Kitchener natural areas program


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 January 8 - February 26 at 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. 
  • Indoor Washrooms are not available. There is a temporary outdoor facility is available. 

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.

Winter Scavenger Hunt: Sunday January 12, 2 p.m. Huron Natural Area
  • Meet in the play area and bring along a camera to share your findings. We will provide a winter list of items and experiences that you take you on a self-guided tour of the park.   
  • No registration required. 
  • Come dressed for outdoor weather.  
  • Indoor Washrooms are not available. There is a temporary outdoor facility is available.

Tracking Forest Life in Winter - Sunday February 9, 2 p.m. Huron Natural Area

  • Weather dependent! We will explore the park and search for clues of winter wildlife.
  • Come dressed for outdoor weather.   
  • Meet in play area. No registration required.
  • Indoor Washrooms are not available. There is a temporary outdoor facility is available.


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 and for the complete winter 2020 schedule.  

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.  

  •  Wednesday January 15, 2020. 7-8:30p.m.  Josh Shea - Coyotes in our Community

    • The coyote is a majestic, wild, secretive creature that has learned to live in close proximity to humans. These interesting animals have adapted well to life in the city and are an important part of our urban ecology. This presentation will provide information about coyote ecology, biology and coexistence. 

    • Register Here

  • Wednesday February 19, 2020. 7-8:30 p.m. Live Birds of Prey - Wild Ontario 
    • Join Wild Ontario for a nose-to-beak encounter with some of Ontario's incredible birds-of-prey!  Our province is home to fast falcons, stealthy owls and crafty hawks.  Learn how these amazing hunters survive even in our busiest cities, then take the opportunity to get up close, take pictures and experience these spectacular birds. Live birds will be on hand during presentation. 

    •  Register Here

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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