SPECIAL NOTICE REGARDING THE COVID-19 VIRUS (Updated September 15, 2020)

Greetings Young Naturalists, 
I am writing to provide an update regarding the coronavirus/COVID-19. All outdoor programs can continue with proper COVID safeguards in place. All indoor programs for the remainder of 2020 are tentative at this time. This includes the Northern Saw-whet Owl field trip, the bird feeder workshop, and the paper making workshop.

The Young Naturalists program will continue to monitor the COVID-19 situation and will follow any new guidelines that come forward in the coming days.    

Thank you for your understanding.
Yours in Nature,
-Greg

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

Young Naturalists’ Northern Saw-whet Owl Field Trip

Space is limited.  Advanced registration is required.
THIS ACTIVITY IS CANCELLED DUE TO COVID-19 SAFEGUARDS.

Date: Friday, October 2 (THIS ACTIVITY HAS BEEN CANCELLED)
Time: Evening (7:00 – 10:00 p.m.)
Free (Donations  are appreciated). (Some travel is involved.  80 km round trip)

Naturalists at Night! We will join naturalist Martin Stoffel as he collects scientific information from migrating Saw-whet Owls.  Saw-whets are an extremely cute owl so this program fills up quickly.
Enrolment is limited.  Advanced registration is required.
Please note this is a “past the usual bedtime” late evening/night program and may not be suitable for all children
E-mail saskatoonnaturekids@gmail.com to register or for more information.

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

Young Naturalists’ Bird Feeder Workshop 

THIS ACTIVITY IS CURRENTLY TENTATIVE DUE TO COVID-19 SAFEGUARDS.
Date:  Saturday, November 14, 2020
Time: 1:00 p.m. (to 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.
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.

Young Naturalists’ Paper Making Workshop

THIS ACTIVITY IS CURRENTLY TENTATIVE DUE TO COVID-19 SAFEGUARDS.
Date: Sunday, December 6, 2020
Time: 1:00 p.m. ( to 3:00 p.m.)

Meet: Affinity Learning Centre at Saskatoon’s Forestry Farm Park
Cost: $2.00 /  child.  Members: $1.00 / child.
SPACE IS LIMITED. Pre-registration required.
To register:
 e-mail saskatoonnaturekids@gmail.com

Paper Making is back for another fun and messy year!  Learn how paper is made and create your very own paper from recycled materials.  It’s a great project for gift tags and cards.  Wear old clothes as this program can get messy!   e-mail saskatoonnaturekids@gmail.com for more information or to register.

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

Coming winter 2020

The Christmas Bird Count for Kids (CBC4Kids)

Watch this website for updates

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.