App’s Mill Nature Centre is located at 308 Robinson Road in Brantford
. Built in 1981 thanks to a generous donation by Brantford’s own S.C. Johnson and Sons Ltd., this facility was recently renovated to increase accessibility and add a new outdoor classroom. It is surrounded by 100-hectares of breathtaking forests, fields, and wetlands to explore and wildlife to discover. It is a treasure for local residents and tourists, who love to explore the beautiful natural landscapes along the Grand River.
The facility, operated by the Grand River Conservation Authority, offers a variety of year-round, free or low-cost outdoor, hands-on programs for schools, families, youth, and community groups.
Throughout the school year, the Nature Centre welcomes over 50,000 children and youth from school classes, community youth organizations, and family groups for full-day and half-day, curriculum-based environmental and outdoor education programs. The Centre also offers birthday party rentals with a variety of themed programs, from “Winter Fun” with snowshoeing; to “Take Technology Outdoors” using GPS to navigate fields; to “Maple Syrup Birthday” where you can learn how to drill maple trees.
Children and youth can also enjoy the variety of camps that focus on environmental discovery to connect young learners with the outdoors in a fun, educational way. These camps, offered at a number of the Nature Centres along the Grand River, are all about being outdoors, discovering nature, making new friends, and creating memories and an appreciation for nature that will last a lifetime.
App’s Mill is also a great destination for teambuilding and adult group adventures. The Grand River Conservation Authority offers a variety of programs where groups can enjoy a snow shoe hike, survival challenge, a night hike, or stream exploration to name a few. There is even the option to book a group campfire! Non-profit organized youth groups can apply for a subsidy through a generous grand from the Grand River Conservation Foundation, as well.