Huron Natural Area

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Kitchener’s largest natural space 

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 cold water 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:

The Huron Natural Area cannot be rented or reserved for private events or functions. To find suitable locations, you can check the weddings or bookable venues pages for more information.   

Indigenous engagement at Huron Natural Area

The City of Kitchener will be transforming Huron Natural Area into a space that is representative of past and present Indigenous communities, art and culture, and will reflect current Indigenous initiatives. 

Our goal is to create an outdoor space that feels welcoming to Indigenous organizations, Indigenous student centres, and Indigenous community members looking to host ceremonies, events or gatherings.

Relationship building 

This project is centred on facilitating meaningful relationships. The City will be consulting Indigenous leaders and community members throughout the duration of this project.

Our goal of this engagement is to:

  • Understand what initiatives are currently in place
  • Explore how the City can support Indigenous organizations and initiatives in Kitchener
  • Determine how Huron Natural Area should be used for Indigenous traditions
  • Learn what events and programming Indigenous community members would like to host and participate in

We want to create long-lasting relationships with Indigenous communities that transcend the boundaries of this project. Learn more about the City of Kitchener’s commitment to reconciliation

For Indigenous people, by Indigenous people

This initiative is Indigenous-led, and City-supported.

Alanah Jewell is the project manager, who is bear clan from Oneida Nation of the Thames.

She has a history of passionately engaging local Indigenous groups, forming connections between Indigenous and non-Indigenous people, and recognizes the important of Indigenous placemaking in urban spaces.

Alanah is committed to creating accessible programming, events and initiatives for urban Indigenous people. She believes that community is at the heart of Indigenous cultural reclamation, and it’s important to support one another in this journey.

Alanah is also supported by an Indigenous Advisory Committee which will ensure decision-making is grounded in respect, cultural teachings, democracy and accountability to the urban Indigenous community. 

If you have any questions about this project, Alanah can be reached by email at Alanah.jewell@kitchener.ca

Engagement

Staff is excited to connect with local Indigenous leaders and give community members opportunities to participate in engagement activities at Huron Natural Area.

Click on the yellow button at the bottom of this page to learn when activities are hosted.

If you’d like to give suggestions about recognizing Indigenous culture at Huron Natural Area, email Alanah Jewell at Alanah.jewell@kitchener.ca

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. 

Drop in programs are free unless otherwise listed.

We have modified our programs to take into account necessary precautions related to COVID 19.  You may notice some differences to our winter lineup, however, we still have a great variety of options to support outdoor learning and play.  

Program participants will be asked to self-screen for COVID-19 symptoms and exposure risk. Program participants will also be asked to follow safety precautions, such as physical distancing, for the duration of the program. Additional information will be provided via email to registered participants.

Forest Bathing Walk

Saturday, Dec. 5, 9-11:30am

Join a certified Nature Therapy Guide for a walk through the woods and experience some of the benefits of spending time in nature. This slow-paced stroll through Huron Natural Area’s trails will introduce you to a variety of practices that will help you release stress and rejuvenate! The roots of this program stem from the Japanese practice of Shinrin-Yoku, also known as “forest bathing”. This will be a gentle, mindful and engaging walk. Come out and absorb all the benefits the great outdoors has to offer!

Free. Space is limited. Registration is required. Register through Eventbrite.

 Nature Walk and Talk

Saturday, Dec. 12, 9:30-11a.m. in Huron Natural Area

Nurture your body and mind on a guided wander through one of Kitchener’s natural areas. This program is the third in a series of Nature Walk and Talk programs where we’ll be exploring the trails while the guide shares information about, and practices for, connecting with nature. This walk’s topic will be: Mindfulness in nature. Come out and absorb all the benefits the great outdoors has to offer!

Free. Space is limited. Registration is required. Register through Eventbrite.

Guided Nature Meditation (online)

Wednesday, Dec. 16, 7:30-8:30p.m.

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. Register here.

Winter Solstice Forest Bathing Walk

Monday, Dec. 21, 7-9p.m. in Huron Natural Area

Celebrate the changing of the seasons on a forest bathing walk led by a certified Nature Therapy Guide. The roots of this program stem from the Japanese practice of Shinrin-Yoku, also known as “forest bathing”. This will be a gentle and mindful walk where we get to explore Huron Natural Area and observe the seasonal changes.

Free. Space is limited. Registration is required. Register through Eventbrite.

Registration opens Nov. 30, 2020.

 

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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