Programs

See Nature Guelph’s COVID-19 Update on our Home Page

Indoor Programs

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 typically wrap up the year with a celebratory picnic at a local natural area, although we weren’t able to do so in 2020 and it remains to be seen if that can be done in 2021.

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.

If you have any questions, please contact indoorprogs@natureguelph.ca

For information on our upcoming Indoor Programs please visit the Events tab of our website.

Outdoor Programs

Please note that our outdoor programs are currently suspended due to Covid.

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 and carpooling is made available whenever possible.

If you have any questions, please contact outdoorprogs@natureguelph.ca.

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.

Prior to Covid, outdoor activities included 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. In 2020 we offered our annual native plant sale using an online format (and curbside pickup) and expect to do the same in 2021.

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 more information contact President Judy Brisson (judybrisson@rogers.com) or Vice President Laura Klager (klager@lsc.on.ca)

For information on our upcoming wildflower-themed series of indoor and outdoor programs please visit the Events tab of our website.