Get Involved with the GRCA

The long days of winter will soon be behind us; and according to Wiarton Willie, sooner than later this year! While we anticipate those warm and sunny days, let’s not forget about local events and activities you can take part in now.

The Ganaraska Region Conservation Authority’s Maple Syrup Day is set to take place on Saturday April 1st. Bring the whole family out to the Ganaraska Forest Centre (GFC) from 10am – 1pm to learn about the sweet tradition of syrup production. There will be tours through Maple Valley, demonstrations in the Sugar Shack, stories around the outdoor fire, and games for everyone! Let the kids create crafts and have their faces painted, while you enjoy live music and a pancake feast in front of the fireplace in the Great Hall. Tickets for this event can be purchased from the gatehouse upon entry to the GFC grounds.

On April 8th, from 5:30 – 10:30pm, the annually sold out OFAH/GFC Conservation Dinner will be happening at the Cobourg Lions Community Centre. This fun evening, going into its 28th year, includes a delicious buffet dinner, exciting live auctions, as well as raffles, door prizes and silent auctions all in support of the Ganaraska Forest Centre outdoor education program. Tickets for this event are available in advance only. Call the GRCA for more information and to learn about sponsorship opportunities.

The GRCA’s 40+ year old outdoor education program offers over 30 curriculum-linked programs to more than 9,000 school children who visit the GFC each year. Through generous funding from Ontario Power Generation (OPG), the GRCA offers the annual Spring Water Awareness Program (SWAP) over three weeks in March to grade 4 students across Northumberland and parts of Clarington. As spring approaches, young people are frequently drawn to explore the edges of fast-moving streams or ice-strewn beaches. SWAP enables students to understand just how important it is to stay away from water and ice in the spring. SWAP can save lives. If you are a teacher in the area who would like GRCA to present to your class, please email for available dates. To experience a modified version of this program with your children, come out to OPG’s March Break Madness on Monday, March 13th. Visit for more information.

The Ganaraska Region Conservation Authority continues to enhance and conserve across the Ganaraska Region Watershed by serving, educating, informing and engaging. To learn more about your local conservation authority, visit GRCA and Ganaraska Forest Centre, or call 905.885.8173.