Huron Natural Area

The Huron Natural Area (HNA) is a joint venture between the City of Kitchener, the Waterloo Region District School Board, and the Waterloo Catholic District School Board.  It is Kitchener’s largest natural area and over million dollars was invested by the City of Kitchener to upgrade the 107 hectare site, specifically to accommodate outdoor and environmental education programming.

Since the 1990s, many WRDSB staff have contributed to the success of our HNA.  During the summer of 2008, our Board located a portable classroom to the site.  Kitchener-Wilmot Hydro generously assumed the cost of connecting the portable classroom to the city’s electrical grid.  In September 2008, the outdoor and environmental education programs for grades 2 and 3 classes, formerly offered at Bechtel Park, were relocated to the HNA.

The programs operate for six weeks in the fall and six weeks in the spring, contingent on grant funding from local charitable organizations.  The TD Friends of the Environment Foundation has consistently provided this necessary funding for over 15 years.  Financial support has also been provided over the years by the K-W Community Foundation and the Shell Environmental Fund.

About 200 classes or 4,000 students per year can experience the quality environmental education experiences that our HNA provides.