Connecting people with nature in Ontario's Mississippi Valley

NOTE (AUGUST 22, 2018): Registration for the Fall 2018 sessions has now ended; all spaces have been booked.

After another “wildly” successful year, the MVFN Young Naturalists are gearing up to begin their four fall sessions! Each month we explore a new nature themed topic through outdoor investigation, discussion, activities and fun crafts.

YN sessions are for children between the ages of 6-11 with a keen sense of curiosity of the natural world around them. In these Fall sessions we will explore the diversity of the Mill of Kintail conservation area, learn about nature photography, investigate bones and owl pellets, and take a look at wilderness safety.

Ready to get your hands dirty?  Here are the Saturday dates.

September 15

October 13

November 3

December 1

SESSION TIMES:  there are two time slots to choose from: 9 AM – 10:45 AM OR 11 AM – 12:45 PM

COST:  $60 per child includes all four sessions.

Space is limited and is filled on a first come, first served basis. If you are interested please email the Patty McLaughlin asap at to reserve a space.

Patty will then send you registration forms and answer questions etc.

Further information about the Young Naturalists program can be found at http://mvfn.ca/youngnaturalists/  

 

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Registration for the 2018 Winter/Spring MVFN Young Naturalists (for children age 6-11) sessions is now open! These sessions run for 5 Saturdays. Spaces are going quickly and only one time slot has spaces remaining.

Each month we explore a new nature-themed topic through outdoor exploration, discussions, games and fun art activities. All sessions are held at the beautiful Mill of Kintail Conservation area. The cost for all five sessions is $75 and the topics planned are:

February 3

Animal tracks – on snowshoes (there will be enough snowshoes for everyone)

March 3

Weather and clouds

April 7

This session will feature a new presentation and activities from the Wild Bird Care Centre education program that I am currently developing.

May 5

The dirt on dirt

June 2

Reptiles and Amphibians

Session times:  11 AM – 12:45 PM (NOTE: the 9 AM – 10:45 AM session is now sold out for this session)

Cost: $75 covers all five sessions

If you are interested in registering for the 2018 Winter/Spring Young Naturalist sessions, or for more information, please contact me (Patty McLaughlin); send an email asap with the child’s name and your preferred session time to reserve a space. Send emails to:   Registration forms and payment are collected at the first session on February 3, 2018.

NOTE: Program coordinator Patty McLaughlin (B.Sc. Zoology and M.Sc. Carleton University) first volunteered at the Wild Bird Care Centre in Nepean as a high school student and presently works full-time at the Wild Bird Care Centre, caring for sick and injured birds. There she also created and implemented an educational outreach program to offer to local schools which was extremely well-received. Patty also developed the popular activities and program for our Young Naturalist sessions and has been conducting the MVFN Young Naturalist sessions since the program began in 2011.

 

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