picnic Area. It is no secret that this little “gem in the woods” is starting to attract many visitors and generating much needed and renewed enthusiasm and interest for Jack Miner’s. Therefore, we believe that Kennedy Woods must be a key focal point.
We want to expand our trails and upgrade our paths to accommodate accessibility. We are looking at ways to allow all ages to easily navigate all areas of the property. The addition of covered structures, BBQs and proper seating will allow for simple eating areas for our visitors to enjoy with family and friends. We also want to build a completely unique playground area for children with a nature and animal theme allowing for education and discovery to occur. In addition, signage will be improved along with a map of the trails.
Our biggest desire is to have an enclosed pavilion. Our National Wildlife Week event is the week around Jack’s birthday, April 10th. The spring weather in Southern Ontario is unpredictable. IN the past we have rented tents, heathers and thrown our fundraising event on our property with minimal financial gains. We then moved indoors and rented the Kingsville Pavilion to host our event but have found it difficult to find a reasonably priced venues or a venue at all. Therefore, we feel that having our own pavilion not only will assist us with our fundraising events, but will also be able to help more service groups like the Scouts, The retriever Club, the home school groups who currently hold their meetings on our property and all there groups in need of space, along with creating a revenue space to help with our operational expenses.
With our average annual expenses just over $500,000, The Jack Miner Migratory Bird Sanctuary needs financial support. This year, we fear our expenses will be event more as we had to complete additional capital expenditures.
We are looking to donors to help us push Jack Miner’s to the next level. Our dream of improvements goes well beyond the current state of the grounds, and we envision adding these new and exciting attractions to create an even better experience for all who visit Jack’s home.
To reach our goals, we are seeking in-kind donations. Your tax-deductible donation will be used to improve the grounds and reach our dreams. With the financial support of generous individuals like you, we will be able to band together the past, present and future of The Jack Miner Migratory Bird Sanctuary.