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  • Exploring and learning nature photographyExploring and learning nature photography
    Exploring and learning nature photography
  • Having a great time exploring in natureHaving a great time exploring in nature
    Having a great time exploring in nature
  • Outdoor exploration, hiking and orienteering!Outdoor exploration, hiking and orienteering!
    Outdoor exploration, hiking and orienteering!
  • Build a shelter in the forestBuild a shelter in the forest
    Build a shelter in the forest
  • Buds, Blossoms and Leaves Nature BackpackBuds, Blossoms and Leaves Nature Backpack
    Learning about "Buds, Blossoms and Leaves" with a Nature Backpack

Get outside and have fun learning! Through exploration and guided activities, our expert educators will help you and your family connect with nature and make lasting memories.

March Break Camp

​Spring​​​ Into Scanlon

Celebrate the last week of winter in the forest at Scanlon Creek​! Participate for one-, two-, three- or all four days in our March Break Camp.  

Activity Highlights

Children aged 6 - 12 will participate in fun outdoor activities that include making maple syrup, nature photography, kicksledding, bird watching, music, games, crafts and more. ​

Program Costs​
Register for one day, two days, three days, or all four days! 

One day - $45
Two days - $90
Three days - $128 (Save 5%)
Four days - $162​​ (Save 10%)​

Extended camp hours are available for $10 per day, per participant. 

Click here to view the full schedule and program descriptions.



​Calling all Scouts and Girl Guides!

Work towards 2 badges in 1 day!

Join us at Scanlon Creek Conservation Area on May 26 for a fun-filled day in nature! See what critters you can find at the bottom of the creek, attract your own feathered friends with your brand new birdfeeder, or build your own shelter in the woods! 

With six different programs to choose from, scout and guide groups will have a blast working towards up to two badges in one day as part of this brand new hands-on program!

Nature Backpack

Nature Backpack​s

Two libraries are making it easier for families to explore their local outdoors by offering free "Nature Backpacks" for loan.

The free "themed" Nature Backpacks include an activity guide, games, identification sheets, a magnifying glass, a storybook, and more. Each backpack can be borrowed at no cost through the Town of Aurora and Town of Newmarket Public Libraries. 

There are six nature backpacks available for loan, each focused on a different theme:

  • Things with Wings – Provides activities that focus on learning about butterflies, moths, dragonflies and backyard birds while searching with your compass and binoculars.

  • Creepy Crawly Critters – Focuses on spiders, slugs, bugs and centipedes.

  • Who's Been Here? – Learn how to identify animal tracks and signs of animals  

  • Splish, Splash, Splosh – Discover aquatic habitats and learn all about reptiles and amphibians.

  • Buds, Blossoms and Leaves – Learn about wildflowers, and take part in a nature scavenger hunt.

  • Explore Outdoors – Play nature bingo, find natural treasures, and learn how to use a compass as you explore the outdoors.

The Nature Backpack initiative is a pilot project that is led by Healthy Living Division,  York Region Public Health, and supported by the Healthy Kids Community Challenge, Lake Simcoe Region Conservation Authority, Toronto and Region Conservation Authority, Windfall Ecology Centre, York Region Nature Collaborative, Town of Aurora Public Library, and Town of Newmarket Public Library.