Kids’ Programs

*In response to the COVID-19 pandemic, Nature Guelph has suspended our in-person youth programming until further notice. This includes our in-person EcoLeaders and Young Naturalists (NATs) youth programs.

The following is information that was provided on our 2019-2020 youth programs.


Nature Guelph, in close partnership with the Grand River Conservation Authority, provides a hands-on education programs for young nature lovers: Young Naturalists (ages 6–10). The program is offered in two sessions: Fall/Winter ($50 per child) and Winter/Spring ($60 per child). All activities run at the Guelph Lake Nature Centre at 7677 Conservation Rd, Guelph (unless otherwise noted) and are administered by the talented staff at the Nature Centre along with enthusiastic Nature Guelph volunteers.

If you have any questions or are interested in volunteering with Nature Guelph to help deliver these programs, please contact

Young Naturalists (NATs) – Ages 6-12

The Young Naturalist Program is an opportunity for children aged 6 through 12 to experience hands on learning about our natural world. 

Fall/Winter Schedule

September 28, 10:00 am–12:00 pm
Stream Creature Search – We will wade into the Speed River, to find out what creatures live in and around the water. Come prepared with shoes that you can wear into the

October 12 , 4:00 pm – 6:00 pm
Beavers of Schneider’s Flats – Beavers are busy collecting food for winter and fortifying their dens and dams. We will search out the beavers that live in the ponds at Schneider’s Flats. Please meet in the parking lot.

October 26, 10:00 am–12:00 pm
Fall Colour Hike at the U of G Arboretum – We will hike the trails and enjoy the beauty of the fall forest. We will also look for creatures preparing for the cold to come. Meet in the Arboretum parking lot off College

November 9, 6:30 –8:30 pm10:00 am–12:00 pm
Art Outdoors – Nature provides a bounty of natural materials to create some beautiful works of art. Join us as we get creative outside.

November 23, 10:00 am–12:00 pm
Rays Reptile Zoo (Tentative) –  Live animal visit from Ray’s Reptile Zoo.

December 14 (Tentative), 9:00 am–11:00 am
Bird Banding with Dave Lamble – David will be banding some of our resident birds. This is your chance to get close to some of our feathered friends.

December 21 – 9:00 am – 11:30 am
Christmas Bird Count for Kids – This is your chance to participate in a great citizen science project. We will learn how to identify some common birds, go for a hike to find and count them and then submit our findings to Bird Studies Canada.

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Winter/Spring Schedule

January 25, 10:00 am–12:00 pm
Winter Tracking Hike – Animals don’t hide their tracks in the winter. We will search out tracks and trails of our resident mammals and birds.

February 8, 5:00 pm–7:00 pm
Evening Campfire and Star Gazing – Winter is a great time to share stories around the fire, enjoy a campfire treat and study the stars in the sky. Dress warmly and bring a mug for hot chocolate.

February 22, 10:00 am–12:00 pm
Snowshoe Hike – This is your chance to strap on a pair of snowshoes and hit the snowy trails around the nature centre.

March 7, 10:00 am–12:00 pm
Predator Prey Game – Today we will play everyone’s favorite food chain game.

March 21, 6:30 pm–8:30 pm
Early Spring Exploration Hike – Let’s explore the fields and forest around the nature centre. Let’s see who is waking up from their long winter slumber. We will play some games and try stalking the elusive Timberdoodle.

April 4, 10:00 am–12:00 pm
Coyote Cache Survival – Learn about coyotes and then play a game that lets you become a coyote. Will you survive?

April 18, 10:00 am–12:00 pm
Spring Birds – We will explore the area around the nature centre to see which birds have arrived back from their winter vacation. We will also make nesting balls for the birds.

May 2, 10:00 am–12:00 pm
Guardians of the Grand – Participate in some stewardship activities that will improve the habitat around the nature centre.

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Naturalists in Training (NITs) is now Nature Guelph EcoLeaders (13-18)

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