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Attention all nature lovers! It's time to shake off those boredom blues and get ready for the great outdoor learning adventure. 

Our exciting courses and programs, designed with the adventurous adult in mind, provide you with the skills to turn that grand idea into a real-life hobby or income earner.

Whether it is creeping in for a close-up of your favorite furry critter or learning the art of beekeeping - mmm, can you say yummy honey - you are sure to find a program that will satisfy your eclectic appetites.

Animal Photo Safari

Join us before the zoo opens for a special tour, filled with many opportunities and a chance to go behind the scenes. A zoo staff member will arrange unique opportunities to get closer to some amazing animals. All photographic skill levels are welcome. This course is perfect for anyone who wants to participate.

Course prices may vary due to varying course lengths, number of sessions, option to purchase materials, etc.

Click register to check availability and to register, or call 311.

Ages Date Time Location Fees Course Code
16-100 May 28 - May 28 9:00am - 11:00am Valley Zoo Adult
$36.00
595011
Instructor: introduced in class
14-99 Jul 23 - Jul 23 8:30am - 10:30am Valley Zoo Adult
$36.00
600882
Instructor: introduced in class
Build Your Own Bee Hotel

Invite some backyard buddies to visit by building your own bee hotel. Much of the food we eat is due to pollinators- Alberta alone is home to over 300 species of bees, many of which are solitary, non-aggressive, and sadly on the decline. Bee hotels provide important places for tunnel nesting bees to lay their eggs. During this course, we'll each build our own bee hotel with help from the Edmonton and Area Land Trust, learn about the role of pollinators as well as the challenges they face. Once we finish our hotels, we'll head outside for some tips on planting for pollinators and hotel placement. Participants must bring their own drill, spare battery, and set of drill bits.

Course prices may vary due to varying course lengths, number of sessions, option to purchase materials, etc.

Click register to check availability and to register, or call 311.

Ages Date Time Location Fees Course Code
18 and up May 24 - May 24 5:30pm - 8:30pm John Janzen Nature Centre Adult
$55.00
599735
Instructor: introduced in class
18 and up Jun 28 - Jun 28 5:30pm - 8:30pm John Janzen Nature Centre Adult
$55.00
609411
Instructor: introduced in class
Creature of the Night: Bats

Bats! Just hearing the word typically brings to mind vampires, disease, and dark wings swooping down to tangle in your hair. But what are they really? During this program, we will dispel some of these myths and learn that bats are not the ferocious blood-sucking creatures of the night, but voracious marauders of nocturnal crop and forest pests. We'll do bat occupancy checks on bat houses, discuss the different types of bats, and then try to find and identify the different types of bats around us with bat echolocation detectors as we walk the trails. Please bring a headlamp or flashlight and wear appropriate footwear.

Course prices may vary due to varying course lengths, number of sessions, option to purchase materials, etc.

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Ages Date Time Location Fees Course Code
18 and up Aug 8 - Aug 8 8:45pm - 10:15pm John Janzen Nature Centre Adult
$15.00
604915
Instructor: introduced in class
18 and up Aug 22 - Aug 22 8:15pm - 9:45pm John Janzen Nature Centre Adult
$15.00
604916
Instructor: introduced in class
18 and up Aug 31 - Aug 31 8:00pm - 9:30pm John Janzen Nature Centre Adult
$15.00
604917
Instructor: introduced in class
Fun with Fungi

Foraging for fungi has become popular over the past several years, and enthusiasm for fungi is only increasing. Join other mushroom aficionados as you learn to identify and safely collect local mushrooms in this multi day course. Following the first evening in the classroom, we'll venture into the local forest to try out your new identification and collection skills on 2 fungi walks. Following the first evening in the classroom, we'll venture into the local forest to try out your new identification and collection skills. Please note: the first meeting will be 6 - 9 pm while the subsequent walks are 6- 8pm.

Course prices may vary due to varying course lengths, number of sessions, option to purchase materials, etc.

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Ages Date Time Location Fees Course Code
18 and up Aug 15 - Aug 29 6:00pm - 8:00pm John Janzen Nature Centre Adult
$70.00
603411
Instructor: introduced in class
Urban Beekeeping

Have you always wanted to step out your back door and see your very own beehive? This 1 and 1/2 day course teaches the skills needed to have a successful hive. Topics covered in class include honeybee lifecycle, hive management, honeybee behaviors, bee and hive selection, and City of Edmonton regulations about urban beekeeping. On the second day, you'll get hands on experience with a hive learning proper hive set up, how to safely collect honey and deliver medications. After the course, you'll have the opportunity to be part of a mentorship community to assist with troubleshooting problems with your hive. This is an approved course for those interested in becoming an urban beekeeper in the City of Edmonton.

Course prices may vary due to varying course lengths, number of sessions, option to purchase materials, etc.

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Ages Date Time Location Fees Course Code
18 and up May 27 - May 28 9:00am - 5:00pm John Janzen Nature Centre Adult
$250.00
589513
Instructor: introduced in class
18 and up Jun 10 - Jun 11 9:00am - 5:00pm John Janzen Nature Centre Adult
$250.00
589514
Instructor: introduced in class
Wildlife Photography Workshop

Are you looking to expand your photography skills? Join us for a one-day wildlife photography workshop where you will be surrounded with exotic animals and photographic opportunities! Using the Zoo's unique surroundings, students will learn how to get the best out of their cameras using a variety of photography techniques and tips on getting creative with photos.

Course prices may vary due to varying course lengths, number of sessions, option to purchase materials, etc.

Click register to check availability and to register, or call 311.

Ages Date Time Location Fees Course Code
16-99 Jun 24 - Jun 24 9:30am - 4:30pm Valley Zoo Adult
$125.00
601269
Instructor: introduced in class

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