Young Naturalist Program Update: (September 22, 2021)

Welcome to Fall 2021.  COVID-19 is still with us, and this will mean some adjustments to the Young Naturalists programming.  Indoor programs are still tentative until December 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 2021.  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).

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 via ZOOM    October 2021 TBA
Bird Feeder Workshop  Saturday, November 6 Tentative
Paper Making Workshop  Saturday, December 4 Tentative
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 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’ Sandhill Crane Field Trip

Date: Saturday, October 2, 2021
Time:  9:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. (participants can leave at any time).
Cost: Free.  Advanced registration is required.

To Register: e-mail naturekids@saskatoonnature.org or saskatoonnaturekids@gmail.com

A field trip south of Saskatoon to look for migrating Sandhill Cranes and other wildlife. We’ll have binoculars and a spotting scope along to demonstrate how these tools can improve your wildlife watching experience.  We will start looking along roadways for Sandhill Cranes in neighbouring fields (roughly 9:30-11:30 a.m.).  Then, for those that want to look further afield, we will venture onto the South Saskatchewan River sandbars to look for Sandhill Cranes and other wildlife. Please note that participants are welcome to head home at any time during this program.

Parent Advisory: we will be walking along the shoreline of the South Saskatchewan River on this field trip.

Space is limited.  e-mail saskatoonnaturekids@gmail.com or naturekids@saskatoonnature.org to register or for more information.
At least one parent/guardian/adult must accompany your child/children on all Young Naturalists activities.

Young Naturalists’ Northern Saw-whet Owl Field Trip

Date: Early October – date to be determined
7:00 – 9:00 p.m.

NOTE: DUE TO COVID-19 THIS FIELD TRIP HAS BEEN POSTPONED.
THIS PROGAM WILL NOW TAKE PLACE VIRTUALLY ON “ZOOM”.
WATCH THIS WEBSITE FOR DETAILS.

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 or 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 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.