In 2016 we celebrated 50 years of nature connection, education, and advocacy!
What adventures will the next 50 years bring? Join us!
Nature Guelph is an active club for nature lovers in the Guelph area. We host monthly meetings with exciting guest speakers, regular outdoor events, and field trips in the Guelph area and beyond. We have a special interest group for wildflower-lovers, a Young Naturalists program for kids 6-10 and an EcoLeaders program for high school students.
Our membership is open to nature lovers of all ages and backgrounds. There’s always room for new members, and visitors are always welcome. Not sure that Nature Guelph is for you? Feel free to join us at any of our meetings or outdoor events, and we’re sure you’ll be hooked!
You may know Nature Guelph by its previous name: the Guelph Field Naturalists. The name may have changed, but our love of nature has remained the same since our founding in 1966!
Click on the events below to get more information. Please note that generally all in-person events are currently suspended due to COVID-19, with online virtual events having been offered in May and June. We do not typically offer events in July in August (as most members are away on holiday), however we are offering one in-person event at this time; a memorial walk to honour the passing two long-time Nature Guelph members, Scott and Susan Beemer. This event is limited to a maximum of 25 people, pre-registration is required to attend, and all participants are required to follow set out COVID-19 precautions.
Nature Guelph In-Person Programming Suspended Until Further Notice, Events Being Moved Online
In response to the COVID-19 pandemic, Nature Guelph has generally suspended our in-person programming until further notice (with the exception of one in-person walk as indicated in our Upcoming Events section). This includes our in-person monthly Speaker Series meetings at The Arboretum Centre, Wildflower events and meetings, Nature Guelph EcoLeaders and Young Naturalists (NATs) youth programs, and all outdoor events (trips, walks, etc.). In the meantime, we presented our May and June guest speakers and our Nature in the City events as virtual, live online events.
Plans are in the works to deliver more virtual programming this fall, so keep an eye on your inbox towards the end of the summer for more information. We will also notify everyone by email and through Facebook when we are able to resume our regularly scheduled in-person programming. Please visit our Facebook page for updates on nature news of interest to our members and for ideas for nature-themed online activites the whole family will enjoy.
Native Plant Sale Raises Over $3,000 for Local Charities
Thanks to everyone who participated in our online native plant sale on June 13th. We sold out and raised over $3,000 for Lakeside HOPE House and Fresh Food for Kids (an initiative by the Children’s Foundation of Guelph and Wellington).
Over 1,000 native plants were donated by members of Nature Guelph, Pollination Guelph, Guelph Enabling Garden and community members. Volunteers worked tirelessly to sort orders and help with pickup. Pickup was very smooth and well run, with people arriving in pre-arranged 10-minute blocks to maintain physical distancing. Nature Guelph Wildflower members also donated plants to the Yorklands Green Hub Pollinator Patch Project.
A special thank you to Judy Brisson for organizing the sale and to Wendy Lewis for use of her potting area for plant storage and pickup. Great job, everyone!