Welcome to the Saskatoon Young Naturalists. Young Naturalists’ activities are open to all ages and offer nature-based activities designed for families. Content is geared towards the 5 to 11 year old range. We operate on the belief that children’s (and parents’) learning is enhanced when the parents/guardians are present. Parent/Guardian supervision is required on all Young Naturalists’ Programs.

The Saskatoon Young Naturalists’ began in 1968. The Young Naturalists is a joint program with the Saskatoon Nature Society and the Saskatoon Zoo Society. Thanks to these organizations most programs are free of charge unless otherwise noted.

Each Young Naturalist activity is an individual activity, separate from the other activities.  You must register for each activity separately (however you can register for more than one activity at one time).

TO REGISTER for a program or for more information send an e-mail to naturekids@saskatoonnature.org or saskatoonnaturekids@gmail.com  indicating which program (or programs) and the number of children.  Space is limited on most programs so advanced registration is required. Registration is on a first-come basis. You can register at any time.

Upcoming Programs

CBC4Kids  
Christmas Bird Count for Kids


Thursday, January 2, 2020
9:45 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.
Cost: Free
Saskatoon Forestry Farm Park and Zoo
Meet at the Affinity Learning Centre

NO REGISTRATION IS REQUIRED for this FREE come-and-go program that is open to EVERYONE of all ages.

The Young Naturalists are hosting our 6th annual CBC4Kids – A Christmas Bird Count for Kids.

Between 10:00 a.m. and 3:30 p.m. we will be counting the birds and contributing to Citizen Science studies of bird biodiversity.  At the top of each hour we will head out for about 30-45 minutes to look for birds.  Then we’ll head back indoors and warm up with some cookies and hot chocolate.  We’ll discuss birding tips and how to use binoculars.  Stay for one round of bird counting or come for the whole day!

Dress warmly and bring your binoculars.  We have lots of spare sets of binoculars to loan out if you don’t have any.  You don’t need to be an expert on birds.  This is a great way to learn about winter birds and bird watching.

E-mail naturekids@saskatoonnature.org  for more information. At least one parent/guardian must accompany your child/children on all Young Naturalists activities.

Young Naturalists’ Tracks and Scats

Saturday, January 18, 2020
1:00 p.m.
Cost: Free
Enrolment is limited. Advanced registration required.

We’ll look at the basic animal track patterns for some of the common animals found around Saskatoon. If weather permits we’ll do a little exploring for animal tracks in the snow. And we’ll also make a plaster track craft you can take home.  Enrolment is limited. E-mail naturekids@saskatoonnature.org to enrol or for more information. At least one parent/guardian must accompany your child/children on all Young Naturalists activities.

Young Naturalists’ Chickadee Pishing

Saturday, February 8, 2020
Pike Lake Provincial Park
1:00 p.m.
Cost: Free 
Advanced registration required.

Pishing is the time-honoured technique of attracting birds for a closer look. The chickadees at Pike Lake are well accustomed to pishers, so it is a great place to practice the technique. Dress warmly and give it a try. Cost is free. Bird snacks are provided (feel tree to bring one for yourself). Bring your binoculars if you have some. E-mail naturekids@saskatoonnature.org  for more information or to sign up for this field trip. At least one parent/guardian must accompany your child/children on all Young Naturalists activities.

Young Naturalists’ Owl Pellet Dissection

Saturday, March 7, 2020
1:00 p.m.
Cost: Free – donations accepted.
Enrolment is limited. Advanced registration is required.

In this indoor session we’ll take a look at the ecology of the Great Horned Owl in Saskatchewan and learn all about owl pellets.  What’s an owl pellet?  More importantly, what’s inside an owl pellet?  Find out at this exciting presentation.  Space is limited.   E-mail naturekids@saskatoonnature.org  to register or for more information.  At least one parent or guardian must accompany children on all Young Naturalists’ programs.

Young Naturalists birdhouse workshop

Young Naturalists’ Birdhouse Workshop

Saturday, March 28
1:00 p.m. – 2:30 p.m.
Cost: $10.00/child.  Saskatoon Zoo Society or Saskatoon Nature Society members: $5.00/child.

Join the Young Naturalists for this National Wildlife Week program (a week early this year) and our 51st year of constructing birdhouses.  Spring is just around the corner so it is time to prepare for the bluebirds and Tree swallows return from their winter migration.  These cavity-nesting birds will be looking for suitable nesting sites.  We can help them out by making your own birdhouse.  Space is limited in this workshop so registration is required.  E-mail naturekids@saskatoonnature.org to register or for more information.  At least one parent/guardian must accompany your child/children on all Young Naturalists activities.

Young Naturalists’ Crocus Hike

Date: Sunday, April 19, 2020*
(Note: This date may be adjusted with the timing of spring weather)
Time: 1:30 p.m.
Location: Northeast Swale
Cost: Free.  Enrolment is limited.  Advanced registration is required.
To register: e-mail naturekids@saskatoonnature.org

Celebrate Earth Week with the Young Naturalists as we walk on the native prairie and look for Prairie Crocus and other signs of spring.  Cost is free, but advanced registration is required.  E-mail naturekids@saskatoonnature.org  to register or for more information. At least one parent/guardian must accompany your child/children on all Young Naturalists activities.

*The date for this program may change depending upon the blooming time for the crocus.

Young Naturalists’ Pike Lake Field Trip

Saturday, May 2, 2020
1:00 p.m. – 3:30 p.m. 
Pike Lake Provincial Park
Cost:  Free.  Enrolment is limited. Advanced registration is required.
e-mail naturekids@saskatoonnature.org to register or for more information.

It’s our annual pond dipping field trip. Join the Young Naturalists for our hands-on nature activities including our search for wild dragons, damsels, fairies, and frogs* – and other aquatic invertebrates too.   We will even check out the nature trail for Poison Ivy (really)!  Space is limited on this very popular program so register early!

E-mail naturekids@saskatoonnature.org for more details or to register.
At least one parent/guardian/adult must accompany your child/children on all Young Naturalists activities.
*Dragonflies, damselflies, fairy shrimp, and frogs.

Coming in May

Great Horned Owl Field Trip

Coming in June

The Bluebird Trail (Our 51st Year!)

Coming summer 2020

Wildflower Field Trip
Butterfly Field Trip

Watch this website for updates

Due to enrolment restrictions, the Young Naturalists’ Program is normally unable to accommodate groups (the program is designed for families). If you have a special interest group (such as Scouts, 4-H, school group, etc) please email saskatoonnaturekids@gmail.com to arrange a special program for your group. There may be a charge for this programming.