Nature Kids

Nature Kids encourages youth and their families to observe, investigate and explore nature. While it's geared towards children ages 4-12, anyone with a sense of curiosity and childlike wonder can learn something about the nature in Alberta. To connect with the Nature Kids team email us at

Free Nature Kids Activity Books

Families are encouraged to engage in nature activities with a focus on exploring the wild outdoors, and our free downloadable Nature Kids activity books can get you out and active! Also check out the latest in our Nature Kids section in every issue of Nature Alberta Magazine, available by subscription or free on the Magazine page.

Nature Kids Do-It-Yourself Activities

Families are encouraged to engage in nature activities with a focus on exploring and learning about the wild outdoors. Parent/guardian participation in Nature Kids is important, as children will need assistance and supervision with the activities. Nature Kids is meant to be a fun learning experience for the whole family! CLICK HERE to look through all DIY Activities.

Birding Tally

Go for a walk in your neighbourhood, nearby park, or favourite natural area and fill in the Birding Tally as you go.

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Bird Protecting Window Decal

Protect birds with this fun DIY window decal craft.

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Make a Butterfly Feeder

Attract these beautiful pollinators to your garden, and supplement their diet with fresh cut fruit!

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Observe, investigate, and share nature with iNaturalist!

Investigate species everywhere you go with these simple steps to get started with iNaturalist.

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Pond Dipping

Everything you need to know to go pond dipping with your family.

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Bug Scavenger Hunt

Go on a Bug Scavenger Hunt in your own backyard!

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Bee Bombs

Bees are important to us because they pollinate plants in nature, farmers fields, and even in our vegetable gardens. You can help the bees with this fun activity! 

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Build a Listening Lid

Use this Listening Lid to help you hear all the sounds nature has to offer!

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Growing a Garden

Watch your garden grow… underground!

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Journey of a Seed

Follow these steps to test the germination rate of your seeds to decide how many seeds to plant.

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Nature Kids Fun Facts

We love curious young minds, and connecting with our network of experts to get answers to your burning questions! There's always something fascinating to learn about the many plants and animals that live here in Alberta and why they behave the way they do. CLICK HERE to get in the know with our round up of fun facts!


Owls of Alberta

How many owls are found in Alberta? View the full list here!

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How do bats find their food?

A little brown bat can consume 600 mosquitoes, and eat more than half of their body weight in insects every night!

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How do owls see at night?

Owls need to be able to see well in the dark so they can hunt small animals such as mice, voles, and other rodents, which are also active at night.

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Why do geese poop so much?

Geese poop a lot — in fact, they can poop up to 15 times per hour!

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What’s the difference between a snow goose and a Canada goose?

A guide to help you tell apart Snow Goose and Canada Goose.

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Are there bugs that live in the snow?

Most people might assume that bugs aren’t active outside during the winter because we rarely see them, but the truth is much cooler!

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What happens to spiders in the winter?

Find out what happens to our favourite 8-legged air breathing arthropods during Alberta’s harsh winters.

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Amazing Amphibians & Riveting Reptiles

Recorded Presentation
Host: Nature Alberta

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Do Red Squirrels Hibernate?

Do red squirrels hibernate? How do they survive Alberta’s harsh winters?

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What is a drey?

What is a drey and what does it have to do with squirrels?

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My BIG Alberta Backyard

Alberta is filled with amazing natural spaces just waiting to be explored! If you're ready to embark on an adventure, you've come to the right place! CLICK HERE to explore Alberta's BIG Backyard.

My BIG Alberta Backyard – Peter Lougheed Provincial Park

Lush green trees as far as the eye can see, sparkling blue lakes, and towering old mountains make this park a place you won’t forget. You can also view roaring waterfalls!

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My BIG Alberta Backyard – Listening to Nature

Nature Alberta’s Parton, John Acorn, has shared his do-it-yourself (DIY) Listening Lid with us. Let’s make your own Listening Lid and give it a try!

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My BIG Alberta Backyard – Winter Animal Tracking

In the winter, animals leave tracks everywhere they go. Their tracks leave lots of hints. Was it a deer or a coyote that walked through? Were they in a group or alone? You can learn lots in information by being a nature detective and examining wildlife tracks.

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My BIG Alberta Backyard – NatureHood

It’s time to explore your NatureHood! Not sure where to start or what to look for? Start with reading this article!

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My BIG Alberta Backyard – Kleskun Hill Natural Area

Learn all about the small area of badlands up north near Grande Prairie: the Kleskun Hills.

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My BIG Alberta Backyard – Midland Provincial Park

Midland Provincial Park, just outside Drumheller, is most famous for the fossils that have been discovered there.

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My BIG Alberta Backyard – Inglewood Bird Sanctuary

The Inglewood Bird Sanctuary in Calgary is one of the smallest Migratory Bird Sanctuaries covering only 36 hectares.

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My BIG Alberta Backyard – Gaetz Lakes Sanctuary

The Gaetz Lakes Sanctuary is a Migratory Bird Sanctuary located in the aspen parkland in Red Deer. Learn all about this sanctuary and the Kerry Wood Nature Centre!

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My BIG Alberta Backyard – Beaver Hill Biosphere Reserve

The Beaver Hill Biosphere Reserve is a unique area located east of Edmonton in the knob and kettle transition zone between parkland and boreal regions.

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My BIG Alberta Backyard – Waterton Biosphere Reserve

The Waterton Biosphere Reserve is located in southwestern Alberta, where the prairies meet the Rocky Mountains. Find out what a biosphere reserve is and what type of wildlife you will find in Waterton!

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Nature Kids Events & Family Nature Nights

Nature Kids events promote positive learning experiences for families of all ages and abilities by fostering appreciation for nature. Family Nature Nights are free, public events on Wednesday evenings in July and August. Each event features a different theme with local naturalist experts who lead engaging education stations and guided activities.

NK-Bee and Flower

Nature Programs at HSNC

Nature Activities at Helen Schuler Nature Centre

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BirdSmart Education Program

Presented by the Beaverhilll Bird Observatory, “BirdSmart” brings a live bird of prey right to your group!

Now taking bookings for November 21st to Late-April

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2023 Family Nature Nights: Guardians of Nature

Nature Alberta
Lois Hole Centennial Provincial Park, St. Albert
Aug 30, 6:00 PM

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2023 Family Nature Nights: Nuts about Wildlife

Nature Alberta
John Janzen Nature Center, Edmonton
Aug 16, 6:00 PM

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2023 Family Nature Nights: Fish Tales

Nature Alberta
Hermitage Park, Edmonton
Aug 9, 6:00 PM

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2023 Family Nature Nights: Free the Trees

Nature Alberta
Jackie Parker Park, Edmonton
Jul 26, 6:00 PM

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2023 Family Nature Nights: Nature Heroes

Nature Alberta
Inglewood Bird Sanctuary & Nature Centre, Calgary
July 19, 6:00 PM

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2023 Family Nature Nights: Birds & Bugs

Nature Alberta
Kerry Wood Nature Centre, Red Deer
July 12, 6:00 PM

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Owls Discovery Day

Jan 22 from 12:30 pm – 3:30 pm
Helen Schuler Nature Centre
Lethbridge, AB

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D & D Land Reclamation Style: Become an Earth Doctor

Future Energy Systems
Wed, Sept 21 from 5 – 6 pm

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NatureHood / CommuNature

Nature Kids is proud to be a partner in Nature Canada’s NatureHood program. This program is about connecting families across Canada to nearby nature and exploring their own ‘hoods to discover the plants and animals species that live in our own backyards. Nature Kids will be hosting several events in the coming months as part of the NatureHood program so keep an eye on this website and to our Facebook page for more information!

Nature Kids est fier d’être partenaire du programme CommuNature de Nature Canada. Ce programme vise à connecter les familles à travers le Canada à la nature voisine et à explorer leurs propres voisinages pour découvrir les espèces végétales et animales qui vivent dans notre propre arrière-cour. Il y a tellement de nature à explorer tout autour de nous et nous n’avons pas besoin d’aller bien loin pour la découvrir. Nature Kids organisera plusieurs événements dans les mois à venir dans le cadre du programme CommuNature, alors restez à l’écoute de ce site Web et de notre page Facebook pour plus d’information bientôt !