Natural Heritage Education Program
The best way to discover Pinery is through the park’s extensive summer programs for visitors.
Join one of the many programs going on year round.
For group education programs go to Group Education
You should refer to the activity schedule for the times, locations and descriptions of all our interpretive events. It is available at all campground offices, gates, host and hostess sites, and is posted at the Visitor Centre and Comfort Stations throughout the park.
Be sure to check the special events calendar for details of other weekend interpretive programs.
Join Park Naturalists for a leisurely, 1 1/2 – 2 hour bike ride along the bicycle trail, exploring and learning about park environments. Naturalists will point out things along the way that might otherwise go unnoticed. Bike Hikes are held once a week from late June until the week prior to Labour Day weekend. Rental Bicycles are available at the bike building.
As the night quietly descends on Pinery and the sun sets over Lake Huron, the outdoor theatre is the place to go to if you’re looking to make your visit more rewarding. A variety of skits, films, talks, slide and musical performances are presented at the park’s Outdoor Theatre throughout the summer months.
On a conducted walk with a Naturalist. Park Naturalists lead leisurely, 1 – 2 hour hikes to help you discover Pinery and its special features. Themes may include butterflies, birds or even creepy crawlers, while more general topics explore the need for fire in the Oak Savanna or the struggle of life on a sandy dune.
Pinery for Kids
Join our children’s programmers for learning, fun and more. Please check the activity schedule for an up-to-date schedule.
Children’s programs are held from late June to Labour Day weekend at 10 am in the Winter Activity Area located at the Lookout Trail parking area. These energy packed programs will give you an hour and a half of nature discovery with games, stories and animals. Younger children can also enjoy Storytime at 3:30 PM in the Visitor Centre from late June to Labour Day weekend
Ooze n’ Gooze
Explore the river life at Pinery. Join the Naturalist staff every Wednesday afternoon for an hour of aquatic discovery. Get your hands wet as you wade through the marvel of life that thrives in the Old Ausable Channel. This adventure begins below the dam by the Park Store in July and August. Please be sure to bring closed-toe wading shoes if you want to get your feet wet.