Connecting people with nature in Ontario's Mississippi Valley

Last call for Young Naturalists Winter/Spring session registration

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.

Young Naturalists out on snowshoes at Mill of Kintail. photo P. McLaughlin

Grouse tracks in the snow. photo Howard Robinson Feb 2002

“Owl hold your spot” bookmarks from fall materials at a YN session.