Huron Natural Area

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NOTE: Accessing Huron Natural Area

On Monday, March 30, 2020 the Province of Ontario closed all outdoor recreational amenities in response to COVID-19. Huron Natural Area remains open for walkthrough, but closures are in place for all amenities including but not limited to the play area, picnic tables, picnic shelter, washrooms, playground, gazebo area and benches. Please practice physical distancing by maintaining at least 2 metres between you and other people. We also ask that you do not drive to the site at this time to prevent over crowding.

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:

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 venus pages for more information.   

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 8 - June 10 at 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.
  • Meet in the natural play area. 
  • 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.

Earth Hour walk - Saturday, March 28 8:30-9:30 p.m. Huron Natural Area - CANCELLED

  • Come to the park to celebrate Earth Hour! Turn off all of your lights at home before coming and then enjoy a quiet, dark, early spring walk through the woods and past the water at Huron Natural Area.   
  • No registration required.
  • Come dressed for outdoor weather. 
  • Indoor Washrooms are not available. There is a temporary outdoor facility is available.

Nature wellness programs 

Join a certified guides and experience the healing and wholistic health properties of nature. We have forest bathing, outdoor yoga and sensory programs.  All programs are free.

Seasonal forest bathing walks - celebrate the changing of seasons - CANCELLED

Vernal (spring) equinox - Thursday, March 19 7-9 p.m. - meet at picnic shelter 

  • Limited Space. Please register by email or phone - 519-741-2600 ext 4177. 
  • Indoor washroom not available. There is an outdoor portable toilet available. 
Forest bathing guided walks

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 will introduce you to a variety of practices that will help you release stress and rejuvenate. All programs are free and offered on a first-come, first-serve basis. Space may be limited. 

Spring 2020 dates at Strasburg Woods - meet at trail entrance on Rush Meadow Street at Anson Court

  • Saturday April 25, 9:30-11:30 a.m.  (Washroom facilities are not available at this location) 

Spring 2020 dates at Huron Natural Area - meet at picnic shelter

  • Friday, May 8 7-9 p.m.
  • Saturday, June 6 9:30-11:30 a.m.
Forest Bathing Immersion Experience

Join a certified Nature Therapy Guide for a 3-hour nature immersion experience that follows the Japanese practice of Shinrin-Yoku. This walk is an extended version of the Forest Bathing walks with additional time for reflection, quiet contemplation and nature immersion.

Spring 2020 dates at Huron Natural Area - meet at picnic shelter

  • Saturday, May 23 9 a.m. to 12 p.m.
  • Register by email or by phone (519) 741-2600 ext. 4177.
Family forest bathing walks

Bring your family out for a walk through the woods and discover new ways of enjoying nature together. You will be introduced to sensory awareness and deeper levels of nature connection.  Suitable for children ages 6-12. 

Spring 2020 dates at Strasburg Woods - meet at trail entrance on Rush Meadow Street at Anson Court

  • Sunday, May 3 10-11:30 a.m. (washroom facilities are not available at this location)
  • Register by email or by phone (519) 741-2600 ext. 4177. 
Nature sit spot workshop

Discover how being still in nature can be relaxing, rejuvenating and rewarding.  Suitable for all ages but it is recomended that any children be 10+. 

Spring 2020 dates at Huron Natural Area - meet at the picnic shelter

  • Wednesday, May 13 7-8:15 p.m. 
  • Register by email or by phone (519) 741-2600 ext. 4177.
Introduction to mindfulness meditation in the woods

Learn about the benefits of mindfulness and how to implement mindfulness in your everyday life, all while in the supportive environment of the forest. Participants will learn the principles of a mindfulness practice, develop their own informal and formal meditation practice and learn how to apply these principles to daily life and nature experiences. Please bring your own outdoor yoga mat or blanket.

Spring 2020 dates at Huron Natural Area - meet at picnic shelter

  • Saturday, May 30 10-11:30 a.m. 
Nature journaling workshop

Learn journaling techniques and how to use journaling as a way of exploring the wonders of nature. Suitable for all ages but recomended that any children be 10+.

Spring 2020 dates at Huron Natural Area - meet at the picnic shelter

  • Wednesday, June 3 7-9 p.m. 
  • Register by email or by phone (519) 741-2600 ext. 4177. 
  Yoga hikes - April 2 CANCELLED

Get your vitamin-n (Nature) along with your daily exercise on a 90 min yoga hike. This hike will integrate yoga breaks as we walk the trails and enjoy the natural surroundings. Suitable for all skill levels. No yoga mat required. 

Spring 2020 dates at Huron Natural Area - meet at picnic shelter

  • Thursday, April 2, 9, 16, 23 & 30. (10-11:30 a.m.) - April 2 Hike date is CANCELLED.
  • Saturday, May 2 (9:30-11:00 a.m.)
  • Thursday, May 7, 14, 21 & 28.  (10-11:30 a.m.)

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 and for the complete winter 2020 schedule.  
    • Nature Play Event at Gzowski Park - Saturday April 25. 1-4 p.m. Free hands-on, nature play activities, live birds, music, crafts and campfire. 

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.  

  •  Wednesday,y April 15 7-8:30. p.m.. Jeff Thompson - Landscaping for Wild Pollinators

    • Which plants are best for attracting wild pollinators? How to create a continuously blooming garden in an effort to maintain these beneficial insects.

    • Register Here

  • Wednesday, May 20 7-8:30 p.m. David Gascoigne - Urban Birds 
    • People have often remarked that because they live in the city there is not much opportunity to observe birds. Nothing could be further from the truth. Our urban environment has many secrets for the discriminating observer and birds are part of nature in the city. Come and explore the avian diversity of  our urban landscape. 

    •  Register Here

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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