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Call for Volunteer Groups

In addition to the spring tree plants listed below, we're looking for a few groups (schools, Girl Guides & Scouts, faith community, workplaces, community organizations, etc.) to help out with tree plants this spring. In particular, we are looking for groups to help out near Stayner, Angus and Adjala-Tosorontio​. If you are interested,​ please contact our stewardship staff to set-up a time and date that works for you.  

Thanks!


Calendar​​ of Events

NVCA Board of Directors Meeting
Date: Friday, April 27, 2018 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.​

Friends of Minesing Wetlands Spring Paddle
Date: Saturday, April 28, 2018 8:30 AM - 2:30 PM
Location: Minesing Wetlands Conservation Area

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The Friends of Minesing Wetlands will lead two trips into the Minesing Wetlands via canoe or kayak on April 28, May 5 and May 12.

To register contact the Friends events team at fomwevents@gmail.com or 705-209-0705. In your email include the full name, phone number and email for each participant and type of watercraft you'll be using (kayak vs canoe). Please note that we only take 12 guest boats per trip. 

The cost is $25 for non-members and $20 for members.

For more information on route details, what to bring, etc, please visit the Friends of Minesing Wetlands website. 

Friends of Minesing Wetlands Spring Paddle
Date: Saturday, May 5, 2018 8:30 AM - 2:30 PM
Location: Minesing Wetlands Conservation Area

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The Friends of Minesing Wetlands will lead trips into the Minesing Wetlands via canoe or kayak on April 28, May 5 and May 12.

To register contact the Friends events team at fomwevents@gmail.com or 705-209-0705. In your email include the full name, phone number and email for each participant and type of watercraft you'll be using (kayak vs canoe). Please note that we only take 12 guest boats per trip. 

The cost is $25 for non-members and $20 for members.

​For more information on route details, what to bring, etc, please visit the Friends of Minesing Wetlands website. 

Community Volunteer Tree Plant
Date: Saturday, May 5, 2018 9:00 AM - 12:00 PM
Location: New Tecumseth

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Volunteers Needed!

This is one of a series of spring tree plants hosted by NVCA's partner, the South Simcoe Streams Network.

All tree plants include an orientation and refreshments, and are eligible for high school student community hours. Individuals and groups (schools, community organizations) welcome! 

To register, contact Silvia Pedrazzi at silvia@nottawasaga.com​ or 705 435-1540.​​

Community Volunteer Tree Plant
Date: Saturday, May 5, 2018 9:00 AM - 12:00 PM
Location: Bradford West Gwillimbury

Volunteers Needed!

This is one of a series of spring tree plants hosted by NVCA's partner, the South Simcoe Streams Network.

All tree plants include an orientation and refreshments, and are eligible for high school student community hours. Individuals and groups (schools, community organizations) welcome! 

​To register, contact Silvia Pedrazzi at silvia@nottawasaga.com​ or 705 435-1540.

Community Volunteer Tree Plant
Date: Sunday, May 6, 2018 1:00 PM - 4:00 PM
Location: Innisfil

Volunteers Needed!

This is one of a series of spring tree plants hosted by NVCA's partner, the South Simcoe Streams Network.

All tree plants include an orientation and refreshments, and are eligible for high school student community hours. Individuals and groups (schools, community organizations) welcome! 

To register, contact Silvia Pedrazzi at silvia@nottawasaga.com​ or 705 435-1540.

Return of the Swamp Forest
Date: Friday, May 11, 2018 9:30 AM - 2:30 PM
Location: Patrick Hodgson Nature Reserve (near Angus)

Volunteers Needed!

Join the Nature Conservancy of Canada (NCC) and NVCA for a wet and wild day of planting trees on the Patrick Hodgson Nature Reserve in the internationally significant Minesing Wetlands. 

Over the past 60 years, 42% of the forest cover in the Minesing Wetlands has been lost to changing land use, tree disease and severe storms, and we need your help to restore this significant habitat.  Once grown, these trees will provide habitat to forest birds and other wildlife, shade and cool the river, stabilize the riverbanks and reduce erosion.

Click here for more information and to register​.

NVCA Annual Tree Sale
Date: Saturday, May 12, 2018 8:00 AM - 12:00 PM
Location: Tiffin Centre for Conservation

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Join us for the annual NVCA Arbor Day Tree Sale!

Trees are sold in bundles of 10 for $20 to $30. 

This year's sale features a variety of trees and shrubs, including white pine; Norway and white spruce; white cedar;  poplar; nannyberry; American highbush cranberry; sumac; red and bur oak; black walnut; and sycamore. 

Friends of Minesing Wetlands Spring Paddle
Date: Saturday, May 12, 2018 8:30 AM - 2:30 PM
Location: Minesing Wetlands Conservation Area

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The Friends of Minesing Wetlands will lead trips into the Minesing Wetlands via canoe or kayak on April 28, May 5 and May 12.

To register contact the Friends events team at fomwevents@gmail.com or 705-209-0705. In your email include the full name, phone number and email for each participant and type of watercraft you'll be using (kayak vs canoe). Please note that we only take 12 guest boats per trip. 

The cost is $25 for non-members and $20 for members.

For more information on route details, what to bring, etc, please visit the Friends of Minesing Wetlands website. 

Community Volunteer Tree Plant
Date: Saturday, May 12, 2018 9:00 AM - 12:00 PM
Location: Adjala-Tosorontio

Volunteers Needed!

This is one of a series of spring tree plants hosted by NVCA's partner, the South Simcoe Streams Network.

All tree plants include an orientation and refreshments, and are eligible for high school student community hours. Individuals and groups (schools, community organizations) welcome! 

​To register, contact Silvia Pedrazzi at silvia@nottawasaga.com​ or 705 435-1540.

Community Volunteer Tree Plant
Date: Saturday, May 12, 2018 9:00 AM - 12:00 PM
Location: Essa

Volunteers Needed!

This is one of a series of spring tree plants hosted by NVCA's partner, the South Simcoe Streams Network.

All tree plants include an orientation and refreshments, and are eligible for high school student community hours. Individuals and groups (schools, community organizations) welcome! 

To register, contact Silvia Pedrazzi at silvia@nottawasaga.com​ or 705 435-1540.

Return of the Swamp Forest: The Sequel
Date: Saturday, May 12, 2018 9:30 AM - 2:30 PM
Location: Patrick Hodgson Nature Reserve (near Angus)


Volunteers Needed!

Join the Nature Conservancy of Canada (NCC) and NVCA for a wet and wild day of planting trees on the Patrick Hodgson Nature Reserve in the internationally significant Minesing Wetlands. 

Over the past 60 years, 42% of the forest cover in the Minesing Wetlands has been lost to changing land use, tree disease and severe storms, and we need your help to restore this significant habitat.  Once grown, these trees will provide habitat to forest birds and other wildlife, shade and cool the river, stabilize the riverbanks and reduce erosion.

Click here for more information and to register​​.

Community Volunteer Tree Plant
Date: Tuesday, May 15, 2018 8:30 AM - 1:30 PM
Location: 2895 Centre Line Rd, New Lowell


Volunteers Needed!

Come out to help plant native trees and shrubs along this rehabilitated section of Coates Creek!  Trees will help shade the creek, stabilize the banks, and bring back the brook trout – hopefully!

All tree plants include an orientation. Individuals and groups (schools, community organizations) welcome! 

Directions: 2895 Centre Line Rd, New Lowell (park at front of gravel pit, near the portable, and walk north to creek on Centre Line Rd)

​Remember to Bring: Closed-toed shoes/boots, gloves, sunscreen, bugspray, hat, water, snacks and a shovel if you have one (we’ll bring some too).

Students: Remember to bring your volunteer form! 

Click here to Register​

Any questions? Contact Shannon Stephens at sstephens@nvca.on.ca or 705 424-1479 ext 239.

Hosted by NVCA, in partnership with B&J Contracting.

Community Volunteer Tree Plant
Date: Wednesday, May 16, 2018 6:00 PM - 7:30 PM
Location: Minesing Wetlands Conservation Area, Canoe Launch Parking Lot, 2220 George Johnson Rd, Minesing


Volunteers Needed!

Come out to help plant native trees and shrubs to restore the rare swamp forest of the Minesing Wetlands!

All tree plants include an orientation. Individuals and groups (schools, community organizations) welcome. 

Remember to Bring: Closed-toed shoes/boots, gloves, sunscreen, bugspray, hat, water, snacks and a shovel if you have one (we’ll bring some too).

Students: Remember to bring your volunteer form. 

Click here to Register​

Where to Meet: Canoe Launch Parking Lot, 2220 George Johnson Rd, Minesing, ON

Any questions? Contact Shannon Stephens at sstephens@nvca.on.ca or 705 424-1479 ext 239.

Hosted by NVCA, in partnership with Nature Conservancy Canada.

Nature Days for Homeschoolers
Date: Friday, May 18, 2018 10:00 AM - 3:00 PM
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Join us for a day of learning and exploring the natural world - all ages welcome!

This month: Spring Tree PlantJoin NVCA's stewardship team for a day of planting trees and rehabilitating wildlife habitat. Take a guided hike exploring the ecological significance of the area.

Visit our homeschool page for more information and to register.

Community Volunteer Tree Plant
Date: Saturday, May 26, 2018 10:00 AM - 2:00 PM
Location: Walters Creek in Shelburne


Volunteers Needed!

Come out to help plant native trees and shrubs along this rehabilitated section of Walters Creek!  Trees will help shade the creek, stabilize the banks, and bring back the brook trout – hopefully!

All tree plants include an orientation. Individuals and groups (schools, community organizations) welcome! 

Remember to Bring: Closed-toed shoes/boots, gloves, sunscreen, bugspray, hat, water, snacks and a shovel if you have one (we’ll bring some too).

Students: Remember to bring your volunteer form! 


Location & Parking: off Hwy 10, Shelburne, ON (head north, parking lot on west at the Shelburne sign, N of Susan St)

Any questions? Contact Shannon Stephens at sstephens@nvca.on.ca or 705 424-1479 ext 239.

Hosted by NVCA, in partnership with the Shelburne Rotary, and the Town of Shelburne.

Community Volunteer Tree Plant
Date: Sunday, May 27, 2018 1:00 PM - 4:00 PM
Location: Adjala-Tosorontio

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Volunteers Needed!

This is one of a series of spring tree plants hosted by NVCA's partner, the South Simcoe Streams Network.

All tree plants include an orientation and refreshments, and are eligible for high school student community hours. Individuals and groups (schools, community organizations) welcome! 

To register, contact Silvia Pedrazzi at silvia@nottawasaga.com or 705 435-1540.​

Community Volunteer Tree Plant
Date: Monday, May 28, 2018 9:30 AM - 12:00 PM
Location: Baker Pond Site, 246366 Hockley Rd, Mono (near Orangeville)

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Volunteers Needed!

Join us and help plant 100 native trees and shrubs along Baker Creek trout stream. 

All tree plants include an orientation. Individuals and groups (schools, community organizations) welcome! 

Remember to Bring: Closed-toed shoes/boots, gloves, sunscreen, bugspray, hat, water, snacks and a shovel if you have one (we’ll bring some too).

Students: Remember to bring your volunteer form! 

Click here to Register: Register - Mono, May 28

Any questions? Contact Shannon Stephens at sstephens@nvca.on.ca or 705 424-1479 ext 239.

Hosted by NVCA, in partnership with the Headwater Streams Committee and the Town of Mono.


Minesing Wetlands BioBlitz
Date: Saturday, June 2, 2018 7:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Location: Minesing Wetlands Conservation Area

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Join the Friends of Minesing Wetlands, NVCA, the Nature Conservancy of Canada and Ducks Unlimited Canada for the second annual Minesing Wetlands BioBlitz!

​What is a BioBlitz?

A BioBlitz is a volunteer-based biological inventory of a natural area. Participants include local scientists, professional naturalists, amateur enthusiasts and members of the public.

The goal of the BioBlitz is to identify as many species as possible in a set amount of time. Guided walks, canoe trips, workshops and other educational activities are among some of the activities being planned. 

Do I need to be an expert to participate?

Absolutely not! This is an all-ages, all-skill-levels event. As a volunteer, you will have a hands-on opportunity to learn more about the natural world while contributing to citizen science and environmental stewardship. 

How do I get involved?

Visit Friends of Minesing Wetlands for registration and other details.

Edible Wild Walk - Spring
Date: Saturday, June 9, 2018 10:00 AM - 12:30 PM
Location: Tottenham Tract, Simcoe County Forest

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Karen Stephenson will identify plants and describe their edible and medicinal values, ending off with a wild-plant beverage (bring your own mug). Karen is a certified Master Naturalist who has been a forager for over ten years and a wild food educator for five.

Cost: $20. Pay at event. Cash only.

Registration required, spaces are limited to ensure a high quality experience for all participants.

Click Here to Register

This event is being organized by the Dufferin Simcoe Land Stewardship Network.

NVCA Board of Directors Meeting
Date: Friday, June 22, 2018 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.​

Hello (diversity), Goodbye (Phragmites)
Date: Thursday, June 28, 2018 9:30 AM - 3:00 PM
Location: Minesing Wetlands - McKinnon Rd Access (near Angus)

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Volunteers Needed!

The Nature Conservancy of Canada (NCC) and NVCA have been working hard to protect Minesing Wetlands from Phragmites (a.k.a Common Reed), a highly invasive wetland plant that crowds out native species and destroys habitat for wildlife such as turtles and insects. 

After years of hard work, we’ve successfully removed a large patch and we need your help to restore native biodiversity by planting native species. 

Help us welcome diversity back to the wetland!

Click here for more information or to register.

Nature Days for Homeschoolers
Date: Thursday, June 28, 2018 10:00 AM - 3:00 PM
Location: Tiffin Centre for Conservation, 8195 8th Line, Utopia

Join us for a day of learning and exploring the natural world - all ages welcome!

This month: Pond LivingSpend 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.

Visit our homeschool page for more information and to register.

Minesing Wetlands Dragonfly Count
Date: Friday, July 6, 2018 9:30 AM - 3:30 PM
Location: Minesing Wetlands, near Grenfel

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Volunteers Needed!

A flash of colour catches your eye, a thrum of wingbeats whooshes past. Is it a bird? Is it a helicopter? It’s a dragonfly!  Get to know these stunning insects while you help the Nature Conservancy of Canada (NCC) monitor the dragonfly diversity of the Minesing Wetlands during the 2018 Dragonfly Count.

Click here to regi​​ster!

Participants will be teamed up with an expert to learn about dragonfly identification, biology and conservation, and help to collect valuable data about the dragonfly diversity of the Minesing Wetlands.

No previous experience is necessary!  

This event is organized by NCC.

NVCA Board of Directors Meeting
Date: Friday, August 24, 2018 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.​

Edible Wild Walk - Autumn
Date: Saturday, September 15, 2018 10:00 AM - 12:30 PM
Location: Tottenham Tract, Simcoe Forest


Karen Stephenson​ will identify plants and describe their edible and medicinal values, ending off with a wild-plant beverage (bring your own mug). Karen is a certified Master Naturalist who has been a forager for over ten years and a wild food educator for five.

Cost: $20. Pay at event. Cash only.

Registration required, spaces are limited to ensure a high quality experience for all participants.

Click Here to Register

This event is being organized by the Dufferin Simcoe Land Stewardship Network.​

Mushroom Foray
Date: Saturday, September 22, 2018 10:00 AM - 12:30 PM
Location: Wallwin Tract, near Everett

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Have you always wondered what those mushrooms growing under your pine trees are? Are you curious to know about the relationships between mushrooms and trees? Do you wonder why we have mushrooms at all? 

If you want these and all your other questions about mushrooms answered, join renowned naturalist Bob Bowles and learn how mushrooms grow, where they grow, how to identify them, their relationship with trees and the soil, and what species are edible. 

Cost: $15. Pay at event. Cash only.

Registration required, spaces are limited to ensure a high quality experience for all participants.

Click Here to Register

This event is being organized by the Dufferin Simcoe Land Stewardship Network.​

Mushroom Foray
Date: Sunday, September 23, 2018 10:00 AM - 12:30 PM
Location: Copeland Forest, near Craighurst

Have you always wondered what those mushrooms growing under your pine trees are? Are you curious to know about the relationships between mushrooms and trees? Do you wonder why we have mushrooms at all? 

​If you want these and all your other questions about mushrooms answered, join renowned naturalist Bob Bowles and learn how mushrooms grow, where they grow, how to identify them, their relationship with trees and the soil, and what species are edible. 

Cost: $15. Pay at event. Cash only.

Registration required, spaces are limited to ensure a high quality experience for all participants.

Click Here to Register

This event is being organized by the Dufferin Simcoe Land Stewardship Network.​

Festival at Fort Willow
Date: Saturday, September 29, 2018 10:00 AM - 3:00 PM
Location: Fort Willow Conservation Area


Come to Fort Willow and witness life as it was during the early 19th century with hands-on demonstrations for all ages!

  • military, First Nations and voyageur encampments
  • cannon and musket firing demonstrations
  • re-enactors and authentic demonstrations of medicine, sewing, cooking, weaving, blacksmithing and more
  • children’s activities including musket drills, candle making and beading

FREE ADMISSION. Food and beverages will be available for sale.  Cash only please.​

For further details, maps, parking information and more, visit the Friends of Historic Fort Willow. (This information will be available in late summer.)

This event is sponsored by the Friends of Fort Willow, NVCA, the Township of Springwater and the Rotary Club.​

NVCA Board of Directors Meeting
Date: Friday, October 26, 2018 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, December 14, 2018 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.​