Nature Walks

Nature Walk Winter Series

Photo by Roveena Jassal

Join the Centre of Movement Arts at St. Julien Park this season to experience and explore movement in nature.

With a different movement focus each month there is something for everyone!

Our walk series is family friendly and takes place both on paved multi-use pathways and on unpaved narrow walking trails.

Note: the unpaved trails used in some walks will not accommodate mobility assistance devices, including strollers. Please see individual walk descriptions below for information on accessibility.


  • February 9  @ 2:30-3:30 pm  Outdoor Play
  • March 9 @ 2:30-3:30 pm Dance Walk
  • More details on 2019 walks coming soon!


Saturday February 9 @ 2:30-3:30pm

Outdoor Play – St. Julien Park

Reach, bend, squat, lunge and balance while exploring the Thames Valley Trail in St Julien Park. A fun outdoor workout and walk that will revive your child-like sense of wonder as we move in response to the natural landscape. Certified Naturalist Nina Sampson will guide the walk through the woods and Bizz Varty will lead the workout. Discover new and unique ways to build exercise into your daily life, no equipment needed!

Meet at South end of St. Julien Street at 2:30 pm. This walk will be approximately 60 minutes.

Dress for the weather – see Nina’s tutorial on ‘How to Dress for a Winter Walk’

Accessibility: This walk will use unpaved trails and will not be easily accessible for mobility devices, including strollers.


Saturday March 9 @ 2:30-3:30pm

Dance Walk – St. Julien Park

There’s no right or wrong way to dance walk, just get outside and groove, strut, shimmy and shake! With live music inspiring this winter walk through St. Julien Park, we’ll add a little extra movement to keep us warm. Bizz Varty will offer dance moves for you to try and outdoor enthusiast Nina Sampson will share information about the natural world around us!

Meet at South end of St. Julien Street at 2:30 pm. This walk will be approximately 60 minutes.

Dress for the weather, this walk will happen rain, snow or shine. See Nina’s tutorial on layering up for a winter walk, below!

Accessibility: This walk may happen on snow-covered trails, so may not be suitable for mobility devices, including strollers. Please check for weather-related accessibility updates during the first weeks of December.

Nature Walks Press

See our article in the Western Gazette from January 2019: 

Nina and Bizz were interviewed on the physical and mental health benefits of walking on 106.9 the X, listen here:

More info on trail conditions, accessibility and themes coming soon!



Nina Sampson is an outdoor enthusiast, a certified Naturalist, and an environmental educator. Nina mission is to help people better understand how all aspects of nature are interconnected, including us humans!
 Bizz Varty is the Director of the Centre of Movement Arts and the London Dance Festival. Read her bio here.