Active At Home: Nature and greening


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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.

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.

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. 

Pollinator Week Q&A with Kitchener's Natural Area Coordinator

Check out our past Pollinator Week 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! 

Kitchener in Bloom Awards

Each year, the Kitchener in Bloom program celebrates the gardening efforts of Kitchener citizens and business owners who help to make our city a more beautiful place to live. We encourage you to recognize all varieties of public-facing gardens and help foster a sense of community on the Kitchener in Bloom webpage.

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. Through this designation, we will continue to create new pollinator habitat, provide education and community outreach opportunities, and look for creative ways to celebrate pollinators in our city. 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.

The Sustainable Working Series with Reep Green

The Sustainable Working Series by Reep Green will provide guidance on how to cultivate sustainability-conscious behaviours in both the home office and the workplace across three core areas of sustainability: energy, waste and transportation. Visit the Sustainable Working Series website for tips and tricks for working sustainably whether you're working from home or the workplace. 

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!

Home Garden Program

Thank you for your interest in the Home Garden program. At this time, no additional requests are being accepted.

We want to help you grow pollinator plants and your own vegetables at home in your gardens, windowsill or on your balconies. To get started, you can request a free home garden kit through our free home garden kit form. You will have four themed kits to choose from: Backyard Vegetable Garden Kit, Balcony or Deck Salad Greens Kit, Backyard Pollinator Kit and a Balcony or Deck Pollinator Kit. Kits will be available until supplies last.

Reep Green Virtual Tree Workshops 

Reep Green Solutions, an environmental charity that helps people in Waterloo Region and across southwestern Ontario live sustainably, is offering a number of free virtual tree workshops. Stay tuned to their event page for a number of free webinars.  

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.

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