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Central Natural Environment Gardens

Thanks to our volunteers and workshop participants for another great year! Stay tuned for program updates in Spring 2017.



Get into gardening!

Volunteers have been at the heart of Central Natural Environment Gardens since they were first established in 1995. A great way to meet new people, learn new skills, and be outside! Join us 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!

Contact Julia at 624-2143 or


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.



2016 Garden Events:

Composter Building Workshop

Tuesday, July 12  6pm

Ever wonder how to construct a compost bin, but not sure where to start? Learn a new skill, and get hands-on experience with EcoSuperior! Help build a wooden composter at Central Natural Environment Gardens—materials and instruction provided. Participants also receive a composting starter guide and take home instructions to build a wooden triple bin composter.



Biodiversity Day

Saturday, August 6  12-3pm 


Hosted at the Centennial Botanical Conservatory, 1601 Dease St West 

Discover the diversity of life at the Conservatory's indoor and outdoor gardens, and join in the festivities to promote and support biodiversity!

Decorate a hummingbird feeder, plant native wildflowers to take home, visit the Conservatory's beehives, enjoy a snack at the ‘pollinator picnic’, and take a garden tour to learn more about how to support biodiversity in your own yard!

Everyone is welcome.




Pet Waste Digester Workshop

Monday, August 29  6:30pm


Prevent poo-llution by building a pet waste disester, and learn how to install it in your own backyard. Participants will make and take home a ready-to-use digester and will gain the knowledge of how to install and maintain it. The workshop takes place rain or shine. Registration is required, as space is limited.  Register at



Edible landscaping workshop

Tuesday, August 23  6:30pm

Hosted at the Lakehead Region Conservation Authority, 130 Conservation Rd.


Want to have your landscape and eat it too? Come out to our edible landscaping workshop and learn techniques to incorporate food attractively into your flowers and yard or balcony.

Participants will be introduced to urban landscaping basics, container gardening, companion planting and more, followed by a design workshop and critique. Participate for your change to win one of two gardening prize packs from Fiskars and Gilmour.. Register at



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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