The Nottawasaga Valley Conservation Authority


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Adopted from our traditional summer camp program, this special edition of Camp Tiffin encourages outdoor exploration, guided excursions in the forest fueled by student interest. Every day will be guided by student inquiry, seasonal changes, and weather and program availability.

It is hosted at our 300+ acre Tiffin Centre for Conservation, which features a mixture of wetlands, forests, open meadows and ancient lake beds. These areas are homes for many plants and animals!

Activities may include hiking, geocaching, nature games, arts & crafts, shelter building and wilderness survival.

Child catching bugs fall
Child Making Quinzhee winter education camp
Two children kicksledding in a forest


Racoon footprints

Nature Discovery

Educator and children around a sitting around a fire

Wilderness Survival

Children hiking through a forest in the fall


Child in shelter

Shelter Building

STEM Making boats


Rock bunny arts and crafts

Arts and Crafts

We are located at the
Tiffin Centre for Conservation

Just 15 minutes from Barrie, Angus and Innisfil


We’re currently experiencing technical difficulties with Nature School registration. While we’re getting it up and running again we invite you to email to register. Please include:

  • Your name
  • Phone number
  • Child’s name
  • Child’s age
  • Dates you would like to register

Thank you for understanding


September 22, 202330
October 20, 2023
November 17, 202330
January 26, 202430
April 8, 202430
June 7, 202430
June 28, 202430

The schedule for PA/PD Days follow the Simcoe County District School Board calendar, and the Simcoe Muskoka Catholic District School Board calendar.

Each program will require a minimum number of 6 campers to run. If capacity isn’t reached, we will contact you for a refund.

Join the Waiting List

Please email to be added to our waiting list, and you will be contacted as spaces become available, first come first serve.

Pricing and Hours

Pricing Hours
Camp Tiffin
9 a.m. - 4 p.m.
Extended Care


Cash only, must be pre-arranged

8 a.m. - 9 a.m.
4 p.m. - 5 p.m.

Pick Up / Drop Off

Camp Tiffin is open from 9:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m., with extended hours from ​​8 a.m. – 9 a.m. and ​4 p.m. – 5 p.m. 

​Please be prepared with your identification to pick up your children and also advise anyone with permission to pick up your children to do so as well.

What to Bring

All Weather:

  • ​Appropriate clothing—suitable for outdoor activity & weather conditions
  • Long pants and socks—pack an extra pair to leave at camp for forest-based activities
  • Lunch—nut free along with a freezer pack
  • Healthy snacks
  • Water bottle
  • Signed code of conduct and optional questionnaire.
  • Hat 
  • Waterproof boots – a must!
  • Extra waterproof mitts
  • Snow pants
  • Extra socks
  • Indoor shoes


  • Closed-toe shoes—a MUST!
  • Rain gear, rubber boots
  • Long pants and socks—pack an extra pair to leave at camp for forest-based activities

The Tiffin Centre will not be providing food or a water fountain, however there is potable water to be accessed via tap or ​water jug with educator help.​

​Label all Items

To help us get all your child’s belongings home at the end of the week, make sure their names are on all personal items.

Leave Valuables at Home

Leave cell phones and other valuables at home. These have a habit of falling out of pockets and getting lost in the woods! If campers do bring valuables we are not responsible for them.

Frequently Asked Questions

How old should children be when they attend Camp Tiffin?

We do accept children who are turning 5 during this calendar year. Camp Tiffin is designed for children between 5-12. For children ages 13-15, our Junior Leadership Program is available.

Where is Camp Tiffin located?

Camp Tiffin is held at the Tiffin Centre for Conservation. We are 8 km West of Barrie (between Barrie and Angus). If you are driving West on Hwy # 90 from Barrie you would drive South along the 8th line.  Or, from South End Barrie you would drive West along Mapleview and continue West past Hwy # 27 as Mapleview turns into the 25th side road. We are on the 8th line.  

How to I view my registration?​

To view your registration, sign in to your Camp Tiffin Account, go to “Account” then “Order History”. Click on the receipt and check if your registration is successful. You can also email yourself a receipt by clicking “Email”.

Can my child be in camp with a friend or family member?

If you would like to request that your child be in a camper group with another child (friend or family) please email us at​ no later than the week before the start of camp so that we can make the adjustment. After camper groups are made and shared on the Friday before the start of camp, we cannot guarantee an adjustment.​

Refunds and Cancellation

Payments are subject to a 25% non-refundable registration fee, which will be retained on all cancellations made up to 2 weeks prior to the start of camp.

No refund will be given on cancellations made with less than 2 weeks’ notice. 

What activities do you do at Camp Tiffin?

We focus on nature based outdoor exploration for most of our activities, which include nature hikes, crafts, the classic game of Predator vs. Prey and Camper’s Choice. Most weeks, we will also participate in team dynamics with low ropes (for older campers) orienteering or GPS, and a STEM activity. We usually start the week with shelter building as this is a great team activity that tends to build friendships through teamwork, and it is their wilderness home base.

When programming is not organized and led by our senior staff (which it is for 2 out of 3 time periods), counsellors will lead their own games and crafts for the remaining time period. Generally, counsellors will gain a sense for what their campers like and run their own programs/games based on camper suggestions and interests.

What is your day like?

Here is our schedule on a typical day


9:00-9:30 – Morning circle and Counsellor lead activities

9:30-11:00 – Tiffin Education Program

11:00-11:00 – Lunch and Free time (balanced day nutrition breaks to replicate what most children are now used to in school)

11:40 – 1:10 – Counsellor lead activities

1:10-1:50 – Lunch and Free time

1:50-3:20 – Tiffin Program

3:20-4:00 – Counsellor lead activities


Counsellor lead activities

These activities are generally more traditional based camp activities, such as: crafts, camper games, ‘Get to know you’ games, usually whatever is popular within the group, tag, ball games. These are small blocks of time for camper groups to explore nature and participate in activities the group as a whole wishes to do.


Tiffin Program

These activities are developed and require a Tiffin Outdoor Educator to put together, teach, and oversee. Counsellors are still with their group to help facilitate, but the bulk of instruction is left to our education staff who work at our Centre teaching grades JK-12 during the school year.


Options include orienteering, shelters, art, GPS, scavenger hunt, Predator/Prey game, bug hunt, STEM activity, canoeing, pond dipping (no swimming, just looking for creatures that live in the pond). Most of these activities happen once a week.


We hire mature high school, college and university students to be camp counsellors. They must complete a Criminal Reference Check with a vulnerable sector check (if over the age of 18) and First Aid CPR level C. All staff carries First Aid kits.

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