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Nature-based Wellness Practices

During challenging times like the one we are currently experiencing, it is important to take care of your mental health and find daily routines that help refresh your mind, body and spirit. These wellness tips, ideas and activities will help you practice mindfulness from your backyard, balcony or nearby nature space.

Nearby Nature in Your Neighbourhood

Check out our KNAP (Kitchener’s Natural Areas Program) online programming options that will help you continue exploring and discovering nature in Kitchener while you practice proper social distancing during this time. Past activities include Nature Detectives, Creature Feature, Nature in Your Neighbourhood, Balconies, Backyards & Sidewalks Nature Activities and can be accessed on the KNAP webpage.

Pollinator Q&A with Kitchener's Natural Area Coordinator

Check out our past Pollinator Q&A's with the City of Kitchener's Natural Area Coordinator, Josh Shea, where he answers your questions about pollinators and gardening! To watch, visit our YouTubeFacebook and Instagram pages throughout the week.

Eco-home BINGO

How eco-friendly is your home? Try out our Eco-home BINGO card to see if you can get BINGO! 

Growing Together: LoveMyHood Community Garden Video Series

Join community gardeners from across Kitchener as they share tips and tricks for growing pollinators, produce and other plants in the LoveMyHood: Growing Together video series. Learn more about the series on the LoveMyHood blog or visit the City of Kitchener's YouTube page to watch the videos. 

Bee City Kitchener Pollinator Guides

The City of Kitchener is proud to be officially recognized as a ‘Bee City’ and to celebrate our commitment to protecting pollinators in our community. We've partnered with Troy-Bilt and Bee City Kitchener to give you helpful tools and tips to better understand pollinators and their importance in our eco-system. Find out more on the Bee City Kitchener page.

Reep Green Virtual Events and Workshops 

Reep Green is providing new and improved webinars on sustainability topics hosted by local experts. Visit the Reep Events and Workshops page for upcoming events. 

KW Urban Harvester Yardsharing Guide

Don't have space to garden? No problem! KW Urban Harvester (KWUH) has tips and ideas around yardsharing to help people who are looking to find space to grow food and landowners interested in lending out space for others to garden. To learn more, visit their Yardsharing Getting Started Guide.

KW Urban Harvester Grow-a-Row Program

In response to COVID-19 and growing challenges around accessing fresh healthy food, KW Urban Harvester (KWUH) is running a Grow-a-Row program. The program encourages people to grow food on their lawns or at their community gardens for those in need. KWUH is supporting these efforts online with tips on growing and preserving produce. Visit their website to find out how you can start to Grow-a-Row!  

Grand River Watershed Backyard Birding

Check out this Grand River Watershed Bird Checklist for birds that you might see in your neighbourhood. The Grand River Conservation Authority has some other great resources on getting started with birding.

Virtual Tour of the Cambridge Butterfly Conservatory

Experience the magic of the Cambridge Butterfly Conservatory from the comfort and safety of your home with this 360° Virtual Tour.

Check out more Active At Home programs and activities

For a full list of programs and events, including paid and in-person programming, please visit the Kitchener Natural Areas Program page.

For a list of weekly activities, programs and events happening in Kitchener, visit our Week at a Glance page.