Educational Experiences for Families and Community Groups
Ausable Bayfield Conservation offers a wide variety of programs for all age levels.
Choose from one of our many school conservation programs at this link:
New for Autumn Outdoor Family Experiences
Immerse yourself in nature this autumn. Guided by an Ausable Bayfield Conservation Authority (ABCA) staff member, learn about trees, birds, and the many animals that live in and around Morrison Dam Conservation Area.
Family Outdoor Experiences (Maximum 10 people)
Choose from one of the following 'COVID-friendly' ABCA-educator led programs for you and your ‘bubble.’ All programs are 1.5 hours in length. Location and options to book vary for each program.
Option 1: Owl Prowl – Beginning in November, explore Morrison Dam at night with ABCA staff as they lead your group in a hike in search of owls. Learn about what makes these amazing creatures so successful at night. Build a Screech Owl nesting box for an additional fee! Program available at Morrison Dam Conservation Area only.
Date restrictions: November 1-February 28, not available December 21-January 1
Option 2: Pond Study – Explore the river or reservoir and use nets to collect aquatic creatures. Includes wetland awareness and use of ABCA-supplied equipment. Program available at Morrison Dam Conservation Area and Clinton Conservation Area.
Date restrictions: Only until mid-November.
Option 3: Fantastic Fossils! – Journey through time and learn about the plants and animals that lived here more than 400 million years ago by journeying into the gorge and searching for signs of ancient life. Program available only at Rock Glen Conservation Area.
Date restrictions: September - October 23.
Option 4: Nature Awareness Hike – Explore the natural world as a family through seasonally relevant topics and activities to do along the trail (request a specific focus!) Program is available at Bannockburn Conservation Area; Clinton Conservation Area; Rock Glen Conservation Area; and Morrison Dam Conservation Area.
Option 5: Christmas in the Forest – Learn about our local wildlife and how they survive the winter. Observe and feed birds. Create environmentally-friendly outdoor tree decorations and ‘presents’ for our animal friends! Conclude your program with a fire and winter story.
Date restrictions: Mid November until December 21.
Cost: per family group $70 (maximum 10 people)
Programs available Mondays, Fridays or Saturdays staring at 10 a.m. or 1 p.m.; evening starts may vary, suggesting times 6:00-7:30 p.m. or 7:30-9 p.m.
When booking your program, we will require the following information:
- Preferred date and time
- Program location
- Names of people in your group
Scout and Guide Badge Requirements
All of our programs have components that will meet one or more of your badge requirements. Speak to us about how we can adjust the program to meet your specific needs.
Come to us or we can come to you! Choose from the following locations:
- Conservation Areas Web Page Link
- Bannockburn Conservation Area (between Varna and Brucefield)
- Clinton Conservation Area (Clinton)
- Morrison Dam Conservation Area (RR 3 Exeter)
- Rock Glen Conservation Area (Arkona)
- Your location
Can’t find what you’re looking for? Ask us to deliver a custom program for your group!
Click this link for our staff contacts page: