Victoria Park Nature Education


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Victoria Park Arboretum

Take a tour of the Victoria Park Arboretum and discover some of Prince Edward Island’s native trees and shrubs. 

The arboretum at Victoria Park displays a diversity of woody plants representing Prince Edward Island’s native flora. Located in a woodland just south of the ball fields, the arboretum is a popular area for picnics and quiet activities. By its original definition, an arboretum is a botanical garden made up only of trees. At Victoria Park, the arboretum is comprised of both native trees and shrubs, some of which are quite rare!

In 1873, 40 acres of private Government Farm owned by the Lieutenant Governor was given as a gift to the citizens of PEI. Much of what is now park trails was landscaped, having once been agricultural land. Several non-native species, such as Norway maple, are present in the woods of Victoria Park due to ornamental plantings that occurred during the early development of the park. As time goes on, the arboretum will continue to grow, displaying the beauty of our Island’s native species for generations to come.

Click here for full details and to take a self-guided tour of the Victoria Park Arboretum. 

Victoria Park Nature Activities

This summer, self-led environmental activities for children will be available in Victoria Park. Activities include scavenger hunts, woodland journals, sketching and more. All needed supplies will be provided. To take part, visit the veranda of the ball field clubhouse located at the Forbes Kennedy Way park entrance on Monday to Friday from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.

DATES

ACTIVITIES

June 29 – July 3

Expert Naturalist Learn about owls and go on a scavenger hunt in the park.

July 6 - 10

Expert NaturalistLearn about chipmunks and go on a scavenger hunt in the park, including a stop at Dead Man’s Pond.

July 13 - 17

Native Plant Identification – Learn about the importance of native plants in the park.

July 20 - 24

Pollinator Tracker – Identify and understand the importance of pollinator insects. 

July 27 - 31

Flower Anatomy – Use diagrams and drawings to learn about the parts of a flower. 

August 3 - 7

Woodland Plants Journal Explore the forests in Victoria Park with your very own Nature Journal. 

August 10 - 14

Woodland Animals Journal Observe and learn about the wildlife in Victoria Park by writing and drawing in your Nature Journal. 

August 17 - 21

Squirrel for a DayLearn how squirrels survive during the winter and how they help spread seeds.

August 24 - 28

Environmental Steward BingoComplete actions that benefit the health of the environment during your visit to the park. 

August 31 – September 4

Leaf Hunt Try to find different leaves in the park and learn how to identify them.