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Nature Days for Homeschoolers
Date: Wednesday, June 29, 2016 10:00 AM - 3:00 PM
Location: Tiffin Centre for Conservation, 8195 8th Line, Utopia

Join us for a day of learning and exploring the natural world at the Tiffin Centre - all ages welcome!

Program and registration details will be posted about a month before this event. Visit our homeschool page for more information.

Minesing Wetlands Dragonfly Count
Date: Thursday, July 07, 2016 9:00 AM - 4:30 PM
Location: Minesing Wetlands @ Fort Willow Conservation Area

Volunteers Wanted!

The Nature Conservancy of Canada​ (NCC) hosts the 2016 Minesing Wetlands Dragonfly Count on July 7.  

Get to know these stunning insects while you help NCC monitor the dragonfly diversity.

To get more information and register, visit the NCC's Minesing Wetlands Dragonfly Count.

Blacksmithing Course
Date: Saturday, July 23, 2016 - Sunday, July 24, 2016
Location: Fort Willow Conservation Area

This course covers the basics of blacksmithing,  including:

  • fire management, heat treating, forge welding, drawing out, upsetting, twisting, design, and hammer control, splitting, and punching
  • starting a fire, making hooks, candle holder, fire poker, and fire fork.

The course includes demonstrations and discussions on forge welding and heat treating, and a toilet paper holder, mini projects.  It will be tailored to your needs.

Instructor: David Brandow creates custom, hand-crafted, functional art and tools using traditional blacksmithing techniques. David has studied with many of the best blacksmiths in, and outside of, Ontario and is the president of the Ontario Artist Blacksmith Association.

Cost is $400 for both days.

Limited number of registrations.  Pre-registration is required. Visit www.fortwillow.com or email drgnfly@vianet.ca

Event Poster: Blacksmithing Course 2016

This event is hosted by the Friends of Historic Fort Willow.

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 Brittany Hope at 705-424-1479 ext. 265 or bhope@nvca.on.ca.

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.

NVCA Board of Directors Meeting
Date: Friday, September 23, 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.

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 activities and demonstrations for all ages!

  • military, First Nations and voyageur encampments
  • cannon and musket firing demonstrations
  • First Nations presentations and drumming
  • re-enactors and authentic demonstrations of medicine, sewing, cooking, weaving, blacksmithing and more
  • entertainment including music, storytelling and games
  • children’s hands-on 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: 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, 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.