Through our Kitchener Natural Areas Program (KNAP), we offer events and learning opportunities for people of all ages. We run these programs at Huron Natural Area and other spaces in Kitchener.

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  1. About the program
  2. Current programs
  3. Program cost
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  5. Tell us what you think

About the program

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

  • engaging the community in environmental stewardship projects
  • educating people about our natural areas
  • creating opportunities for people to experience nature in the city

We offer this program through partnerships with:

  • Waterloo Region Nature Club
  • Waterloo Stewardship Council
  • Nature Connect
  • Humans in Nature

Current programs

Open the accordions below to find information about our upcoming programs.

May 24 - Guided Nature Walk at Pioneer Tower Natural Area

Date: Friday, May 24

Time: 10 to 11:30 a.m.

Location: Pioneer Tower Natural Area

Age: all ages, children must be accompanied by a parent/guardian at all times

Cost: free

Explore one of Kitchener’s natural areas on this guided walk. There will be time to enjoy the sights and sounds, take photos, and indulge our curiosities about nature. On this date we will be following the trail southeast towards the pedestrian bridge over the Grand River.

This program runs rain or shine but will be cancelled or re-scheduled if severe weather is expected. Please dress for the weather and trail conditions. Be prepared for biting bugs. No pets please.

Meet by the historical tower located by the parking lot at the end of Lookout Lane. The instructor will provide participants with a sign-in sheet and waiver form to complete at the start of the program.

Note: Washroom facilities are not available at this location. There are natural trail surfaces that may not be stroller friendly. Children must be accompanied by a parent/guardian at all times.

No registration required.

May 25 - Forest Bathing Walk at Huron Natural Area

Date: Saturday, May 25

Time: 9:30 to 11:30 a.m.

Location: Huron Natural Area

Age: 18+

Cost: free

Take some time to slow down and connect with nature on a Forest Bathing Walk led by a certified Nature Therapy Guide. This will be a gentle and mindful stroll along the trails as we get to explore Huron Natural Area. This program includes some moments of pause to enjoy our surroundings and to practice techniques that will help you release stress and rejuvenate! Come out and absorb all the benefits the great outdoors has to offer!

This program runs rain or shine but will be cancelled or re-scheduled if severe weather is expected. Please dress for the weather and trail conditions. Be prepared for biting bugs. No pets please.

Meet by the picnic shelter located by the park main entrance at 801 Trillium Drive. The instructor will provide participants with a sign-in sheet and waiver form to complete at the start of the program. 

No registration required.

May 31 - Guided Nature Walk at Monarch Woods

Date: Friday, May 31

Time: 10 to 11:30 a.m.

Location: Monarch Woods

Age: all ages, children must be accompanied by a parent/guardian at all times

Cost: free

Explore one of Kitchener’s natural areas on this guided walk. There will be time to enjoy the sights and sounds, take photos, and indulge our curiosities about nature.

This program runs rain or shine but will be cancelled or re-scheduled if severe weather is expected. Please dress for the weather and trail conditions. Be prepared for biting bugs. No pets please.

Meet at the park entrance located between 112 and 106 Stoke Drive. Street parking. The instructor will provide participants with a sign-in sheet and waiver form to complete at the start of the program.

Note: Washroom facilities are not available at this location. There are natural trail surfaces that may not be stroller friendly. Children must be accompanied by a parent/guardian at all times.

No registration required.

June 1 - Yoga Hike at Huron Natural Area

Date: Saturday, June 1

Time: 9:30 to 11 a.m.

Location: Huron Natural Area

Age: 18+

Cost: free

Get your vitamin-N (nature) along with your daily exercise on a 90-min yoga hike at Huron Natural Area. During this program we will get to enjoy moments of pause to stretch and enjoy 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.

This program runs rain or shine but will be cancelled or re-scheduled if severe weather is expected. Please dress for the weather and trail conditions. Be prepared for biting bugs. No pets please.

Meet by the picnic shelter located by the park main entrance at 801 Trillium Drive. The instructor will provide participants with a sign-in sheet and waiver form to complete at the start of the program. 

No registration required.

June 7 - Guided Nature Walk at Grand River Trail

Date: Friday, June 7

Time: 10 to 11:30 a.m.

Location: J.A. Pollock Family Trailway (Grand River Trail)

Age: all ages, children must be accompanied by a parent/guardian at all times

Cost: free

Explore one of Kitchener’s natural areas on this guided walk. There will be time to enjoy the sights and sounds, take photos, and indulge our curiosities about nature.

This program runs rain or shine but will be cancelled or re-scheduled if severe weather is expected. Please dress for the weather and trail conditions. Be prepared for biting bugs. No pets please.

Meet by the parking area located off Shirley Drive near Victoria Street N. The instructor will provide participants with a sign-in sheet and waiver form to complete at the start of the program.

Note: Washroom facilities are not available at this location. There are natural trail surfaces that may not be stroller friendly. Children must be accompanied by a parent/guardian at all times.

No registration required.

June 10 - Guided Nature Meditation (online)

Date: Monday, June 10

Time: 7:30 to 8:30 p.m.

Location: online on Zoom

Age: 18+

Cost: free

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. Registration is required. 

Register online

June 14 - Guided Nature Walk at Kiwanis Park

Date: Friday, June 14

Time: 10 to 11:30 a.m.

Location: Kiwanis Park

Age: all ages, children must be accompanied by a parent/guardian at all times

Cost: free

Explore one of Kitchener’s natural areas on this guided walk. There will be time to enjoy the sights and sounds, take photos, and indulge our curiosities about nature.

This program runs rain or shine but will be cancelled or re-scheduled if severe weather is expected. Please dress for the weather and trail conditions.

Meet by the gatehouse located at the park main entrance at the end of Kiwanis Park Drive. The instructor will provide participants with a sign-in sheet and waiver form to complete at the start of the program.

Note: Washroom facilities are not available at this location. There are natural trail surfaces that may not be stroller friendly. Children must be accompanied by a parent/guardian at all times.

No registration required.

June 15 - Mindful Movement at Monarch Woods

Date: Saturday, June 15

Time: 9:30 to 11 a.m.

Location: Monarch Woods

Age: 18+

Cost: free

Connect with nature during this meditative movement class where we practice amongst the maples and bird calls. Similar to tai chi, this type of movement helps support health and harmony of body and mind. The class will begin with a gentle walk to warm up the body and calm the mind before settling into our practice of connecting to, and moving with, the rhythms of nature and our own body and breath.

This program runs rain or shine but will be cancelled or re-scheduled if severe weather is expected. Please dress for the weather and trail conditions. Be prepared for biting bugs. No pets please.

Meet at the park entrance located between 112 and 106 Stoke Drive. Street parking. The instructor will provide participants with a sign-in sheet and waiver form to complete at the start of the program.

Note: Washroom facilities are not available at this location. 

No registration required.

June 20 - Summer Solstice Forest Bathing at Huron Natural Area

Date: Thursday, June 20

Time: 6:30 to 8:30 p.m.

Location: Huron Natural Area

Age: 18+

Cost: No registration required.

Celebrate the changing of the seasons on a forest bathing walk led by a certified Nature Therapy Guide. This will be a gentle and mindful stroll with stops along the way to take in the natural wonders, observe the seasonal changes, and absorb the benefits of being in nature.

This program runs rain or shine but will be cancelled or re-scheduled if severe weather is expected. Please dress for the weather and trail conditions. Be prepared for biting bugs. No pets please.

Meet by the picnic shelter located by the park main entrance at 801 Trillium Drive. The instructor will provide participants with a sign-in sheet and waiver form to complete at the start of the program.

No registration required.

Weekdays in May and June - Kindergarten in Nature

Date: weekdays in May and June

Time: 9:30 a.m. to noon and noon to 2:30 p.m.

Location: Huron Natural Area

Age: all ages

Cost: free

This facilitated program is 2.5 hours in length and includes time in the forest and at the natural playscape area. Programs are for teachers in the Waterloo Region District and Catholic school boards. This is a free program delivered by Nature Connect through the City of Kitchener intended for local Kindergarten students to connect with the land and be good caretakers.

All teachers must register for a program. Programs dates, details and registration information is available through ActiveNet. You must create an Active Net account (free) in order to sign up and reserve a spot. Once you have registered, we will be in touch with more information and details about your trip. Each timeslot is for one school to bring a max of 3 Kindergarten classes. If your school wishes to register more than 3 Kindergarten classes, you will need to book additional timeslots. These sessions are booked on a first come first serve basis.

Register online

Program cost

Most programs are free. If there is a fee, we will include it in the program description.


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