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August 10, 2016

Regulations & Planning

The Rideau Valley Conservation Authority (RVCA) conserves and protects natural resources in the Rideau River valley for the benefit of everyone. The RVCA believes that sound land use and municipal planning is a critical part of protecting our land and water. It is also essential to preventing the loss of life and property damage due to flooding and erosion.

As part of this mandate, the RVCA:

  • Regulates construction in and along environmentally sensitive areas such as floodplains, steep slopes, wetlands, shorelines and waterways (Ontario Regulation 174/06 — Development, Interference with Wetlands and Alterations to Shorelines and Watercourses Regulation)
  • Reviews development proposals (municipal plan / Planning Act review) within or adjacent to natural areas
  • Administers Part 8 of the Ontario Building Code on behalf of the City of Ottawa and Tay Valley Township by reviewing and issuing Building Permits for construction, enlargement and/or alteration of sewage disposal systems.

Our team of staff work towards clean water, natural shorelines and sustainable land use throughout the watershed.

August 10, 2016

About Us

RVCA is one of Ontario’s 36 Conservation Authorities. Under Ontario's Conservation Authorities Act, the RVCA is responsible for furthering the "conservation, restoration, development and management of natural resources in the watershed." We are responsible for protecting people and property from natural hazards like flooding and erosion.

For over 50 years, the RVCA has worked to protect the health of our watershed and the people who live in it. Through environmental monitoring and reporting, on-the-ground restoration and stewardship, conservation lands and education, development review and approval and flood forecasting and warning working in close partnerships with our member municipalities, other levels of government and academia has made this work possible.

Our Vision

Our vision is for a thriving watershed with clean abundant water, natural shorelines, rich forests and wetlands, diverse habitat and sustainable land use that is valued and protected by all. 

Our Mission

Our mission is to understand, manage, protect, restore and enhance the Rideau watershed through science, stewardship, education, policy and leadership.

 

RVCA helps improve the quality of water in our streams, lakes, rivers and groundwater reserves. We look to protect and enhance our watershed's natural resources by providing programs that will leave a healthy and sustainable environment for future generations. Programs such as tree planting, landowner incentive programs and shoreline restoration help us achieve our goals. We are delighted work with private landowners, lake associations, NGOs, Friends of groups, businesses, government agencies and the general public to make improvements to the watershed. Working with others, we divide the task and double the success!

This guide provides description of each program. Demand for these programs is high, so it is recommended you book early to avoid disappointment.

Teachers' Program Guide

This guide provides description of each program. Demand for these programs is high, so it is recommended you book early to avoid disappointment.

Teachers' Program Guide

FOLEY MOUNTAIN NATURE DAY CAMPS 

Join our experienced outdoor educators for some summer fun in the forest! Designed for children aged 6 – 12, we spend our time outside exploring, playing, and learning through experiential, hands-on opportunities.

Nature Day Camp and COVID-19
We will work diligently to follow guidelines from the federal and provincial governments and public health officials as well as work with our families and staff to help prevent the spread of COVID-19 in our communities.  This includes but is not limited to:

  • Enhanced cleaning and sanitizing of facilities and equipment
  • Screening protocols for families and staff
  • Providing opportunities for frequent hand washing and encouraging physical distancing
  • Protocols in place for suspected cases
  • Limiting access to program facilities to staff and students

For more information about our policies and procedures around COVID-19, please contact .

DateProgramAgeCamp Hours Cost
FULL July 12-16, 2021
Junior Naturalists
6-12
 9am – 4pm $200
FULL July 26-30, 2021
Outdoor Adventurers 
 6-12  9am – 4pm  $200
FULL August 9-13, 2021 Nature Explorers 6-12 9am – 4pm $200
FULL  
August 23-27, 2021
Forest Fun 6-12 9am-4pm $200

To Register

Please complete the registration request form found here https://bit.ly/3zdYj7U to be added to our registration list or wait list for camps that are currently full.  Upon completion of the form, we will send you a registration package, including the program handbook and other necessary documents.  PLEASE NOTE that filling out this form does not necessarily guarantee a space in the program but begins the registration process.


Winter Adventurers Day Camp

Fill up those PA days with winter fun! Programs are geared for kids aged six to twelve and are hosted by our knowledgeable RVCA interpreters. Learn how to snowshoe put up a shelter, build campfires and cook outdoors! The fun will run from 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. The cost is $45/child and $40 for additional children in the same family. Each session can accommodate up to 25 children. Pre-registration is required.

Location
Date
Time
Cost Registration Form
Foley Mountain
Conservation Area
 
   

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 Additional Information

  • Full Week camp: $200 per week/per child or $175 for an additional family member
  • Qualified and experienced outdoor education and camping staff

Contact

Rebecca Whitman
Foley Mountain Area Supervisor and Camp Director
E-mail: 
Tel: 613-273- 3255
Fax: 613-692- 0831

 

July 20, 2016

Baxter Day Camps

MAILING LIST: If you are interested in finding out more information about our Forest School, Day Camp and Canoe Camp programs, and other education programs at Baxter Conservation Area, please fill out the following Google form to be added to our mailing list — click here.

PLEASE NOTE THAT ALL WEEKS OF OUR FOREST EXPLORERS SUMMER CAMP and WILDERNESS ADVENTURES CAMP ARE NOW FULL!

Summer Camp and COVID-19
We will work diligently to follow guidelines from the federal and provincial governments and public health officials as well as work with our families and staff to help prevent the spread of COVID-19 in our communities.  This includes but is not limited to:

  • Enhanced cleaning and sanitizing of facilities and equipment
  • Screening protocols for families and staff
  • Providing opportunities for frequent hand washing and encouraging physical distancing
  • Protocols in place for suspected cases
  • Limiting access to program facilities to staff and students

For more information about our policies and procedures around COVID-19, please contact .

Forest Explorers Summer Camp Ages 4-10 | five-day program | $230 


Due to COVID, we have shifted gears and will be offering our new Forest Explorers Summer Camp program in 2021. Baxter’s new Forest Explorers Summer Camp gives campers the opportunity to enjoy summer adventures immersed in nature while playing, exploring and making new friends. Due to COVID restrictions we will be offering a hybridized version of Baxter’s Nature Explorers Summer Camp and Forest School programs with organized activities like our pond study, insect study, crafts, etc. and unstructured, child-led time where our camp counsellors will follow the campers’ interests while providing a safe and fun summer camp experience. Unfortunately, due to COVID we will not be able to offer swimming at Baxter’s beach this summer. We may go down to the water early in the morning before the crowds arrive to play in the sand and splash about in the water, especially on really hot days, but there will be no swimming. We will strive to keep campers outside most of the day and only go inside for washrooms, emergencies and in the case of extreme weather conditions (e.g., extreme heat, thunderstorms, etc.).

Our Forest Explorers Summer Camp will be offered for 4 to 10 year old children. We will have a 1:8 ratio with 16 campers and two staff each week. One week of camp will run from Monday to Friday from 9:00am to 4:00pm. We WILL NOT be offering before and after care during the summer of 2021. 

One week of camp costs $230 per camper (tax included). There is a $25 discount for additional family members registered in the same session of camp. 

Due to the amount of interest in our summer camp programs this year, parents/guardians may ONLY register their child(ren) for ONE WEEK of camp. Our Forest Explorers Summer Camp will be offered on the following weeks in July and August 2021:

DateProgramAgeCamp HoursCost  
CAMP IS FULL — July 5  to 9, 2021  Forest Explorers Summer Camp 4–10 9:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.   $230
CAMP IS FULL — July 12  to 16, 2021 Forest Explorers Summer Camp 4–10 9:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.   $230
CAMP IS FULL — July 26 to 30, 2021 Forest Explorers Summer Camp 4–10 9:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.   $230
CAMP IS FULL — August 9 to 13, 2021 Forest Explorers Summer Camp 4–10 9:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.   $230
CAMP IS FULL — August 16 to 20, 2021 Forest Explorers Summer Camp 4–10 9:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.  $230
CAMP IS FULL — August 30 to September 3 Forest Explorers Summer Camp 4–10 9:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m. $230


To Register for FOREST EXPLOER Summer Camp: $230 

All weeks of our Forest Explorers Summer Camp are now FULL! We are currently taking requests for our waiting list ONLY.  Please complete the Forest Explorers Summer Camp registration request form found here.
 
PLEASE NOTE that filling out this form DOES NOT guarantee a space in our camp program but begins the registration process. All submissions are date stamped and will be processed accordingly. We will do our best to accommodate your requested week of camp. Families will only be contacted if space is available. If space is available, families will be sent a registration package. Registration packages will not be sent out until sometime the week of June 21, 2021. 


Wilderness Adventures Camp Camp Ages 11-14 | five-day program | $230

Our new camp gives campers the opportunity to learn various types of outdoor skills like shelter building, fire building, how to use a map and compass and navigate with a GPS unit along with camp crafts and games suited for older campers.

DateProgramAgeCamp HoursCost  
WILDERNESS ADVENTURES CAMP IS FULL — July 19 – July 23, 2021 Wilderness Adventures Camp 11 – 14 9:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.   $275
WILDERNESS ADVENTURES CAMP IS FULL — August 23 – August 27, 2021 Wilderness Adventures Camp 11 – 14 9:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.   $275

To Register for Wilderness Adventures Summer Camp:

All weeks of our WILDERNESS Adventures Camp are now FULL! We are currently taking requests for our waiting list ONLY.  Please complete the Wilderness Adventure Camp registration request form found here

PLEASE NOTE that filling out this form DOES NOT guarantee a space in our camp program but begins the registration process. All submissions are date stamped and will be processed accordingly. We will do our best to accommodate your requested week of camp. Families will only be contacted if space is available. If space is available, families will be sent a registration package. Registration packages will not be sent out until sometime the week of June 21, 2021.

 

 Additional Information

  • Day camp: $25 off additional family members registered in the same camp session
  • We will not be offering before and after care during the summer of 2021 
  • Qualified and experienced outdoor education and camping staff
  • Regular camp hours — 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. 
  • Payment:
    • cash
    • cheque (made payable to Rideau Valley Conservation Authority) 
    • credit card (MasterCard or VISA)

Contact

Andrea Wood
Baxter Conservation Area Supervisor
E-mail: 
Tel: 613-489-3592
Fax: 613-692- 0831
Location: 7498 Carter Road, Kars, ON
Mailing Addess: PO Box 599, 3889 Rideau Valley Drive, Manotick, ON K4M 1A5

  

Half Day Program

$175 per group
(maximum 30 students) 
(90 minutes with an RVCA instructor)

Full Day Program

$250 per group
(maximum 30 students) 
(two 90 minutes with an RVCA instructor)

Self-directed

Interested in just visiting the conservation area with your class but not booking a program? The cost is $2.50/person. This does not include the use of buildings other than access to public washrooms. To reserve facilities, contact staff. Staff must still be contacted to book a self-directed visit.

Overnight Tent Camping (accommodations only)

1-15 people - $75/night
16-30 people - $150/night
30+ people - contact for pricing
*Additional buildings also available for rent (link to facility rentals)
Take you class on an overnight adventure to our group camping area!  Plan your own activities or book our education staff to provide programming during your stay (see above for pricing).   

The outdoor environmental education program at Foley Mountain provides students with interactive, experiential, curriculum-based experiences that will help them to understand our natural world and their relationship with it. The Program can accommodate up to 60 students per day and all equipment is provided. All programs are approximately 1.5 hours in duration. Descriptions are offered as general guidelines — if there are specific objectives that you would like to accomplish, please let us know. Although grade levels are recommended for each program, these are only guidelines. Please select any desired fields to narrow your search.

In this scavenger hunt activity, students will be tasked with finding samples of insects and other living things found in the forests of Foley Mountain. Take the challenge and see who will earn the most points in this amazing race of nature discovery!

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Contact Us

Address:
Rideau Valley Conservation Authority
3889 Rideau Valley Drive
Manotick, Ontario K4M 1A5

Phone:
613-692-3571, 1-800-267-3504

Email:

Hours:

Regular Hours: Monday to Friday, 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

Member of: conservation ontario