Mini Naturalists Club

Registration for the Fall 2024 Semester of the Mini Naturalists Club will open on August 19, 2024 at 6:00 pm.

You're never too young to explore nature!

Building on the success of our Junior Naturalists Club, we now host a series of nature education programs for Mississauga's youngest explorers!

The Riverwood Conservancy’s Mini Naturalists Club (MNC) gives children aged 3-5, along with a parent/guardian, the chance to explore the outdoors, and develop a meaningful connection to the natural world.

Mini Naturalists and their parents/guardians will learn about insects, identify plants and trees, walk through nature, and give back to the local environment through a community project!

If you have 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 | Nature Walk and Turtle Meet and Greet

September 21 | Insects

October 5 | Salmon Run

October 19 | Trees and Plants

November 2 | Fungi

November 16 | Service Project

November 30 | Bird Feeder Building Workshop

December 14 | Signs of Winter and Chickadee Feeding

Locations and Times

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

Sessions are generally held from 2:00 – 3:30 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.

Participant Expectations

The MNC was created for parents/guardians and their children to enjoy nature together. It is expected that the parent/guardian of a child in the MNC will be an active participant in all sessions. The MNC is not a drop-off program.

Only registered children aged 3-5 years old will be able to participate in MNC sessions.

Pricing and Cancellations

The $150 registration fee covers all programs for one parent/guardian and child pairing.

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