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The Edmonton Valley Zoo offers a variety of specialty programs for all ages. Check out what's coming up at the zoo. 

Please note: some of these programs are only offered once or twice per year. Please check course listings for the current list of upcoming courses.

Adult Programs

Learn about Edmonton's nature scene or view exotic animals up close and personal at the Valley Zoo.

  • Animal Photo Safari 
  • Wildlife Photography Workshop
Animal Photo Safari

Join us for a special tour at the Edmonton Valley Zoo filled with many photo 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.

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
11-99 Oct 6 - Oct 6 1:00pm - 3:00pm Valley Zoo Adult
$36.00
638669
Instructor: introduced in class
16-99 Mar 24 - Mar 24 1:00pm - 3:00pm Valley Zoo Adult
$36.00
646196
Available Oct-31-2018
Instructor: introduced in class
16-99 Apr 21 - Apr 21 1:00pm - 3:00pm Valley Zoo Adult
$36.00
646197
Available Oct-31-2018
Instructor: introduced in class
Curio Collections: Plant Lore

The Victorians loved to collect curios - many had a curio cabinet full of the bizarre and unusual objects they?d amassed over their lifetime. Start your collection with us at the John Janzen! In this course, we will go over the basics of collecting, displaying and maintaining a dry plant collection. Materials are provided. Start amassing your collection!

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 Nov 25 - Nov 25 1:00pm - 4:00pm John Janzen Nature Centre Adult
$40.00
639368
Instructor: introduced in class
Curio Collections: Tracking

The Victorians loved to collect curios ? many had a curio cabinet full of the bizarre and unusual objects they?d amassed over their lifetime. Start your collection with us at the John Janzen! In this course, we will go over the basics of finding, creating and displaying a track collection. Materials are provided. Start amassing your collection!

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
16 and up Feb 2 - Feb 2 1:00pm - 3:00pm John Janzen Nature Centre General
$30.00
647862
Available Oct-31-2018
Instructor: introduced in class
Urban Beekeeping

Have you always wanted to step out your back door and see your very own beehive? This 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 bylaw regulations about urban beekeeping. This course has both in-class lecture and a hands-on demonstration with a living 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 Oct 27 - Oct 28 10:00am - 4:00pm John Janzen Nature Centre Adult
$250.00
639370
Instructor: introduced in class
17 and up Nov 17 - Nov 18 10:00am - 4:00pm John Janzen Nature Centre Adult
$250.00
639371
Instructor: introduced in class
Urban Plants: Invasives

TBD

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
16 and up Sep 23 - Sep 23 1:00pm - 3:00pm John Janzen Nature Centre Adult
$45.00
639367
Instructor: introduced in class

Infant/Preschool Programs

Help your youngster discover more about animals, wildlife and the natural environment. Choose from our current list of upcoming courses.

  • Animal Acrobats
  • Cub Club - Animal Senses
  • Cub Club - Animal Chatter
  • Zoo Tots - Amazing Animal Abilities
Christmas Around the World

Enjoy the wonders of the holiday season as you travel through the pyramids and learn about traditions from around the world. See and smell different plants associated with Christmas - cinnamon, peppermint, rosemary, frankincense and myrrh. Top off this exciting program with a holiday craft and pot a plant to take home. All children attending must be registered and accompanied by an adult for supervision. We kindly ask unregistered children not attend the program.

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
3-5 Dec 6 - Dec 6 10:15am - 11:45am Muttart Conservatory Child
$28.00
639387
Instructor: introduced in class
5-8 Dec 13 - Dec 13 2:45pm - 4:30pm Muttart Conservatory Child
$30.00
639389
Instructor: introduced in class
Christmas Wishes

We've been making our list and checking it twice, and all the animals have been on their best behaviour! Now the Zoo needs your help to prepare some of their gifts and make their Christmas wishes come true. What do you think is on the animals wish lists? You'll have fun exploring the zoo meeting different animals and preparing all kinds of Christmas treats

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
3-5 Dec 22 - Dec 22 9:30am - 11:00am Valley Zoo Child
$28.00
638667
Instructor: introduced in class
3-5 Dec 22 - Dec 22 1:00pm - 2:30pm Valley Zoo Child
$28.00
638668
Instructor: introduced in class
Clever Creatures

What does a woodpecker eat? Where does a beaver sleep? Where did that sparrow go? We'll take a close look at how animals build their homes, what they eat and how they adapt to the city. We'll try our hand at nest building or food gathering and see if we are as clever as the creatures!

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
6-12 Mar 16 - Mar 16 1:00pm - 3:00pm John Janzen Nature Centre Child
$15.00
647870
Available Oct-31-2018
Instructor: introduced in class
Colours & Textures

Take a sensory adventure through our pyramids! Children's senses will be tingling as they learn how a variety of spectacular plants use colours, shapes and textures to help them survive in extreme conditions. Hunt for the colours of the rainbow in the pyramids as you learn all about creating colour and its importance in the natural world. Children will flex their green thumbs by potting a colourful seedling to take home. All children attending must be registered and accompanied by an adult for supervision. We kindly ask unregistered children not attend the program.

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
3-4 Jan 15 - Jan 15 10:15am - 11:45am Muttart Conservatory Child
$29.00
646290
Available Oct-31-2018
Instructor: introduced in class
Cub Club - Animal Chatter

What sound does the owl make? And how about the snake? This program will explore the noises animals make with an opportunity to meet some up close each week! It's a social and discovery time for both your child and you. Cub Club is a three week program for 1-2 year olds with themes that change seasonally, check back next season for another course in this age range! This course includes admission into the zoo each week before or after your program.

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
1-2 Feb 7 - Feb 21 10:00am - 10:45am Valley Zoo Child
$45.00
646198
Available Oct-31-2018
Instructor: introduced in class
1-2 Mar 9 - Mar 23 9:30am - 10:15am Valley Zoo Child
$45.00
646199
Available Oct-31-2018
Instructor: introduced in class
Cub Club - Colourful Critters

Do their colours blend in? Or stand out? We'll use our eyes to find out. Soft as a rabbit or rough as a lizard! We'll use our fingers to discover the different textures of animals. See and touch a variety of animals and try out some fun games each week. This course includes admission into the zoo each week before or after your program.

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
1-2 Sep 13 - Sep 27 10:30am - 11:15am Valley Zoo Child
$45.00
638663
Instructor: introduced in class
1-2 Nov 3 - Nov 17 9:30am - 10:15am Valley Zoo Child
$45.00
638664
Instructor: introduced in class
Dino Discovery

Discover dinosaurs through sensory play! In this hands-on program, we will discover the world of dinosaurs through activities that engage the senses and inspire learning. Dig for dino fossils, sort meat eaters from plant eaters and get a hands-on fossil experience. What a roaring great time!

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
3-5 Jan 17 - Jan 17 12:30pm - 2:00pm John Janzen Nature Centre Child
$15.00
647867
Available Oct-31-2018
Instructor: introduced in class
Egg-Stravaganza

Hop on over to the Edmonton Valley Zoo for an exciting adventure as we explore the zoo in search of where the easter bunny has hidden its eggs! Perhaps the wolves buried the eggs or the lemurs hid them high in the trees! Bring your favorite egg collecting basket and your bunny gear to help us find all of our eggs.

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
2-5 Apr 20 - Apr 20 9:30am - 11:00am Valley Zoo Child
$28.00
646203
Available Oct-31-2018
Instructor: introduced in class
2-5 Apr 20 - Apr 20 1:00pm - 2:30pm Valley Zoo Child
$28.00
646204
Available Oct-31-2018
Instructor: introduced in class
Evening Nature Playdate

Too busy for our daytime hours but still want to visit the Nature Centre with your little one? This program is for you! Enjoy the Tegler Discovery Zone and indoor exhibits at your leisure. Great for blowing off that before bedtime steam!

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
2-4 Apr 11 - Apr 11 6:00pm - 8:00pm John Janzen Nature Centre General
$3.00
Child
$8.00
647869
Available Oct-31-2018
Instructor: introduced in class
Ladybugs & Friends

Join us to learn more about our little spotted friends and how beneficial bugs help our gardens grow. We'll play games, sing a ladybug song, and take home a plant that we pot ourselves! We'll even help the conservatory's plants stay healthy by releasing some beneficial insects. All children attending must be registered and accompanied by an adult for supervision. We kindly ask unregistered children not attend the program.

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
3-4 Mar 14 - Mar 14 10:15am - 11:45am Muttart Conservatory Child
$29.00
646292
Available Oct-31-2018
Instructor: introduced in class
5-8 Mar 14 - Mar 14 2:00pm - 3:30pm Muttart Conservatory Child
$29.00
646294
Available Oct-31-2018
Instructor: introduced in class
Little Boo at the Zoo

Come celebrate Halloween at the Zoo! We'll visit some creatures that come out at night, and meet a few critters up close. Bring your favourite costume and join us on our Halloween adventure! Adults joining the participating child should be prepared to take part in the activities.

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
2-5 Oct 27 - Oct 27 9:30am - 11:00am Valley Zoo Child
$28.00
638665
Instructor: introduced in class
2-5 Oct 27 - Oct 27 1:00pm - 2:30pm Valley Zoo Child
$28.00
638666
Instructor: introduced in class
Peter Rabbit Needs a Valentine

Peter Rabbit is in town this and it?s Valentines Day! All of the animals are invited to celebrate, but no one has come. Through fun games and activities, we'll discover how animals adapt to the seasons and make their homes in Edmonton!

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
4-6 Feb 14 - Feb 14 12:30pm - 2:00pm John Janzen Nature Centre Child
$15.00
647868
Available Oct-31-2018
Instructor: introduced in class
St. Patrick's Day at the Zoo

Did leprechauns visit the zoo? Let's look for their clues! We'll make some cool green gifts for the animals to join in our fun and meet some critters up close. Adults joining the participating child should be prepared to take part in the activities. Please come dressed for the weather as we will be going outside for part of this program.

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
3-5 Mar 17 - Mar 17 9:30am - 11:00am Valley Zoo Child
$28.00
646202
Available Oct-31-2018
Instructor: introduced in class
We DIG Dinos!

A dino-sized adventure for kids! Learn which dinosaurs lived in our River Valley and how big they really were as we become junior paleontologists. Hunting for dinosaur clues, moving like the dinosaurs, and dino digging are all included in this amazing adventure. All children attending must register and be accompanied by an adult prepared to take part in program activities. Please note: This course is listed as NOV 4th in the brochure, but is actually NOV the 8th.

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
3-5 Nov 8 - Nov 8 12:30pm - 2:00pm John Janzen Nature Centre Child
$30.00
639375
Instructor: introduced in class
Zoo Tots - Animal Alphabet

We'll tour the zoo with the ABC's as our guide. First we'll practice our ABC's the we're off to encounter animals of all kinds. `A' is for armadillo, `B' is for bird, what other creatures will the alphabet take us to find? It's a social and discovery time for both your child and you. This course includes admission into the zoo each week before or after your program.

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
2-4 Sep 15 - Sep 29 9:30am - 10:30am Valley Zoo Child
$45.00
638661
Instructor: introduced in class
2-4 Nov 1 - Nov 15 10:00am - 11:00am Valley Zoo Child
$45.00
638662
Instructor: introduced in class
Zoo Tots - Tail Tales

What's the tale behind that tail? Why do animals have tails? We'll tour the zoo to look at the tails of monkeys, wallabies, and more! We'll even listen to a song and story all about tails and look at some animals and their tails up close. Zoo Tots is a three week program for 2-4 year olds with themes that change seasonally, check back next season for another course in this age range! This course includes admission into the zoo each week before or after your program.

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
2-4 Feb 9 - Feb 23 9:30am - 10:30am Valley Zoo Child
$45.00
646200
Available Oct-31-2018
Instructor: introduced in class
2-4 Mar 7 - Mar 21 10:30am - 11:30am Valley Zoo Child
$45.00
646201
Available Oct-31-2018
Instructor: introduced in class

Withdrawals and Transfers

Withdrawals and transfers from pre-registered child, adult and family courses are permitted without penalty up to 15 days prior to the program start date.

A $10 administration fee will apply if a withdrawal or transfer is requested 15 days or less prior to the program start date.

If the program has started, a $10 administration fee will apply and a pro-rated balance of the program fee will be refunded.

View our interactive map of the Edmonton Valley Zoo and the Saito Centre.

Location

Map of 13315 Buena Vista Road
13315 Buena Vista Road
Edmonton, Alberta

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For More Information

Edmonton Valley Zoo

13315 Buena Vista Road (87th Avenue)
PO Box 2359
Edmonton, Alberta T5J 2R7

Telephone In Edmonton: 311
Outside Edmonton: 780-442-5311
Email attractions@edmonton.ca

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