Day Camps & Extracurricular Programs

PD Day Outdoor Education and Recreation Camps

Let your kids spend their PD Day in nature! Our PD Day Camps bring students into the wild, to explore the wonders of the environment around them. From guided nature hikes, to inclusive outdoor games, science experiments and take-home crafts, campers will be busy all day long and immersed in all that Ball's Falls has to offer!

Let your kids ages 6-11 spend their PD Day in nature!

2020 PD Day Camp Details:
3292 Sixth Avenue, Lincoln, ON L0R 1S0

9:00 am – 3:00 pm, Monday – Friday
Extended Care Hours available: 8:00 am – 4:30 pm (Morning, Afternoon, or Both)
Camp runs rain or shine! Indoor facilities are available in the case of inclement weather or heat alert.

2020 Fees:
Daily: $35 per camper
Full Extended Care: $10 per day per family ($5 for only am or pm). 

For more information:
Programming@npca.ca or call 905-562-5235 ext. 22 or 26. 


Summer Adventure Day Camp

Join the fun at Ball’s Falls Conservation Area this summer as children ages 6-11 are invited to join us for a season of fun totally immersed in nature! Our Junior Campers ages 6-11 will get a chance to explore the forest, discover our heritage, learn outdoor survival skills, conduct science experiments, roast marshmallows over a campfire, and so much more! Each week will be different and full of fun! See descriptions below. 

NPCA Programming staff have prepared a modified Summer Day Camp program at Ball’s Falls Conservation Area. The new day camp programming has been reviewed by Niagara Region Public Health and operates in accordance with Ontario Ministry of Health guidelines for day camp operators. There are changes to regular camp programming, such as age cohort groups, mandatory daily health screening and physically distanced activities. 

Ball’s Falls Summer Adventure Camp is held at the beautiful Arboretum. This outdoor space is perfect for actives, games and creativity.

Fee per Camper $150/week*
Hours: 9:00am - 3:00pm 
Extended Care Hours 8:00am - 4:00pm 
Extended Care Fee $10 per family
*10% family discount on the second child when booking two or more children
Camp location 3159 Sixth Avenue, Lincoln, ON L0R 1S0
Download our Summer Adventure Day Camp brochure

Summer Adventure Camp Dates & Themes

June 29 to July 3 & July 27 to 31 - FOREST EXPLORERS

Discover biodiversity and locate the habitats of our forest friends. Campers will journey into the wilderness to learn about plants, animals, and insects using scientific inquiry skills. Campers will complete a habitat construction challenge, track animal prints and finish a forest obstacle course. Through these STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts and Mathematics) activities, they will experience life as a park ranger and ecologist.

Limited availability for the following weeks:

Forest Explorers July 27-31st

July 6 to 10 - HISTORY HEROES

Journey back in time to the village of Glen Elgin during pioneer times. Campers will embark on a mission to help our villagers live and thrive without modern conveniences! They will get to try out all of the most important roles in the village at that time. Campers will forge tools in the blacksmith shop, grind their own flour in the grist mill, tend to the gardens, and make a treat in the brick bake oven. Our heroes will see how every person was important in the village to help everyone survive. At the end of the week, campers will decide what historical superhero they want to be based on the skills they have gained!

July 13 to 17 & August 10 to 14 - SUMMER SURVIVORS

Have you got what it takes to survive the wild and the natural local elements? Campers will learn to navigate through the forest, build shelters and fires, and discover the bounty of the environment around them! Working in teams to complete the ultimate survivor challenge, campers will make use of their newly acquired archery, emergency signaling, and water purifying skills and abilities.

July 20 to 24 & August 17 to 21 - WET AND WILD

Dive into the world of wetlands and wildlife at Ball’s Falls! Take a dip into aquatic life with pond and stream studies, meet the reptiles, amphibians and insects that call the creek home, and traverse the trails looking for important species and their habitats. Campers will learn about water conservation, build their own wetlands and participate in water relay races.

Limited availability for the following weeks:

Wet and Wild August 17-21st

August 3 to 7 & August 24 to 28 - ULTIMATE ADVENTURE

Trek through the forest searching for clues on an interactive scavenger hunt. Sharpen your skills in archery, create a team logo and cheer, and participate in the Summer Survivor Challenge! Channel the movements of your favourite animal and try to make it through the Habitat Maze. Campers will also create their favourite treats over the campfire and make incredible crafts to wear back to school.

Other Program & Activities


The Ball's Falls Forest Playscape is a free-play forest area for children, youth, students, adults and families. It encourages free-form play, creativity, problem-solving, team-based thinking and physical activity, all while immersed in a forest area.

The playscape includes a cedar split rail fence and feature system, loose-parts for creative play, and natural materials for shelter and fort-building activities. 




For many parents, finding these learning opportunities can be difficult, and we at the NPCA would like to offer our assistance during this time. NPCA Program Assistant, Jenna Moorhead, is an OCT certified teacher with a background in geography, environmental science and outdoor education - but she also has experience teaching almost every subject, to all ages and grade levels. 

CLICK HERE to find some resources for at-home learning that will allow your families to find the joy of outdoor education in your own backyards.

2020 Junior Beekeepers

The Junior Beekeepers Program is geared towards children/youth interested in learning about beekeeping. Run solely by volunteers, the Niagara Region Beekeepers Program began in 2019. 

The program's purpose is to introduce youth to the world of honeybees and the role of the beekeeper, communicate the importance of honeybees and other pollinators and encourage a new generation of beekeepers.


Junior Beekeepers Program Details

Program Information:

  • Ages: 10- 14 years
  • A mix of hands-on, classroom and workshop style
  • Registration and intro session: February 29
  • Program runs Saturdays from 10am-2pm
  • Cost: $140/child (includes snack at each session, all equipment and tools)

The Arboretum
Ball’s Falls Conservation Area
3159 Sixth Avenue, Lincoln, ON L0R 1S0


  • March 28
  • April 25
  • May 30
  • June 27
  • July 25
  • Aug 29
  • Sept 26
  • Oct 31
  • Nov 28