The YNC has been providing fun immersive programming about the natural history of Nova Scotia since 2006.
“The Young Naturalists Club is an immersive natural history club for youth and families that promotes the appreciation and conservation of nature. We create opportunities to develop natural history skills and knowledge through interactions with adult naturalists and hands-on learning experiences. By getting youth and their families outside and connecting them with members of the adult natural history community, we foster a passion for nature and greater understanding of nature’s value. We believe that positive experiences in nature and a shared excitement about the natural world lead to the development of a life-long conservation ethic.”
How We Work:
The YNC delivers on its promise through offering monthly outdoor field trips in communities across Nova Scotia. On field trips, members “get out into nature” on guided walks, lead by local natural history experts. The focus in on learning about natural history… the species, ecosystems, and natural features of our province.
Participants develop natural history observations skills, such as using binoculars, identifying species, and taking field notes. Members also learn to make the important connection between observing and understanding this province’s extraordinary natural assets, and what actions they can take to help conserve them.
The YNC fills a vital niche in Nova Scotia. Much of the knowledge about our natural world is being lost, and many natural history topics are not taught in school. By connecting adult naturalists with expertise in natural history with today’s youth, we are passing on important, age-old wisdom, as well as inspiring excitement about nature in a new generation. Instilling a passion for nature at a young age will help cultivate a sense of caring and connectedness to our natural world, and will encourage a love of being active outdoors. Youth that attend YNC events may go on to careers in the natural sciences, become informed policy makers, or develop a life-long interest in natural history that benefits nature conservation for generations to come. Families that attend YNC events often learn about natural areas in their communities that they can visit in the future, connecting them to place and community.
The YNC is a not-for-profit organization and a registered charity. We are guided by a board of directors and managed by a provincial coordinator. Read more about the guiding principles and risk management policies we have in place to protect families, youth participants, and volunteers, and check out our yearly AGM proceedings for more about how we operate.
YNC board of directors 2020-2021:
Karen McKendry (President/Chair)
Maheshi Dharmasiri (Treasurer and Secretary)
Paul Heath (Representative from Royal Astronomical Society of Canada – Halifax Centre)
Brian Bartlett (Representative from Halifax Field Naturalists)
Tiffany MacAulay (Representative from Nova Scotia Bird Society)
Lexie Arnott (Representative from Atlantic Geoscience Society)
Sally-Jo Gallant (parent rep.)
Elisabeth Veneema (parent rep.)
Diana Diblee (parent rep.)
Cara Kirkpatrick (parent rep.)
Who Supports Us:
The YNC is grateful for the support of many great foundations, societies, and government departments that value natural history education: Nature Canada, Nature Nova Scotia, NS Wild Flora Society, Blomidon Naturalists Society, the NS Habitat Conservation Fund, EcoAction, HRM Community Fund, the National Geographic Society, MEC, ParticipAction, WWF Go Wild, Wildlands Writers, Echo Foundation, TD Friends of the Environment Foundation, the Sitka Foundation, as well as for in-kind support from: Nova Scotia Museum of Natural History, Nature Nova Scotia, Halifax Field Naturalists, Nova Scotia Bird Society, Royal Astronomical Society of Canada – Halifax Centre, and the Atlantic Geoscience Society.
We’re also grateful for the support of our Great Blue Heron-level sponsors: Clayton Orthodontics, Good Robot Brewing Company, Nature’s Way Canada, Scotian Shores, the Arthurs family, and the Beazley family.
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We’re in the news!
- Annapolis Valley Young Naturalists promote hands-on look at nature The Register/Advitiser. by John DeCoste. January 20 2016
- Tuning kids into nature. Young Naturalists Club helping to plant seeds of curiosity in the outdoor world Saltscapes Magazine. by Bob Bancroft. May/June 2015
- Youth nuts about nature Bridgewater Bulletin. September 2012
- Green Scene, Canadian eco crusaders earn kudos here and around the globe Elle Canada Magazine. by Alannah O’Neil. September 2010
- New club ideal for budding naturalists The Daily News. By Janet Barlow May 28 2006