Children’s Nature Programs

Junior Naturalist ProgramAttention Teachers

Looking for a fun and educational end of year trip? Take your class on an adventure to Petrie Island to enjoy a morning or  afternoon of the great outdoors! We offer tours of the island and nature centre, scavenger hunts and crafts. We can accommodate  any topic in your curriculum.  Any time from mid May  to end of  June.  $5 per student. There are also summer tours for all ages. School groups may also wish to take part in cleanup days.

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  • Junior Naturalist program, (ages 2 – 5),  approximately 1.5 hours (details below)
  • Youth  programs (ages 7 – 12),  approximately 1.5 hours (details below)
  • Home Schoolers programs May and June

We also offer  tours of the Island for Youth groups, Guides and Scouts, Seniors, Home Schoolers  – approximately ½ hour to 1 ½ hours.

For information contact:

Children’s Summer Naturalist Programs

Pre-registration is now available for our Naturalist Programs! You can sign up for multiple sessions in advance, at a reduced rate. Put your name on the e-mail list for the 2017 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.

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

Youth Naturalist (Ages 6-12)

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

This year’s Naturalist program will run from July 5th to September 1st , and the themes are as follows:

Tuesday Themes – Updated regularly

  • Tuesday July 5th – Turtles
  • Tuesday July 12th – Birds
  • Tuesday July 19th – Reduce, Reuse, Recycle
  • Tuesday July 26th – Frogs
  • Tuesday August 2nd – Snails, Snakes & Spiders
  • Tuesday August 9th – Fossils and Dinosaurs
  • Tuesday August 16th – Bugs
  • Tuesday August 23rd – Mammals
  • Tuesday August 30th  – Trees and Seeds

Thursday Themes

  • Thursday July 7th – Fossils and Dinosaurs
  • Thursday July 14th – Bugs
  • Thursday July 21st – Mammals
  • Thursday July 28th – Trees and Seeds
  • Thursday August 4th – Turtles
  • Thursday August 11th – Birds
  • Thursday August 18th – Fish
  • Thursday August 25th – Frogs
  • Thursday September 1st – Snails, Snakes & Spiders

Bilingual instructors available

email: for any questions

Come out and earn a certificate and badge for every session that you attend in order for you and your child to become official naturalists of Petrie Island!!