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Central Natural Environment Gardens


Registering for a workshop? Click here!

See below for upcoming workshops & details. 


Get WILD in the city!Central Natural Environmental Gardens

Central Natural Environment Gardens is a transformative urban greenspace that models organic gardening techniques and showcases innovative approaches to landscaping using native plant species. The gardens are open to the public and are a popular site for picnics, photography, & relaxation!

Garden features include:

  • Garden Shed with Living Roof
  • Millennium Garden and Human Sundial
  • Interpretive Wildflower Garden
  • Solar powered water pump
  • Meadows, Woodlands, Wetland, Bird & Butterfly Gardens
  • Big Boreal Adventure Site

Witness the changes at Central Natural Environment Gardens through the season as documented by one 2010 garden visitor at Mondays Garden

Click here for a virtual tour of many of the native species at the garden.




Join our Green Team 

Do you love to garden or want to learn more about organic gardening and native plants? Bring a hat, work gloves, and sun protection. We'll provide tools, training & refreshments. Children welcome. No experience necessary!

When: Thursdays 9am-12pm (weather permitting)

Email ecosuperior%23org|aynsley or call 624-2143 to sign up!


2014 Workshop Series:

Register here or call Aynsley at 624-2143. 

All workshops are FREE and take place at Central Natural Environment Gardens (see map below). 


Scraps to Soil: Composting for Beginners
Thursday, June 5th, 7pm-8pm  (Rain date: Thursday, June 12th, 7-8pm) 

What can I put in my compost? Do I need to turn the pile? Why do I have flies? Should I add an activator? Why isn't the pile breaking down? Come and learn the basics of composting and have your questions answered. 

Wonderful World of Butterflies
Saturday, July 5th, 11am-1pm  (Rain or Shine)

Interested in learning more about butterflies? Join naturalist John Walas in an interactive, hands-on workshop that explores the life cycle and habitat of butterflies. This workshop will begin and end at Central Natural Environment Gardens, with an opportunity to head inside to Investors Group (across the road) to examine the specimens we are talking about & looking for outside!


Pollinators: More than the Birds & Bees


Saturday, July 26th, 10am-12pm (Rain or Shine)

Why are pollinators important? What do pollinators need to thrive? What can I do to support pollinators? Join entomologist Ken Deacon to learn more 

about the exciting and diverse world of pollinators!


Saving Seed: 
Saturday, September 6th, 10am-12pm(Rain or Shine)

Come and learn as JoAnne Henderson teaches all you need to know about seed saving! Look at the differences between ripe & unripe seeds and have the opportunity to harvest seed & flower heads from your favorite wildflowers.


Planting for Pollinators

New! Planting for Pollinators FACT SHEET 

Did you know that 1 out of every 3 bites of food is brought to us through pollination? We are excited to announce our new Planting for Pollinators project, including the installation of a wild food shrub area, new partnerships with community gardens to plant wildflower beds, workshops about pollinators, a photo contest, and more! More details to come.


Looking for more information? Contact Aynsley at 624-2143 or email


Directions to the garden

Map To Central Gardens

Bird & Butterfly Garden

Junior Rangers

This program is made possible with funding by:

The City of Thunder Bay Community Services Department (Parks Division).

562 Red River Road,
Thunder Bay, Ontario
P7B 1H3

Monday to Friday
8:30am to 4:30pm

Phone: 807-624-2140
Fax: 807-622-0005

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