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Junior Naturalists Club

RBG welcomes back the Jr Naturalists’ Club! In partnership with the Hamilton Naturalists’ Club, nature lovers aged 6 through 13 are encouraged to sign up for this once a month program where they’ll be immersed in the natural world throughout the year. Prepare for fun and adventure while exploring the ravines, forests, fields, and wetlands of RBG. Led by our nature education staff, this program focuses on developing naturalist skills while exploring RBG’s ecosystem in greater detail. Sessions are 2-2.5 hours long and are themed to match the season and hiking location.

  • looking through maple tree leaves turning to orange in the fall
  • hands with nature materials
  • Campers On Trail At Lookout
  • Tree Trunk In Forest
  • Map At Nature Interpretive Centre Credit

Program Dates & Location

The Junior Naturalists Club meets every third Saturday from September to June. This is an outdoor based program and participants are expected to come prepared for the weather of the day. The club is based out of the Nature Centre in the Arboretum, 16A Old Guelph Road, Dundas.

10 Saturdays; 9 to 11:30 a.m. OR 1 to 3:30 p.m.

  • September 17, 2022
  • October 15, 2022
  • November 19, 2022
  • December 17, 2022
  • January 21, 2023
  • February 18, 2023
  • March 25, 2023
  • April 15, 2023
  • May 20, 2023
  • June 17, 2023

One-to-One Support for Participants

RBG is unable to provide 1:1 support for children in this program. Our goal is to ensure that all participants have a positive experience and are able to get the most out of the Jr Naturalists’ Club. If your child requires support in a school environment in order to succeed, it is important that similar support is provided during attendance at RBG.

Please indicate in your registration if your child will be attending with 1:1 support or, reach out to our programs team at to discuss the best way to ensure your child has a great experience.


In order to deliver programming to a wide selection of ages, we have 3 registration options:

  • Ages 6 and 7
  • Ages 8 and 9
  • Ages 10 to 13

Children must be the age specified within the 2022 calendar year to join the designated group. If you have any questions about the registration process, please give us a call at 905-527-1158 ext 270.

  • 20 children maximum per program 
  • Please register by Saturday, September 10. Pre-Registration is required. 
  • $215 +HST & Service Fee per participant
    *RBG Members receive 10% off most RBG Experiences programming when using the member discount code. Learn more about where to find the code.

FAQ — Safety and Wellness

Signing Participants In and Out

The club is based out of the Nature Centre in the Arboretum, 16A Old Guelph Road, Dundas.

Participant pick up and drop off will be in the same location outdoors each day.

Health and Safety Protocols

Daily medical screening: We will be asking families to complete a self-assessment form prior to their program. Participants are asked to conduct this screening the morning of each program. If participants fail the screening for any reason, they are asked to stay home and notify RBG.

Up-to-date health and safety guidelines: Our staff and volunteers will comply with all organization, municipal, and provincial health guidelines, and will update guidelines as needed. Royal Botanical Gardens will make aware all program participants of required actions and measures in a reasonable amount of time before the start of a program if and as regulations change within a program’s run time. 

Inclement Weather Policy

Although we are an outdoor based program and participants are expected to come prepared for the weather of the day, there may be times when we will shelter from inclement and extreme weather. The group will retreat to an indoor space used exclusively for the group until the weather event passes.

More Youth Programs

By engaging communities through stewardship programs, summer leadership development programs and grassroots events RBG can take a lead role in youth leadership, environmental stewardship and education.

YES Alliance

If you’re a high-school student who is passionate about nature, interested in environmental science, or aspiring to a career spent outdoors, join RBG for the Young Environmental Science (YES) Alliance.

Learn More

Camp Leadership Development Program

Have the fun of camp but reap the benefits of being a leader! Work with an enthusiastic staff team who share a common interest and learn more about the environment, camping and working with children.


RBG is always looking for volunteers interested in making a difference in their community and in the natural world.