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​​​​​​​​​​Homeschool Program

Our Nature Days for Homeschoolers program gives homeschooling families a chance to explore the ponds, fields and forests of the Tiffin Centre property. 

Under the guidance of our environmental educators, homeschoolers of all ages participate in full- or half-day programs.  Programs range from pond study to nature photography to winter snowshoeing and games.

2016​-2017 Program​

Friday September 16 - Tiffin Teamwork
Build community and make new friends in a fun filled day of team challenges, hiking stick making, and canoe games at the Tiffin Centre.​
Friday October 21 - ​Hiking the Bluffs
Explore the Niagara Escarpment on a guided hike through the caves, hardwood and coniferous forests, and open meadows of the Nottawasaga Bluffs.

Friday November 18 - Wilderness Survival
Pack a simple survival bag and head out into the woods for a day of navigation, shelter building, and foraging at the Tiffin Centre.​

​Friday December 16 - Pioneer Christmas
Step back into the 1800’s for a Pioneer Christmas at the Tiffin Centre.  Learn about the art and history behind many traditions that continue today, and make holiday ornaments from natural materials found at Tiffin.

​Friday January 20 - Snow Day!
Get outside in the snow at the Tiffin Centre and beat the winter blues with snowshoeing, kicksledding, pond skating and playing with “snow snakes.” 

​Friday February 17 - Winter Survival
Do you know how to stay warm in the winter?  Build a snow shelter, learn how to start a fire, collect and purify water at the Tiffin Centre.

Friday March 17 - Get back to the Sugar Shack
An experiential tour of the Tiffin Centre’s working sugar bush displaying First Nations, pioneer and modern-day maple syrup making through stories, demonstrations, and hands-on activities. The fascinating world of tree science will also be explored.

Friday April 21 - 
Earth Day Art Day
Become inspired by the natural beauty at the Tiffin Centre. Create water colour landscapes, nature photography and earth works.

Friday May 19 - Spring Tree Plant
Join NVCA's stewardship team for a day of planting trees and rehabilitating wildlife habitat. Take a guided hike exploring the ecological significance of the area.

Friday June 16 - ​History Comes Alive at Fort Willow
Peel back the layers of history that exist in Simcoe County. First Nations, fur traders and 1812 soldiers converge at this fascinating historic site.​  Historic re-enactors will lead sessions as part of the program.


Program ​Start Times

  • Morning Program: 10:00 am - 12:00 pm
  • Lunch Break:  12:00 pm - 1:00 pm
  • Afternoon Program: 1:00 pm - 3:00 pm

Program Fees & Registration Details

  • All children must be accompanied by an​ adult.  All youth participants aged 4 and older, must register for this event.

  • Parents/guardians are not required to register, but must be on-site throughout the program.

  • Online, Advance Registration

    • Online registration closes at the end of 2-days prior to the homeschool event.

    • To register online (CREDIT CARD only), please select the link next to the program (above), and follow the instructions.  

    • Fees: 
      • Full Day of Programming - $17.50
      • Half Day of Programming (morning or afternoon only) - $12.00
  • In-Office (telephone or in-person) Registration & Drop-In Registration

    • To register in person (CREDIT CARD, DEBIT or CASH), please visit the John Hix Conservation Administration Centre located at 8195 8th Line, Essa, between 8:30 am and 4:30 pm, Monday through Friday (directions).

    • To register by phone (CREDIT CARD only), please call 705-424-1479.

    • Note that "drop-in" or "pay-at-the-door" registrations are available first-come/first-served, until the available spaces are filled. If programs are running at a site other than the Tiffin Centre, drop-in registrations are not possible.

    • Fees: 
      • Full Day of Programming - $20.00 
      • Half Day of Programming (morning or afternoon only) - $14.00


What is the refund policy?

Refunds can be issued until the close of registration.  No refunds will be issued after this date.

What is the cancellation policy?

NVCA reserves the right to cancel this program at any time up to 12 noon on the day prior to the event. Those who have registered/paid will receive email notification of the cancellation and a full refund.

The most likely reason for cancellation is low enrollment. Please register in advance to avoid disappointment!

Is there any food for purchase at the Tiffin Centre?

For those eating lunch at the Tiffin Centre, please note that there is no food available here for purchase.  We also ask participants to be mindful of our litterless lunch policy and deposit any food-related garbage or recycling off-site (donations to our compost, however, are always appreciated!).  Water fountains are available to fill up re-useable water bottles.

If your program is running at a different location, please bring your lunch and water bottle with you.

Do I need to accompany my children to this event?

We do require that all children have an adult supervisor on-site and participating in our programs in case of unforeseen incidents (sickness, injury, etc.).  If you would like to assign supervision of your children to another adult who will be participating, that would be fine.  We simply ask that they be registered with the individual who has accepted this responsibility.

Parents/guardians are responsible for lunchtime supervision.

What if it rains or snows?

All of our programs run rain or shine.  Please come prepared for outdoor activity and dress appropriately for the weather.

Can I bring my dog to this event?

While leashed dogs are allowed on NVCA trails, we ask that they do not accompany you during programming times.

My friends will also be attending this event.  Can we request to be placed in the same group/class?

Due to the number of participants and the nature of our programs, we cannot guarantee placement with other registrants.

How can I get more information about NVCA's homeschool program?

If you'd like to be added to our homeschool family contact list, please contact Grant Wilson at or 705-424-1479 ext. 270.