Outdoor activities are good for our physical and mental health! A suite of Get Outside! programs were developed in response to COVID-19 restrictions that caused many activities for individuals and families to be cancelled. These programs provide opportunities to explore nature in a safe outdoor setting.
We thank our many collaborators who provided their expertise and help in developing and/or delivering these programs including: Nature Saskatchewan, SaskOutdoors, Saskatchewan Wildlife Federation, Ducks Unlimited, Royal Saskatchewan Museum, Birds Canada, Saskatchewan Science Centre, Regina Ski Club, Regina Public Library, the Art Gallery of Regina., Regina Symphony Orchestra, and University of Regina – Faculty of Education. We thank Tourism Regina, CJTR Community Radio, Global News Morning, CTV News and CBC for promotion and coverage of events.
We are grateful to Cabela’s Outdoor Fund for providing outdoor equipment including ice fishing tents, tent heaters and chairs; binoculars, hand and foot warmers and a variety of outdoor winter clothing for use at all Nature Regina events.
Get Outside! Wanderers' Guides
The Get Outside! Outdoor Adventure Guides provide education and inspiration through exploring parks and little-known green spaces in and around Regina. They were created beginning in April 2020 in response to the COVID-19 pandemic.
The Outdoor Adventure Guides provide directions along with family friendly activities once there. This includes wildflower hunting, insect spotting, birdwatching and pond dipping, as well as identification of plants, insects, birds and wildlife at each location. There are also kid friendly activities from the minds of two very creative and nature-loving 10- and 12-year old youths. The Outdoor Adventure Guides can be used by any age group.
Nature Regina partnered with the Saskatchewan Wildlife Federation, Ducks Unlimited, Royal Saskatchewan Museum, Birds Canada, Canadian Wildlife Federation, Art Gallery of Regina and several biologists to develop these guides. Tourism Regina, Play YQR, Nature Saskatchewan, SaskOutdoors, Regina Outdoors Club, Regina Horticultural Society, Prairieview Walkers and Hikers, along with others, help to promote these guides.
Wandering Wednesdays is our social media campaign to promote the Get Outside! Outdoor Adventure Guides. In one year, it has resulted in over 96,000 Facebook views for Nature Regina! All guides are available here.
Thanks to the Community Initiatives Fund and the City of Regina Community Grant Program for providing funding to make the Outdoor Adventure Guides possible.
Get Outside! Kids Club
The Get Outside! Kids Club is a free outdoor education program offered by Nature Regina, Nature Saskatchewan, SaskOutdoors and WILD Outside (Canadian Wildlife Federation) for children and their parent/guardian between the ages of 6 and 13. Children 5 and under are welcome to attend with their family.
For the fall of 2021 we are asking families to sign up for four sessions at once. We’ll have one new session each month in September, October, November and December.
There are two dates available – one on Tuesdays from 10 to 11:30 am or the other on Thursdays from 1:00-3:00 pm. Please sign up for only one session as both sessions will be exactly the same activities and we want as many families as possible to have the opportunity to participate. Spaces are limited for each session.
Activities will include geocaching, the Habitat Hip Hop Game, the Leatherback Turtle Migration Game, the Thicket Game, nature scavenger hunts, the migration obstacle course, animal track matching games, nature-based arts and crafts and more!
You can sign up for all four sessions on Tuesdays:
Tuesday, September 14th, 2021 (Habitat Conservation Area)
Tuesday, October 12th, 2021 (Hidden Valley Wildlife Refuge – 30 minute drive from Regina)
Tuesday, November 9th, 2021 (location to be determined)
Tuesday, December 14th, 2021 (Les Sherman Park)
OR all four sessions on Thursdays:
Thursday, September 30th, 2021 (Habitat Conservation Area)
Thursday, October 28th, 2021 (Hidden Valley Wildlife Refuge – 30 minute drive from Regina)
Thursday, November 25th, 2021 (location to be determined)
Thursday, December 9th, 2021 (Les Sherman Park)
We will also have one Get Outside! Kids Club a month on professional development (pd) days for Regina Public and Regina Catholic Schools. We will post registration for these sessions 2 to 3 weeks ahead of time. To be notified about upcoming registrations we encourage you to follow Nature Regina on Facebook or Instagram.
Masking is optional for this outdoor program but we will require social distancing and hand sanitizing. Plus we would ask that if anyone in your group has any COVID 19 symptoms that they not attend the day of the event. The health and safety guidelines for this program may change to adhere to public health orders.
A huge thanks to the Community Initiatives Fund and Saskatchewan Lotteries for providing funding for this program.
Get Outside! Preschool Club
The Get Outside! Preschool Club is an outdoor education program, piloted in fall 2021, for children between the ages of 3 and 5 years old and their parent/guardian. Younger children are welcome to attend with their parent/guardian. Pre-school children and their parents are provided the opportunity to discover, explore and learn about nature in parks and open spaces in their community. Research shows that the younger children are when they have positive experiences in green spaces, the more likely they are to spend time outside to support positive mental and physical health. They also are more likely to want to conserve these spaces later on in their lives.
We will meet once a month in a different park or open space in and around Regina to explore and have an outdoor adventure. We want to bring positive, outdoor experiences to families with small children!
We only have limited spaces for this pilot project. We have a small group trying out some activities and then we'll expand the program to more young families and their parent/guardian in Regina! Stay tuned to Nature Regina's Facebook and Instagram pages for upcoming program registration.
This is a pilot project courtesy of funding from the City of Regina in partnership with Nature Regina.
Get Outside! Free Public Events
New dates coming soon
Free Public Events teach about birdwatching, native plants and other nature knowledge, as well as provide nature-themed games. These were launched in January of 2021 to provide opportunities for Regina residents to spend time outside, and to support positive mental and physical health during the COVID 19 pandemic.
Four events were held in winter 2020-21, including at A.E. Wilson Park, Wascana Lake, Les Sherman Park, and a virtual event. We thank the many volunteers who made these possible, as well as various organizations that helped at an event: Nature Saskatchewan, Birds Canada, Art Gallery of Regina, Canadian Wildlife Federation, Nature Conservancy of Canada, Saskatchewan Wildlife Federation and the Royal Saskatchewan Museum.
Thanks to the City of Regina Winter Activity Grant and Community Grant Program for providing funding for this event.
Get Outside! Outdoor Explorer
New dates coming soon
The Outdoor Explorer Events are nature walks led by an experienced field biologist at various parks or open spaces in Regina. Participants are introduced to birdwatching, native plants, and other interesting nature facts. This is a multi-generational nature exploration program. In 2021, there were events in January to March, with 4 sessions on a day and group sizes limited to 9 people due to COVID restrictions; there were 361 participants in total.
Thanks to the City of Regina Winter Activity Grant for providing funding for this program.