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Volunteer to plant trees!

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Join us to help improve water quality in your local streams and rivers and fish and wildlife habitat!

Families and high school volunteers are welcome to join.

We will be having various tree planting events across the watershed, some of these include:

Creemore on May 6

Hockley on May 7

Mansfield on May 13

Beeton on May 13

Alliston on May 14

Come out and join us! Tree planting is a great opportunity for high school students to achieve their volunteer hour goals.

Check out our website for a full list of events and to register.

NVCA's annual Arbor Day Tree Sale

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Are you looking to purchase native trees for your property this year? NVCA is hosting its ​annual ​Arbor Day Tree Sale on May 13, 2023 from 8:00 a.m. until noon!

Trees are bare root stock and are sol​d in bundles of 10 for $30 per bundle. This year's sale features a variety of trees and shrubs, including:

White Pine, Red Pine, White Spruce, Norway Spruce, White Cedar, Tamarack, European Larch, Red Oak, Silver Maple, Sycamore, Black W​alnut, Nannyberry, American Highbush Cranberry​.

Please note that trees are available on a first come first serve basis, and quantites are limited.​ This is a very popular event so come early!

Click here for more information

Remember to keep your dogs on leash

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Visitors to NVCA’s conservation areas are required to keep their pets on leash.

This helps to avoid trampling sensitive habitats and plants but also keeps your pets safe!

There is a famous family of porcupines that have made Tiffin Conservation Area their home. The Education team have affectionately called them Patrick, Patricia and Bob.

Although they will do their best to stay out of your way, porcupine interactions can result in painful trips to the vet to remove the quills.

Keeping your pets leashed will keep them safe and will help to keep Pat, Pat and Bob safe as well.

Registration for Camp Tiffin and our Junior Leadership Program is now open!

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Want to keep the kids occupied this summer? Camp Tiffin is an outdoor camp designed to enhance your child's knowledge, understanding and appreciation of the natural world and our amazing planet.

Activities may include shelter building, arts and crafts, hiking, canoeing, pond dipping, STEM activities, geocaching, and wilderness survival.​​

Camp Tiffin is intended for children ages 5-12. For children ages 13-15, we offer a Junior Leadership Program, which is a two-week camp that builds valuable leadership skills and provides hands-on practical experiences.

Families are welcome to register their children for weekly camps from July 4 – September 1, 2023. Please note that there will be no camp during the week of August 7 – 11.

Camp Tiffin: $219.30/week | Junior Leadership Program: $175.44​ 

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    Let's feed our pollinators!

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    Can you bee-leaf it’s spring?


    The warm, spring weather has us all wanting to spend more time outdoors. Many people enjoy gardening and are itching to get out in the garden!


    At this time of year, one of the best things you can do in your garden is… nothing!

    You will have plenty of time to get into the garden all season.


    Over the winter, pollinators will shelter in the stalks, fallen leaves and debris in your garden. Yes! Your 'yard waste' is critical pollinator habitat! Eggs and other dormant insects will also benefit from leaving your garden untouched until temperatures warm.


    When should you mow your lawn?


    Wait until daytime temperatures are regularly over about 10-15oC for a week before you start clearing your yard or garden. Many native bees and beneficial insects are found in hollow stems and under leaves, and take time to emerge.


    In this spirit, ‘No Mow May’ is an initiative that encourages residents not to mow their lawns in May to provide pollinators with a food source early in the season.


    There can be a bit of controversy because Ontario’s native pollinators don’t benefit as much from No Mow May. This is because the first plants to pop up in our lawns are often dandelions, which aren’t an excellent food source for native pollinators. But less than ideal food is better than no food at all. Plus, mowing later in the season helps improving your lawn’s root health, which makes it more drought resistant later in the summer.


    Want to help pollinators more? Create un-bee-lievable habitat?


    Consider removing the grass in your lawn and replacing it with pollinator gardens and other native plants. Our local pollinators and plants have spent thousands of years adapting with each other. Some native willow and popular species will flower early in the season and will be blooming when the first insects emerge. Imagine if you haven’t eaten for months on end, you’d be a bit peckish too!


    Pollinator gardens can be lower maintenance and provide a vibrant, active garden throughout the season. Native species will thrive in local conditions and support not only pollinators, but also birds and other wildlife.


    Not sure where to start? NVCA’s Green Pages is a great resource for creating a native plant garden.


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