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The Biology of Soil Health - Workshop
Date: Thursday, August 24, 2017 10:00 AM - 3:00 PM
Location: Utopia Hall, 8396 6th Line, Utopia, ON, L0M 1T0

​This interactive, hands-on workshop for farmers to better understand the abundant life in soil. 

Topics to be covered include:

  • beneficial soil functions (water infiltration and holding capacity, natural fertility, disease suppression, and carbon sequestration)
  • organisms of the soil food web (who eats whom and why it matters) 
  • requirements of healthy soil ecosystems
  • basic soil health principles
  • how all of the above relate to best management practices such as conservation tillage, cover crops, and organic amendments

Hands-on exercises include: 

  • identifying soil organisms
  • using a penetrometer
  • conducting slake & soil infiltration tests


To Register

Advanced registration is required for this no-fee session. Space is extremely limited. Register early!

Send an email to the Compost Council of Canada with your name, affiliation and contact information.  Be sure to mention if you plan to stay for the Bonus Session!


Bonus Session – examine your own soil!

At the end of the workshop, those interested may stay to run tests on their own soil samples:
  • Bring a one-litre sample of your own soil to the workshop.
  • Using microscopes provided, and with assistance in using them from workshop staff, you’ll be able to view your own soil at 400x magnification to get a better understanding of the micro-organisms in your soil.
  • Take the fencerow/woodlot challenge where you can test your soil’s ability to absorb rain and keep its structure in wet conditions as compared to samples taken from fencerows and woodlots in your region (slake and infiltration tests).
  • If you plan to participate in the bonus session, please note this on your registration form so that further soil sampling instructions can be provided in advance.

This workshop is hosted by Compost Council of Canada, in partnership with Growing Forward 2 (GF2), a federal-provincial-territorial initiative, Agricultural Adaptation Council, and NVCA.  

When you are at the workshop, stop by the NVCA display to find out about environmental farm project grants.

NVCA Board of Directors Meeting
Date: Friday, August 25, 2017 9:00 AM - 12:00 PM
Location: Tiffin Centre for Conservation, 8195 8th Line, 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.​

Re-Wiggle Willow Creek – Volunteer Stream Rehabilitation Day
Date: Thursday, August 31, 2017 10:00 AM - 2:30 PM
Location: Minesing Wetlands – Willow Creek Canoe Launch, 2220 George Johnston, Minesing, ON (near Barrie)

Volunteers Needed!

NVCA and the Nature Conservancy of Canada are looking for volunteers to help put the wiggle back into Willow Creek! 

After training, volunteers will get into chest waders, and cable in Christmas trees to form ‘wing-deflectors’ that will nudge the current, to help restore a natural channel form over time.

Why Re-Wiggle Willow Creek?

Over time, Willow Creek has been damaged by dredging, straightening and over widening.  The work we'll be doing will improve fish habitat and water quality. 

Click here to Register!

Volunteers:

  • Bring lunch, water, snacks
  • Plan to get wet – it’s going to happen!
    • Full change of clothes
    • Be comfortable working in water, be able to swim (it’s typically knee to hip deep, but deeper pools, or tipping over can happen)
  • Bring chest waders if you have them (some of ours leak, so no guarantees, but still provide protection from the tree branches/ants)
    • Long pants/ tights are most comfortable in waders, as are longer socks – wool is best – wear clothes that can get wet
  • Sun/Rain gear – sun glasses, hat, sunscreen
  • Gloves
  • Be reasonably fit (dragging trees, 1-2 km of walking, some of it in a stream, lifting 10-20 lbs)

Logistics:

  • There is an outhouse at the parking lot, about a 10 minute walk from the worksite.
  • We'll be planting rain or shine, but will reschedule for lightening 
  • We’ll stop for a picnic lunch about noonish.

Questions? 

Contact Brittany Hope of the Nature Conservancy Canada, brittany.hope@natureconservancy.ca


Edible Wild Walk
Date: Saturday, September 09, 2017 10:00 AM - 12:30 PM
Location: Location to be confirmed, but in southwest Simcoe County

Karen Stephenson (www.ediblewildfood.com) will identify plants and describe their edible and medicinal values, ending off with a wild-plant beverage (bring your own mug). Karen is a certified Master Naturalist who has been a forager for over ten years and a wild food educator for five.

Cost: $20. Pay at event. Cash only.

Registration required, spaces are limited to ensure a high quality experience for all participants.

Click Here to Register

This event is being organized by the Dufferin Simcoe Land Stewardship Network.

What’s the Buzz? TD Tree Days - Volunteer Pollinator Garden Plant
Date: Saturday, September 16, 2017 9:30 AM - 2:00 PM
Location: 246372 Hockley Rd, Orangeville, ON L9W 2Y8 (map)

Help our Local Pollinators!​

Volunteers needed to plant 400 beautiful native trees and shrubs to help local pollinators. Flowering trees and shrubs will provide food for bees, butterflies and birds, and create windbreaks around this community pollinator garden.  

Enjoy a great day of planting, meeting other volunteers, and helping the bees – what could bee sweeter?

How to Register: 

How to Get There:

What to Bring:

  • Closed-toed shoes/boots
  • Gloves & Shovel
  • Water Bottle
  • Sun screen & Hat or Rain Gear - Rain or shine, we will be planting!
We are working with TD Friends of the Environment Foundation to deliver this TD Tree Days event.

For the Birds! Minesing Volunteer Plant – TD Tree Days
Date: Sunday, September 17, 2017 9:00 AM - 1:00 PM
Location: 4150 Concession 2 Sunnidale, Angus

Plant a home for​ the birds!

Volunteers are needed to plant 500 native trees and shrubs near the bird tower in the globally significant Minesing Wetlands, on the banks of the Mad River.

You'll be creating habitat for the 221 species of bird that live and visit the wetlands. One day the tree you plant may be home to a gigantic Bald Eagle's nest, or may help keep the endangered Cerulean Warbler singing.  

How to Register: 

How to Get There:

What to Bring:

  • Closed-toed shoes/boots
  • Gloves & Shovel
  • Water Bottle
  • Sun screen & Hat or Rain Gear - Rain or shine, we will be planting!
We are working with TD Friends of the Environment Foundation to deliver this TD Tree Days event.

NVCA Board of Directors Meeting
Date: Friday, September 22, 2017 9:00 AM - 12:00 PM
Location: Suite Works, 92 Caplan Ave., Suite 309, Barrie

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.​

Mushroom Foray
Date: Saturday, September 23, 2017 10:00 AM - 12:30 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? 

If you want these and all your other questions about mushrooms answered, 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. Pay at event. Cash only.

Registration required, spaces are limited to ensure a high quality experience for all participants.

Click Here to Register

This event is being organized by the Dufferin Simcoe Land Stewardship Network.

Mushroom Foray
Date: Sunday, September 24, 2017 10:00 AM - 12:30 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? 

If you want these and all your other questions about mushrooms answered, 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. Pay at event. Cash only.

Registration required, spaces are limited to ensure a high quality experience for all participants.

Click Here to Register

This event is being organized by the Dufferin Simcoe Land Stewardship Network.

Wasaga Beach Volunteer Plant - TD Tree Days
Date: Saturday, September 30, 2017 9:00 AM - 12:30 PM
Location: Wasaga Sports Park, 1888 Klondike Park Road, Wasaga Beach, ON L9Z 1A1

Plant a home for​ the birds & wildlife!

Volunteers are needed to plant 100 native trees and shrubs in Wasaga Beach.

You'll be creating habitat for the the birds and wildlife that live along the shores of the Nottawasaga River.  

How to Register: 
How to Get There:
What to Bring:
  • Closed-toed shoes/boots
  • Gloves & Shovel
  • Water Bottle
  • Sun screen & Hat or Rain Gear - Rain or shine, we will be planting!
We are working with TD Friends of the Environment Foundation to deliver this TD Tree Days event.

Festival at Fort Willow
Date: Saturday, September 30, 2017 10:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Location: Fort Willow Conservation Area, Grenfel

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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.

Hike the Bluffs - Small Halls Festival Event
Date: Sunday, October 01, 2017 10:00 AM - 11:30 AM
Location: Nottawasaga Bluffs Conservation Area

​Offered as part of Clearview's Small Halls Festival, Singhampton Hall is hosting a free guided hike at the Nottawasaga Bluffs Conservation Area.

Local trail guide leaders explore the vistas and crevices of the conservation area with routes tailored to level of ability. First aid support by Devils Glen Ski Patrollers.

For more information about the hike and other events, visit the Small Halls Festival

NVCA Board of Directors Meeting
Date: Friday, October 27, 2017 9:00 AM - 12:00 PM
Location: Suite Works, 92 Caplan Ave., Suite 309, Barrie

​​​​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 24, 2017 9:00 AM - 12:00 PM
Location: Tiffin Centre for Conservation, 8195 8th Line, 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 15, 2017 9:00 AM - 12:00 PM
Location: Tiffin Centre for Conservation, 8195 8th Line, 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.​