WRN Teens


Help the Environment!
Learn More about Nature!

Waterloo Region Nature Teens is a club for you if...

  • you are in high school, OR
  • you are 13 years old and up, OR
  • you have out-grown our Kids club (WRN Kids for ages 7-12), OR
  • you are ALMOST any of those things and want to join us!

We aim to be as inclusive as possible and welcome inquiries from everyone.

At Teens, you'll learn about the environment while helping it. If you're in high school, you can earn volunteer hours at almost all our activities.

Teens register for the year. 2021-22 is FREE (usual annual fee is 25$) because of COVID uncertainty. Communication is sent to both Teens and their parent/guardian but Teens generally participate without their adults.

At WRN Teens, you come out as often as you can and do two kinds of jobs:

  • monthly Saturday afternoon work projects during the school year, at a different location each time
  • seasonal weekly Saturday morning monitoring at SpruceHaven farm near St. Agatha just outside of Waterloo. We monitor salamanders (spring and fall) and nest boxes for Eastern Bluebirds (April to August). It's exciting to observe these creatures AND you'll learn scientific procedures for data collection.

Read reports of work projects on this page of the WRN website and in the WRN "Heron" newsletter starting in Winter 2018. You'll see that we have done:

  • turtle habitat restoration
  • invasive plant removal
  • nest box building
  • stream restoration
  • community science using nature identification apps
  • planting trees around a new pond
  • ... and more!

During COVID, we met virtually with experts in:

  • environmental careers
  • protecting pollinators
  • owl research and banding
  • salamanders
  • nature photography
  • tree identification
  • hatching baby turtles
  • native seed propagation

As of Sept 2021, beginning our 4th year, we are meeting in person again, following COVID precautions and trying to stay flexible.

If WRN Teens sounds like the group for you, get in touch for more info or REGISTER using the button below.

Can't wait to meet you and get to work!

Marg Paré
WRN Teens coordinator

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Recent Events

WRN Teens – Salamanders and Periwinkle

On Saturday, April 23 2022, WRN Teens spent the morning monitoring salamanders and nest boxes at SpruceHaven, and then worked on periwinkle control at Montgomery in the afternoon.

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Teens' families are responsible for transportation to the project sites.  As we will be participating in outdoor work projects, there is some risk involved.  Parents or guardians will be asked to sign a waiver to indicate they accept the risks and do not hold WRN responsible.

Personal information will be used by Waterloo Region Nature (WRN) for administrative purposes only and will not be distributed or sold to other parties. WRN will use your email address for notices, such as program reminders, cancellations or changes, special outings, and renewal reminders. By registering for WRN Teens, you consent to WRN publishing event photos that you may appear in. To opt out, email your request to teens@waterlooregionnature.ca.