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. Over two years, Wandering Wednesdays resulted in over 350,0000 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. Activities from February to June 2022 will include dye making and paint making with natural materials, snow sculptures, winter snow kitchen, cyanotype natural art, nature hikes, snowshoeing, orienteering, introduction to fire making, introduction to beekeeping, Indigenous and-based learning from Indigenous educators and learning about edible, medicinal and Indigenous plants.
Advanced registration is required for May and June events. Select the day of the Get Outside! Kids Club event at natureregina.ca/events to register in advance.
Nature Regina welcomes all voluntary donations at natureregina.ca/give to support this
A huge thanks to the City of Regina and Saskatchewan Lotteries for providing funding for this program.
Get Outside! Preschool Club
The Get Outside! Preschool Club is an outdoor learning program for children between the ages of 2 and 5 years old and their parent/caregiver. Younger children are welcome to attend with their family and/or caregiver if a child between the ages of 2 and 5 is registered for the program.
Each month we will be exploring a new park in Regina with nature-based games and exploration plus early literacy, science and math activities.
Spring/fall activities include insect spotting, pond dipping, predator-prey tag games, Indigenous games and storytelling, nature scavenger hunts, garden exploration, birdwatching, outdoor nature themed story time, learning about Indigenous plants and more!
Winter activities include exploring animal tracks, finding out what is happening under the ice and snow, making winter snow forts, playing in our winter kitchen, predator-prey tag games, nature scavenger hunts and hikes, winter birdwatching, winter story walks and more!
Advanced registration is required at www.natureregina.ca/events.
This is a pilot project courtesy of funding from the City of Regina (Regina.ca) in partnership with Nature Regina.
Get Outside! Free Public Events
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
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.