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Volunteer With the NPCA

Volunteer With the NPCA
Why Volunteer?
  • Learn a new skill and meet new people;
  • Support local conservation projects;
  • Get outdoors and enjoy some physical activity;
  • Share your knowledge and skills with others;
  • Earn community service hours for your high school diploma;
  • Gain job experience and training.

Who Can Volunteer?
  • Individuals;
  • Co-op students;
  • Community groups;
  • School groups;
  • Corporate groups.

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Nature School, Day Camps & Extracurricular Programs
Children Overlooking Ball's Falls
Educational Visits & Group Bookings


Marsh Monitoring at NPCA Conservation Areas:

Surveying Amphibians

March-June (3 surveys, time/date chosen by volunteer)

Identify frogs/toads in one of our Conservation Areas. Volunteers will need to commit to surveying three times during the spring and early summer. Surveys should be conducted at least 15 days apart. We will give you all the instructions you need. This information is collected as part of the Bird Studies Canada Marsh Monitoring Program. The surveys are completed by the volunteer, an NPCA staff person will not be doing the surveys with you.

Bird Surveys

Mid-May-early July (2 occasions chosen by volunteer)

Identify marsh birds in one of our Conservation Areas. Volunteers will need to commit to surveying two times during the spring and early summer. Surveys should be conducted at least 10 days apart. We will give you all the instructions you need. This information is collected as part of the Bird Studies Canada Marsh Monitoring Program. The surveys are completed by the volunteer, an NPCA staff person will not be doing the surveys with you.




Educations Programs:
Winter Outdoor Adventure

January to March (Availability dependent upon suitable snow conditions) for Grades 4 – 12

Students will snowshoe along our trails in a guided trek, learning about wintertime habitats and environmental changes within the Carolinian forest. Students will then warm up by roasting a treat over a campfire, enjoying a cup of hot chocolate and playing a winter-themed game. Students must dress appropriately for the weather, including clothing layers, winter boots, hats, scarves, and mitts.
Max group size: 50 students

Duration: 1½ -2 hours

Curriculum Links: Grades: 4 - 12 | Physical Education, Geography

Ball’s Falls Rocks!

May to October, Grades 4 – 6

We are having an identity crisis! What kind of rock is underneath us? What varieties of rock can be found at Ball’s Falls? In this hands-on program, students will use their scientific skills to test and identify characteristics of Niagara Escarpment rocks. They will take a tour of important geological sites and features and will gain an

understanding of how sedimentary rocks are formed.

Maximum group size: 50 students

Duration: 2 hours

Curriculum Links: Grades: 4 - 6 | Science, Languages, Geography

Follow Our LEED

Year-round— All Grade Levels

How do humans impact our environment? What can we do to change the way we use our resources to protect our planet? Step into and around the Centre for Conservation at Ball’s Falls Conservation Area.

Maximum group size: 30 students

Duration: 1 hour

Curriculum Links: Grades: JK - 12 | Science, Language

Amazing Amphibians

April to June, for Grades 1 – 4

Step into the world of amphibians at Ball’s Falls! Investigate ponds and streams, under rocks and logs, and in our forests, for frogs, toads, and even salamanders. Explore the life cycle of amphibians, and the impact that humans have on these and their habitats. Students will take part in an experiment and consider ways to protect these important indicator species in the environment.

Max group size: 40 students

Duration: 2 hours

Curriculum Links: Grades: 2 - 4 | Science, Languages, Physical Education

Insect Investigation

April to June, for Grades 1 – 4

Step into the world of amphibians at Ball’s Falls! Investigate ponds and streams, under rocks and logs, and in our forests, for frogs, toads, and even salamanders. Explore the life cycle of amphibians, and the impact that humans have on these and their habitats. Students will take part in an experiment and consider ways to protect these important indicator species in the environment.

Max group size: 40 students

Duration: 2 hours

Curriculum Links: Grades: 1 - 4 | Science, Languages, Physical Education, Geography

Spring Awakening

May to June for Grades 1 – 4

During this interactive program, students experience the lives of settler children by participating in a variety of seasonal pioneer chores, which may include: baking bannock bread in an outdoor bake oven, churning butter, quilting, assembling a timber barn frame, and planting and ploughing the spring garden. Students will make a pioneer toy to take home!
Max group size: 60 students

Duration: 2 hours

Curriculum Links: Grades: 1 - 4 | History, Language

Journey to Glen Elgin

May to October, Grades JK – 12

This guided tour is an introduction to the history of Ball’s Falls, suitable for all grade levels. The tour introduces students to one of the first communities established along the Twenty Mile Creek and teaches about early domestic life and the industrial era of Glen Elgin. At the Lower Falls, students will discover the importance of waterpower as a factor in settlement and community development. They will visit a 210-year-old gristmill, a pioneer cabin and a Victorian home, and will have the opportunity to help in the blacksmith shop and make a pioneer craft.

Maximum group size: 50 students

Duration: 1.5 hours

Curriculum Links: Grades: JK - 12 | History, Language, Geography

Fall Harvest

September and October for grades 2-4

Fall was a busy time of year for the early settlers at Ball’s Falls. Students will prepare for winter by preserving foods and seeds and next planting season. They will learn how the early settlers built and operated the gristmill, help grind wheat into flour, and assist the blacksmith in his shop.

Max group size: 45 students

Duration: 2 hours

Curriculum Links: Grades: 2 - 4 | History, Language

Christmas in the Country

November 25 – December 13 for Grades JK-6, Limited registration

This program introduces students to settler and Victorian celebrations. Activities include demonstrations in the decorated pioneer cabin and the historical Ball home, sampling hot mulled cider and cookies, a sing-a-long in the country church, and the creation of a small keepsake to take home. Best suited for grades 2 – 4, but all grade levels are welcome.

Max group size: 60 students

Duration: 1¾ hours

Curriculum Links: Grades: JK - 6 | History, Languages

2019 CHRISTMAS IN THE COUNTRY PROGRAMMING.

Take a Hike!

Year-round, all ages and grade-levels, tailored accordingly.

Take a hike through the beautiful and diverse Carolinian forest, along the Twenty Mile Creek and through an early settler village. These guided nature hikes showcase the diverse species of trees, plants, birds, insects, mammals, and their habitats. Students will learn about the history and cultural heritage of Ball’s Falls, how to identify certain plants and animals in the forest and will view spectacular scenery along the way.

Max group size: 50 students

Duration: 1 ½ - 2 hours

Curriculum Links: Grades: 1 - 12 | Science, Language, Physical Education

Compass or Map Orienteering

May to October, Grades 6 - 12

This program allows students to develop compass skills while locating markers throughout the park. The course requires students to use their geography and map-reading skills. Students will begin with a short introduction to using compasses and maps and how to measure distance. Students will work in small groups to follow the markers throughout the park before returning to the start point. Control points are located throughout the park, and schools are provided with necessary maps and suggested rules of play. It is recommended that teachers visit the site prior to the scheduled date, as they must direct and implement the activity.
Max group size: 40 students

Duration: 2 hours

Curriculum Links: Grades: 4 - 12 | Physical Education, Geography

Intro to Archery

Year-round, Grades 4-12

Students will be introduced to the sport of archery and will receive instructions on how to handle and utilize bows and arrows safely and precisely. They will try out a beginner’s archery course, and work as a team to achieve a high score for their class!

Max group size: 30 students

Duration: 1 1/2 - 2 hours

Curriculum Links: Grades: 4 - 12 | Physical Education, Geography

Team Time

Year-round, Grades 6-12

Develop team spirit and cooperation within your class through a series of team-building activities. In this interactive program, students will get to know their classmates and themselves while undergoing challenges and adventures designed to bring the group together and introduce new ways of thinking, problem-solving and communicating. Students will design and take home their own team bandana/flag.

Max group size: 40 students

Duration: 1 1/2 - 2 hours

Curriculum Links: Grades: 4 - 12 | Physical Education, Language




If you are interested in volunteering with the NPCA, please send an email to our volunteer coordinator, Kerry Royer kroyer@npca.ca or call 905-788-3135 x234.