Kingston Youth Naturalists



Meetings are at McArthur Hall Rooms A313 and A317 from 6:30 to 8:00pm


The Stirrett Scholarship is available for a Junior Naturalist to attend a Nature Camp. Application deadline is April 1. Please ask Anne for details. Cataraqui Region Conservation Authority Nature Explorers Camp is for 6-11 year olds, eight sessions each one week. (Google: CRCA Nature Camp Day Camp) Eco Adventure Camp is for 8-14 year olds at ELEEC (Elbow Lake Environmental Education Centre); seven sessions each one week. (Google: Eco-adventure Camp Kingston)


Thursday 8 March Foods Ins and Outs

Thursday 22 March Wind and Nature

Field Trip Saturday 24 March 9:00 am to 3:00 pm BROCKVILLE Meet at McArthur 9:00 am. Return 3:00 pm. Bring lunch with something hot in a thermos. Wear warm clothes with a windproof outer layer all over, and good boots. Please sign up at the meeting on 22 March or by email to Diane ( Where required by law, a car booster seat must be supplied.


Thursday 8 February Wildlife Relationships

Thursday 22 February Misunderstood Nature

Field Trip Saturday 24 February 9:00am to 2:00pm. Meet at McArthur Bring lunch with something hot in a thermos. Wear warm clothes with a windproof outer layer all over and good boots. Please sign up at the meeting on 22 February or by E mail to Anne and Diane Where required by law booster seats must be supplied


Thursday 11 January Ponds in all Seasons

Thursday 25 January Ungulates

Field Trip Saturday 27 January 9:00am to 2:00pm ELEEC (Elbow Lake Environmental Education Centre). Winter homes and habitats Meet McArthur 9:00am. Return 2:00pm. Please wear suitable warm and waterproof clothing and good boots. Bring extra socks and mitts. Bring lunch with something warm in a thermos as well as snacks and a drink in a small pack. Please sign up by Thursday 25 January. Where required by law a car booster seat must be provided.


Thursday 14 December Seasonal Crafts

Saturday 16 December Please note the opportunity to be involved in the Frontenac Park Kids Christmas Bird Count on Saturday afternoon 16 December listed in the outings and events section of website. This is not a KJN trip and transportation and supervision will be needed


Thursday 9 November 6:30 to 8:00 pm FANTASTIC FOSSILS

Thursday 23 November 6:30 to 8:00 pm PIN(E)S AND NEEDLES

Field Trip Saturday 25 November FOSSILS Meet at McArthur at 9:00am. Return 2:00pm Bring lunch and a drink in a small pack, work gloves, newspaper to wrap fossils and a strong bag Please sign up by Thursday 23 November (by e mail: or at the meeting on 23 November. Car seat where required by law must be provided.


Thursday 26 October 6:30 to 8:00 pm FANCY FERNS AND OTHER SPORE BEARERS

Field Trip Saturday 28 October JONES CREEK TRAILS HIKE AND FIND 9:00am to 3:00pm Jones Creek Trails (Thousand Islands National Park). Meet McArthur Hall. Please wear suitable clothing and bring lunch, snacks and a drink in a small pack. Please sign up at the meeting on October 26 or by e mail ( by 26 October so rides may be arranged and sufficient materials and handouts prepared. Some drivers for car-pooling appreciated. Where required by law a car booster seat must be provided.


Thursday 28 September 6:30 to 8:00 pm INTRODUCTION AND ORIENTATION

Summer projects are due October 26. T-shirts may be ordered at meetings until October 26.


Thursday 25 May 6:00 to 8:00 pm WILD FOOD PICNIC at Brownie house behind Invista. Please sign up by 23 May. NOTE TIMES. This is a full meal with a big variety of wild foods. Please each bring a dish for four containing at least one wild food. Bring kfs, plate and mug in a bag. Ask Anne for ideas/suggestions. Dress warmly (cool wind off the lake) with long pants and socks against ticks. There will be signs to the site from Front Road West traffic light entrance to Invista.

Friday 16 June to Saturday 17 June BIOBLITZ

Juniors are invited to participate in the BioBlitz. Please see information elsewhere in the Newsletter and on the web site ( This is a field trip to find as many wild plants and animals on that site as we can in 24 hours. Please help Diane with pond dipping Saturday afternoon and join in any other activities that interest you.

THREE SUMMER PROJECTS If you are interested in finding out more about nature why not do a summer project? All project submissions are due 27 October 2017.

Please note these are not book or computer projects. Ask Anne for ideas or more information.

The Roland Beschel Prize will be awarded for a project done on observation and presentation of something in our natural world. It may include collections, records and/or experimentation.

The Nan Yeomans Prize will be awarded for a nature journal kept over the summer. Records of nature observations through notes and drawings are suitable. A page a day or a page a week is your choice.

The Photo Competition: Submit your best wildlife photo of the summer of 2017. Write and tell us a little about the picture. Maximum 3 pictures per member.

Registration forms for September will be mailed in August.

Header photo by Philina English.