Young Naturalist Program Update: (March 29, 2021)

Welcome to Spring 2021.  COVID-19 is still with us, and this will mean some adjustments to the Young Naturalists programming.  Indoor programs will still be cancelled until October 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 the coming months in 2021.  Watch the website for updates and program additions.  Scroll down for more information on each activity.  You can register for any Young Naturalists program at any time by e-mailing saskatoonnaturekids@gmail.com.  Enrolment is limited on most programs and registration is taken on a first-come basis.

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 (VERY TENTATIVE)  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.
Sandhill Crane Field Trip  Saturday, October 2 at 9:30 a.m.
Saw-whet Owl Field Trip (TENTATIVE)     October 2021
Bird Feeder Workshop  Saturday, November 6
Paper Making Workshop  Saturday, December 4
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 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 (more coming soon!)

Young Naturalists Great Horned Owl Field Trip – TENTATIVE

May 2021 Date to be determined.
(Tentative for Friday, May 7)
6:30 p.m. (to 9:00 p.m.)
Meet: TBA
Cost: Free.  Donations always accepted.
Enrolment is limited. Pre-registration is required. REGISTRATION FOR THIS ACTIVITY IS NOW CLOSED.

THIS FIELD TRIP IS TENTATIVE DUE TO COVID-19 SAFEGUARDS.  We will join naturalists Marten Stoffel and Martin Gerard as they collect scientific information from wild Great Horned Owls.  Space is limited.  Advanced registration is required. E-mail saskatoonnaturekids@gmail.com to register or for more information. At least one parent/guardian/adult must accompany your child/children on all Young Naturalists activities.

Setting the date for this field trip is always a little tricky, as we depend on the co-operation of the owls!  Once you are registered for this field trip I will keep you informed of when the date is set and other details of the field trip.

Young Naturalists’ Bluebird Trail
(COVID-19 edition)

Dates:  May 26 to July 11  
Time: Weekday mornings and afternoons
(updates with dates and times coming in mid-May)

Cost:  Free.
SPACE IS LIMITED to 6 participants per session. Advanced Registration is required for each session.
To register:
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.

Did you know the Young Naturalists’ have been monitoring bluebird populations around Saskatoon since 1969? Join naturalist Greg Fenty and help as he works with bluebirds and Tree Swallows along the Bluebird Trail.  Watch for the schedule of dates and times coming in mid-May.  Space is limited each date, but there are lots of dates from which to choose.   Advanced registration is required.  This year we have two meeting locations.  One on the west end of Saskatoon (heading out near Grandora or out to the Pike Lake area) and one on the south-east end (heading out near Blackstrap Lake).  A list of dates and times is coming soon.

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.