Welcome to the Saskatoon Young Naturalists. 2022 is our 54th year of hands-on conservation education.

The Young Naturalists program is a collection of nature-based activities designed for kids aged 5 to 11 years and their families.
To register for any of the activities listed below, please send an e-mail to naturekids@saskatoonnature.org (or saskatoonnaturekids@gmail.com). Registration is taken on a first-come basis and space is limited on most activities. At least one adult must accompany your child on each Young Naturalists activity. You can register for any Young Naturalists program at any time. (Both e-mail addresses go to the same location).

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 activity (or activities) 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 (more coming soon!)

Young Naturalists Bird Feeder Workshop

Date:  Saturday, November 26, 2022
Time: 2:30 p.m.
Location: Affinity Learning Centre (Forestry Farm Park & Zoo)
Cost: $10.00 / children members : $5.00 / child.
Space is limited.  Pre-registration required. (Only a few spots left!)
To register: e-mail saskatoonnaturekids@gmail.com

Learn about how a bird feeder can be used for winter bird watching and how you can become a Citizen Scientist to track bird populations!  Bring a hammer and build your own bird feeder to take home.   Enrolment is limited.  Pre-registration is required.  e-mail saskatoonnaturekids@gmail.com to register or for more information.

Nut Allergy Alert: the materials used in this program may have been in contact with peanuts, peanut butter, sunflower seeds, and other seeds and tree nuts.  This program is not suitable for persons with severe contact (not ingestion) nut allergies.

At least one parent/guardian must accompany your child/children on all Young Naturalists activities.

Christmas Bird Count for Kids

Tuesday, December 27, 2022
Multiple walks throughout the day – watch the website for updates in December.

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 8th annual CBC4Kids – A Christmas Bird Count for Kids.

Between 10:00 a.m. and 3:30 p.m. we will be doing multiple bird walks to count the birds and contributing to Citizen Science studies of bird biodiversity.  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.

Looking ahead:

Tracks and Scats  – January 21, 2023

Chickadee Pishing  – Saturday, February 4, 2023

Owl Pellet Dissection  – March 11, 2023

Birdhouse Workshop – April 1, 2023

Crocus Hike  – April 2023 TBA

Pond Dipping -Saturday, May 6, 2023

Great Horned Owl Field Trip – May 2023 TBA

Mary Houston Bluebird Trail  – Various dates throughout June

July Mid-Week Butterflies – July 2023

August Mid-Week Butterflies – August 2023

Sandhill Crane Field Trip – September 2023

Saw-whet Owl Field Trip – October 2023

Bird Feeder Workshop – November 2023

Christmas Bird Count for Kids – December 2023 (Tentative Wednesday, January 3, 2024)

Young Naturalists Programs for Groups:

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.