The Nottawasaga Valley Conservation Authority

​​​High School Programs

Field trips to Tiffin Centre for Conservation

The Tiffin Centre offers rewarding outdoor activities and learning opportunities for high school students. Join us for a half day or full day of programming, hike and explore the Tiffin site, or even stay in our group campground. It’s the perfect setting for a group retreat. We will work directly with you to combine or modify programs to meet your needs.

We offer a number of certification programs for your Specialist High Skills Majors & Outdoor Education students! Orienteering, paddling techniques, stream assessment and habitat restoration are just of the programs available. Learn more here!



Living Landscape
​All Seasons
Become inspired by the natural beauty of the Tiffin Centre through guided outdoor landscape drawing sessions.


Investigating Ecosystems
Spring/fall, half-day program
While exploring terrestrial and aquatic ecosystems, in both natural and managed areas, students will investigate the components and interrelationships of various biological communities including forest, field, and pond/wetland. Issues surrounding biodiversity and sustainability of our natural resources will be discussed.


The Truth about Ponds
Spring/fall, half-day program
In this comparative study, students will discover both positive and negative impacts of human-made ponds by investigating biotic and abiotic parameters at selected points along a watercourse. Students will closely examine the relationship between temperature and dissolved oxygen and the role they play in aquatic environments. Through this investigation, students will gain a better understanding of the factors that affect watersheds.


Map Reading / Orienteering
All seasons, half or full day programs
In this program, students review the concept of orienteering and develop their map reading skills through a series of progressively complex orienteering courses. Students will use a variety of maps, compasses, and trail systems to challenge their cognitive and physical abilities.


GPS Navigation
All seasons, half day
Introduce your students to GPS technology and the exciting world of geocaching! Following a presentation highlighting the history and applications of the Global Positioning System, students use hand-held GPS units to navigate their way through one of our challenging courses. The important relationship between map, compass, and GPS technology will be emphasized throughout the program.

Outdoor Recreation

Disc Golf
Spring/fall, half-day program
Learn and enjoy a new game in a natural environment at the Tiffin Centre’s new and improved nine-basket disc golf course! Disc golf, like ball golf, requires participants to land their “disc” (i.e. Frisbee) in the target basket using the fewest number of throws. Disc golf is easy to learn and fun to play!​


Fire and/or Emergency Shelter Building
​All seasons, half or full day programs
Through a variety of hands-on activities and discussions, students will review ways to prevent becoming lost and the measures they can take if they find themselves alone in the wilderness. Basic survival skills including proper dress, safety precautions, distress signals, shelter-building and map-reading skills will be emphasized. In small groups, students will then test their skills on the “Amazing Rac​e” challenge course. ​

Team Building

Team Dynamics & Low Ropes Challenge Course
All seasons, half or full day programs
Students will build confidence in themselves and each other as they work through a series of progressively challenging initiatives that aim to promote teamwork, leadership, trust, communication and problem solving. Once students have successfully completed a selection of team building activities they are then further challenged on our Low Ropes Challenge Course.

Please note that closed-toe shoes are required to participate in this program.

Outdoor and Wilderness Survival Skills

Lost in the Woods
Grades 1 to 3 (spring and fall – half-day program)
Also available as an outreach program.
Based on a short film of the same title, this program introduces young explorers to basic wilderness survival/life skills. Through a discussion of the film, students will review ways to prevent becoming lost and the measures they can take if they find themselves alone in the wilderness.

In this program, students will learn how to be better prepared for outdoor adventure and will develop their map-reading abilities through a short, orienteering scavenger hunt. The importance of survival kits and how to stay warm and dry through appropriate dress and shelter building will also be emphasized. If time permits, students will have an opportunity to assemble their own mini-survival kits.

How to Book a Program

  • Step 1:  Email us at 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
  • Step 4:  You will be sent an​ email to confirm we have received your booking form.​


Unless otherwise noted:

  • Full Day = $16.75 per student
  • Half Day = $11.65 per student
  • In some cases, Grade 4 classes from the SCDSB are charged at a different rate. Please contact us for more details.

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.


Teachers are to arrange own transportation.

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.


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

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