Kids’ Programs

Now Open! Registration for our 2018-19 youth programs

Nature Guelph, in close partnership with the Grand River Conservation Authority, provide two hands-on education programs for young nature lovers: Young Naturalists (ages 6–10) and Naturalists-in-Training (ages 11–16). Each 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 youthprograms@natureguelph.ca

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Click here for the 2018-19 Program Brochure.

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. 

Winter/ Spring Schedule 2019

Jan. 12, 10:00 am–12:00 pm
Winter Tree Identification: Take a walk in a winter wonderland and get to know the trees.

Jan. 26, 10:00 am–12:00 pm
Tracking & Porcupine Hunt: During this winter tracking adventure, we will look for porcupines at The Arboretum.

RESECHEDULED: May 11Feb. 9, 10:00 am–12:00 pm
Predator-Prey Game: Become an animal in the food chain and find out what it takes to survive.

Feb. 23, 6:30 –8:30 pm
Snowshoe Hike & Owl Prowl: Enjoy a peaceful winter evening walk on snowshoes, and call for owls along the way.

Mar. 9, 11:00 am–1:00 pm
Campfire Social: Enjoy games, stories, and tasty campfire treats. Bring along the whole family!

Mar. 23, 10:00 am–12:00 pm
Maple Syrup: Details to be confirmed.

Apr. 6, 10:00 am–12:00 pm
Turtle Day: Let’s meet some of Ontario’s turtles and find out what we can do to help them!

Apr. 19, 7pm – 8:30pm
Frog Frolic: Wade into the swamp at The Arboretum to find some of our spring singers.

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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)

Winter/Spring Schedule 2019

Jan. 12, 10:00 am–12:00 pm
Survival Skills: What would you do if you were lost in the woods in a life-or-death situation?

Feb. 9, 10:00 am–12:00 pm
Predator-Prey Game with NATs: Become an animal in the food chain and find out what it takes to survive.

Mar. 9, 11:00 am–1:00pm
Geocaching & Campfire Social: A family geocaching adventure followed by games, stories, and tasty campfire treats.

Apr. 6, 10:00 am–12:00 pm
Invasive Species: Aliens surround us! Learn about what you can do to stop their spread.

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