Connecting people with nature in Ontario's Mississippi Valley

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Enhancing opportunities for youth education relating to the wonders of the natural world of the Mississippi Valley Watershed is a key MVFN goal.  Two programs, the MVFN Young Naturalists and our Environmental Education Program, help us achieve this goal.

Young Naturalists

For further information about MVFN’s Young Naturalists program, please see the information provided under the link for Learn>>>>>> MVFN Young Naturalists on this site.

Environmental Education Program (EEP)

EEP provides financial support for in-school and other environmental education projects limited by school budget cutbacks, but where qualified educators are available.

We invite applications from teachers and youth group leaders seeking financial assistance for projects related to education about our natural world- for children of all ages in Carleton Place, Mississippi Mills, Lanark Highlands, Beckwith and surrounding area. The sort of projects which may be funded could include, but are not necessarily limited to, field trips to study stream ecology, visits to schools by qualified educators, year-long eco-school initiatives, and attendance at local or international environmental workshops or conferences.

MVFN’s EEP program coordinator is MVFN Board EEP Chairperson Bob Smith. For further information, please contact Bob at or 613-624-5307.

peacedovesat puppetsupGiant Peace doves flown in Puppets Up parade in Almonte. EEP had sponsored several primary students to attend the United Nations Childrens’ Conference on the environment where they listened to a speech by Dr. Jane Goodall who organized the flying of Giant Peace Doves each year on International Peace Day.