Connecting people with nature in Ontario's Mississippi Valley

Behind the Scenes Museum of Nature Collections Tour

To all MVFN members and friends

Tour of Museum of Nature Collections Facility in Gatineau 

2 P.M. Saturday, Nov 1, 2008

Have you ever wondered where all of the Museum of Nature’s specimen collections are that are not on display? Join MVFN for a “behind the scenes” tour of the collections of the Canadian Museum of Nature at their collections facility in Gatineau. The tour takes place Saturday, November 1st at 2 pm. See description below.

Car pooling is in order for this two hour tour. Help reduce our carbon footprint. For all Mississippi Mills and Lanark Highlands people, meet at Tim Hortons, Almonte, for departure by 1:00 P.M. For Carleton Place area, car-pool at Tim Hortons, Highway 7, Carleton Place, also for departure 1:00 P.M.

You must pre-register for the tour. Contact Cliff Bennett at 613.256.5013 or  to sign up.

At the request of several local clubs for indoor natural history destinations during the hunting season, the Canadian Museum of Nature is pleased to offer members of your group ‘safe haven’ at the Museum’s Natural Heritage Building on November 1, between 1 and 4 pm. Several collections – including paleontology, entomology and botany – will be available to visit, along with the museum’s DNA and specimen conservation laboratories.

This ‘behind the scenes’ opportunity gives visitors the chance to get to know Museum’s collections facility in Gatineau, Quebec, which houses millions of specimens for research and education, when they are not on display at our Ottawa exhibit building. Each carefully catalogued specimen documents the ideas, discoveries, and hard work – not to mention the exciting adventures – of generations of researchers and explorers. Together, they form an indispensable resource for understanding the natural world, and for decisions contributing to its stewardship. Each new collection makes the resource more powerful – and the meeting place more magical – for scientists, naturalists, students, historians, artists and all the people they serve. Canada’s natural history collection owes a significant amount of its value to the collecting effort and volunteer assistance of passionate nature enthusiasts who devote their recreational or professional hours to learning and documenting the flora of their home landscapes.

The Canadian Museum of Nature welcomes this chance to meet and engage members of the local natural history community by hosting this collection visit.