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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 family time outside!

2018​-2019 Program​​​

​​​Friday, March 6, 2020 - Get back to the Sugar Shack - CANCELLED​

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

Register here

​Thursday​, April 16, 2020 - Petun tour

Program takes place at Petun Conservation Area near Collingwood.

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.

Register here

Friday, May 1, 2020 - Family Nature Day: Giving Back and Restoring Nature

Details to be determined in the spring when we know which locations need restoration

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Friday, June 5 - Pond Living 

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.

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All programs take place at the Tiffin Centre for Conservation unless specified otherwise.

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

Drop off fees (parents not required to stay) 

  • Full Day Drop-off - $27.00
Regular fees (children must be accompanied by an adult)

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

  • ​​Full Day of Programming - $17.50
  • Half Day of Programming (morning or afternoon) - $12.00

  • Parents and guardians are not required to pay a registration fee. 

  • Children 3 and under attend free of charge.

All youth participants aged 4 and older, must register for this event.

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.  

​​Day-of Registration - First-come, first-served basis

  • Parents are advised to call to see if there is room to avoid disappointment​​

  • 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.​