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NVCA Board of Directors Meeting
Date: Friday, August 23, 2019 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.​


Fight the Phrag in Collingwood!
Date: Saturday, August 24, 2019 9:00 AM - 1:30 PM
Location: Multiple locations in Collingwood

We're looking for volunteers to help “Fight the Phrag" this August 24!

Come out and join the community coming together to fight this unwelcome shoreline invader.

Phragmites removal will be from 9 am - 12:00 pm, followed by an appreciation BBQ.

Register for the event here!

​​We will be removing phragmites at two locations:

49 Huron Street​
Park and meet at the west side of the parking lot at 49 Huron St, Collingwood, ON L9Y 1C5
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Harbourview Park
We will begin with an orientation at 9am, proceed to cutting the phragmites and following the cut, go the 49 Huron St. location for an appreciation BBQ (west side of the parking lot). RSVPs are required.

No experience is necessary to volunteer!
Training and tools will be provided. Volunteers should expect to spend the day outside and in the water/muck, ​and should bring sunscreen, a hat, drinking water, clothes that can get wet/dirty, gloves (if possible) and sturdy footwear. This event is eligible for high school volunteer hours, don't forget to bring your forms.

For more information, contact Sarah Campbell at scampbell@nvca.on.ca or call 705-424-1479 ext 243

More information about this event
Phragmites is an invasive plant that is spreading along Collingwood’s shoreline. With its tall, dense stands, Phragmites is destroying wildlife habitat, ruining scenic views of the bay, and limiting opportunities for swimming, fishing and boating.

This event is part of the efforts of NVCA, Blue Mountain Watershed Trust Foundation, the Town of Collingwood, Georgian Bay Forever, local condominium associations, and concerned residents to monitor and control Phragmites. This is our fifth annual event, and volunteer cuttings have slowed the spread of Phragmites along the shoreline, helping to protect the rare Great Lakes coastal marshes found in Collingwood.


More information on Phragmites can be found on the NVCA website (www.nvca.on.ca). To report a sighting of Phragmites, contact the Invading Species Hotline at 1-800-563-7711 or use your smartphone to report at www.eddmaps.org/ontario/​


Log, Line and Anchor: Creating Fish Habitat on the Mad River – Part 4
Date: Wednesday, September 4, 2019 9:15 AM - 3:30 PM
Location: Minesing Wetlands - Minesing Bird Tower, Ontario Habitat Restoration
Looking to get your feet wet in the fast-flowing world of river restoration? If so, Minesing Wetlands could use your help! Join the Nature Conservancy of Canada and the NVCA to create fish habitat and prevent jams along the Mad River by securing logs on the banks.

For this event, we’ll travel by canoe down the Mad River to reach our restoration sites within the wetlands. It’s guaranteed to be a satisfying, adventurous and wet day! This event is suitable for ages 14 and up.

Click here to register.

If you’d like to carpool to the event, please click here to add your car or join a ride going to the event. Happy carpooling!

Edible Wild Walk - Autumn (FULL)
Date: Saturday, September 7, 2019 10:00 AM - 12:30 PM
Location: Tottenham Tract, Simcoe Forest


Karen Stephenson​ 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.


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

TD Tree Days - Volunteer Tree Planting Day
Date: Saturday, September 21, 2019 9:00 AM - 12:00 PM
Location: Clearview EcoPark, 300 Mowat Street North, Stayner, Ontario

Volunteers needed to plant 300 native trees and shrubs! These trees and shrubs will provide food for songbirds, pollinators and wildlife.  

This tree planting event is perfect for individuals, families and community groups. High school students in need of community hours welcome.

Please register at tdtreedays.com so we know how many shovels to bring

Bring: Closed-toed shoes/boots, gloves, sunscreen, hat, water and a shovel if you have one.

Students: Remember to bring your volunteer form!

TD Tree Days is a Program of TD Friends of the Environment Foundation

Contact: 

Sarah Campbell
705-424-1479, ext#243
scampbell@nvca.on.ca​
 

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Mushroom Foray
Date: Saturday, September 21, 2019 10:00 AM - 12:30 PM
Location: Wallwin Tract, near Everett

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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 Regi​​ster​

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

Mushroom Foray (FULL)
Date: Sunday, September 22, 2019 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.


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

NVCA Board of Directors Meeting
Date: Friday, September 27, 2019 9:00 AM - 12:00 PM
Location: Tiffin Centre for Conservation, 8195 8th Line, Utopia​​​

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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.​


TD Tree Days - Volunteer Tree Planting Day
Date: Saturday, September 28, 2019 9:00 AM - 12:00 PM
Location: Edenvale Conservation Area 3920 Highway 26, Minesing, ON L0L 1Y0

Volunteers needed to plant 500 native trees and shrubs! These trees and shrubs will provide food for songbirds, pollinators and wildlife.  

This tree planting event is perfect for individuals, families and community groups. High school students in need of community hours welcome.

Please register at tdtreedays.com so we know how many shovels to bring

Bring: Closed-toed shoes/boots, gloves, sunscreen, hat, water and a shovel if you have one.

Students: Remember to bring your volunteer form!

TD Tree Days is a Program of TD Friends of the Environment Foundation

Contact: ​

Shannon Stephens 
705-424-1479, ext#239
sstephens@nvca.on.ca



 


Festival at Fort Willow
Date: Saturday, September 28, 2019 10:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Location: Historic Fort Willow, 2714 Grenfel Road


Join us as we take a journey back to Simcoe County in 1812 at the Festival at Fort Willow!

Historical re-enactors will bring to life the daily activities of British soldiers, camp followers and Indigenous people living in Simcoe County in the early 19th century. Visitors can muster-up and march in the King’s army, learn about traditional blacksmithing, carpentry and candle making, and listen to the cannons roar. The Simcoe County Museum, Barrie Art Club, wandering minstrels and cavalry will add to the festivities.

Light BBQ (corn, sausage, hotdog) and Artisan crafts will be available for sale (cash only).


TD Tree Days - Volunteer Tree Planting Day
Date: Saturday, October 5, 2019 9:00 AM - 12:00 PM
Location: Mono Community Pollinator Garden 246366 Hockley Rd, Mono, ON (near Orangeville) L9W 2Y8

Volunteers needed to plant 300 native trees and shrubs! These trees and shrubs will provide food for songbirds, pollinators and wildlife.  

This tree planting event is perfect for individuals, families and community groups. High school students in need of community hours welcome.

Please register at tdtreedays.com so we know how many shovels to bring

Bring: Closed-toed shoes/boots, gloves, sunscreen, hat, water and a shovel if you have one.

Students: Remember to bring your volunteer form!

TD Tree Days is a Program of TD Friends of the Environment Foundation

Contact: 

Shannon Stephens
705-424-1479, ext#239
sstephens@nvca.on.ca
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NVCA Board of Directors Meeting
Date: Friday, October 25, 2019 9:00 AM - 12:00 PM
Location: Tiffin Centre for Conservation, 8195 8th Line, Utopia​​​

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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.​

SERO 2019 Ecological Restoration AGM and Workshop
Date: Friday, November 1, 2019 9:00 AM - Saturday, November 2, 2019 3:00 PM
Location: Tiffin Centre for Conservation, 8195 8th Line, Utopia​​​

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The 2019 Society for Ecological Restoration AGM and Workshop takes place at the Tiffin Centre for Conservation in Utopia.​

NVCA Board of Directors Meeting
Date: Friday, December 13, 2019 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.​