What we're about

Nature Guelph is an active club for all nature lovers in the Guelph, Ontario area, promoting and providing opportunities for nature connection, education and conservation. Our events are free and open to the public. We hope you will join us!

Nature Guelph hosts a monthly speaker series and member meeting at the University of Guelph Arboretum Centre with exciting guest speakers, as well as regular outdoor events and field trips in the Guelph area and beyond. We have a special interest group for wildflower lovers, a Young Naturalists program for kids 6-10, and an EcoLeaders programs for teens.

Our membership is open to nature lovers of all ages and backgrounds. There’s always room for new members, and visitors are always welcome. Not sure that Nature Guelph is for you? Feel free to join us for free at any of our meetings or outdoor events, and we’re sure you’ll be hooked!

You may know Nature Guelph by its previous name: the Guelph Field Naturalists. The name may have changed, but our love of nature has remained the same since our founding in 1966!

Check us out at natureguelph.ca and follow us on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/natureguelph/

COVID-19 Response:

In response to the COVID-19 pandemic, Nature Guelph initially suspended our in-person programming. This included our in-person monthly Speaker Series meetings at The Arboretum Centre, Wildflower events and meetings, Nature Guelph EcoLeaders and Young Naturalists (NATs) youth programs, and all outdoor events (trips, walks, etc.). We presented our May and June 2020 guest speakers and our Nature in the City events as virtual, live online events. We resumed some limited outdoor activities in the fall of 2020 (with limited participants, mask wearing, and safe physical distancing measures in place), however the onset of the second wave and the alarming rise in infections have forced us to discontinue in person events at this time. We have made the decision to continue to offer our speaker series and wildflower-themed meetings via online live Zoom events during the 2020-21 membership year.

Yours in Nature! 🌤🦊🦆🐍☘️🌺🐝🦇🌲🌾🦨🐢

Upcoming events (4)

Nature Guelph Virtual Speaker Series: Wilderness Pleasures with Kevin Callan

**Due to Covid19 gathering restrictions, this event has been restructured to an online format. Pre-registration is required to receive a personal Zoom link by email. More information on how to register follows.

NATURE GUELPH SPEAKER SERIES: Wilderness Pleasures - an informative and entertaining look (and reminder) of why we love time spent in the wilderness

Nature Guelph is pleased to welcome author, filmmaker, media personality, and all-round outdoors and canoe enthusiast Kevin Callan as our May guest speaker! Please join us at 7:30 pm on Thursday, May 13, 2021, for a virtual presentation via Zoom. Everyone is welcome!

Kevin Callan (AKA The Happy Camper) is the author of 18 books. He is an award winning filmmaker and a keynote speaker at outdoor events across North America. Kevin is also a regular guest on several television morning shows and CBC Radio. He has won several writing awards, writes a column for Paddling Magazine and Explore Magazine. His web-site is www.kevincallan.com and his YouTube channel is the KCHappyCamper.

Kevin will talk about our motivations for getting out in the wilderness, and share how to be happy, comfortable, content, skillful, and dependable while out there (and how to motivate others to get out there as well!).

TO PRE-REGISTER TO ATTEND:

To register to attend the Zoom talk visit: https://us02web.zoom.us/meeting/register/tZIsdOqoqzIqGdRjCXhltDByI9UV70ireFBq

You will be sent an automated confirmation email containing the Zoom link and reminders as the event day approaches.

If you have any questions about the event or how to join it please contact us at [masked] (do not leave comments or send messages using our social media accounts to get assistance with Zoom registration).

ABOUT NATURE GUELPH:

Nature Guelph is an active club connecting people with nature in the Guelph area. We host monthly meetings with exciting guest speakers, regular outdoor events, and field trips in the Guelph area and beyond. We have a special interest group for wildflower-lovers, and youth programs (that are sadly currently on hold due to Covid), including a Young Naturalists program for kids 6-10 and an EcoLeaders program for high school students. This event is free, but donations are always appreciated (suggested donation of $5 for non-members). If you enjoy our events and programs, we hope you will consider buying an annual membership. http://www.natureguelph.ca/membership/

Nature Guelph Speaker Series: Virtual Spring Ephemerals

** Pre-registration is required to receive a personal Zoom link by email. More information on how to register follows.

NATURE GUELPH VIRTUAL WILDFLOWER SERIES – Virtual Spring Ephemerals

Nature Guelph is pleased to welcome Judy Brisson, native plant enthusiast and president of Nature Guelph, as the May guest speaker for our monthly Wildflower Series-themed presentation. Please join us at 7:30 pm on Wednesday, May 19, 2021, for a virtual presentation via Zoom. Everyone is welcome!

This event is going to be a team effort and requires some audience participation! Here’s how it will work:

- Where are your favourite spaces to discover spring flowers? Visit them safely, take photos, and bring along your photos and stories to the virtual meeting on May 19.
- Judy will take us on a trip down memory lane as we collectively “remember” Nature Guelph’s 2018 in-person walk at Starkey Hill Conservation Area, by sharing photos of the beautiful spring wildflowers we saw during that walk.
- Members will then be invited to share their spring wildflower photos and stories using Zoom’s “Share Screen” feature.

Don’t worry if you are hesitant to try out Zoom’s “Share Screen” feature. You can also email your photos to us at [masked] (please have them to us by May 18) and we will make sure your photos appear on screen while you have an opportunity to share your story.

TO PRE-REGISTER TO ATTEND:

To register to attend the Zoom talk visit: https://tinyurl.com/9adfz6wf
After registering you will be sent an automated confirmation email containing the Zoom link and reminders as the event day approaches.

If you have any questions about the event or how to join it please contact us at [masked] (do not leave comments or send messages using our social media accounts to get assistance with Zoom registration).

ABOUT NATURE GUELPH:

Nature Guelph is an active club connecting people with nature in the Guelph area. We host monthly meetings with exciting guest speakers, regular outdoor events, and field trips in the Guelph area and beyond. We have a special interest group for wildflower-lovers, and youth programs (that are sadly currently on hold due to Covid), including a Young Naturalists program for kids 6-10 and an EcoLeaders program for high school students. This event is free, but donations are always appreciated (suggested donation of $5 for non-members). If you enjoy our events and programs, we hope you will consider buying an annual membership. http://www.natureguelph.ca/membership/

Nature Guelph Virtual Bird Wing Series - Basics of Bird Photography

*** Pre-registration is required to receive a personal Zoom link by email. More information on how to register follows.

NATURE GUELPH VIRTUAL "BIRD WING" SERIES: Bird Photography

Nature Guelph is pleased to welcome Stuart McCannell, President of the Guelph Photographers Guild, as the May guest speaker for our monthly Bird Wing presentation. Please join us at 7:00 pm on Tuesday, May 25, 2021, for a virtual presentation via Zoom. Everyone is welcome!

Stu's feature presentation will cover the basics of bird photography, including use of your gear, mastering your settings, how to approach birds to get the best shot - whether in your backyard or in the wild, best practices for wildlife photography, and post-processing tips. Stu's mission is to simplify the process and to make sure you can enjoy the journey.

Stu is a keen amateur photographer with a particular interest in wildlife and bird photography. He continually seeks opportunities to become a better bird photographer and will share his skills and knowledge in an informative and fun presentation.

Our meeting will also start with our regular feature – "Atlas Tips and Ticks". We'll continue to review the latest Breeding Bird Atlas resources and follow up with a Q&A with Val Wyatt, Regional Coordinator for Wellington Region 47.

TO PRE-REGISTER TO ATTEND:

To register to attend the Zoom talk visit: https://us02web.zoom.us/meeting/register/tZ0rdumhqTopG9DGg0cIIfDNbzLnbUHCwHaf

After you register you will be sent an automated confirmation email containing the Zoom link. Please add it to your calendar. If any changes are made to the event you will receive an update from Zoom.

If you have any questions about the event or how to join it please contact us at [masked] (do not leave comments or send messages using our social media accounts to get assistance with Zoom registration).

Nature Guelph is an active club connecting people with nature in the Guelph area. We host monthly meetings with exciting guest speakers, regular outdoor events, and field trips in the Guelph area and beyond. We have a special interest group for wildflower-lovers, and youth programs (that are sadly currently on hold due to Covid), including a Young Naturalists program for kids 6-10 and an EcoLeaders program for high school students. This event is free, but donations are always appreciated (suggested donation of $5 for non-members). If you enjoy our events and programs, we hope you will consider buying an annual membership. http://www.natureguelph.ca/membership/

Nature Guelph Virtual Speaker Series: The Owl Foundation

**Due to Covid19 gathering restrictions, this event has been restructured to an online format. Pre-registration is required to receive a personal Zoom link by email. More information on how to register follows.

NATURE GUELPH SPEAKER SERIES: The Owl Foundation - A fly-by-night organization?

Nature Guelph is pleased to welcome Peter Thoem as our June guest speaker! Please join us at 7:30 pm on Thursday, June 10, 2021, for a virtual presentation via Zoom. Everyone is welcome!

Peter will talk about Ontario’s owls and the work done by the Vineland-based Owl Foundation rescuing and rehabilitating injured and orphaned owls. The Foundation was started in the late ‘60s by Kay McKeever, who began rescuing a variety of injured and orphaned animals. Eventually she and her husband Larry developed a focus on owls and other raptors.
Now, fifty years later, the Owl Foundation has three full-time staff receives and treats more than a hundred owls a year.

Peter's presentation looks at the mishaps (mostly man-made) that befall owls, the treatment and care they receive at the Owl Foundation, the Foundation’s successe,s and some losses. He looks at what was learned from the big Snowy Owl irruption in the Polar Vortex winter of 2013/14 and the Great Gray Owl irruption of 2004.

Peter’s presentation will include many great photos of owls; both while receiving treatment and of owls in the wild.

Peter Thoem has been a naturalist all his life. Since retiring in 2010 he has dedicated a considerable amount of his time to projects related to wildlife and natural areas. He volunteers on numerous projects at Royal Botanical Gardens including spearheading a multi-year bird population study. He has volunteered many hours and days at bird observatories in Ontario and Central Asia and has spent volunteer time in Kenya and Uganda on wildlife survey work. In late 2016, he took on the role of speaker ambassador for The Owl Foundation.

TO PRE-REGISTER TO ATTEND:

To register to attend the Zoom talk visit: https://us02web.zoom.us/meeting/register/tZUrdOGuqD8qGtcpFQLwC5t2rfGmMIgOFTeq

You will be sent an automated confirmation email containing the Zoom link and reminders as the event day approaches.

If you have any questions about the event or how to join it please contact us at [masked] (do not leave comments or send messages using our social media accounts to get assistance with Zoom registration).

ABOUT NATURE GUELPH:

Nature Guelph is an active club connecting people with nature in the Guelph area. We host monthly meetings with exciting guest speakers, regular outdoor events, and field trips in the Guelph area and beyond. We have a special interest group for wildflower-lovers, and youth programs (that are sadly currently on hold due to Covid), including a Young Naturalists program for kids 6-10 and an EcoLeaders program for high school students. This event is free, but donations are always appreciated (suggested donation of $5 for non-members). If you enjoy our events and programs, we hope you will consider buying an annual membership. http://www.natureguelph.ca/membership/

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