Royal Botanical Gardens, Burlington, ON
October 4, 2020 11:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.
Ages 3 to 10

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Telling Tales believes strongly in the importance of creating meaningful connections with the natural world as well as great storytellers. Enjoying stories in a beautiful natural setting has long been a part of the Telling Tales vision for promoting healthy family experiences. This year’s partnership with RBG provides the perfect opportunity to connect children with stories, nature and art. At Nature Tales, the theme of nature-literacy has been interwoven with our programming, where authors, artists, performers and RBG Ambassadors will engage with families in nature walks, crafts, and author readings. The world-renowned gardens and natural surroundings of RBG, beautifully accented by the Dan Lawrie International Sculpture collection, will provide an unforgettable and totally unique setting to inspire a love of reading and celebrate stories.

Nature Tales will include activities and features such as:

  • Free access to RBG‘s Hendrie Park with a pay-what-you-can, optional donation
  • Main Stage in Rose Garden Tent featuring 5 headliner presentations
  • Two secondary stages.
  • Cherry Hill Tent featuring nature craft activities and clay modelling workshops
  • 2+ storytelling sessions/workshops
  • Family walks designed to showcase the Dan Lawrie International Sculpture Collection
  • Book-nature themed Discovery Carts along garden pathways
  • Book Swap
  • Book sales by Different Drummer Books
  • Author book signing tent
  • RBG-Gift Shop open
  • Nature-literacy related Exhibitors
  • RBG Food Vendor
  • Parking for 700+ vehicles, Public Transit Accessible, Stroller friendly and accessible

Nature Tales FAQ

When is Nature Tales?

Sunday October 4, 2020 from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.

What is the cost?

Admission to Hendrie Park is free, even the parking is free. However, Telling Tales is a non-profit organization, so donations to literacy will be gratefully accepted.

What are recommended ages?

Ages 3 to 10

When do you announce the Festival line-up?

Telling Tales kicks off officially in early May and our line-up is revealed then. Click Here for information on the presenters that will be attending Nature Tales.  In the leadup to the festival you can read books from our annual Reading List

Is there a rain date?

Nature Tales runs rain or shine. There are tents and buildings that offer some shelter.

What is the parking situation?

There is free parking at the Main Entrance to RBG and at Cherry Hill Parking lot.

If filled overflow parking may be available at the Bayfront Funeral Home and on the side streets behind the Main office. 

Where are the washrooms?

Washrooms can be found in the main building and near the Tea Room in the Hendrie Park

Do the washrooms have change tables?


Is it difficult for seniors, children in strollers, and people with disabilities to get around?

Hendrie Park is completely accessible. Only the RBG nature tour has limited access as part of it is on a ramp with a steep incline and in the woods.

What if someone is hurt or loses a child?

Please report this to the folk at the Telling Tales Information Tent at the entrance to the park.

What are the choices for food?

We have a caterer offering a variety of healthy foods near the Rose Garden Tent. You may also choose to bring your snacks. RBG does not allow picnicking on the grounds. 

Is there a gift shop?

RBG will have a pop up tent in the exhibitors row with lots of wonderful nature related gifts.

What should I bring?

Feel free to bring blankets and lawn chairs. Bring sunscreen, a hat, and bug spray doesn’t hurt either.  We highly recommend that you bring your own water bottle. Bring an umbrella to chase the clouds away. Bring a few slightly used children’s books to donate to the Book Swap & Shop and a bookbag for your new treasures. 

Can I bring my pet?

Sorry. Pets are not allowed in Hendrie Park on the day of the Festival. Too many people, too much commotion, your pet won’t enjoy it.

Can I buy a Telling Tales Merchandise?

Yes. Select Telling Tale merchandise will be sold at our information tents at the entrance to the park.  All proceeds to go to the festival and literacy projects in our community.