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Festival at Fort Willow
Date: Saturday, October 01, 2016 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.

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.

See the Salmon Run
Date: Saturday, October 01, 2016 10:00 AM - 3:00 PM
Location: 589903 Grey County Rd 19

​Bring the family and join the Blue Mountain Watershed Trust Foundation for a chance to "See the Salmon Run." 

Hike along a forested creek loop trail to watch the salmon, and stop to speak with conservation experts about these special Great Lakes fish. 

Some organizations attending include: NVCA, Ministry of Natural Resources and Forestry, Trout Unlimited, Ontario Streams and local anglers groups. 

Educators from Elephant Thoughts and NVCA will be at this event, bringing fun educational activities for kids!

This is a free event!  Click here for more information or to purchase lunch tickets.

Event Poster - BMWTF See the Salmon Run Poster

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 

This planting event is being held with TD Tree Days, Headwater Streams Committee and the Town of Mono.

Livestake Cutting Work Day
Date: Thursday, October 20, 2016 9:00 AM - 12:00 PM
Location: multiple locations

Volunteers Needed!

Livestakes - clippings from local trees and shrubs - are a cost-effective and efficient way to plant at streamside locations.  

We need some hardy volunteers to join NVCA and the Nature Conservancy of Canada in cutting livestakes at multiple locations across th​e watershed, October 20 and 21.

​Contact Sarah Campbell at 705-424-1479 ext. 243 or scampbell@nvca.on.c​a​​ for more details.

Groups and older students are welcome to participate!

Livestake Cutting Work Day
Date: Friday, October 21, 2016 9:00 AM - 12:00 PM
Location: multiple locations

​Volunteers Needed!

Livestakes - clippings from local trees and shrubs - are a cost-effective and efficient way to plant at streamside locations.  

We need some hardy volunteers to join NVCA and the Nature Conservancy of Canada in cutting livestakes at multiple locations across th​e watershed, October 20 and 21.

​Contact Sarah Campbell at 705-424-1479 ext. 243 or scampbell@nvca.on.c​a​​ for more details.​

Groups and older students are welcome to participate!

Nature Days for Homeschoolers
Date: Friday, October 21, 2016 10:00 AM - 3:00 PM
Location: Nottawasaga Bluffs Conservation Area

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

This month: 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 Conservation Area.

Visit our homeschool page for more information and to register.​
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.

Caring for your Land and Waters: Community Stewardship Workshop
Date: Thursday, November 03, 2016 7:00 PM - 9:00 PM
Location: Township of Springwater Administration Centre, 2231 Nursery Rd, Minesing

Join the Ministry of Natural Resources and Forestry and community partners to learn about stewardship opportunities on your land. You will receive a free workbook tailored to help your assess your home and lands.

Learn about:

  • How to protect your well and manage your septic system.
  • Opportunities to restore habitats and reduce runoff and erosion.
  • Grants for many projects such as septic system upgrades/repairs, shoreline/riverbank erosion control, habitat restoration, farm best management projects to reduce runoff.

Workshop attendance and a completed workbook is mandatory to grant funding through the Lake Simcoe Southeastern Georgian Bay Community Stewardship Program.  Staff from the Dufferin Simcoe Land Stewardship Network, NVCA, Ducks Unlimited and others will be on hand to answer questions.

RSVP: Carrie McIntyre at 705-725-7523 or Carrie.McIntyre@ontario.ca

Evening of Science: Reptiles & Amphibians
Date: Thursday, November 10, 2016 7:00 PM - 9:30 PM
Location: Tiffin Conservation Centre for Conservation, Utopia

Wonder what's creeping around in the Minesing Wetlands?  

The Friends of Minesing Wetlands present an educational program about the reptiles and amphibians found in Simcoe County.

Special guest speaker Jeff Hathaway from Scales Nature Park​ will discuss identifying, handling and the threats faced by snakes, frogs, turtles, salamanders and other reptiles and amphibians.  As Jeff will be bringing local species, following the presentation will be an opportunity for hands-on interaction with the animals.  

This event takes place at the Tiffin Conservation Centre for Conservation in Utopia.  It is part of the Friends of Minesing Wetlands ongoing "Evening of Science" series.

Doors open at 6:30 p.m. and the presentation begin at 7:00 p.m. While this is a free event, a suggested donation of $10 per person may be made at the door.

With limited seating available, pre-registration is encouraged. Visit minesingwetlands.ca or contact Na​omi Saunders​​ for more information.

Nature Days for Homeschoolers
Date: Friday, November 18, 2016 10:00 AM - 3:00 PM
Location: Tiffin Centre for Conservation, Utopia

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

This month: 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.

Visit our homeschool page for more information and to register.
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.

Nature Days for Homeschoolers
Date: Friday, December 16, 2016 10:00 AM - 3:00 PM
Location: Tiffin Centre for Conservation, Utopia

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

This month: Pioneer Christmas - Step back into the 1800's for pioneer Christmas preparation at the Tiffin Centre. Learn about the science and history behind many traditions that continue today.

Visit our homeschool page for more information and to register.​
Christmas Bird Count for Kids
Date: Saturday, January 07, 2017 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. 

Nature Days for Homeschoolers
Date: Friday, January 20, 2017 10:00 AM - 3:00 PM
Location: Tiffin Centre for Conservation, Utopia

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

This month: 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." ​

Visit our homeschool page for more information and to register.​
Nature Days for Homeschoolers
Date: Friday, February 17, 2017 10:00 AM - 3:00 PM
Location: Tiffin Centre for Conservation, Utopia

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

This month: 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.

​Visit our homeschool page for more information and to register.​
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.​

Nature Days for Homeschoolers
Date: Friday, March 17, 2017 10:00 AM - 3:00 PM
Location: Tiffin Centre for Conservation, Utopia

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

This month: 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.

Visit our homeschool page for more information and to register.​​​ 
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! ​

Nature Days for Homeschoolers
Date: Friday, April 21, 2017 10:00 AM - 3:00 PM
Location: Tiffin Centre for Conservation, Utopia

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

This month: Earth Day Art Day - Become inspired by the natural beauty at the Tiffin Centre. Create water colour landscapes, nature photography and earth works.​

Visit our homeschool page for more information and to register.​
Nature Days for Homeschoolers
Date: Friday, May 19, 2017 10:00 AM - 3:00 PM
Location: tree planting site in the watershed

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

This month: 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.

Visit our homeschool page for more information and to register.​
Nature Days for Homeschoolers
Date: Friday, June 16, 2017 10:00 AM - 3:00 PM
Location: Fort Willow Conservation Area, Grenfel

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

This month: History Comes Alive at Fort Willow - Peel back the layers of history that exist in Simcoe County. First Nations, fur traders and 1812 foot soldiers converge at this fascinating historic site.

​Visit our homeschool page for more information and to register.​