Children’s Nature Programs


Attention Parents, Teachers and Camp LeadersJunior Naturalist Program

Looking for a way to take your curriculum out in the field?  Planning a birthday party or year end outing?  Just looking for a fun and educational activity for your children’s group?

Come on an adventure to the wild side of Petrie Island to enjoy a morning or  afternoon in the great outdoors! The Friends of Petrie Island run tours as soon as we open for the season until the end of August. Field trips involve a rotation through four stations: a tour of the Nature Center, a nature walk, a scavenger hunt and a free time period. Tours runs for about 2 hours and the fee is $5 per child (no charge for adults).

Sample itinerary:

10:00 – Arrive at the island, disembark from the bus, washroom break

10:05 – Walk from the bus to the nature centre and put away backpacks under the picnic shelter

10:15 – Divide into groups for the activities

10:20 – Rotation One: guided nature walk down the turtle trail

10:40 – Rotation Two: nature scavenger hunt

11:00 – Snack break

11:20 – Rotation Three: Free time 

11:40 – Rotation Four: Nature centre tour (includes live turtles, snakes, and frogs)

12:00 – Program ends

The tours are adapted to the age and preferences of the group.

Special projects such as cleanup or removal of invasive species can also be accommodated.

To book a tour or if you have any questions:

Adult tours are also available.


Join us for hands-on themed education sessions on the ecology of Petrie Island, tailored for your child’s age and interests.  Programming runs for approximately 1.5- 2 hours.  See below for dates and themes. Become an official Young Naturalist of Petrie Island!!

  • Preschool Naturalist program, (ages 2 – 5)
  • Junior Naturalist program (ages 7 – 9)
  • Youth Naturalist (ages 10 – 12)
  • Sessions can be arranged for clubs, home schooled, birthday parties and youth groups.

Registration: Young Naturalists

For information contact:

You can sign up for multiple sessions in advance, at a reduced rate. Put your name on the e-mail list for the 2019 season.

Fees per child:

$20 for unlimited sessions

$10 for three sessions (plus $3 for each additional session)

$5 for a drop-in

Fill out the Naturalist Pre-Registration Form and bring it into the Nature Centre to be added to the list of Pre-Registered Naturalists.

Pre-school Naturalist (Ages 2-5)JuniorNaturalist2012

  • Tuesday 10:30am – 12:00pm
  • Thursday 10:30am – 12:00pm

Junior Naturalist (Ages 6-9)

  • Tuesday 1:30pm – 3:00pm
  • Thursday 5:30pm – 7:00pm

Youth Naturalist (ages 10-12)- pending registration

This year’s Naturalist program will run through July and August. The themes are as follows:

Tuesday Themes

  • Tuesday July 2 – Turtles
  • Tuesday July 9 – Birds
  • Tuesday July 16 – All About Water
  • Tuesday July 23 – Frogs
  • Tuesday July 30 – Snails, Snakes & Spiders
  • Tuesday August 6 – Fossils and Dinosaurs
  • Tuesday August 13 – Bugs
  • Tuesday August 20 – Mammals
  • Tuesday August 27  – Gardening Wonderland

Thursday Themes

  • Thursday July 4 – Fossils and Dinosaurs
  • Thursday July 11 – Bugs
  • Thursday July 18 – Mammals
  • Thursday July 25 – Gardening Wonderland
  • Thursday August 1 – All About Water
  • Thursday August 8 – Turtles
  • Thursday August 15 – Birds
  • Thursday August 22 – Fish
  • Thursday August 29 – Frogs

Bilingual instructors available

email: for any questions