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​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​Family Nature Days Program

20161021_124514.jpgNVCA's Family Nature Days give kids (and their parents!) a chance to explore the ponds, fields and forests of the Tiffin Centre for ​Conservation​.

Our experienced environmental educator guide families through programs ranging from pond study to maple syrup making t​o outdoor survival skills.

The programs are perfect for families that homeschool or those wanting to spend PA/PD Days outside!

2018​-2019 Program​​

Tuesday, September 18 - Camp Tiffin Reunion & Monarch Butterflies 101 Presentation
Special Evening Program — 4 pm to 7 pm $12.50 per youth (includes hotdog and marshmallows) 

Enjoy one last evening of summer camp fun! Sp​end time making a shelter, play camp games, make a medallion, go on a book walk on our trails, roast a hot dog and marshmallow on the open fire and go pond dipping on Papa Bear Pond. 

That evening, we’re hosting a special Monarch Butterfly presentation on the life cycle and biology of the monarch, butterfly conservation, and everything you need to know to raise your own migratory monarchs! 

Monday, October 22 - Hiking the Bluffs
Program takes place at Nottawasaga Bluffs Conservation Area near Singhampton.
Not suitable for children in strollers. 

​​Back by popular demand! Join us for a guided hike at the Nottawasaga Bluffs while the leaves are changing colours. Visit ‘The Tomb’ with head lamps and read inscriptions from decades ago on ‘The Wall’ as we climb in and around the Niagara Escarpment. ​​

Friday, January 25 - Winter Survival 

Do you know how to stay warm in the winter? Build a snow shelter, learn how to start a fire, and learn other tricks to surviving outdoors in the winter. 

Friday, March 1 - Get back to the Sugar Shack 

Explore the Tiffin Centre's working sugar bush and learn about indigenous, pioneer and modern-day maple syrup making through stories and hands-on activities. We'll also study the fascinating world of tree science. 

​​Friday, May 3 - Wilderness Survival 

Head out into the woods for a day of navigation, shelter building, and foraging at the Tiffin Centre.​  

Friday, M​ay 31 - Predators & Prey 

Explore the forest ecosystem at the Tiffin Centre and find the hidden geocached treasures, then become part of the ecosystem as part of a predator-prey role playing game. 

Thursday, June 28 - Pond Living 

Spend the day on Papa Bear Pond! Learn about the plants, bugs, fish and other animals that make their home in the pond, build a model sailboat, then take to the water and try your hand paddling a canoe. ​

   Eventbrite - Family Nature Day - Pond Living - June 28, 2019

Program ​Start Times

Unless otherwise stated:

  • Morning Program: 10:00 am - 12:00 pm
  • Lunch Break:  12:00 pm - 1:00 pm
  • Afternoon Program: 1:00 pm - 3:00 pm

Program Fees & Registration Details

  • All children must be accompanied by an​ adult.  All youth participants aged 4 and older, must register for this event.

  • Parents/guardians are not required to register, but must be on-site throughout the program.

  • Online, Advance Registration

    • Online registration closes at the end of 2-days prior to the event.

    • To register online (CREDIT CARD only), please select the link next to the program (above), and follow the instructions.  

    • Fees (unless otherwise stated): 
      • Full Day of Programming - $17.50
      • Half Day of Programming (morning or afternoon only) - $12.00
  • ​Day-of Registration - First-come, first-served basis

    • To register in person on the day of the event (CREDIT CARD, DEBIT or CASH under $50 bills), please visit the John Hix Conservation Administration Centre located at 8195 8th Line, Essa, before 9:30 am (directions).

    • Note that "drop-in" or "pay-at-the-door" registrations are available first-come/first-served, until the available spaces are filled. If programs are running at a site other than the Tiffin Centre, drop-in registrations are not possible.

    • Fees (unless otherwise stated): 
      • Full Day of Programming - $22.00 
      • Half Day of Programming (morning or afternoon only) - $16.00


What is the refund policy?

Refunds can be issued until the close of registration.  No refunds will be issued after this date.

What is the cancellation policy?

NVCA reserves the right to cancel this program at any time up to 12 noon on the day prior to the event. Those who have registered/paid will receive email notification of the cancellation and a full refund.

The most likely reason for cancellation is low enrolment. Please register in advance to avoid disappointment!

Is there any food for purchase at the Tiffin Centre?

For those eating lunch at the Tiffin Centre, please note that there is no food available here for purchase. We also ask participants to be mindful of our litterless lunch policy and deposit any food-related garbage or recycling off-site (donations to our compost, however, are always appreciated!). Water fountains are available to fill up re-useable water bottles.

If your program is running at a different location, please bring your lunch and water bottle with you.

Do I need to accompany my children to this event?

We do require that all children have an adult supervisor on-site and participating in our programs in case of unforeseen incidents (sickness, injury, etc.). If you would like to assign supervision of your children to another adult who will be participating, that would be fine. We simply ask that they be registered with the individual who has accepted this responsibility.

Parents/guardians are responsible for lunchtime supervision.

What if it rains or snows?

All of our programs run rain, snow​ or shine. Please come prepared for outdoor activity and dress appropriately for the weather.

Can I bring my dog to this event?

While leashed dogs are allowed on NVCA trails, we ask that they do not accompany you during programming times.

My friends will also be attending this event.  Can we request to be placed in the same group/class?

Due to the number of participants and the nature of our programs, we cannot guarantee placement with other registrants.

How can I get more information about NVCA's homeschool program?

If you'd like to be added to our homeschool family contact list, please contact Naomi Saunders, environmental education facilitator, at ​ or 705-424-1479 ext. 280.​