Naturalist Organizations


Guelph Arboretum – The Arboretum at the University of Guelph is somewhat modelled after the Arnold Arboretum of Harvard University which is 100 years older. Plantings started in 1971 and are now maturing to produce a beautiful landscape, within which The Arboretum continues to develop specialized gardens, botanical collections, and gene conservation programs.

Aboriginal Resource Centre – The ARC is committed to increasing the representation and success of Aboriginal learners and promoting Aboriginal cultures and heritage within the campus community. ARC provides a warm and caring environment – a home away from home – open to everyone. ARC would like to acknowledge the Attawandaron/Attiwandaronk (Neutral) people on whose traditional territory the University of Guelph resides and offer respect to our Haudenosaunee, Anishinaabe and Métis neighbours as we strengthen our relationships with them.

Animal Science Society

Astronomy Club

Beef Science Club 

Botany Club

Bovine Club

Equine Club

Food Science Club

Guelph Students for Environmental Change

Horticulture Club

Junior Farmers

Marine & Freshwater Biology Society

Parks Education & Adventure Club

Soil & Crop Club

Society for Ecological Restoration Student Association

The Wildlife Club

Zoo & Exotic Wildlife Club


Trails – City of Guelph – Guelph has over 1000 hectares of parks and open space where you can find over 70 km of trails and paths

Guelph Hiking Trail Club – Builds and maintains trails from Cambridge to Limehouse, and from Guelph to West Montrose. We are a volunteer organization begun in 1970 and incorporated in 1974. We organize hikes, publish newsletters, and produce a Handbook of maps of our trails. We welcome visitors on our hikes and on our trails.

Nature Guelph – An active club for nature lovers in the Guelph area. We host monthly meetings with exciting guest speakers, regular outdoor events and field trips in the Guelph area and beyond. Groups include Nature in the City, Bird Wing and Wildflower Society.

Nature in the City – Nature Guelph – Nature in the City is a series of free, public programs run by Nature Guelph that can help you dive in to nature in the Royal City!

Bird Wing – Bird Wing is a special interest group for birders of a feather. If you enjoy watching and learning about birds, this is the place for you! Bird-lovers of all experience levels are welcome, and this is a great place to learn new things and hone your skills.

Guelph Lake – Nature Centre – The Guelph Lake Nature Centre is part of the 1608-hectare (3,971-acre) property of the Guelph Lake Conservation Area. The centre overlooks Guelph Lake and the Guelph Lake Dam. The lake and dam, the Speed River, open fields and a nearby conifer plantation provide a great diversity of habitats for learning about the natural world.

Guelph Lake – Conservation Centre – There’s a lot of room for recreation at this 1,608 hectares ( 3,971 acres) conservation area created with the construction of the Guelph Lake dam in 1974. A newly developed concert area with a unique living roof is on an island in the middle of the lake. There are two beaches and non-motorized boating is allowed on the lake. It is home to a sailing club, a rowing club and there’s excellent fishing.

Guelph Horticultural Society – a group of people who enjoy gardening and want to learn more. We have some very knowledgeable members, but also lots of others who are just learning. If you are a new gardener this is the place for you – we will help you learn.

Wellington Water Watchers –  Wellington Water Watchers is a non-profit organization founded in 2007. We are an organization primarily run by volunteer citizens from Guelph-Wellington who are committed to the protection of local water and to educating the public about threats to the watershed.

Royal City Fishing Club – Ontario’s largest nonprofit, charitable fish and wildlife conservation organization. Together with our partners, we deliver a broad range of conservation initiatives.

Trees for Guelph – A group of volunteers formed Trees for Guelph in 1990 to improve the local environment and the understanding of this environment by undertaking educational tree planting.

The Waterloo-Wellington Wildflower Society –  Guelph-based non-profit group dedicated to the use and protection of native plants in parks, gardens and other open spaces.

FarmStart – aims to encourage and support a new generation of entrepreneurial, ecological farmers. There are many challenges facing new farmers, but there are also many exciting opportunities. The new farmers we support bring skills, connections and passion that can lead to innovation and renewal. These new ecological farmers are cultivating a real, sustainable and delicious future for their own families, our communities and our farmlands.

Mycology Society of Toronto – a non-profit, volunteer-managed association of amateur mycologists and others with an interest in wild mushrooms and other fungi, based in Toronto, Canada. Our goal is to stimulate public interest in and appreciation of fungi and their role in nature, and we encourage activities that explore the ecological role of fungi and support the conservation of wild mushrooms. Members’ interests are wide ranging in areas related to fungi, including mushroom identification, photography, cooking and mushroom cultivation.

Toronto Entomologist Association – a non-profit educational and scientific organization formed to promote interest in insects, to encourage co-operation among amateur and professional entomologists, to educate and inform non-entomologists about insects, entomology and related fields, to aid in the preservation of insects and their habitats and to issue publications in support of these objectives.


University of Guelph – Horticulture 

University of Guelph – Landscape Architecture

University of Guelph – Ontario Agricultural College

University of Guelph – Insect Collection

University of Guelph – Honeybee Research Centre

University of Guelph – Physics Observatory Telescope

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