Nature Interpretive Centre

16 Old Guelph Road, Hamilton, L0R 2H9

Located at the Arboretum the Nature Interpretive Centre (NIC) is RBG's educational hub for programs, seasonal childrens’ day camps, and school group programs.

PLEASE NOTE: The Nature Interpretive Centre will be closed Friday, September 21.

child pointing to Arboretum map at the NIC

Educational Programs

A variety of seasonal day camps for children and educational programs for school groups are available at the Gardens. Check out our current day camps and our curriculum-based Educational Programs.

We offer close to 250 courses, workshops and activities each year to people of all ages and all levels of experience. Many public programs focus on nature-related activities and learning opportunities like birdwatching, wildflower identification, and canoeing through Cootes Paradise.

History of the NIC

The Nature Interpretive Centre opened in 1968 as a Centennial Project supported by the Junior League. Members of the Junior League and the RBG Auxiliary quickly began assisting with interpretive programs and nature exhibits at the centre. Today the Nature Interpretive Centre has become the focal point for much of the activity in the Arboretum including many seasonal events, and serves as the trailhead for 12 kilometers of footpaths along the valleys and shores of Cootes Paradise.

It is the Nature Interpretive Centre’s mission to educate visitors of all ages about nature and environmental stewardship with the hope of inspiring a sense of appreciation and understanding about the value of nature. An outdoor amphitheatre and three classrooms host a variety of nature-related activities, day camps and educational programs for school groups and special interest groups such as Girl Guides, Boy Scouts and various youth groups.

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Courses and Programs

Our nature sanctuaries feature more than 27 km of nature trails. There are four main trailheads, as well as two canoe launch sites. Learn More


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Day Camps

Discovery Camps are about fun, education and respect set in one of the most biologically diverse natural areas in Canada. Learn More


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Teacher Portal

Let your mind grow at the Gardens! We offer over 200 courses and workshops for families, kids and adults in the areas of gardening, nature, botanical arts and wellness. Learn More