Nature Guelph EcoLeaders

*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.

Are you a high school student with a love of nature and a passion for environmental stewardship? Join Nature Guelph EcoLeaders, a program that connects teens to nature. Meet other like-minded students in Guelph, earn volunteer hours and grow your nature knowledge through the University of Guelph Arboretum’s Naturalist team. Upon completion of the program, each participant will be presented with a Nature Guelph certificate, have stacked up at least 10 volunteer hours, and could be one of two students selected to attend the Ontario Nature Youth Summit in September 2020!

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Program Overview

Audience: High school students (ages 13–18)

Schedule: Last Saturday of every month (except December), 10:00 am–12:00 pm

October 26: Decomposition and Decay

Death is an inevitable part of nature, but what about what’s left? We will be discussing the ins and outs of decomposition.

November 30: Helping Hands

Get involved with some environmental stewardship projects happening at The Arboretum. Learn about how we are helping nature – and how you can, too!

December 21: Birdwatching Basics

Note: This is the second last Saturday of the month
While often viewed as “nerdy”, birdwatching can be an awesome gateway into the world of ecology and natural history.

January 25: Animal Clues

Winter can seem like a dormant season but it’s still full of life. You just need to know where to look! Learn about the traces animals leave behind, including tracks and scat.

February 29: Predator vs. Prey

Nature can be a constant war of survival between predator and prey. This session will focus on adaptations: How does a predator better hunt its prey? How does a prey animal avoid getting eaten?

March 28: Communication

In nature, communication comes in all forms. We will be discussing and interpreting some of the different methods of communication used by animals.

April 25: Trees and Shrubs

An arboretum is a tree museum, so join us to discover some magnificent trees and shrubs. We will focus on identification basics and unique species that the University of Guelph Arboretum has to offer.

May 30: Invasive Species

Not everything we see in nature is suppose to be there. Learn about common invasive species, their effects, and how we can help.

June 27: Pond Study

An aquatic environment is host to a whole set of strange and funky animals. Explore some of the creatures that live there and their curious adaptations.