Kids’ Programs

Registration is now open for our 2017-18 youth programs!

Nature Guelph runs two programs for young nature lovers: Young Naturalists (ages 6-10) and 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/winter 2017 and winter/spring 2018. The fall/winter 2017 program is $50 per child, and the winter/spring 2018 program is $60 per child.

To register for these programs please visit our Eventbrite registration pages as follows:

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) – Ages 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 2017

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, September 30 – Monarch Butterflies, 10am – noon

Saturday, October 14 – Nature Art, 10am – noon

Saturday, October 28 – Caving in Rockwood, 10am – noon (Meet at the Rockwood Conservation Area main gate, 161 Fall Street Rockwood, ON)

Saturday, November 11 – Squirrels, 10am – noon

Saturday, November 25 – Creature Teachers and Nature Games, 10am – noon

*Saturday, December 9 – Bird Banding with David Lamble, 9am – 11am (if the weather does not permit banding on the 9th the backup date will be Sunday December 10th from 9am – 11am)

Saturday, December 30 – Christmas Bird Count for Kids, 8am – noon

Winter/ Spring Schedule 2018

Saturday, January 13 – Animal Tracks and Trails, 10am – noon

Saturday, January 27 – Predator Prey Game, 10am – noon

Saturday, February 10 – Gray Jay Survival Game, 10am – noon

Saturday, February 24 – Owls of Ontario (with a visit from Wild Ontario), 10am – noon

Saturday, March 10 – Snowshoeing and Winter Insects, 10am – noon

Saturday, March 24 – TBD, 10am – noon

Saturday, April 7 – Pollinators, 10am – noon

Saturday, April 21 – Spring Awakenings Hike and Campfire, 7pm – 9pm

*May 19/20 – camping trip TBC – *extra fees may apply


Naturalists in Training (NITs) – Ages 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. NITs are welcome to attend the Young Naturalist meetings as volunteer assistant leaders.

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 2017

Saturday, September 30 – Insect Hunt, 1pm – 3pm

Saturday, October 14 – Fall Colours Hike, 1pm – 3pm at Guelph Lake Conservation Area (meet at the gate)

Saturday, November 11 – Caving at the Rockwood Conservation Area, (meet at the main gate, 161 Fall Street Rockwood, ON) 1pm – 3pm

Saturday, December 30 – Christmas Bird Count for Kids, 8am – noon

Winter/Spring Schedule 2018

Saturday, January 13 – Snowshoeing and Winter Insects, 1pm – 3pm

Saturday, February 24 – Owl Prowl at U of G Arboretum, (meet at the U of G Arb Centre parking lot College Ave. East) 6:30 – 8:30pm (please note that the NITs are welcome to attend the Young Nats meeting in the morning from 10am – noon as there will be a live owl presentation by Wild Ontario)

Saturday, March 10 – Animal Tracking, 1pm – 3pm

Saturday, April 28 –Salamander Hunt at Sudden Tract, 10am – 1pm (meet in the parking lot at 1839 Spragues Road, Cambridge – North Dumfries Township)

Saturday, May 5 – Pond Study in Wild Goose Woods U of G Arboretum, 1pm – 3pm

*May 19/20 – camping trip TBC – *extra fees may apply