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Paddle the Nottawasaga River
Date: Sunday, September 11, 2016 9:00 AM - 12:00 PM
Location: Lower Nottawasaga River near Wasaga Beach

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​On Sunday, September 11, 2016, join local environmental experts and professional paddling guides for a canoe and kayak trip along the Lower Nottawasaga River.

See spe​ctacular dune ​forma​tions and a wide variety of plants and wildlife! Discover how healthy aquatic habitats can improve water quality.

​This 2.5-hour flat water trip has only a few gentle riffles and is suitable for the entire family. Min​imal paddling experience required.  

Meet at the Klondike Sports Park canoe launch at 9 a.m. and finish at the Wasaga Beach Schoonertown Bridge for a shuttle back. Kayaks and canoes are available for rent or you may bring your own.

This is a free event, but space is limited! You must register in advance. Contact Sarah Campbell at scampbell@nvca.on.ca or 705-424-1479 ext 243.  

Event Flyer: Paddle the Nottawasaga 2016 

Sponsored by the Nottawasaga Watershed Improvement Program and the Wasaga Beach Healthy Community Network, in collaboration with Free Spirit Tours. Funding support from Environment and Climate Change Canada, and the Government of Ontario.​ ​

Phragmites and Invasive Species Workshop
Date: Tuesday, September 13, 2016 9:00 AM - 3:00 PM
Location: Tiffin Centre for Conservation, Utopia

This is a hands-on workshop on how to identify and remove Phragmites and other invasive species from natural areas and roadsides. 

Workshop Agenda​

  • Overview of the invasive plant issue in Ontario and of the Invasive Plant Management Strategy Framework
  • Overview of the top 10 invasive plants and their identification features

  • Overview of current Best Management Practices

  • Invasive Phragmites in Ontario and Best Management Practices

  • Case Study - West Collingwood Community Phragmites Control Project

  • Mapping invasive plants using EDDMapS Ontario

  • Hands-on outdoor identification and removal demonstration

This workshop is geared to municipal or county workers in public works, roads, parks and/or other applicable departments; environmental agencies or landscapers/contractors interested in removal of invasive species; and any other interested group.  

To Register

For more information or to register, click the link below, or contact Brittany Hope at the NVCA.

Eventbrite - Phragmites and Invasive Species Workshop  

Note: Workshop fee of $50 includes lunch.

This workshop is presented in partnership with the Ontario Invasive Plant Council​.

NVCA Board of Directors Meeting
Date: Friday, September 23, 2016 9:00 AM - 12:00 PM
Location: Collingwood Public Library, 55 Ste. Marie St.

​​​​The public are invited to attend NVCA Board Meetings. The September meeting will be held at the Collingwood Public Library, 55 Ste. Marie St. (directions

Click here to view the meeting agenda​​. Note: agendas are posted 1 week prior to the meeting, and minutes are posted after they are approved.

Wild Mushroom Foray
Date: Saturday, September 24, 2016 10:00 AM - 1:00 PM
Location: Wallwin Tract, Simcoe County Forest, near Everett

​Have you always wondered what those mushrooms growing under your pine trees are? Are you curious to know about the relationships between mushrooms and trees? Do you wonder why we have mushrooms at all? Join renowned naturalist Bob Bowles and learn how mushrooms grow, where they grow, how to identify them, their relationship with trees and the soil, and what species are edible.

Cost: $15. Pre-registration required, spaces are limited to ensure a high quality experience for all participants. 

This event is sponsored by NVCA's partner, the Dufferin Simcoe Land Stewardship Network. For more information or to register contact Caroline Mach at forestmanager@dufferinmuseum.com or 519-941-1114 ext. 4011.

TD Tree Days Community Tree Plant - Minesing
Date: Sunday, September 25, 2016 9:00 AM - 12:00 PM
Location: Minesing Wetlands, 2274 George Johnston Rd

Volunteers Needed

Help plant 650 beautiful native trees and shrubs along the banks of the magnificent, fish-filled, Willow Creek and Swailey Creek. Help restore critical swamp-forest in the Minesing Wetlands for birds and wildlife!

Bring:

  • Closed-toed shoes/boots
  • Gloves & Shovel
  • Sun screen & Hat

Rain or shine, we will be planting!​

To register, or for a map to the planting location, visit TD Tree Days.

Wild Mushroom Foray
Date: Sunday, September 25, 2016 10:00 AM - 1:00 PM
Location: Copeland Forest, near Craighurst

​Have you always wondered what those mushrooms growing under your pine trees are? Are you curious to know about the relationships between mushrooms and trees? Do you wonder why we have mushrooms at all? Join renowned naturalist Bob Bowles and learn how mushrooms grow, where they grow, how to identify them, their relationship with trees and the soil, and what species are edible.

Cost: $15. Pre-registration required, spaces are limited to ensure a high quality experience for all participants. 

This event is sponsored by NVCA's partner, the Dufferin Simcoe Land Stewardship Network. For more information or to register contact Caroline Mach at forestmanager@dufferinmuseum.com or 519-941-1114 ext. 4011.

Festival at Fort Willow
Date: Saturday, October 01, 2016 10:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Location: Fort Willow Conservation Area, Grenfel

​Come to Fort Willow and witness life as it was during the early 19th century with hands-on demonstrations for all ages!

  • military, First Nations and voyageur encampments
  • cannon and musket firing demonstrations
  • re-enactors and authentic demonstrations of medicine, sewing, cooking, weaving, blacksmithing and more
  • children’s activities including musket drills, candle making and beading

FREE ADMISSION. Food and beverages will be available for sale.  Cash only please.

Flyer - Festival at Fort Willow 2016​​

This event is sponsored by the Friends of Fort Willow, NVCA, the Township of Springwater and the Rotary Club.

TD Tree Days Community Tree Plant - Hockley Valley
Date: Sunday, October 02, 2016 9:00 AM - 12:00 PM
Location: Baker Pond, 246372 Hockley Rd, Orangeville

​Volunteers Needed!​

Help enhance the newly restored trout migration route by planting beautiful native trees and shrubs along the banks of Baker Creek.

Bring:

  • Closed-toed shoes/boots
  • Gloves & Shovel
  • Sun screen & Hat

Rain or shine, we will be planting!

To register or for directions/map, visit TD Tree Days.

Event Flyer - TD Tree Planting Baker Pond 2016 

NVCA Board of Directors Meeting
Date: Friday, October 28, 2016 9:00 AM - 12:00 PM
Location: City of Barrie City Hall, 70 Collier St.

​The public are invited to attend NVCA Board Meetings. ​The October meeting will be held at the City of Barrie City Hall (directions​).

Click here to view the meeting agenda. Note: agendas are posted 1 week prior to the meeting, and minutes are posted after they are approved.

NVCA Board of Directors Meeting
Date: Friday, November 25, 2016 9:00 AM - 12:00 PM
Location: Tiffin Centre for Conservation, Utopia

​The public are invited to attend NVCA Board Meetings. Click here to view the meeting agenda. Note: agendas are posted 1 week prior to the meeting, and minutes are posted after they are approved.

NVCA Board of Directors Meeting
Date: Friday, December 16, 2016 9:00 AM - 12:00 PM
Location: Tiffin Centre for Conservation, Utopia

​The public are invited to attend NVCA Board Meetings. Click here to view the meeting agenda. Note: agendas are posted 1 week prior to the meeting, and minutes are posted after they are approved.

Christmas Bird Count for Kids
Date: Saturday, December 17, 2016 9:00 AM - 12:00 PM
Location: Tiffin Centre for Conservation, Utopia

Come out and help us count the birds making their winter home at Tiffin! Learn about local birds and collect real scientific data at this family-friendly event. 

Family Day Nature Festival
Date: Monday, February 20, 2017 10:00 AM - 3:00 PM
Location: Tiffin Centre for Conservation, Utopia

​Spend Family Day at the Tiffin Centre! Activities include outdoor recreation workshops & demos, skating on the pond (bring your skates), snowshoeing, kick-sledding and a scavenger hunt.​

Spring Tonic Maple Syrup Festival
Date: Saturday, April 08, 2017 9:00 AM - 3:00 PM
Location: Tiffin Centre for Conservation, Utopia

​A springtime tradition!  Start with a pancake & sausage breakfast, complete with maple syrup made at Tiffin, then explore & enjoy live music, a horse-drawn wagon ride & an animal show, plus lots more! ​

Spring Tonic Maple Syrup Festival
Date: Sunday, April 09, 2017 9:00 AM - 12:00 PM
Location: Tiffin Centre for Conservation, Utopia

​A springtime tradition!  Start with a pancake & sausage breakfast, complete with maple syrup made at Tiffin, then explore & enjoy live music, a horse-drawn wagon ride & an animal show, plus lots more! ​