Nature Kids

Nature Kids is our nature programming especially for kids and their families! While it's mostly primarily towards children ages 4-12, anyone with a sense of curiosity and childlike wonder can learn something about the nature in Alberta.

We provide educational materials and organize field experiences that promote being outdoors, observing nature, scientific investigation, environmental stewardship and healthy living. To connect with the Nature Kids team email us at naturekids@naturealberta.ca.

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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.

Project FeederWatch

Get to know the birds in your backyard while helping scientists out at the same time!

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Mission: Monarch Migration

Come learn about monarch butterflies and the journey the go on every year!

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Spiderling Web Craft for Kids

Help sibling spiderlings disperse and build their own web with this fun Halloween themed nature craft.

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Unbe-leaf-able Fall Placemat!

Collect colourful leaves and make your very own autumn placemat.

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Heart-Shaped Wildflower Bouquet

Learn about native flowers and noxious weeds with this hands-on activity.

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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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Build a Listening Lid

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

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Learn About Nature – Whenever, Wherever

Do you have questions about nature? That’s natural! It’s a big world out there and, luckily, we’ve got some answers!

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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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Survival of the Fish-est

These fish-tastic activities are sure to make a splash as they help you learn how fish survive in the water.

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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!

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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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Why are bluebirds blue?

The blue feathers of a bluebird are blue for a special reason!

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What is a cavity-nesting bird?

Many birds make open cup nests while other birds nest in cavities. Not the same cavity as in your teeth!

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How does a seed turn into a plant & why don’t all seeds germinate?

Learn how plants grow and why not all seeds germinate.

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What happens to fish when the pond turns to ice?

Do fish still swim and eat when the lake is covered in ice? Find out with this fun fact!

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How do trees survive the winter without leaves?

First, let’s talk about what leaves are. Leaves help trees turn sunlight into energy, but only if they are uncovered. If snow covers the leaves, they can’t make any more energy. One of the reasons some trees lose their leaves in the fall is because they won’t be able to use the leaves during the…

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Do jackrabbits make nests like pet rabbits do?

Jackrabbits are actually a type of hare and are very different from your pet rabbit. Find out how they differ.

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Why would a bird pretend to have a broken wing?

Kids love to play pretend. Did you know birds pretend too? Find out why!

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Are spiders born knowing how to build a web?

Spider webs are amazing. Do spiders just know how to build them? Or are they taught how to spin webs?

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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 – 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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My BIG Alberta Backyard – Grande Prairie Trumpeter Swan IBA

The Grande Prairie Trumpeter Swan IBA is located near the city of Grande Prairie in the Saskatoon Island Provincial Park, just a quick 25-minute drive from the city centre. It has several lakes that many species of birds call home every year.

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The Importance of Alberta’s Protected Areas

Learn all about the protected areas of Alberta and why they are important!

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Bunchberry Meadows

Learn all about Bunchberry Meadows, a natural area west of Edmonton that is wonderful to visit!

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Nature Kids Events & Family Nature Nights

Nature Kids events are geared to children ages 4-12 but all are welcome. Family Nature Nights promote positive learning experiences for youth and their families by fostering appreciation for nature. These free, public events take place in urban parks and are open to families of all ages and abilities. Each event features a different theme with local naturalist experts who present on their area of expertise. This is accompanied by a guided nature walk, crafts, games, and a whole lot of learning. Family Nature Nights are planned for Wednesday evenings in July and August in Edmonton, Calgary, and Red Deer. Visit our Facebook page or email naturekids@naturealberta.ca for more information about future FNN events.

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Christmas Bird Count for Kids – Edmonton 2022

Sunday, Dec 18 in Edmonton

12:30 pm – 2:45 pm OR 1:45 pm – 4:00 pm

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Christmas Bird Count for Kids – Calgary 2022

Saturday, Dec 17 in Calgary

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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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Fall Biodiversity Challenge

Contribute nature observations between Sept 15 – 18 anywhere in Alberta on iNaturalist!

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Family Nature Nights: Healthy Planet

Wed, Aug 24 at 6 pm
Edmonton
Rundle Park

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Family Nature Nights: Incredible Ecosystems

Wed, July 13 at 6 pm
Red Deer
Kerry Wood Nature Centre

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Family Nature Nights: Fur & Feathers

Wed, July 20 at 6 pm
Edmonton
Alfred Savage Centre, Whitemud Park

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Family Nature Nights: Water Wonders

Wed, July 27 at 6 pm
Edmonton
Goldbar Park

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Family Nature Nights: Brilliant Birds

Wed, Aug 3 at 6 pm
Calgary
Weaselhead Park

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Family Nature Nights: Wetland Champions

Wed, Aug 10 at 6 pm
St. Albert
Lois Hole Centennial Provincial Park

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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 !

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