MVFN is your passport to nature in the Mississippi Valley and Lanark County. Members enjoy a robust and diverse program of guided nature outings, informative nature presentations, and local stewardship, conservation & citizen science opportunities. As a member you add your voice for nature by supporting the Mississippi Valley Field Naturalists, a member of the Ontario Nature Network.
Membership rates: $35 family; $25 individual; $20 seniors (65+); students $10.
Explore New Places And Discover New Species
MVFN has been organizing guided outings for 30 years. Knowledgeable volunteers who enjoy sharing their passion for nature, lead canoe/kayak trips, early morning birding and field trips in the local area. MVFN produces guides to good birding and canoeing/kayaking locations in the region for those who explore on their own schedule.
Learn From The Experts
From September to May, on the third Thursday of the month, MVFN hosts nature talks by noted experts, exploring everything from nature in the region to global environmental issues. Talks are held at the Almonte United Church on Elgin Street in Almonte, Ontario. Recent topics have included: lichens, wasps, Phragmites, and glaciation in the Ottawa Valley.
Get Your Hands Dirty
MVFN engages in environmental stewardship & citizen science. From participation in three annual Audubon Christmas Bird Counts providing data to Bird Studies Canada, to the Lanark County Checklist of Birds, our schools Monarch Butterfly program and development of bird observation stations at the Almonte Lagoons, MVFN supports local environmental awareness and conservation.
Make It A Family Affair
Our MVFN Young Naturalists is a fun program designed for kids aged 6 to 11 with a keen interest in and curiosity about the natural world around them! The program aims to develop and expand the interests of the children in the natural world with the hopes that they may grow to be lifelong naturalists and citizen scientists.
Make New Friends
MVFN is not just an association, it’s a community of like-minded nature-lovers with a desire to learn about the natural world. A chat on the trail, socializing at nature talks, connecting with others while taking part in a habitat creation project or bird count, talking and singing together around a campfire at Canoe Camp or sharing a sighting at a nature talk. MVFN gives you many opportunities to experience and enjoy nature with other nature lovers.