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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 will return in Summer 2018! See you then!


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


Coming soon!

In 2017 and continuing into 2018, we are working to upgrade Central Natural Environment Gardens into an outdoor classroom and natural play space. With support from the City of Thunder Bay and generous community donations, the gardens will see the addition of new features to make the space more accessible and engaging to everyone!

Some of the features to watch for:

  • Log and boulder play area20170625_125242
  • Renewable energy demonstration area
  • Nature sounds music wall
  • Permenant gazebo to provide shade, seating and protection from inclement weather.






Contact us at 624-2145 if you would like to donate to the project!


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.





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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