Young Naturalist Program Update: (July 7, 2021)

Welcome to Summer 2021.  COVID-19 is still with us, and this will mean some adjustments to the Young Naturalists programming.  Indoor programs will still be cancelled until October 2021.  Most outdoor programming will proceed with some adjustments to ensure our safety and follow COVID-19 safeguards.

Here is what is planned (so far) for the coming months in 2021.  Watch the website for updates and program additions.  Scroll down for more information on each activity.  You can register for any Young Naturalists program at any time by e-mailing  Enrolment is limited on most programs and registration is taken on a first-come basis.

Birdhouse Workshop  Saturday, April 10  CANCELLED due to COVID-19.
Crocus Hike  Saturday, April 17 and Sunday, April 18  at 1:00 p.m. FULL – REGISTRATION CLOSED.
Pond Dipping  Saturday, May 1 at 1:00 p.m. FULL – REGISTRATION CLOSED
Great Horned Owl Field Trip (Cancelled due to COVID-19)  May 2021
Bluebird Trail  Starts May 26 and runs through to July 11 – multiple field trips.
Mid-Week Butterflies  Wednesday, July 14 at 1:00 p.m.
Mid-Week Butterflies  Wednesday, August 11 at 1:00 p.m. Postponed to August 18 at 10:30
Sandhill Crane Field Trip  Saturday, October 2 at 9:30 a.m.
Saw-whet Owl Field Trip (TENTATIVE)     October 2021
Bird Feeder Workshop  Saturday, November 6
Paper Making Workshop  Saturday, December 4
Christmas Bird Count for Kids  Tuesday, December 28

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 or  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 August Butterfly Field Trip

(Wednesday, August 11 at 10:30 a.m. NEW TIME)
Northeast Swale
Cost: Free – Space is limited.   Advanced Registration is required. 

Join the Young Naturalists as we explore the Northeast Swale in search of butterflies and other insects along with their favourite wild flowers.  On this field trip we learn the proper techniques for catching and observing butterflies.  We hope to catch a variety of butterflies and other insects (and probably the odd spider and harvestman) to learn about their ecology – including some of the native plants they love.

Cost is free. Space is limited.  Advanced Registration is required.
E-mail to register or for more information.

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

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 to arrange a special program for your group. There may be a charge for this programming.