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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 12 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. Sessions are 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 Markzelinski.com

Program Dates & Location

The Junior Naturalists Club meets every third Saturday afternoon from October 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.

Morning Session:

• October 16; 9 to 11:30 a.m.
• November 20; *Night Hike 5:30 to 8 p.m.
• December 18; 9 to 11:30 a.m.

Afternoon Session:

• October 16; 1 to 3:30 p.m.
• November 20; 1 to 3:30 p.m.
• December 18; 1 to 3:30 p.m.

(2022 dates to be confirmed)

  • January
  • February
  • March
  • April
  • May
  • June

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 programs@rbg.ca to discuss the best way to ensure your child has a great experience.

Registration

Junior Naturalists Club registration will open to the public on Wednesday, September 22, 12 p.m.

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 2021 calendar year to join the designated group.

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.

Participant drop off and pick up will occur outside regardless of the weather. All individuals accompanying participants are asked to wear a well-fitting mask that complies with local public health recommendations. Though families will be asked to conduct a COVID screening before coming onsite, we will have onsite options for COVID screening to ensure all families have conducted a screening before entering the program space. After staff ensure a screening has been conducted, you will sign in with your program leader.

Do participants need to wear a face mask during the program?

It will be mandatory to wear a mask at camp sign-in/sign-out. When outdoors, participants will have the option to remove their mask when distanced from others. 

Do I need to wear a mask when I drop off or pick up my participant?

Following guidance from the Ontario Ministry of Health, we will require all persons accompanying participants (including siblings, parents, staff, and administrators) to wear a well-fitting mask that complies with local public health recommendations at sign-in/sign-out, and outdoors when a guarantee of physical distancing cannot be assured.

Health and Safety Protocols

COVID 19 Rights and Responsibilities

Royal Botanical Gardens understands and respects the rights of all staff, volunteers, and program participants to be protected from infectious diseases.  Royal Botanical Gardens follows the public health and workplace safety measures and regulations as indicated by local public health units, local municipalities, and the Province of Ontario. As such, program participants (including accompanying individuals) are mandatorily required to adhere to the processes and policies that are put in place to mitigate effects of infectious diseases.  Such processes and policies include, but are not limited to: face coverings, daily medical screening, and social distancing.  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 and with a reasonable amount of time if and as regulations change within a program’s run time.  It is the right of Royal Botanical Gardens to restrict the access to or remove from its programs and properties to any individual who does not adhere to such processes and policies.

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.

Masks: It will be mandatory for participants to wear a mask indoors and at sign-in/sign-out. When outdoors, participants will have the option to remove their mask when distanced from others.

It is mandatory for all persons accompanying participants (including siblings, parents, staff, and administrators) to wear a well-fitting mask that complies with local public health recommendations when indoors and at sign-in/sign-out, and outdoors when a guarantee of physical distancing cannot be assured. 

Small group sizes: To keep our sessions small and comply with organization, municipal, and provincial health guidelines, we have made our groups small to balance keeping safe with the program experience.  

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. 

Maximizing outdoor time: Prorams will take place entirely outdoors, with indoor spaces reserved for washroom breaks.

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.

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