Young Naturalist Program Update: (November 30, 2021)

Welcome to Winter 2021.  COVID-19 is still with us, and this will mean some adjustments to the Young Naturalists programming.  All indoor programs are cancelled until December 2021. (This includes the bird feeder workshop on Nov. 6 and the paper making workshop on Dec. 4).  Indoor programs are scheduled for January 2021 and beyond. As per City of Saskatoon guidelines; ALL participants 12 and older in indoor programs in city buildings MUST be vaccinated and SHOW proof of that vaccination. Most outdoor programming will proceed with some adjustments to ensure our safety and follow COVID-19 safeguards.

Here is what is planned (so far) in the upcoming months.  Watch the website for updates and program additions.  Scroll down for more information on upcoming activities.  You can register for any Young Naturalists program at any time by e-mailing saskatoonnaturekids@gmail.com or naturekids@saskatoonnature.org Enrolment is limited on most programs and registration is taken on a first-come basis. (Both e-mail addresses go to the same location).


Paper Making Workshop  Saturday, December 4 CANCELLED due to COVID-19
Christmas Bird Count for Kids  Tuesday, December 28 CANCELLED due to extreme cold.
Tracks and Scats Saturday, January 8
Chickadee Pishing Saturday, February 5
Owl Pellet Dissection Saturday, March 12
Birdhouse Workshop Saturday, April 9

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 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!)

Christmas Bird Count for Kids (CBC4Kids)

NOTE: THE 2021 CHRISTMAS BIRD COUNT FOR KIDS HAS BEEN OFFICIALLY CANCELLED DUE TO THE VERY COLD WEATHER.

Tuesday, December 28 – CANCELLED
Everyone is welcome to count birds.
It’s our 8th annual Christmas Bird Count for Kids. This year it is another COVID-19 edition, so we will be doing a series of trail walks (rather than our usual single meeting location with hot chocolate and cookies). You can sign up for one bird walk, or as many as you like by e-mailing naturekids@saskatoonnature.org. Each trail walk will be about 1 hour in duration and we’ll be counting the birds we see along the way for science. I’ll e-mail more information once you have signed up. Don’t forget your binoculars! Don’t have binoculars? No problem – we’ll have some loaners along.
10:00 a.m. Bird Walk One: Wonderhub to the Weir
12:00 p.m. Bird Walk Two: Meewasin Park (Near Pinehouse and Lenore)
2:00 p.m. Bird Walk Three: Garbriel Dumont Park

Tracks and Scats

Saturday, January 8 (Tentative)
Space is limited. Advanced Registration is required. E-mail naturekids@saskatoonnature.org to register.
Note: This is a combination indoor/outdoor program. All participants 12 and older must be vaccinated and show proof of vaccination for this program.

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.

Chickadee Pishing

Saturday, February 5
1:00 p.m.
Pishing is the time-honoured technique of attracting birds for a closer look. Chickadees are well accustomed to pishers, so they are great birds 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.
Space is limited. Advanced Registration is required. E-mail naturekids@saskatoonnature.org to register.

Owl Pellets

Saturday, March 12 (Tentative)
Space is limited. Advanced Registration is required. E-mail naturekids@saskatoonnature.org to register.
Note: All participants 12 and older must be vaccinated and show proof of vaccination for this program.

Birdhouse Workshop

Saturday, April 9 (Tentative)
Space is limited. Advanced Registration is required. E-mail naturekids@saskatoonnature.org to register.
Note: All participants 12 and older must be vaccinated and show proof of vaccination for this program.

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.