Huron Natural Area

Suburbs

Most of us don't equate the word 'city' with forest, streams, trails and meadows - that is, until we discover Huron Natural Area, Kitchener's largest and most valuable natural space.

Located on Trillium Drive in the south end of our city, Huron Natural Area offers something for everyone - from hikers and joggers, to photographers, bird watchers, and those who simply enjoy basking in nature's serenity. Here, you'll find:

  • Strasburg Creek, one of our only coldwater streams
  • Provincially significant wetlands, forest, meadows and significant species
  • Scenic hiking trails, boardwalks and lookout areas
  • Children's natural playscape
  • An amazing natural and cultural history

Plan your visit to Huron Natural Area using the following resources:

Events and activities

KNAP (Kitchener Natural Areas Program) offers fun events and learning opportunities for people of all ages. Check out the programming that's currently available for Huron Natural Area and other natural areas in Kitchener. 

Programs are free unless otherwise listed.

Tales and trails discovery walks

Wednesdays at 9:30 a.m. from April 17 - June 5, Huron Natural Area

  • 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. 

Family and friends nature programs

These programs are free of charge, less than two hours in length, and suitable for all ages. Each event may feature nature walks, crafts, games, storytelling and hands-on nature exploration.

 Poetry by the pond - Saturday, April 20, 6:30 - 8 p.m. 
  • Join us in Huron Natural Area to celebrate National Poetry Month! Bring a notebook and pen, and be ready for some quiet writing time by the pond.
  • Children and adults are welcome. Program open to all who desire to sit quietly and be inspired by nature.
  • Meet at the yellow school portable building.
  • Space is limited. Register for this event via email.
 K-W Earth Day - Tree Planting - Saturday, May 11, 9am-12p.m.

Tree Planting Activity

 

  • Join staff from the Cities of Kitchener and Waterloo in Betchel Park in Waterloo and help plant trees. Materials and supplies will be provided and all ages are welcome.  
  • Please Note: Only the tree planting activity will be taking place, no other activities are planned for this date. 
International Dawn Chorus Day - Sunday, May 5, 4:15 - 6:00 a.m.
  • Join us in Huron Natural Area for International Dawn Chorus Day.
  • Meet at the yellow portable classroom at 4:15 a.m. (yes! 4:15 in the morning!) to go to the forest to hear the birds wake up.
  • On this day, many people in the northern hemisphere of the world gather to listen to the spring dawn chorus.
  • Bring warm clothing, a mat for sitting/lying on (camping mattresses work, or rubber gardening mats), a blanket or sleeping bag (it can be cold!), a warm beverage, and your patient listening ears. Much of this time will be spent in silence, waiting for birdsong.
  • Register for this event via email.
 
Nature hour at Lakeside Park Sunday, May 12, 2 - 3 p.m. 
  • Join us in Lakeside Park for nature hour.
  • Come and enjoy nature in your neighbourhood! Activities and supplies will be provided to experience and explore the woods and water.
  • Meet at the playground area off of Lakeside Drive.
  • No registration required. 
Samuel's story walk - Saturday, May 25, 1 - 3 p.m.
  • Join local author Frank Glew as we celebrate the opening of Samuel's story walk in Huron Natural Area.
  • Samuel's Most Important Message is book about a Blanding's Turtle that lived at the Huron Natural Area and is now featured on signs along a trail in the park. Learn about Samuel's story, meet the author, discover some amazing live reptiles (snakes and turtles) and participate in some hands-on activities in the natural play area.
  • Meet at 1 p.m. for the official opening with activities on-going throughout the afternoon.
  • No registration required. 
Nature hour at Monarch Woods - Sunday, June 9, 2 - 3 p.m. 
  • Join us in Monarch Woods for nature hour.
  • Come and enjoy nature in your neighbourhood! Activities and supplies will be provided to experience and explore the woods and water.
  • Meet on the lawn area just past the trail entrance at 112 Stoke Drive.
  • No registration required. 
Summer Solstice - bats and firefly night - Saturday, June 22, 8 - 10 p.m. 
  • Celebrate the summer solstice by taking in the creatures of the evening and season in Huron Natural Area!
  • Limited space available.
  • Register for this event via email.

 

Neighbourhood nature play program
  • Discover play at one of our newly installed nature play parks. We have partnered with Evergreen to deliver nature play programming at Kingsdale and Gzowski Parks. There will be afternoon, weekend and weekday programs.
  • Check the Nature Play website for more information.  
    • Kingsdale Park - Tuesdays, 3 - 6 p.m.
    • Gzowski Park  - Wednesdays, 3 - 6 p.m.
Humans in nature - forest bathing walks, wellness walks and nature yoga
Forest bathing (Shinrin-yoku walks) - various dates (see below)
  • Join us in Huron Natural Area for a gentle, mindful and engaging walk rooted in the Japanese practice of Shinrin-Yoku or forest bathing.
  • Space is limited and offered on first-come basis.  No Registration Required. 
  • Meet at picnic shelter and dress appropriately for outdoor program.
    • Friday, April 26, 7 - 9 p.m.,
    • Friday, May 31, 7 - 9 p.m.,
    • Saturday, June 8, 9:30 - 11:30 a.m.
Family forest bathing - Sunday, May 5, 10 - 11:30 a.m.
  • Join us in Strasburg Creek Natural Area for a Shinrin-yoku walk for the family.
  • Meet at trail entrance on Rush Meadow Street at Ashton Court.
  • Recommended ages 6+.
  • Registration Required. Email knap@kitchener.ca to register.
Forest bathing - immersion experience - Saturday, May 11, 9 a.m. - noon
  • Join us in Huron Natural Area for a three hour Shinrin-yoku walk featuring additional time for quiet contemplation, personal reflection and nature immersion. 
  • This walk is an extended and longer version of the forest bathing walk. 
  • Registration Required. Email knap@kitchener.ca to register. 
Yoga hike - Thursdays, 10 - 11:30 a.m. from April 4 - May 30
  • Join us in Huron Natural Area for a drop-in yoga hike (no registration required).
  • Get your Vitamin-N (nature) along with your daily exercise on a 90 minute yoga hike.
  • Please wear appropriate footwear and bring along sun protection and water.
  • Meet at the picnic shelter.
  • Program to run rain or shine and will be rescheduled in severe weather. 
Family yoga hike - Saturday, May 4, 3 - 4 p.m.
  • Join us in Huron Natural Area for a one hour yoga hike for the family.
  • Recommended for kids ages 6+.
  • No registration required. 
Wellness walk - Sunday June 2, 2:30-4 p.m.
  • Join us in Huron Natural Area for a 90 minute wellness walk.
  • Nurture your body and mind with an afternoon wander through the woods. This guided walk will have a slow-moderate pace with stops along the way to take in our surroundings.
  • Recommended for adults and families with kids ages 6+. 
  • No registration required. 
Nature in the city speaker series at Kitchener Public Library
  • 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.
  Snakes in the city  - Wednesday, March 20, 7 p.m.
  • Discover the often over-looked but ever exciting world of snakes in the city. This will be a hands-on presentation with live animals. 
  • Speaker: Jenny Pearce, Sciensational Sssnakes! 
  • Register online with the Kitchener Public Library to attend.
The world of pollinators. What's the buzz? - Friday, April 19, 7 p.m. 
  • Why should we care about buzzing insects? Kim will draw you into the world of pollination, emphasizing how you can share your space with pollinators, especially native bees. 
  • Speaker: Kim Fellows. Bee City Kitchener. 
  • Register online with the Kitchener Public Library to attend.
Nature in the city: nature prescriptions - Wednesday, May 15 7 p.m.
  • Learn about how time spent in nature helps you rejuvenate and be more resilient in your day-to-day life.
  • Speaker: Kaitlin Powers. Director and Lead Instructor for Humans in Nature Wellness Services. 
  • Register online with the Kitchener Public Library to attend. 

Help us preserve perfection

Huron Natural Area is a partnership between the city, the Waterloo Catholic District School Board and the Waterloo Region District School Board. We work together to maintain and improve the ecological integrity of the park, and to educate visitors about the indigenous ecosystems of the area.

When visiting the Huron Natural Area, please do your part to keep the space healthy and enjoyable for everyone by:

  • Staying on the trails
  • Keeping your dog on a leash
  • Picking up after your pet
  • Do not remove plants or animals.

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