Junior Naturalists Club

Registration for the Fall 2024 Semester of the Junior Naturalists Club will be determined by a random draw. Draw entries must be received by August 12, 2024 at 9:00 am. Please see all the details below.

The Riverwood Conservancy’s Junior Naturalists Club (JNC) gives kids from Grades One to Eight the chance to explore the wilderness, connect with nature, and learn skills they can put to use everywhere they go. Junior Naturalists learn about reptiles, identify wildflowers, walk through nature, take amazing photographs, and much more!

The Junior Naturalists Club is made possible through the generosity of the University of Toronto Mississauga Centre for Urban Environments.

If you have any questions about the program or registration, please contact our Community Programs Coordinator, Stephanie Keeler.

Dates and topics for the Fall 2024 Semester (topics subject to change)

September 7 | Insects

September 21 | Wildflowers or Fossils

October 5 | Salmon or Trees

October 19 | Salmon or Trees

November 2 | Weather or Fungi

November 16 | Excursion TBD

November 30 | Community Service Project

December 14 | Night Hike

Locations and Times

Session locations will vary, depending on the topic to be covered. Junior Naturalists regularly visit Riverwood, the University of Toronto Mississauga campus, Rattray Marsh, and Erindale Park.

Sessions are generally held from 10:00 am – 12:00 pm, but timings may vary based on the topic covered or the location of a particular session.

Organizers will notify participants well in advance the location and timing of each session.

Pricing and Cancellations

$150 per participant.

Registration cancellations can be made any time up to September 14, 2024 and are subject an administrative fee of $25. No refunds will be given for no-shows.

Accommodations may be available in the event that registration fees constitute undue financial hardship for a family. Please contact Stephanie Keeler to inquire.

Important Information

We cannot accommodate siblings or friends that are not selected through the random draw process (details below).

We have two distinct cohorts for each semester. Cohorts may convene at different locations for certain sessions. Cohorts are typically organized by the grade levels of the participants. We are unable to accommodate requests for cohort changes, and we cannot guarantee siblings and friends will be placed in the same cohort.

This is a child drop-off program. For everyone’s safety, parents and guardians may not accompany the sessions.


To allow greater accessibility and equitability to the community, Junior Naturalists Club participants will be determined by a random draw.

Entries for the draw will close on August 12, 2024 at  9:00 am. Participants will then be randomly selected, and parents will be notified by email on August 12, 2024 at 3:00 pm if their child has been selected or not. Please check all email folders, including junk and spam folders, for that notification email; courtesy phone calls will not be made.

Parents of selected participants will then have 24 hours to complete registration and payment via the link they will receive by email. Failure to complete registration and payment within 24 hours will result in your spot being given to another draw entry.

Please fill out the form below to enter the draw. Please note that separate draw forms must be submitted for each child you wish to enroll, and only one draw entry per child is permitted. Multiple entries for the same child will be disqualified.