Connecting people with nature in Ontario's Mississippi Valley

MVFN Young Naturalist Program for Ages 6-11

We are excited to announce that our Young Naturalist (YN) Program Fall sessions begin again September 17th. If you know of a keen youngster who is interested in this program you are encouraged to register as soon as possible by contacting Patty McLaughlin. Spaces will fill up quickly and they may all be allocated before our public information booths at Mississippi Mills At-a-Glance and Seniors Expo in early September.

The MVFN Young Naturalist program is for children age 6 -11 with a keen sense of curiosity for the natural world around them.  For the Fall 2016 sessions YN will meet one Saturday each month from September to December to explore nature themed topics and enjoy the outdoors.

Meeting place: Mill of Kintail Conservation Area, 2854 Ramsay Concession 8, Mississippi Mills.

DatesSeptember 17th, October 1st, November 5th, and December 3rd 2016

Times: 9:00 -10:45 am OR 11:00 am – 12:45 pm

Cost: $60 per child for all four sessions ($15 per session)

Registration: As mentioned, the YN program always fills up quickly and registration is on a first come, first served basis. Please contact Program Leader Patty McLaughlin as soon as possible if you would like to register a child in the upcoming sessions. Patty will answer questions and forward application forms and any additional information needed for participants. Contact Patty McLaughlin at  

Here are some other details sent out by Patty:

Hello everyone!  

This year we hope to focus a little more on citizen science. There are many great programs that all of us can use to submit our sightings and nature counts to scientists. Whenever possible we intend to show the kids the proper ways to count different creatures and where / how to submit our findings.  

We hope to modify the sessions to ensure we are maximizing our outdoor time. We know we jam pack the session and we sometimes feel a bit rushed to finish everything, so we have decided to extend each of the session times by 15 mins. The early session will now run from 9-10:45 am and the later session will run from 11 am -12:45 pm.  

If you are interested in joining, please send me an email with the participant’s name and your preferred session time.  Payment must be made at the first session, or if you are unable to come to the first session please send your forms and payment to me by mail. We cannot guarantee your spot if payment is not received by or at the first session.  

Please let me know by email if you are interested in signing up this fall. The registration and waiver forms will be forwarded to you.  

Thank you for your participation in the Young Naturalist program! I look forward to seeing familiar​ and new excited faces next month!