Welcome to the homepage for Nature Kids, Green Venture’s drop-off program for children aged 5-11. Nature Kids aims to help children get outside, engage with nature, and stay active.

The winter series will run weekly afterschool on Thursdays from February 9th to March 9th from 4:30 – 6:00PM.

We are excited to be able to offer this series of Green Venture’s Nature Kids program for free! It is open to all Hamilton area children aged 5 to 11, with priority given to individuals belonging to equity seeking groups. New to this series we will also be offering a few spots for helpers which will be open to children ages 12 and 13, interested participants should contact us by email for more information.

Registration is now officially open and we will inform registrants if they have a spot in our program by January 27th. All potential participants that we are unable to accommodate will be added to the waitlist and notified if a spot opens up.

Register your child to participate here!

contact us at naturekids@greenventure.ca with an questions or for more information.

Past Sessions

Fall 2022

We learned so much fall 2022 with an awesome group of Nature Kids! We were really lucky to have a helper (ages 11-13) for each of our three groups this series, we couldn’t have done it without them. Over the 5 sessions we got to spend quality time in nature at EcoHouse and at our local creek, exercise our creativity through things like, seed ball making, pumpkin carving, and bird feeder making, as well as participate in stewardship of the environment through things like planting tress, picking up garbage, learning to compost and so much more.

Check out a few pictures from our fall 2022 series below.

Summer 2022

This summer week of Nature Kids was definitely a major highlight in our summer! Over the 5 days we got to spend quality time in nature at EcoHouse and at our local creek and learned so much about nature and ourselves. some series highlights include: flower pounding, painting bird friendly windows, building shelters, constructing rafts and testing them at the local creek and so much more!

Check out a few pictures from our summer 2022 series below.

Spring 2022

We wrapped up our spring series of Nature Kids in May 2022. We had so much fun experiencing nature with this amazing group of kids in all different kinds of weather, from cold to hot and rainy to sunny it was a blast! Over the six weeks, we explored EcoHouse’s grounds, made maple syrup, learned how to Identify different species of trees, explored our local creek, learned all about birds, grew some radishes, fed composting worms, dissected owl pellets, and foraged for and ate some tasty dandelions.

Check out a few pictures from our spring series below.

Fall 2021

Our fall series of Nature Kids ended on October 26, 2021. While we’re sad this series is over, but we are so glad that we got to explore outdoors with such an amazing group. Over the six weeks, we explored EcoHouse’s grounds, pressed leaves, found crawfish in our local creek, fed composting worms, built a shelter, made milkweed seed balls, and carved local pumpkins.

Check out a few pictures from our fall series below.

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Nature Kids is a dynamic recreation program that focuses on increasing children’s physical activity and fostering a deep connection to nature through new skills such as gardening and nature exploration. Nature Kids Youth Eco Adventure programming is generously supported in 2022 by the Ed Smee Grant from the Conserver society of Hamilton and District as well as the TD Friends of the Environment Foundation. In our 2020 and 2021 season we were supported by a SEED Grant from the Ontario Trillium Foundation, and in 2020 by the Ed Smee Grant from the Conserver Society of Hamilton and District and the City Enrichment Fund of the City of Hamilton: