Greetings Young Naturalists, 

I am writing to provide an update regarding the coronavirus/COVID-19. To aid in the need to social-distance all Young Naturalists indoor programs and field trips have been cancelled until the end of May.  Some of the cancelled activities may be offered in the fall.  

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

Thank you for your understanding.

Yours in Nature,


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 birdhouse workshop

Young Naturalists’ Birdhouse Workshop CANCELLED**

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 Stay-at-Home Birdhouse Workshop -SOLD OUT!

THIS ACTIVITY IS NOW ‘SOLD OUT’ Thank you for supporting the Young Naturalists.

March 30 to April 9
Quantities are limited.
Just because the Birdhouse Workshop was cancelled and you are self-isolating at home doesn’t mean you can’t build a birdhouse! Young Naturalists interested in building a birdhouse can get a birdhouse kit dropped at your house. FREE!
Here’s the deal: We need new birdhouses on the Mary Houston Bluebird Trail. I will drop TWO birdhouse kits at your house. You can build one for yourself for the birds in your yard AND you also have to build one for the birds on the Bluebird Trail.
Quantities are limited. To get your Young Naturalists birdhouse kit e-mail saskatoonnaturekids@naturesaskatoon.org and I will make arrangements (usually within a day or two) to get two birdhouse kits to you.

Young Naturalists’ Crocus Hike – CANCELLED

This activity has been CANCELLED due to the COVID-19 Virus.
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 – CANCELLED

This activity has been cancelled due to COVID-19. (It may be offered in the fall).
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 Mary Houston 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.