U of G Arboretum Launching Virtual ‘Nature with the Family’ Series

Kids gather around a bucket at the U of G Arboretum

(Photo: Chris Earley)

The University of Guelph Arboretum is launching a new “Nature with the Family” virtual series to get families outside and exploring together all that nature has to offer this summer.

The eight-week program will run live on Saturday mornings through a Zoom subscription, with each week focusing on a new topic, including caterpillars, aquatic creatures, snakes, hawks, owls and more.

Eight biodiversity sheets will be shipped to each registrant and will feature lots of ideas for hands-on nature activities, while the Zoom calls will offer short videos, presentations and how-to discussions.

Each video session will be recorded and e-mailed out so subscribing families can either participate live or access the videos on their own during the summer.

With the Arboretum having to cancel all workshops and programming due to the COVID-19 pandemic, organizers hope this new program will help replace in-person activities with quality virtual programming that encourages families to get outside and explore.

The program begins Saturday, July 11 and runs until Aug. 22, with each hour-long Zoom call beginning at 11 a.m. The cost of the program is $80 plus HST and includes the biodiversity sheets as well as shipping.

Registration closes July 6.

Further details and registration can be found on the Arboretum’s website or by e-mail at: arbor@uoguelph.ca.

The Arboretum reminds local visitors that the grounds are currently open for walk-through access.



Barb Watson-Ash
Arboretum marketing coordinator