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.

On this page:

  1. About the program
  2. Current programs
  3. Program cost
  4. Get email updates

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.

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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