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Community Participation Meeting - Nottawasaga River Restoration and Boyne River Log Jam Management Projects
Date: Thursday, December 12, 2019 7:00 PM - 9:00 PM
Location: Public Room, Adjala Tosorontio Municipal Office, 7855 30th Sideroad, Alliston

Help us expand the Nottawasaga River Restoration Program and let’s also celebrate the log jam removal work completed on the Boyne River in 2019!

NVCA and Nottawasaga Futures received new funding to plant trees, stabilize stream banks, improve trout habitat and control flooding on private land. We’re looking for comments from interested landowners to see what your needs are.

We'll also be sharing success stories of restoration projects completed in Adjala Tosorontio section of the Nottawasaga River, Boyne River and Sheldon Creek.

Please RSVP at silvia@nottawasaga.com​​

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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.​

Winter Camp Tiffin
Date: Thursday, January 2, 2020 9:00 AM - 4:30 PM
Location: Tiffin Centre for Conservation, 8195 8th Line, Utopia​​​

​Winter Camp Tiffin is all about exploring nature in our coldest season. Led by NVCA's environmental educators, kids aged 5-12 will head outside and explore the winter wonders of the 300+ acre Tiffin Centre for Conservation.

Activities vary from day-to-day, and will include:
• nature walks and forest exploration
• animal tracking and bird watching
• shelter building
• winter games and nature crafts
• snowshoeing and kick sledding (if weather permits)

Choose the camp dates that work for your campers, from Thursday, January 2 to Friday, January 3, 2019. Camp runs daily from 9:00 am to 4:00 pm. Extended care is available from 7:30 am to 5:30 pm.

Registration Fees for each camper
• $90 for two days, or $45 for one day
• Extended Care - $10 per day.

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Christmas Bird Count for Kids
Date: Friday, January 3, 2020 9:00 AM - 12:00 PM
Location: Tiffin Centre for Conservation, 8195 8th Line, Utopia​​​

Christmas Bird Count for Kids is a fun, family-friendly citizen science event that provides families with the opportunity to learn about local bird populations in the winter. 

Volunteers from Nature Barrie will show kids and their parents how to use binoculars and how to identify the birds they may encounter on the trails at the Tiffin Conservation Area. 

After the short tutorial, families and their guides will head outside and walk the trails at Tiffin to identify and count birds. 

The young citizen scientists can then share their sightings and observations over hot chocolate in the John L. Jose Environmental Learning Centre. 

The data will then be submitted through an online reporting system to eBirds, where the information can be used in scientific research.

$5/per person covers parking and hot chocolate. Children under four are free.​

Click here to Register​

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Winter Camp Tiffin
Date: Friday, January 3, 2020 9:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Location: Tiffin Centre for Conservation, 8195 8th Line, Utopia​​​

​​Winter Camp Tiffin is all about exploring nature in our coldest season. Led by NVCA's environmental educators, kids aged 5-12 will head outside and explore the winter wonders of the 300+ acre Tiffin Centre for Conservation.

Activities vary from day-to-day, and will include:
• nature walks and forest exploration
• animal tracking and bird watching
• shelter building
• winter games and nature crafts
• snowshoeing and kick sledding (if weather permits)

Choose the camp dates that work for your campers, from Thursday, January 2 to Friday, January 3, 2019. Camp runs daily from 9:00 am to 4:00 pm. Extended care is available from 7:30 am to 5:30 pm.

Registration Fees for each camper
• $90 for two days, or $45 for one day
• Extended Care - $10 per day.

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NVCA Annual General Meeting
Date: Friday, January 24, 2020 9:00 AM - 12:00 PM
Location: Tiffin Centre for Conservation, 8195 8th Line, Utopia

​Join us for our NVCA' 60th Annual General Meeting.

Our keynote speaker, Jack Imhof, Conservation Ecologist, will be speaking about the importance of stream restoration, with his speech 'Protect the Best and Restore the Rest:The Value of Rebuilding Watershed Resilience'

Members of the public are invited to attend.

RSVP: If you plan on attending, please RSVP to Haleigh Ferguson by January 20, 2020 at hferguson@nvca.on.ca ​or 705-424-1479 x 272 

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Family Nature Day - Winter Survival
Date: Friday, January 24, 2020 10:00 AM - 3:00 PM
Location: Tiffin Centre for Conservation

Join us for fun, outdoor, family friendly environmental education programs at the beautiful Tiffin Centre for Conservation! Perfect for families that homeschool or those wanting to spend PA/PD Days outside!

All ages – Do you know how to stay warm in the winter? Build a quinzee, learn how to start a fire and other tricks to surviving outdoors in the winter. We will also be playing snow snake games on this day.

Registration here

Click here for more information about Family Nature Days​​

Family Nature Day - Winter Trek
Date: Thursday, February 13, 2020 10:00 AM - 3:00 PM
Location: Tiffin Centre for Conservation

Join us for fun, outdoor, family friendly environmental education programs at the beautiful Tiffin Centre for Conservation! Perfect for families that homeschool or those wanting to spend PA/PD Days outside!

Age 4-11 – Snow shoe to a location close to the education centre

Age 12-19 – Kicksled or snowshoe to a location far off on the property​

Registration here

Click here for more information about Family Nature Days

Family Nature Day - Get back to the Sugar Shack
Date: Friday, March 6, 2020 10:00 AM - 3:30 PM
Location: Tiffin Centre for Conservation

​Join us for fun, outdoor, family friendly environmental education programs at the beautiful Tiffin Centre for Conservation! Perfect for families that homeschool or those wanting to spend PA/PD Days outside! 

All ages – Explore the working sugar bush and learn about indigenous, pioneer and modern-day maple syrup making through stories and hands-on activities.

Registration here

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Family Nature Day - Petun Tour
Date: Thursday, April 16, 2020 10:00 AM - 3:30 PM
Location: Tiffin Centre for Conservation
Join us for fun, outdoor, family friendly environmental education programs at the beautiful Tiffin Centre for Conservation! Perfect for families that homeschool or those wanting to spend PA/PD Days outside!

All ages – Visit one of the highest elevations in the Niagara Escarpment and a place where the Petun Indigenous people used to farm the land. Join a private tour of the fish hatchery and hike the Bruce Trail with us. This program takes place at Petun Conservation Area near Collingwood.

Family Nature Day - Giving Back and Restoring Nature
Date: Friday, May 1, 2020 10:00 AM - 3:30 PM
Location: To be determined

​Join us for fun, outdoor, family friendly environmental education programs at the beautiful Tiffin Centre for Conservation! Perfect for families that homeschool or those wanting to spend PA/PD Days outside!

​Come out and help us to our part to restore nature! We will be joining the NVCA stewardship team to help with one of the many projects they do to help.
Family Nature Day - Pond Living
Date: Friday, June 5, 2020 10:00 AM - 3:00 PM
Location: Tiffin Centre for Conservation

​Join us for fun, outdoor, family friendly environmental education programs at the beautiful Tiffin Centre for Conservation! Perfect for families that homeschool or those wanting to spend PA/PD Days outside!

Age 4-11 – Learn about the plants, bugs, fish and other animals, build a model sailboat, then try your hand at paddling a canoe

Age 12-19 – Investigate living and non-living things along a water course and explore the relationship between temperature and dissolved oxygen and the role they play in aquatic ecosystems.

Registration here

Click here for more information about Family Nature Days