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 cancelled 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,

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’ Bird Feeder Workshop 

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

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.comPaper 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.

Pike Lake Nature Trail Walk

Sunday, November 22
1:00 p.m.
Pike Lake Provincial Park
Space is limited to 5 kids. Advanced registration required. To register e-mail naturekids@saskatoonnature.org
An early winter walk along the snow covered nature trail. Who knows what we’ll see? We will look for tracks and other signs of animals; we’ll check out the winter berries and discuss which ones are edible and which ones aren’t (and sample a few frozen cranberries); and we’ll definitely talk about the benefits of bird feeders to Citizen Science programs. Plus the chickadees at Pike Lake are very accommodating for young bird watchers. At least one parent/guardian must accompany your child/children on all Young Naturalists activities. Due to COVID-19 safeguards this field trip is limited to 5 kids. Advanced registration is required. To register e-mail naturekids@saskatoonnature.org

The Christmas Bird Count for Kids (CBC4Kids)

Tuesday, December 29
Details are still tentative at this time. Check back 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.