Kids’ Programs

Registration has ended for our 2016 programs – both are full

Check back this August, 2017 for information and registration details for our 2017/2018 youth programs!

Nature Guelph runs two programs for young nature lovers: the Young Naturalists (ages 6-10) and the Naturalists in Training (ages 11-16). Affectionately known as the NITs and NATs, these programs are run in partnership with the Guelph Lake Nature Centre. They are offered in two sessions: fall and winter.

These programs are administered by the talented staff at Guelph Lake Nature Centre and enthusiastic volunteers from Nature Guelph. For more information, please contact GLNC at 519-836-7860.

Young Naturalists (NATs) – Age 6-10

The Young Naturalist Program is an opportunity for children aged 6 through 10 to experience hands on learning about our natural world. 

Fall/Winter Schedule 2016

Please meet at the Guelph Lake Nature Centre unless otherwise stated (7677 Conservation Road Guelph, ON)

(All programs are “kids only”, unless marked with a *. Parents that would like to volunteer should contact Tamara or Ann to fill out a volunteer form. All volunteers need a current vulnerable sector police check)

Saturday, October 1 – Bug Hunt – 10am – noon

Saturday, October 22 – Tree Seed Collection at the University of Guelph Arboretum – 10am – noon (meet at the U of G Arb Centre parking lot College Ave. East)

Saturday, November 5 – Animal Form Games 10am – noon

Saturday, November 19 – Campfire Skills 10am – noon

*Saturday, December 3 – Bird Banding 9am – 11am

*Saturday, December 17 – Gifts for the Animals 10am – noon (bring a hammer if you have one)

Winter/ Spring Schedule 2017

Saturday, January 28 – Animal Tracks and Trails 10am – noon

Saturday, February 11 – Snowshoeing 2:30pm – 4:30pm

*Saturday, February 25 – Owl Prowl 6:30pm – 8:30pm – dress warmly – please do not bring a flashlight

Saturday, March 11 – Maple Syrup 10am – noon

Saturday, March 25 – Predator Prey Simulation 10am – noon

*Saturday, April 8 – Green Legacy visit 10am – noon We will meet at the Green Legacy Nursery (6714 Wellington Road 34, Puslinch, ON)

*Saturday, April 22 – Frog Frolic @ U of G Arboretum 7pm – 9pm. Wear rubber boots and bring a flashlight or head lamp. We will meet in the parking lot of the Arboretum Centre

Saturday, May 6 – TBC 10am – noon

*May 20/21 – camping trip TBC – *extra fees may apply


Naturalists in Training (NITs) – Age 11-16

The Nature Guelph Naturalists in Training Program is an opportunity for youth aged 11 – 16 to experience hands on learning in our natural world.

Please meet at the Guelph Lake Nature Centre unless otherwise stated. (7677 Conservation Road, Guelph, ON)

(All programs are “kids only”. Parents are invited to stay to all the programs marked with a *. Parents that would like to volunteer should contact Tamara or Ann to fill out a volunteer form. All volunteers need a current vulnerable sector police check)

Fall/Winter Schedule 2016

Saturday, October 1 – Mothing Program 8pm – 10pm

Saturday, October 22 – Edible Wilds     2pm – 4pm

Saturday, November 19 – Creature Teachers 1pm – 3pm

Saturday, December 17 – Winter Birds 1pm – 3pm

Winter/Spring Schedule 2017

Saturday, February 11 – Snowshoeing   6:30pm – 8:30pm

Saturday, March 25 – Predator Prey Simulation       10am – noon

Saturday, April 8 – Fairy Shrimp at the University of Guelph Arboretum 1pm – 3pm

(meet at the U of G Arboretum Centre parking lot, College Ave East – wear rubber boots)

Saturday, May 6 – TBC

*May 20/21 – camping trip TBC – *extra fees may apply