Nature Guelph Continues to offer Online, Virtual Programming, Gradually offering Outdoor Programs with Physical Distancing and Masks for Safety
In response to the COVID-19 pandemic, Nature Guelph had fully suspended our in-person programming. This included 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.). We presented our May and June guest speakers and our Nature in the City events as virtual, live online events, and have made the decision to continue to offer our speaker series via online live Zoom events this fall.
Although our Youth Programs (Young Naturalists and EcoLeaders) continue to be suspended, we plan to resume some limited outdoor activities this fall and winter with safe physical distancing measures in place. As events are developed, they will be posted here and on our Facebook page.
Our monthly indoor programs take place from September to June, and include a brief meeting followed by a guest speaker. The December program is our “Members’ Night,” with a potluck dinner and short presentations by members. In June, we wrap up the year with a celebratory picnic at a local natural area.
Our indoor programs are free and open to anyone, so come on out and give us a try! Non-members and new members are always welcome. Our monthly speaker series are currently being offered virtually via live online Zoom presentations. When in-person meetings can resume, the location for all meetings is the Arboretum Centre at the University of Guelph Arboretum, except for the June picnic. Meetings begin at 7:30pm, except for the December potluck which begins at 6:00pm to accommodate dinner.
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For information on our upcoming Indoor Programs please visit the Events tab of our website.
We run a variety of outdoor programs from September to June. Like our indoor meetings, the outdoor programs are open to members and non-members alike, and guests are always welcome! Past programs have included hikes, guided tours, mini-workshops, pond explorations and social gatherings. Most are local to Guelph, but we occasionally range further afield when there are interesting things to explore. While in the past carpooling jas usually been made available to help people get to the events (and to reduce our carbon footprint), we have had to suspend carpooling due to Covid.
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For information on our upcoming Outdoor Programs please visit the Events tab of our website.
Nature Guelph Wildflower Society (Native Plant-Themed Programming)
Nature Guelph offers a wildflower-themed series of programming to our members through the Nature Guelph Wildflower Society (formerly the Waterloo-Wellington Wildflower Society). This programming is dedicated to the use and protection of native plants in parks, gardens and other spaces. Nature Guelph members who participate in these programs range from hobby gardeners to graduate students in Botany and Ecology to professional landscape architects, as well as anyone who is interested in native plants and wants to learn more. What brings us together is our desire to develop and promote a better understanding of and appreciation for Canada’s native flora. All are welcome!
Prior to Covid, indoor meetings have been held the 3rd Wednesday of each month from September to June. During these meetings invited speakers give their presentations, plant raffles take place, and members socialize over coffee and cookies. While all our meetings are open to the public, we encourage regular visitors to join Nature Guelph to receive the benefits of membership and help support our organization.
Outdoor activities include trips, local plant salvages and schoolyard restoration projects. We have also established a wildflower garden outside the Botany Department’s greenhouse at the University of Guelph. Our annual seed workshop allows members to opportunity to plant a tray of native plant seeds and learn about the care and propagation of native plants. Our plant raffles and annual native plant sales at the Guelph Farmers’ Market every May enable us to offer contributions to organizations dedicated to the promotion and preservation of natural habitats.
Since our inception, we are pleased to have contributed to the protection of tallgrass prairie through the Prairie Patron Program, and to the preservation of natural habitat in Ontario through Ontario Nature and the Nature Conservancy of Canada.
For information on our upcoming wildflower-themed series of indoor and outdoor programs please visit the Events tab of our website.