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Young Naturalists Registration Open

MVFN’s Young Naturalists program (YN) is a nature-oriented program for nature loving young naturalists aged 6-11 years. YN meets one Saturday a month at beautiful Mill of Kintail Conservation Area to explore a different nature-themed topic each month. The young naturalists are provided with a nature journal, which we add pages to each month.

Each session includes an outdoor component and a take home craft/activity.

The dates and topics for the fall 2017 Saturday sessions are as follows:

September 16: Nature Exploration Day. A day to discover more about each other and the awesome habitats around the Mill of Kintail Conservation Area.

October 14: Fall and Leaves

November 4: Owls and, our favorite activity, Owl Pellet Dissection

December 2: Hibernation and Migration ​​

For each session there are two time slots to choose from. Participants attend one or the other time slot:

Early: 9 am – 10:45 am OR

Later: 11 am – 12:45 pm

REGISTRATION: Each session is limited to 15 participants. Cost is $60 per child and includes all four sessions.

If you are interested please email the Patty McLaughlin asap at to reserve your space.

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

Further information about the Young Naturalists program can be found at this link.

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MVFN Young Naturalists Program Gets Go Ahead after Successful Pilot project  NOTE: For more information and to register your youngster in the MVFN Young Naturalists program, please contact Brenda Boyd at 613-256-2706 or email . There are still several spaces available for the monthly Saturday morning sessions which run for an hour and a half April 21, May 12, and June 9. Two different time slots are offered, so students can choose the 9 or 11 am start time. Each month is a “stand-alone” unit, so children may join at any time. A fee of  $10 per session applies for each participant which covers a portion of the cost to run the program. The balance of the funding for the program is provided by the Mississippi Valley Field Naturalists. With the success of a pilot project held last fall, the Mississippi Valley Field Naturalists club (MVFN) is delighted to announce the formation of the “MVFN Young Naturalists” program as a regular monthly activity. The goal of the Young Naturalists Program is to offer young local children an opportunity to develop and expand their knowledge and love of the natural world. Geared towards children aged 7 to 12, the full program was launched in February, 2012, with sessions now being held each month at the Mill of Kintail. The sessions are organized and run by Patty Summers of the Wild Bird Care Centre, with assistance from two volunteer teachers. Patty’s great enthusiasm, natural rapport with children and her expertise were vital to the pilot project’s success and will carry the program forward. During the pilot program the children learned about: ”Creepy Crawlies”, “Changing Seasons”, “Owls” and “Animal Survival in Winter”. According to a post-evaluation of the program, the children all had a lot of fun, learned many fascinating new things about nature, and especially enjoyed dissecting owl pellets, looking for insect larvae in the Indian River, making simple bird feeders and playing a scent scavenger hunt game. Many of these children and their friends have now signed up again to participate in the MVFN Young Naturalists program which was launched following the pilot. The MVFN Young Naturalists Program takes place one Saturday morning per month (with two per morning, so students can choose the 9-10:30 am or the 11 am -12:30 pm time slot) in March, April, May and June 2012. The program begins again in the Fall one Saturday a month from September to December. Each Saturday morning program includes some more formal instruction as well as outdoor exploration and hands-on activities.  Topics planned for the Winter/Spring program include: searching for animal tracks, snowshoeing, learning about weather, searching for and learning about frogs and toads, how to make a toad abode in the garden, seeds, soil composition, birds and birds’ eggs and nests. The lead program instructor, Patty Summers (B.Sc. Zoology and M.Sc. from 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. She has recently created and implemented an educational outreach program to offer to local schools. MVFN has funded several of Patty’s presentations at elementary schools in Pakenham, Almonte and Carleton Place, which have been a great hit. Joyce Clinton, MVFN President, spoke in glowing terms of the Club’s success in the development and delivery of the new MVFN Young Naturalists program. “In a very short period of time,” remarked Clinton, “a community of 7 to 12 year-olds has joined together to learn about and engage with the wonderful natural world we cherish in Eastern Ontario. Future environmental leadership may well be found from any of these youngsters. We look forward to a display of their journals and projects at MVFN’s annual “Spring Gathering” in May.” The MVFN Young Naturalists is a function of the MVFN Environmental Education Program, which is chaired by Brenda Boyd. Lead member for the development of the project was EEP committee member Katie Cotnam, along with Brenda, Cliff Bennett, Neil Carleton and Ron Williamson. NOTE: For more information and to register your youngster in the MVFN Young Naturalists program, please contact Brenda Boyd at 613-256-2706 or email . There are still several spaces available for the monthly Saturday morning sessions which run for an hour and a half April 21, May 12, and June 9. Two different time slots are offered, so students can choose the 9 or 11 am start time. Each month is a “stand-alone” unit, so children may join at any time. A fee of  $10 per session applies for each participant which covers a portion of the cost to run the program. The balance of the funding for the program is provided by the Mississippi Valley Field Naturalists. _____________________________________________________________________________________

Mississippi Valley Conservation will be hosting Kintail Country Christmas again this year. The day-long family event will be held at the Mill of Kintail Saturday, December 12, 2009.

The Mississippi Valley Field Naturalists will be taking part by welcoming visitors indoors at the Education Centre with crafts, gifts and club information, and outdoors visitors can participate in our Nature Treasure Hunt.

For complete details on this MVC event please see information at http://www.mvc.on.ca/.

 

Kintail Country Christmas

Press Release from MVC

It’s a riverside yuletide at the Mill of Kintail Conservation Area on Saturday, December 13 from noon to 6 p.m.

Join us for Kintail Country Christmas and step into the wonderful world of holidays past. From Father Christmas to the Valley Voices experience the simpler side of the season with music, laughter and the great outdoors. Take a stroll, or sleigh ride through the lantern-lit walkways or strap on your blades and go for a spin around the outdoor skating rink. Enjoy stories by the fire, a Children Only Gift Shop, complete with wrapping elves. There’s hot apple cider and home baking too.

Hosted by Mississippi Valley Conservation at the Mill of Kintail Conservation Area, this second annual event has something for everyone.

“Last year was a great success. We are so excited to host this event again this year,” says Museum Manager Stephanie Kolsters.

The holidays are a time when you appreciate what you have, and what we have is a beautiful outdoor site, heritage buildings and a wonderful group of supporters.

Enjoy performances by both the Valley Players and Valley Voices in the Gatehouse at 1:30 and 3:30 p.m. The Mississippi Valley Field Naturalists will be hosting outdoor activities throughout the day while the Mississippi Valley Textile Museum and artist Jennifer Ryder-Jones provide ornament and craft making activities. Sleigh rides, courtesy of the Wolf Grove Ryed-hers, are a wonderful way to see the site. Free hot apple cider is provided courtesy of the Ottawa Region Media Group. Lily White will tell stories by the fire in the museum at 12:30, 2:30 and 4:30 p.m. Weather permitting, the outdoor skating will be open for all.

Kintail Country Christmas is truly a community event celebrating this exciting and fun time of year.

“Family and friends are what this magical season is all about. We invite you to enjoy all the traditions of the holiday season and spend time with your loved ones surrounded by the beauty of the conservation area,” says Kolsters.

Father Christmas will also be visiting the Mill of Kintail conservation area on December 13. Visit him in the museum gallery; each family receives a free photograph.

The festivities run from noon to 6 p.m. on Saturday, December 13. Admission is only $10 per vehicle. For more information call Stephanie at 613-256-3610 ext. 2, visit www.mvc.on.ca  or look for us at the Pakenham and Almonte Christmas parades, December 6 and 7, for a detailed schedule of events and site map. Schedules and site maps will also be available at the entrance and online.

Public Astronomy Night at the Mill of Kintail,  

April 4, starting after 7:30 p.m. at the Gatehouse

http://oafs.ca/index.php/Mill_of_Kintail_Star_Party

On the day of the event, there will be a general announcement regarding the event being a ‘go’ or ‘no go’ and a description of the event at http://tech.groups.yahoo.com/group/OAFs/.

The event is entirely dependent on sky conditions. We will be monitoring the Clear Sky Clock http://cleardarksky.com/c/FLOkey.html. Note that the squares have to be blue for both cloud and transparency.

Pat Browne

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MVFN natural history talks:  7:30 pm on third Thursdays of Jan, Feb, March, April,  Sept, Oct, and Nov at Almonte United Church, 106 Elgin St. Almonte ON. All welcome! Non-members $5. 

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