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Fight the Phrag!
Date: Saturday, August 06, 2016 8:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Location: Collingwood

​Volunteers needed!

Phragmites is an invasive plant threatening recreation and wildlife habitat along the Collingwood shoreline.

We'll be cutting this shoreline invader at morning and afternoon work parties at Sunset Park, Harbourview Park and along the Hen & Chickens Trail.

  • 8:00 — 11:00 a.m.
    Phragmites Cutting Work Party 1
  • 11:30 a.m. — 1:30 p.m. 
    Free volunteer appreciation lunch
  • 2:00 — 5:00 p.m. 
    Phragmites Cutting Work Party 2

Everyone welcome! Community groups are welcome. This event is eligible for high school volunteer hours.​

Eventbrite - Fight the Phrag!

Volunteering for a work party? Bring work gloves and hand pruners if possible. Don't' forget your water bottle, sunscreen and hat!

Information/Register: Contact Chelsea Deakin at 705-424-1479 ext. 246 or cdeakin@nvca.on.ca.

The Gristmill Run
Date: Sunday, August 07, 2016 8:30 AM - 12:00 PM
Location: Utopia Hall, 8396 6th Line of Essa

Join the Friends of the Utopia Mill & Park for a 5k fun run at the Utopia Conservation Area on Aug 8. Funds raised will the Utopia Gristmill Restoration.

Full details at: http://www.utopiahall.ca/

This run is spearheaded by the Friends of the Utopia Mill & Park, with the support from the Utopia Hall and Happy Hens of Utopia.

NVCA Board of Directors Meeting
Date: Friday, August 26, 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.

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.

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.

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

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! ​