Nature Throughout the Seasons for International Students and New Canadians

The “Nature Throughout the Seasons for International Students and New Canadians” project is a series of interpretive programs at The Arboretum designed to introduce international students at The University of Guelph and new Canadians to local biodiversity in the Guelph area. This new program series features different aspects of nature throughout the seasons to help those new to the area feel more connected to the environment and at home in a new country. For now, these programs will be virtual online programs via Zoom.

To go along with the virtual programming, biodiversity sheets of common plants and animals found in the summer and winter have been designed to help those new to the area identify what they find outdoors.

The Gryphons Care Fund has generously provided the funding to offer these programs and accompanying biodiversity sheets at no cost to University of Guelph international students and other newcomers to Canada.

Register for one of our sessions


aerial of Arboretum

Held quarterly. See below for program dates.
Virtual or In-Person
Instructors: Arboretum Interpretive Interns

This online series is catered to University of Guelph international students and other community members new to Canada. New to the area? Come with us to explore The Arboretum and learn about what you can find in nature throughout the winter, spring, summer, and fall! If no dates are listed, please keep checking this website for the announcement of programs in the later seasons.

Fee: FREE!

Past Programs

tree with orange leavesFall Changes - Date TBD

Fall is a transitional season for a lot of things in Canada - everything is starting to prepare for the winter! And with all of these changes, there is a lot to see. In this program, we will be exploring some notable signs of fall!

dragonflyLife in Summer - Date TBD

The summer is an amazing hub of activity out in nature here in Canada. From birds to insects to plants, everything is taking advantage of the warm weather to grow! In this program, we will be looking at some of this exciting summer activity.

juncoWinter Survival - Monday, March 13

Canadian winters are often filled with ice and snow. We put on warm coats and boots, but plants and animals need other ways to deal with the cold. Join us to learn about how different species survive outside here in The Arboretum!

moth on flowerSigns of Spring - Date TBD

Spring is the season for new beginnings. Here in Canada, that means warmer weather, flowers blooming, and bird singing. It's a great time to get outdoors, so join us at The Arboretum as we explore some different signs of spring!