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 events and activities

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. 

Programs are free unless otherwise listed.

Tales and trails discovery walks

Wednesdays at 9:30 a.m. from July 3 - August 21, Huron Natural Area

  • 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.
  • Admission is free and registration is not required. 

Family and friends nature programs

These programs are free of charge, less than two hours in length, and suitable for all ages. Each event may feature nature walks, crafts, games, storytelling and hands-on nature exploration.

Summer Scavenger Hunt - Sunday July 7, 1-2:30 p.m. 
  • Meet in the play area and pick up your scavenger hunt list and search the park for insects and plants. 
  • No registration required. 

Bee City Pollinator Festival - Saturday Aug. 17, 1-4 p.m.  

  • Family friendly activities including crafts, games and displays. 
  • Hosted in partnership with Bee City Waterloo. 
  • No registration required. 

 

Neighbourhood nature play program
  • Discover play at one of our newly installed nature play parks. We have partnered with Evergreen to deliver nature play programming at Kingsdale and Gzowski Parks. There will be afternoon, weekend and weekday programs.
  • Check the Nature Play website for more information.  
    • Kingsdale Park - Tuesdays & Thursdays 10 a.m. - 2 p.m.
    • Gzowski Park  - Wednesdays & Fridays, 10 a.m. - 2 p.m.
Humans in nature - forest bathing walks, wellness walks and nature yoga
Forest bathing (Shinrin-yoku walks) - various dates (see below)
  • Join us for a gentle, mindful and engaging walk rooted in the Japanese practice of Shinrin-Yoku or forest bathing.
  • Space is limited and offered on first-come basis.  No Registration Required. 
  • Meet at picnic shelter and dress appropriately for outdoor program.
    • Saturday July 13, 9:30-11:30 a.m. Huron Natural Area
    • Friday, Aug. 9, 6:30-8:30 p.m. Monarch Woods - meet at trail 112 Stoke Dr. 
    • Saturday, Aug. 17, 9:30 - 11:30 a.m. Huron Natural Area
Outdoor Yoga - Thursdays July 4 and 18 (7:30-8:45 p.m.) August 1 and 15 (7-8:15 p.m.)
  • Join us in Huron Natural Area for an outdoor yoga session (no registration required).
  • Please wear appropriate clothing including insect and sun protection. 
  • Meet in the open grass space area.
  • Program to run rain or shine and will be rescheduled in severe weather. 
Family Outdoor Yoga - Saturday July 27 and August 10, 10 - 10:45 a.m.
  • Join us in Huron Natural Area for a family yoga session. 
  • Recommended for kids ages 6+.
  • No registration required. 
Wellness walk - Sunday August 18, 2:30-4 p.m.
  • Join us in Breithaupt Park for a 90 minute wellness walk. Meet at Splash Pad area off Union St. 
  • Nurture your body and mind with an afternoon wander through the woods. This guided walk will have a slow-moderate pace with stops along the way to take in our surroundings.
  • Recommended for adults and families with kids ages 6+. 
  • No registration required. 
Nature in the city speaker series at Kitchener Public Library
  • We've partnered with Waterloo Region Nature (formerly Kitchener-Waterloo Field Naturalists) to deliver a series of talks about nature and urban ecology.
  • Hosted by the Kitchener Public Library at the Central Branch location. Each event takes place at the Main Branch of the Kitchener Public Library.
  • Fall 2019 sessions - details coming soon. 

Citizen science projects

We are recruiting interested volunteers to join our ecological monitoring programs and help us gather important information about nature in our city.

If you are interested in this program, please contact our natural areas coordinator or call 519-741-2600, ext. 4177 for more information.

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