SPECIAL NOTICE REGARDING THE COVID-19 VIRUS (Updated May 26, 2020)

Greetings Young Naturalists, 
I am writing to provide an update regarding the coronavirus/COVID-19. The Young Naturalists activities will restart on Monday, June 8.  There will be some modification to program numbers to ensure physical distancing.  Some of the cancelled activities from the spring may be offered in the fall.  

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,
-Greg

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’ Bluebird Trail
(COVID-19 edition)

Dates:  June 8 to July 9
Time: Weekday mornings and afternoons (see below for dates and times)
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? The Bluebird Trail is a bird monitoring program to study the productivity (how many babies) and survivorship (how long they live) of cavity nesting birds such as bluebirds and Tree Swallows. Join naturalist Greg Fenty and help out as he works with bluebirds and Tree Swallows along the Bluebird Trail.  This activity takes place over the whole month of June.  Space is limited each date, but there are lots of dates from which to choose.   Pre-registration is absolutely necessary to ensure physical distancing. 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).  See below for a list of dates and times.

Monday, June 8     10:00 a.m.     FULL. West meeting location (Grandora section)
Tuesday, June 9     10:00 a.m.     FULL. West meeting location (Grandora section)
Thursday, June 11  10:00 a.m.     FULL. West meeting location (Pike Lake section)
Monday, June 15      1:30 p.m.     FULL. West meeting location (Pike Lake section)
Wed, June 17 1:30 p.m.    CANCELLED due to weather.
Friday, June 19          1:30 p.m.     FULL. West meeting location (Pike Lake section)
Monday, June 22    10:00 a.m.     FULL. West meeting location (Grandora section)
Tuesday, June 23    10:00 a.m.     South meeting location (Blackstrap section)
WEDNESDAY, June 24  10:00 a.m.     FULL. West meeting location (Grandora or Pike Lake section)

Dates/Times are subject to change.  Watch for updates.  Sessions will be cancelled in inclement weather.

To register or for more information e-mail saskatoonnaturekids@gmail.com or naturekids@saskatoonnature.org

For full details and more information on the Young Naturalists Bluebird Trail visit https://saskatoonzoosociety.ca/event/yn_bluebird/

Young Naturalists Butterfly Field Trip

SOLD OUT
Wednesday, August 12
11:00 a.m.

Northeast Swale
Cost: Free – Space is limited.   Advanced Registration is required. 

THIS EVENT IS NOW FULL. (NEW REGISTRANTS WILL BE PUT ON THE ‘WAIT LIST’). Join the Young Naturalists as we explore the Northeast Swale in search of butterflies and other insects along with their favourite wild flowers.  On this field trip we learn the proper techniques for catching and observing butterflies.  We hope to catch a variety of butterflies and other insects (and probably the odd spider and harvestman) to learn about their ecology – including some of the native plants they love.

Cost is free. Space is limited.  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.

Young Naturalists’ Sandhill Crane Field Trip

Date: Saturday, September 19, 2020
Time:  9:30 a.m.
Cost: Free.  Advanced registration is required.
To Register: 
e-mail 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.   This is a two-part field trip:  We will start looking close-by Saskatoon for Sandhill Cranes (roughly 9:30-11:30 a.m.).  Then, for those that want to look further afield, we will continue on until about 1:30 p.m.

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 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

Space is limited.  Advanced registration is required.

Date: Friday, October 2 (THIS DATE IS TENTATIVE)
Time: Evening (7:00 – 10:00 p.m.)
Free (Donations  are appreciated). (Some travel is involved.  80 km round trip)

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 to register or for more information.

At least one parent/guardian must accompany your child/children on all Young Naturalists activities.

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.com

Paper 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.

Coming winter 2020

The Christmas Bird Count for Kids (CBC4Kids)

Watch this website 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.