Nature for people. People for nature.
As services to the public, we offer educational and recreational programs, events, and workshops – and soon! – very special t-shirts to celebrate our local wildlife.
The founding mandate of Willow Park Ecology Centre is, “to provide a focus for ecological based education and recreation in the Town of Halton Hills.”
Contact us if you are interested in any of the services below. We are flexible and can accommodate your needs.
- School Programs K-8
- Community Programs: a) Volunteer: Youth Mentorship, Community Days, Corporate & group team building b) Scouts & Guides c) Summer Camp Nature Mornings d) Birthday/special occasion parties
- Events and Workshops
Education Programs – School
Teachers! Our popular science curriculum-linked school programs have been providing elementary school children with a chance to enjoy “nature immersion” since 2001. Come and enjoy “nature’s neighbourhoods” in our beautiful outdoor classroom. If you’re in or near North Halton and looking for an opportunity to take your class outdoors, click below for details. Please click on the Contact Form to get in touch with us for more information about scheduling your visit.
Curriculum-based learning for grades K-8
In-park field trips
Our diverse programs offer guided nature exploration, highlighting local species and habitats, and watershed ecology. In addition we provide hands-on experiences in caring for nature, helping people understand how to participate as stewards of our Hungry Hollow urban park. In doing this work together, we care for this special area that has been designated as a “biodiversity hotspot” by Credit Valley Conservation.
We have three categories of volunteer opportunities – youth mentorship, community volunteers, and corporate and group teambuilding. For younger children, we have three fee-based programs: a badge program for scouts, kids’ summer nature mornings, and birthday/special occasion party hosting with guided discovery time. Please click on Community Programs for details and to register, or go directly through these links.
Birthday/special occasion parties – gatherings. Contact Us – to let us know your need.
There is a volunteer mentorship program for high school, university and/or college-age youth wishing to complete community service hours. Use your hours toward high school, college, or university and special course requirements.
Events, Workshops and Adult Classes
Over the year, Willow Park Ecology Centre offers a series of themed events which invite community members to engage in activities where they learn about local wildlife, their connections to the natural world – and have fun being outdoors!
Our workshops are knowledge- and skills-building sessions. You might learn how to start a garden, how to observe and identify birds, how to build a birdhouse – or how to identify more local birds in your neighbourhood.
Outdoor classes for adults feature activities for wellness and creativity. Meditation and tai chi are planned for early summer, as is an art day. Classes will be posted soon.
For details of upcoming events and workshop and classes Schedule and to register got to our STORE tab.
We have three categories of volunteer opportunities – youth mentorship, community volunteers, and corporate and group teambuilding. There is a volunteer mentorship program for high school, university and/or college-age youth wishing to complete community service hours. The community volunteer program invites families and people of all ages to choose involvement from among park stewardship, programming and event assistance, outreach or board and committee involvement.
Click here to volunteer!
Workplace, team, club volunteering
Come out every Wednesday in the month of July and August to participate in hands-on stewardship activities.
Join us every Wednesday in the month of July in Hungry Hollow. We will be working on the Hungry Hollow Restoration Project in July to remove the invasive European Buckthorn plants to support native diversity of plant species and wildlife.
Join us every Wednesday in the month of August to help care for Willow Park Ecology Centre! Each week may involve different hands-on activities that contribute to the maintenance of the Centre.
Kids Camps – Nature mornings
Wild Canada Summer of Discovery Camp runs every Tuesday and Thursday of July and August in the morning from 10:00-noon. This summer camp experience is like no other! Each day holds a different theme discovering local animals and plants. Activities may include nature walks, handicrafts, caring for nature and games in Willow Park Ecology Centre. For children ages 4 – 12 years old. Bring your children to experience the boundless benefits that only nature and the outdoors can provide! Take a break or join us as your they enjoy our weekly programs. We require registration by the preceding Friday.
Book as many sessions as you can ahead of time to ensure your spot. Register online for a week at a time, or for more! Day Camp
Team Building Volunteer for nature!
“Get outside and feel empowered!”
This team building for corporations and special groups is a wonderful opportunity for developing staff and group cohesion by caring for the very nature that sustains us. Our volunteers help this unique nature space by doing habitat enhancement, gardening, trails maintenance and special projects. Inquire here!