Early Childhood Education Programs
The Tiffin Centre offers enjoyable outdoor activities and learning opportunities for pre-school children.
Program Flyer: NVCA Tiffin Early Childhood Programming
The following programs are half-day unless otherwise indicated.
A Chickadee Feeling
Based on a book by renowned children's author and outdoor educator Frank Glew, 'A Chickadee Feeling' introduces children to the magic of feeding Black-capped Chickadees out of their hands. Following story time by the fire, children are introduced to common winter birds and learn about their winter diets, habitats, and adaptations for winter survival. After a hike in the woods and a trip to the Tiffin birdfeeders, children will make homemade birdfeeders and warm up with a hot chocolate.
*Hot chocolate will be provided; children are required to bring their own re-useable mug.
Life in the Pond
Spring, summer and fall
Following an interactive introduction to pond ecosystems, students will explore the fascinating world within ponds as they dip net in search of aquatic life. Through close-up observation and hands-on discovery, students will investigate and compare common characteristics of various pond plants and animals.
Become inspired by the natural beauty of the Tiffin Centre through guided outdoor landscape drawing sessions.
Nature Discovery Hike
Spring, summer and fall
After identifying the location and function of their sense organs, children will explore nature through experiential activities aimed to heighten awareness of the world around them. Children will also compare the use of senses in various animals and investigate ways in which animals respond and adapt to environmental and seasonal changes.
The Land of the 3 Bears
Through a story-telling approach, children will learn which animals hibernate, how animals know when to hibernate and what they need to do to prepare for hibernation. Children will actively engage in outdoor activities and warm up with hot chocolate and a craft.
The Sweet Taste of Spring
This program focuses on the basic ecology of the maple tree and the production of maple syrup. An experiential tour of a working sugar bush displays the First Nations, pioneer and modern-day methods of making maple syrup through stories, demonstrations, and hands-on activities.
One-hour tour; cost is $6.25 per child for 20 children or more, or a minimum fee of $125.
Winter Watch Hike
After identifying the location and function of their sense organs, children will explore nature through experiential activities aimed to heighten awareness of the world around them. Children will investigate the forest in search of clues to help them understand how nature adapts to the challenges of winter. After our hike, children will warm up with a hot chocolate.
Booking Your Trip to Tiffin
About our Facilities
Fees for Early Childhood Education Programs
Half Day: $9/student
Maple Syrup Tour: $6.25/student
Teachers and adult volunteers attend free-of-charge.
Minimum—20 students per program, or a minimum fee of $180 for a half day, or $125 for a one-hour maple syrup tour.
- Steps to Book your Visit
Transportation - Teachers are to arrange their own transportation. Our transportation partners offer 15% off the cost of busing. Our education staff can provide you with the contact information.