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.
    • Lantern Walk - Saturday December 8, 7 p.m. Huron Natural Area.
      • Bring a lantern (not a flashlight) and we will sing songs about light and go for a walk around the pond. Many tin can lantern DIY ideas can be found online. If you don't have a lantern, come out anyways!  We will also have some tea light candles on hand as well. Meet at the main picnic shelter.
    • Winter Scavenger Hunt - Saturday January 12, 1 p.m.  Huron Natural Area
      • Meet at the picnic shelter and pick up your scavenger hunt list. Head out and explore the winter woods to see how many things you can find on the list. Come dress for the weather. Note: Indoor bathrooms are not available during winter months.       
  • 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.


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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