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Central Natural Environment Gardens


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!

Volunteer sessions every Thursday morning from 9-12pm this Summer (starting Thursday, June 15th, 2017)

Contact Melissa 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.


Summer 2017 Events and Workshops:

Invasive Species Walking Tour

Thursday July 6th at 6pm

meet at the picnic tables behind La Verendrye Highschool (175 High St. N.)


Attention gardeners and outdoor enthusiasts! EcoSuperior and the Ontario Federation of Anglers and Hunters are running a free Invasive Species Walking Tour. Join Sarah Friesen, OFAH Invasive Species Community Outreach Liaison, and Kayla Richard from the City’s Parks & Open Spaces Section to learn about invasive species in Thunder Bay. Then join us on a walk along McVicar Creek to see invasive species for yourself! Bring your family, friends, a reusable water bottle, and sturdy walking shoes! (Note: there are stairs located at the beginning of the recreation trail along McVicar Creek)


Call 624-2141 for more information or sign up online at 



More Summer 2017 events coming soon!!!  


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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