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Camp Tiffin Winter Nature Camp
Date: Friday, January 4, 2019 9:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Location: Tiffin Centre for Conservation, Utopia


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.

Camp runs Wednesday, January 2 to Friday, January 4. Daily and full-program rates available.  

Visit our Camp Tiffin​ page for full information and registration details.

Christmas Bird Count for Kids
Date: Saturday, January 5, 2019 9:00 AM - 12:00 PM
Location: Tiffin Centre for Conservation, Utopia

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Come out and help us count the birds making their winter home at Tiffin! Learn about local birds and collect real scientific data at this family-friendly event. ​

The morning starts with a quick, fire-side lesson on local birds before we head outside for the count. 

Please come prepared for the weather and bring binoculars and a field guide if you have them. Additional binoculars and guides will be available for use at the event. 

Eventbrite - Christmas Bird Count for Kids

Registration Details 

  • All children must be accompanied by an adult.
  • Registration fee of $5 per person includes parking and hot chocolate. 
  • All participant​s aged 4 and older, including adults, must register for this event. Children 3 and under attend free of charge. 
  • Registration closes January 4, 2019, at 4:00 p.m. 
  • MISSED THE REGISTRATION DEADLINE? You can register at the door the morning of the event. The door price is $7.50 per person, with children three and under free. CASH ONLY. 

Questions? Contact Kyra Howes at the NVCA. 

The Christmas Bird Count for Kids is an initiative of Bird Studies Canada. It is hosted at the Tiffin Centre by the NVCA. Thanks to the volunteers from the Nature Barrie​ for their support of this event, and Wild Birds Unlimited​ for bird seed throughout the year.

Friends of Minesing Wetlands Historic Tour & AGM
Date: Saturday, January 19, 2019 4:00 PM - 7:00 PM
Location: Fort Willow Conservation Area, 2714 Grenfel Rd.

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Join the Friends of Minesing Wetlands at their AGM for an interactive tour of fantastic Fort Willow under the glow of a near full moon. 

Historical re-enactors Dennis and Ruthan Johnson will walk visitors through the perils that fur traders and First Nations men and wo​men would have found at Fort Willow during wintertime in the early 1800's.

Enjoy samples of delicious period food and drink including pumpkin puree, toasted pumpkin seeds, chicken broth and cider.

Snowshoes will be available to try from 4:00 - 5:00, before the brief AGM presentation. If clear skies allow, an amateur astronomer will be pointing out some constellations.

Admission, parking, entertainment, snowshoes, hot chocolate and yummy samples are all free.​

Note - This is an outdoor event - come dressed for the weather.

NVCA Board of Directors Meeting & Annual General Meeting
Date: Friday, January 25, 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.​

Family Nature Days - Winter Survival
Date: Friday, January 25, 2019 10:00 AM - 3:00 PM
Location: Tiffin Centre for Conservation, 8195 8th Line, Utopia​​​


Join us for a fun, outdoor, family-friendly environmental education program. Perfect for families that homeschool or those wanting to spend PA/PD Days outside!

January ProgramDo 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.

See our Family Nature Days​ page for registration information.​

NVCA Board of Directors Meeting
Date: Friday, February 22, 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.​


Family Nature Days - Get back to the Sugar Shack!
Date: Friday, March 1, 2019 10:00 AM - 3:00 PM
Location: Tiffin Centre for Conservation, 8195 8th Line, Utopia​​​


Join us for a fun, outdoor, family-friendly environmental education program. Perfect for families that homeschool or those wanting to spend PA/PD Days outside!

March Program 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.

See our Family Nature Days​ page for registration information.​​

NVCA Board of Directors Meeting
Date: Friday, March 22, 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.​


Spring Tonic Maple Syrup Festival
Date: Saturday, April 6, 2019 9:00 AM - 3:00 PM
Location: Tiffin Centre for Conservation, 8195 8th Line, Utopia​​​

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A springtime tradition!  Maple syrup takes centre stage at the Spring Tonic festival, with a pancake and sausage breakfast served daily until 2 p.m. 

This event runs both Saturday, April 6 and Sunday, April 7. Check back for more details.

Spring Tonic Maple Syrup Festival
Date: Sunday, April 7, 2019 9:00 AM - 3:00 PM
Location: Tiffin Centre for Conservation, 8195 8th Line, Utopia​​​

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A springtime tradition!  Maple syrup takes centre stage at the Spring Tonic festival, with a pancake and sausage breakfast served daily until 2 p.m. 

This event runs both Saturday, April 6 and Sunday, April 7. Check back for more details.​​​

NVCA Board of Directors Meeting
Date: Friday, April 26, 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.​


Family Nature Days - Wilderness Survival
Date: Friday, May 3, 2019 10:00 AM - 3:00 PM
Location: Tiffin Centre for Conservation, 8195 8th Line, Utopia​​​


Join us for a fun, outdoor, family-friendly environmental education program. Perfect for families that homeschool or those wanting to spend PA/PD Days outside!

Early May ProgramHead out into the woods for a day of navigation, shelter building, and foraging at the Tiffin Centre.

See our Family Nature Days​ page for registration information.​​

Family Nature Days - Predators & Prey
Date: Friday, May 31, 2019 10:00 AM - 3:00 PM
Location: Tiffin Centre for Conservation, 8195 8th Line, Utopia​​​


Join us for a fun, outdoor, family-friendly environmental education program. Perfect for families that homeschool or those wanting to spend PA/PD Days outside!

Late May ProgramExplore 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.

See our Family Nature Days​ page for registration information.​

NVCA Board of Directors Meeting
Date: Friday, June 28, 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.​


Family Nature Days - Pond Living
Date: Friday, June 28, 2019 10:00 AM - 3:00 PM
Location: Tiffin Centre for Conservation, 8195 8th Line, Utopia​​​

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Join us for a fun, outdoor, family-friendly environmental education program. Perfect for families that homeschool or those wanting to spend PA/PD Days outside!

June Program - 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.

​See our Family Nature Days​ page for registration information.​

NVCA Board of Directors Meeting
Date: Friday, August 23, 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.​


NVCA Board of Directors Meeting
Date: Friday, September 27, 2019 9:00 AM - 12:00 PM
Location: Tiffin Centre for Conservation, 8195 8th Line, Utopia​​​

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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.​


NVCA Board of Directors Meeting
Date: Friday, October 25, 2019 9:00 AM - 12:00 PM
Location: Tiffin Centre for Conservation, 8195 8th Line, Utopia​​​

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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.​

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.​