Nature in the City

Are you new to Guelph? Perhaps you are ready to start exploring nature, but unsure where to start? Or want to meet like-minded nature lovers in your community? Nature in the City is a series of free, public programs run by Nature Guelph that can help you dive in to nature in the Royal City. Bring your friends and family, and learn just a little more about the natural world in your own backyard, while meeting other people in Guelph who are interested in nature connection and the outdoors.

Nature in the City 2017 features a 4-part series of free indoor programs at the Downtown Guelph Public Library Main Branch, at 100 Norfolk Street, that are followed by free guided outdoor programs. Join us for either, or for both!

Here are the details of our 2017 program:

Birdwatching 101:

Sat. April 8 – 1:00 pm: Indoor program at Downtown Guelph Public Library Main Branch.

Sun. April 9 – 1:00 pm: Meet at the lattice Covered Bridge over the Speed River near the Boathouse the day after our indoor program for a guided outdoor birdwatching walk.

To get there: The Boathouse is located at 116 Gordon St. The covered bridge crosses the Speed River at the start of the Eramosa River Trail beside the Guelph Lawn Bowling Club.

Our Native Trees:

Sat. April 15 – 1:00 pm: Indoor program at Downtown Guelph Public Library Main Branch.

Sun. May 14 – 1:30 pm: Meet at the University of Guelph Arboretum Centre main parking lot for a guided outdoor tree identification walk. Please note that the walk is scheduled to run a month later than the indoor program.

To get there: Access to the Arboretum Centre parking lot is from the main Arboretum entrance off College Avenue East (just west of Victoria Road South). Continue south from the entrance about 0.3 km to the parking lot on the left.

Slime and Scales (Reptiles and Amphibians):

Sat. April 22 – 1:00 pm: Indoor program at Downtown Guelph Public Library Main Branch

Sat. April 22 – 7:00 pm: Meet at the west entrance to the University of Guelph Arboretum for a guided evening frog walk.  Please note that the walk is scheduled to occur the same day as the indoor program.

To get there: The west entrance to the Arboretum is accessed via East Ring Road. From East Ring Road, travel east on Arboretum Road.  Travel approximately 0.3 km, passing Alumni House, and park in the small parking lot on the right, which is located at the west Arboretum Entrance and at the Information Kiosk.

The World of Wildflowers:

Sat. April 29 – 1:00 pm: Indoor program at Downtown Guelph Public Library Main Branch

Sun. May 7 – 1:00 pm: Meet in the parking lot at Starkey Hill, a property owned by the Grand River Conservation Authority, for a guided spring wildflower walk.  Please note that the walk is scheduled to occur on the Sunday of the week following the indoor program.

To get there: Starkey Hill is located at 735 Arkell Road, approximately 1.5 km east of Watson Road South.

2017 PROGRAM SCHEDULE POSTER (click image for a PDF version):