The Nature Centre at Bruce’s Mill

The Nature Centre at Bruce’s Mill is located within Bruce’s Mill Conservation Park in Whitchurch-Stouffville in York Region.

The Nature Centre offers a variety of nature-based educational programs and events for children, families, students, and teachers such as field trips, camps, family-friendly programs, festivals, and engaging workshops for adults.

NEW! School field trips are launching in fall 2024. Contact vservices@trca.ca today for details.

About Us

exterior of the Nature Centre at Bruce's Mill

The Nature Centre at Bruce’s Mill Conservation Park is located at 3291 Stouffville Road in the town of Whitchurch-Stouffville, Ontario. View map and directions.

Bruce’s Mill is a destination park, home to Treetop Trekking, Disc Golf, a BMX bike course, the Community Safety Village, and a network of trails winding through beautiful hardwood forests on the Oak Ridges Moraine.

LEARN MORE ABOUT BRUCE’S MILL

grandmother tree at the Nature Centre at Bruces Mill
exterior of the Nature Centre at Bruce's Mill
red trillium blooms at the Nature Centre at Bruces Mill

Community Events

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Field Trips

students experience field trip at Bruces Mill Conservation Park

Bring your class to The Nature Centre at Bruce’s Mill for an immersive field trip. Get outside and learn during an activity-packed day visit.

Our curriculum-connected programs are designed to deliver hands-on experiences in a safe and supportive outdoor setting.

BROWSE OUR SCHOOL PROGRAMS

For more information or to book your program, please contact vservices@trca.ca.

Nature Camps

campers enjoy outdoor adventures at the Nature Centre at Bruces Mill
campers enjoy outdoor adventures at the Nature Centre at Bruces Mill
campers enjoy outdoor adventures at the Nature Centre at Bruces Mill

The Nature Centre at Bruce’s Mill is pleased to announce the launch of summer camps for 2024.

The Nature Centre’s small-scale adventure camps allow for lots of time with our experienced camp counselors and outdoor education specialists in a spectacular outdoor setting.

LEARN MORE AND REGISTER FOR CAMPS

Birthday Parties

youngster learns to build a shelter at an outdoor birthday party at Bruces Mill Nature Centre
youngsters learn about native wildlife at a birthday party at the Nature Centre at Bruces Mill
youngsters learn how to build a fire in the wilderness at a birthday at the Nature Centre at Bruces Mill

Connect with nature at your child’s next birthday party – whether it’s building fires and shelters, dissecting owl pellets, playing animal games … or a little bit of everything!

Choose from one of the following themes, or work with us to create an unforgettable, customized birthday experience.

PROGRAMS:

Nature Appreciation:*
Explore the beauty of the forest! Get outside, play games, explore different natural textures and colours, make art, and have fun!
*This program can be done on snowshoes in the winter months.

Amazing Animals:
Examine real bones and fur pelts, test your senses, and explore different habitats while looking for signs of animals. Then embrace your “animal instincts” while playing active games that show how animals hide, find food, camouflage, and survive!

Owl Prowl:
Become an owl explorer for the day! Keep your eyes and ears open for our feathery friends as you hike though owl territory. Learn to hoot like an owl and dissect pellets to see what owls have been eating.

Wilderness Survival:
Become an expert in the outdoors! Learn what to do if you’re ever lost before enjoying building a fire and shelter of your own!

DETAILS:

  • $375.00* for up to 15 children and three adults. There will be an added charge of $10.00 for each additional child and $8.10 for each additional adult.
  • Our themed parties are designed for children from four to 12 years of age.
  • Available Saturdays and Sundays from 1:30 p.m. to 4:30 p.m. Alternate times can be requested.
  • Parties are three hours in length (1.5 hour guided program; an hour for food, cake, and presents; and 30 minutes for any extra set-up, group-led games, or buffer time).
  • All programs are led by TRCA Education Interpreters.
  • Private space is included for food, cake, and opening presents.
  • Every party has an outdoor component. For your comfort, we recommend that you dress for the weather on the day of your visit and that participants wear closed-toed, flat-soled footwear (such as running shoes).
  • To book birthday parties, please contact mary.gawen@trca.ca.

*Fees are subject to change.

Corporate Teambuilding

corporate group enjoys a team building event at Bruces Mill Conservation Park

Host your next corporate outing at the Nature Centre at Bruce’s Mill!

Rent the Nature Centre for a team meeting or a book a picnic shelter and enjoy everything Bruce’s Mill Conservation Park has to offer: driving range, disc golf, hiking trails, Treetop Trekking, and more.

You’re in good hands when you book your corporate function with TRCA. Choose from one of our programs below or reach out to us about a customized program.

PROGRAMS:

Geocaching

Time: 1.5 to 2 hours
Number of Participants: 20 to 30
Season: Offered all year
Cost: $25 per person

Take part in the popular activity of geocaching: a high-tech scavenger hunt using GPS units! First, participants will learn how to use the GPS units and how to navigate a map. Next, in small teams, participants will walk just over 1-2 km of beautiful trails to find hidden treasures. This program can be adapted to be a fun, camaraderie-building competition.

Teambuilding Games

Time: 1.5 to 2 hours
Number of Participants: 20 to 30
Season: Offered all year
Cost: $25 per person

Establish positive group dynamics through physical and mental challenges that require group collaboration. Each challenge is designed to improve interpersonal skills and help participants to overcome barriers to personal and group growth. Our activities will help to build leadership, communication, creative problem-solving, and positive group decision-making.

Wilderness Survival

Time: 1.5 to 2 hours
Number of Participants: 20 to 30
Season: Offered all year
Cost: $25 per person

Learn fire-building safety and techniques and then put your skills and wits to the test. Learn different traditional (non-lighter/match) fire-starting methods and try one of these methods out yourself. Unleash your competitive side as you work with your team to compete against other teams to burn through the string first.

To book a program, please contact mary.gawen@trca.ca.

Facility Rental

exterior of the Nature Centre at Bruce's Mill

The Nature Centre at Bruce’s Mill offers a beautiful, welcoming space for groups of up to 100 people – the perfect setting for meetings, fundraisers, or small conferences.

To add a rustic feel to your event, picnic tables and Muskoka chairs can be set up indoors.

Rental pricing: $600.00 per day

Questions? Contact us at vservices@trca.ca.