The Nottawasaga Valley Conservation Authority

Maple Syrup Programming

As maple syrup season winds down at the Tiffin Centre for Conservation, so must our maple syrup tours.

NVCA offers many other environmental education programs for schools, families and other organizations.

Select one below to learn more!

​The Sweet Tas​​te of Spring!

Enjoy the sights, sounds, smells a​​nd tastes of spring with your ​​​students in the sugar bush at the Tiffin Centre for Conservation!

Join us for an interactive tour of a working sugar bush that demonstrates the Indigenous, pioneer and modern-day methods of maple syrup production.

Morning and afternoon tours and programs are available, generally between the end of February and the middle of April. All tours and programs include a visit to the Sugar Shack and a taste of fresh maple syrup!

Maple syrup and maple products will be available for purchase following the tour. Supplies may be limited.

For details on booking any of these programs, please see information under “Booking your Visit.”

Maple Syrup Program

Our maple syrup program provides an in-depth look at tree ecology and maple syrup production. Students enjoy hands-on activities including drilling and tapping trees.

 

Specially for Primary & Preschool – Students aged 8 and younger will learn the basics of tree ecology and maple syrup production through outdoor exploration, storytelling and hands-on activities!

​Full Day

Spend a day at Tiffin! Combine a maple syrup program with an elementary or high school program of your choice. Orienteering, snowshoeing or winter wildlife are just some of the programs available. Contact our environmental education staff for details.

We also offer shorter Maple Syrup Tours for community groups – contact us for details.

How to Book a Program

  • Step 1:  Email us at outdoored@nvca.on.ca or speak directly with our environmental ​education manager​ at 705-424-1479 ext 280 to select a date and discuss program availability.
  • Step 2:  Once date has been selected & confirmed, you will receive a booking form.  
  • Step 3:  Complete, save, and return booking form with all pertinent details to outdoored@nvca.on.ca.
  • Step 4:  You will be sent an​ email to confirm we have received your booking form.​

Fees

Unless otherwise noted:

  • Maple Syrup Program: 2 hr – $11.65/student
  • Full Day: 4 hr – $16.75/student 

The Tiffin Centre for Conservation requires a minimum of 20 students per program, or a minimum fee of $335 for a full day or $233 for a half day. Teachers and EAs, and up to 3 additional adult volunteers, attend free-of-charge. Additional volunteers are free-of-charge for kindergarten classes.

A different pricing structure applies to preschools and daycares – please visit the program page for details.

Camp​​fire lunch available!

Let us provide the hot dogs and all the fixings for $3 each! Students roast their own hot dogs over an open fire. Hot chocolate is available for $25 per class.

​Cancellation Policy

There is no charge to cancel a booking provided at least two weeks’ notice is given before your scheduled visit.

If a cancellation is received with less than 2 weeks’ notice, your group will be charged for 50% of the scheduled number of students or the minimum fee.

In the event buses are cancelled due to inclement weather or teacher union job action, the cancellation fee is not required if the program is rebooked.

Please contact our environmental education facilitator to reschedule should this occur.

Damages

As with all NVCA clients, visiting groups are responsible for the condition of the property and the conduct of participants. Damage to NVCA property may result in withdrawal of future booking privileges and users will be charged for any replacement costs, repairs and/or cleaning.

For more information

If you have questions about our programs, facilities or reservation procedure, please contact our environmental education facilitator by phone at 705-424-1479 ext. 280 or by email at outdoored@nvca.on.ca.

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