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Central Natural Environment Gardens

Get ready for another great season of gardening!



Get into gardening!

Thursdays 9am-12pm (weather permitting) beginning June 11.

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!

Weedy Wednesdays
June 10 & June 17

An hour of weeding is an hour of power! Can't volunteer at the garden during work hours? Get outside after the office and help us get the gardens looking great!

Interested in joining us? Email ecosuperior%23org|aynsley or call 624-2143 for more information!

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.



2015 Garden Events:

Composting for Beginners Workshop

Wednesday, June 3
at Central Natural Environment Gardens

Please register in advance at

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.


Biodiversity Day

Saturday, June 6
at Central Natural Environment Gardens.
All are welcome! All activities are free!

Family activities include:

  • Paint & take home a mason bee house
  • Plant & take home pollinator-friendly wildflowers
  • Search for biodiversity scavenger hunt
  • Look at a beehive and talk to a beekeeper
  • Enjoy snacks from a pollinator picnic
  • Garden tours - learn more about garden and yard care to support biodiversity
  • & more!


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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