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Registration now open for 2019 Winter/Spring MVFN Young Naturalists

NOTE: there are still spaces available in the 11 AM to 12:45 PM session; but the earlier session is now FULL

After another “wildly” successful fall, the MVFN Young Naturalists are gearing up to begin their five winter/spring sessions for 2019!

Each month we explore a new nature themed topic through outdoor investigation, discussions, activities, and fun crafts! YN sessions are for children between the ages of 6-11 with a keen sense of curiosity about the natural world around them.

Ready to get your hands dirty?  Here are the important details:

Meeting place: Mill of Kintail Conservation Area at 2854 Ramsay Concession 8, Almonte, ON

Session times:  9:00 AM -10:45 AM (Note: this session is now FULL) OR 11:00 AM to 12:45 PM

2019 winter/spring dates, and topics the Young Naturalists will explore!

Feb 2: Food chains and food webs with a focus on generalists and specialists. We will do this session on snowshoes! Snowshoes will be provided for all Young Naturalists for use during the session.

March 2: Snow

April 6: Plant anatomy and gardening

May 4: Ecological interactions: symbiotic relationships and invasive species

June 1: Moths and Butterflies, nature exploration day

Cost: $75 per child for all five sessions

Space is limited and is filled on a first come first served basis.  Please let us know you are interested today to secure your Young Naturalists’ registration in this popular program!

Registration: To register and for further information, please contact program coordinator for MVFN, Patty McLaughlin, at  Let Patty know your interest and she will send you a registration form and answer questions.

See our Young Naturalists page for further information about the program.


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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 Naturalist Registration NOW OPEN for 2017 Winter/Spring Sessions

Happy New Year Young Naturalists and Families of Young Naturalists!!

I hope you all had a wonderful holiday season and are enjoying all the snow we are getting this year! It is looking promising for our snowshoeing session in February.

Registration for the Winter/Spring 2017 Young Naturalist program for Young Naturalists age 6-11  is now open! 

The dates and topics for the sessions are:

Feb 4th: Snowshoeing while we learn about how insects survive winter. (snowshoes will be provided)

March 4th: Solar and Wind Power

April 1st: Water

May 6th: Flowers

June 3rd: We will conduct our own mini Bio Blitz!

The cost for all five sessions is $75.

Please let me know your interest through email to and which session you prefer, i.e. 9 am -10:45am or 11am- 12:45 pm and I will send you a registration form and waiver.

​​​​Payment and registration forms will be collected at the first session on Feb 4th. If you cannot attend the first session, please send payment and forms in advance to secure your spot.

The Young Naturalist program continues to be very popular, so if you know a Young Naturalist who would like to participate, please contact me as soon as possible to reserve a space. For further information about the program, send me an email or visit MVFN Young Naturalist Program.

We are looking forward to seeing many familiar and new faces in a few weeks!

Patty McLaughlin



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