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.

Outreach events and activities

KNAP offers fun events and learning opportunities for people of all ages.

  • Tales and Trails discovery walks - 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. Note: Indoor bathrooms are not available for this program. 
    • Wednesdays at Huron Natural Area. 10:00 a.m. January 9 - February 27.
  • Family and Friends nature programs - These programs are free of charge, less than two hours in length, and suitable for all ages. Held at Huron Natural Area, each event may feature nature walks, crafts, games, storytelling and hands-on nature exploration.
    • Tracking Forest Life in Winter - Saturday February 9, 1:00pm. Huron Natural Area
  • Nature in the City speaker series - 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.  
    • January 16, 7pm. Deer in the Urban EnvironmentRegister here to attend
      • Speaker: Josh Shea, City of Kitchener, Elaine Gosnell, Natural Resource Solutions Inc.  
        • We will discuss urban deer ecology, behaviours, seasonal movement as well highlight results from a 2016 monitoring project.
    • February 20, 7pm. Nature Watch Programs and Citizen Science. Register here to attend.
      • Speaker: Robert McLeman, Wilfrid Laurier University
        • Citizen science is a fast-growing approach to improving our understanding of the natural world. We will discuss several on-going projects that you can participate in locally including forgwatch, icewatch, milkweed watch and plantwatch.  


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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