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Conservation Dinner

Conservation Dinner to return to live auction in 2023

Mark your calendars for Thursday, April 20, 2023.

The Conservation Dinner Committee looks forward to returning to an in-person live auction and dinner on Thursday, April 20, 2023 at the South Huron Recreation Centre.

Watch for more details in the coming weeks..

You may find out more at and or phone 519-235-2610 or toll-free 1-888-286-2610.

The Conservation Dinner is a partnership of the Ausable Bayfield Conservation Foundation and Exeter Lions Club.

This dinner and auction charitable fundraising event started in 1990. Net profits are split evenly between community conservation projects of the Foundation and community conservation projects of the Exeter Lions Club.

The event has raised more than $1.285 million for the community over more than 30 years. 

The Conservation Dinner fundraiser supports needed projects, by Exeter Lions Club and Ausable Bayfield Conservation Foundation, in local communities. 

The Exeter Lions Club has been a partner for more than three decades in the Conservation Dinner. The Exeter Lions Club, chartered in 1937, is part of the world’s largest and most active service organization. It is a group of service-minded men and women banded together to do things which cannot be done by individuals working alone. The club has actively fundraised for projects including development and maintenance of South Huron Trail, MacNaughton Park, and other nature and conservation projects. These are just some of the examples of their service in action.

Projects supported by the Dinner include community work by the Lions Club and community work by the Conservation Foundation.

These projects, supported by auction sponsors and donors and bidders and volunteers, are many. They include parks and conservation areas; accessible nature trails in Bayfield, Clinton, Parkhill, Lucan, Arkona, Exeter, and Varna; outdoor nature education; a $1,000 student environmental bursary for students in local communities; a summer job at Ausable Bayfield Conservation for a senior secondary school student; turtle monitoring in Port Franks and Ailsa Craig; aquatic habitat studies in Old Ausable Channel at Grand Bend; and other projects.