Kitchener natural areas program

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Kitchener's Natural Areas Program (KNAP) is an environmental program that promotes the stewardship of our community's treasured natural spaces by:

  • Engaging the community in environmental stewardship projects,
  • Educating people about our natural areas, and
  • Creating opportunities for people to experience nature in the city.

We fund and deliver this important program, through partnerships with the Waterloo Region Nature Club, Waterloo Stewardship Council, Nature Connect and Humans in Nature.

KNAP (Kitchener Natural Areas Program) offers fun events and learning opportunities for people of all ages. Check out the programming that's currently available for Huron Natural Area and other natural areas in Kitchener. 

Drop in programs are free unless otherwise listed.

We have modified our programs to take into account necessary precautions related to COVID 19.  You may notice some differences to our fall lineup, however, we still have a great variety of options to support outdoor learning and play.  

Tales and Trails Discovery Walks - fall 2020 program registration is full!

Wednesdays at 9:30-11 a.m. from Sept. 16 - Nov. 18 at Huron Natural Area

  • In order to control the number of attendees, we have changed this program for fall 2020 to a registered and paid program. You can register your family to attend each week for a 10 week program.  
  • Grow your young child's love of nature through stories in the forest. We gather for about an hour and a half to enjoy nature-themed songs and tales, as well as a short hike.
  • Content is suited for children age five and under. 
  • Meet in the natural play area.  
 Fall Forest School Programs - fall 2020 program registration is full!

Nurture your child’s love of nature through our weekly forest school programs. Your child will explore, play, and notice the seasonal changes around them. More than anything, they will foster a connection to the land, which we know has great health and well-being benefits. There will be stories, games, and time for imaginative play in the meadows and woods of Huron Natural Area.

Polliwogs - Ages 3.5-5; Tuesdays, 9-11 a.m. Sept. 15 - Nov. 17, 10 weeks. $102/child.

  • Registration Code - 53733. Registration Open August 13, 8:30 a.m.
  • Register Here.

Goslings - Ages 5-8; Tuesdays, 9-11 a.m. Sept. 15 - Nov 17. 10 weeks, $102/child

  • Registration Code - 53734. Registration Open August 13, 8:30 a.m.
  • Register Here.
Tadpoles - Ages 3.5-5; Tuesdays, 12:30-2:30 p.m. Sept. 15 - Nov. 17, 10 weeks, $102/child
  • Registration Code - 53735. Registration Open August 13, 8:30 a.m.
  • Register Here.
Eagles - Ages 5-8; Tuesday, 12:30-2:30 p.m. Sept. 15 - Nov. 17. 10 weeks, $102/child
  • Registration Code - 53736. Registration Open August 13, 8:30 a.m.
  • Register Here.
Raccoons - Ages 6-9; Tuesday, 3:30-5 p.m. Sept. 22- Nov. 10, 8 weeks, $61.20/child
  • Registration Code - 53737. Registration Open August 13, 8:30 a.m.
  • Register Here.
Salamanders - Ages 4-7; Wednesday, 12:30-2:30 p.m. Sept. 16 - Nov. 18, 10 weeks, $102/child
  • Registration Code - 53738. Registration Open August 13, 8:30 a.m.
  • Register Here.
Coyotes - Ages 4-9; Thursday, 9-11 a.m. Sept. 17-Feb. 18, 16 weeks, $163.20/child
  • Registration Code - 53739. Registration Open August 13, 8:30 a.m.
  • Register Here.
Hawks - Ages 5-8; Thursday, 12:30-2:30 p.m. Sept 17-Feb 18, 16 weeks, $163.20/child
  • Registration Code - 53741. Registration Open August 13, 8:30 a.m.
  • Register Here.
 Owls - Ages 9-12; Thursday, 12:30-2:30 p.m. Sept. 17-Feb. 18, 16 weeks, $163.20/child
  • Registration code - 53742. Registration open August 13, 8:30 a.m.
  • Register Here.

Nature wellness programs 

Join a certified guides and experience the healing and wholistic health properties of nature. We have forest bathing, outdoor yoga and sensory programs.  All programs are free.  We have a mix of outdoor and online options available this fall. 

 

Due to COVID 19, we have made some changes and added registration to all programs.

 

All program participants will be asked to self-screen for COVID-19 symptoms and exposure risk. Program participants will also be asked to follow safety precautions, such as physical distancing, for the duration of all programs where necessary. Additional information will be provided via email to all registered participants.

 

Rise and Shine Backyard Yoga (online) - Saturday, Sept. 19, from 8:30-9:45 a.m.

  • Wake up your mind and body with a gentle morning yoga practice. If your living space and weather conditions allow, take your mat outdoors for some fresh air, birdsong and morning sunshine. This program is suitable for beginners.

  • This program is offered for free online through Zoom. Register for the program here.

 Guided Nature Meditation (online) Wednesday, Oct. 21, from 7:30-8:30 p.m.
  • Wind down your day with two guided meditations that draw on the elements of nature to help you ease into a state of peace and relaxation. This program is suitable for beginners. 

  • This program is offered for free online through Zoom. Register for the program here.

Wellness in Nature - Forest Bathing and other Wellness Walks 

Autumn Equinox Walk - Tuesday, Sept. 22, 6:30-8:30 p.m.

Location: Huron Natural Area - meet near main picnic shelter

  • Celebrate the changing of the seasons on a forest bathing walk led by a certified Nature Therapy Guide. The roots of this program stem from the Japanese practice of Shinrin-Yoku, also known as “forest bathing”. This will be a gentle and mindful walk where we get to explore Huron Natural Area and observe the seasonal changes.  

  • Registration is Required. Register Here
  • Social distancing will be expected during program.

Forest Bathing Walk - Saturday, Oct. 3, 9:00-11:00a.m.

Location: Monarch Woods - exact meeting spot will be provided upon registration.

  • Join a certified Nature Therapy Guide for a walk through the woods and experience some of the benefits of spending time in nature. This slow-paced stroll through the Monarch Woods trails will introduce you to a variety of practices that will help you release stress and rejuvenate! The roots of this program stem from the Japanese practice of Shinrin-Yoku, also known as “forest bathing”. This will be a gentle, mindful and engaging walk. Come out and absorb all the benefits the great outdoors has to offer!

  • Registration is Required. Register Here.
  • Social distancing will be expected during this program.

Nature Walk and Talk - Saturday, Oct. 10, 9:00-10:30a.m.

Location: Strasburg Woods - exact meeting spot will be provided upon registration.

  • Nurture your body and mind on a guided wander through one of Kitchener’s natural areas. This program is the first in a series of Nature Walk and Talk programs where we’ll be exploring the trails while the guide shares information about, and practices for, connecting with nature. This walk’s topic will be: noticing nature’s simple joys and extending gratitude. Come out and absorb all the benefits the great outdoors has to offer!

  • Registration is Required. Register Here
  • Social distancing will be expected during this program. 

Forest Bathing Walk - Friday, Oct. 16, 6:30-8:30p.m.

Location: Huron Natural Area - Meet at picnic shelter

  • Join a certified Nature Therapy Guide for a walk through the woods and experience some of the benefits of spending time in nature. This slow-paced stroll through Huron Natural Area trails will introduce you to a variety of practices that will help you release stress and rejuvenate! The roots of this program stem from the Japanese practice of Shinrin-Yoku, also known as “forest bathing”. This will be a gentle, mindful and engaging walk. Come out and absorb all the benefits the great outdoors has to offer!

  • Registration is Required. Register Here
  • Social distancing will be expected during this program.

Yoga Hikes - Registered Program - 6 Week Sessions

  • Get your vitamin-N (nature) along with your daily exercise on a 90-min yoga hike at Huron Natural Area. During this 6-week series of hikes, we will get to enjoy yoga breaks as we walk the trails in the beauty of the meadows, maples and pines! The walking pace will be moderate with leisurely portions. Yoga postures will be suitable for all skill levels. No yoga mat required, only comfortable footwear. Adults only.

  •  Two program options: Thursday's or Tuesday's. $66.40 for 6 week session. Spaces limited.

    • Thursday September 24  - Thursday, Oct. 29, 10-11:30 a.m. Huron Natural Area. 

    • Tuesday September 29 - Tuesday, Nov. 3, 4-5:30 p.m. Huron Natural Area.

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