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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. 

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. 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 Mar 25 - Mar 25 1:00pm - 3:00pm Valley Zoo Adult
$36.00
619618
Instructor: introduced in class
16-99 Jun 2 - Jun 2 1:00pm - 3:00pm Valley Zoo Adult
$36.00
624961
Available Jan-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.

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

Ages Date Time Location Fees Course Code
18 and up May 12 - May 13 10:00am - 4:00pm John Janzen Nature Centre Adult
$250.00
625895
Instructor: introduced in class
17 and up Jun 9 - Jun 10 10:00am - 4:00pm John Janzen Nature Centre Adult
$250.00
625896
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 May 26 - May 26 9:30am - 4:30pm Valley Zoo Adult
$125.00
625070
Available Jan-31-2018
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.

  • Cub Club - Animal Senses
  • Zoo Tots - Animal Opposites
  • Neat Feet 
  • St. Patrick’s Day at the Zoo
  • Egg-Stravaganza
Animal Acrobats

Come explore how animals move with your toddler! Slither like a snake, prowl like a tiger, and leap like a lemur! We'll sing songs, play games, and meet some animals to help us learn all about these animal acrobats. It?s a social and discovery time for both your child and you.

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 Jun 9 - Jun 9 1:00pm - 2:30pm Valley Zoo Child
$28.00
625063
Available Jan-31-2018
Instructor: introduced in class
Bugs That Help Us

How do bugs and worms help plants at the Muttart Conservatory grow? Find out during this hands-on program! See the pyramids through a ladybug's eyes, check out our wiggly worms, and learn how they can turn our garbage into nutritious soil. You'll top off this program by planting a seedling to take home and nurture. Adult attendance is required. We kindly ask unregistered siblings not attend. Please bring a snack for your child in case we stop for a short snack break during 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 May 24 - May 24 10:15am - 12:15pm Muttart Conservatory Child
$29.00
625311
Available Jan-31-2018
Instructor: introduced in class
Cub Club - Animal Chatter

Furry, Scaly, or feathered? Two, Four, or none at all? Discover why animals have the feet they do and see some of them up close! Let?s stomp, tiptoe, and scurry through the zoo like the animals do. 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 Apr 5 - Apr 19 9:30am - 10:15am Valley Zoo Child
$45.00
625068
Available Jan-31-2018
Instructor: introduced in class
1-2 May 10 - May 24 9:30am - 10:15am Valley Zoo Child
$45.00
625069
Available Jan-31-2018
Instructor: introduced in class
Cub Club - Animal Senses

Discover the world through the eyes of an animal! Join us for a series of hands-on an exciting experiences as we learn about a new sense every week. Let's learn about animals with a great sense of smell, hearing, and eyesight! We'll see and touch a variety of animals and try out some fun games. 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 1 - Feb 15 10:00am - 10:45am Valley Zoo Child
$45.00
619112
Instructor: introduced in class
1-2 Mar 10 - Mar 24 9:30am - 10:15am Valley Zoo Child
$45.00
619113
Instructor: introduced in class
Dino Plants

Take a step back in time and search for dino-sized plants on your journey through the pyramids. We'll touch trees dinosaurs ate for dinner and even make our own leaf fossils to take home! You'll top off this program by planting a dino-riffic plant to care for yourself. Adult attendance is required. We kindly ask unregistered siblings not attend.

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 Jan 11 - Jan 11 10:15am - Noon Muttart Conservatory Child
$29.00
619476
Instructor: introduced in class
Dinosaur Adventure

What dinosaurs lived in Edmonton? Which dinosaur had the longest teeth? How big were dinosaurs? We'll find the answers to these questions as we become paleontologists, examine real dinosaur fossils, find our own toy dinosaurs, and even do some dinosaur dancing! All children attending must register and be accompanied by an adult. Adults should be prepared to take part in program 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
3-5 Jan 25 - Jan 25 1:00pm - 2:30pm John Janzen Nature Centre Child
$30.00
619569
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 Mar 31 - Mar 31 9:30am - 11:00am Valley Zoo Child
$28.00
625064
Available Jan-31-2018
Instructor: introduced in class
2-5 Mar 31 - Mar 31 1:00pm - 2:30pm Valley Zoo Child
$28.00
625065
Available Jan-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, make a ladybug craft, and take home a plant that we pot ourselves! We'll even help the conservatory's plants stay healthy by releasing some beneficial insects. Program fee includes one adult and child admission. Adult attendance is required. We kindly ask unregistered siblings not attend.

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 Mar 15 - Mar 15 10:15am - Noon Muttart Conservatory Child
$29.00
619479
Instructor: introduced in class
Neat Feet

Furry, Scaly, or feathered? Two, Four, or none at all? Discover why animals have the feet they do and see some of them up close! Let?s stomp, tiptoe, and scurry through the zoo like the animals do. 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
3-5 Apr 14 - Apr 14 1:00pm - 2:30pm Valley Zoo Child
$28.00
619118
Instructor: introduced in class
Plant Babies

Plants grow up, too! We'll learn what seeds need to grow, see how they change into baby plants, find out which seeds we eat for dinner, and even make some music with seeds! To continue learning at home, your little sprout will plant some seeds and a seedling to take with them. Adult attendance is required. We kindly ask unregistered siblings not attend. Please bring a snack for your child in case we stop for a short snack break during 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 Jun 21 - Jun 21 10:15am - 12:15pm Muttart Conservatory Child
$29.00
625312
Available Jan-31-2018
Instructor: introduced in class
Playdate with Nature: By the Small Small Pond

Fine day for a POND dip! Digging, exploring and creating is the name of the game as we find out what nature has to offer in this hands-on, guided play 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 Jun 21 - Jun 21 12:30pm - 1:30pm John Janzen Nature Centre Child
$15.00
625893
Available Jan-31-2018
Instructor: introduced in class
Playdate with Nature: Come Back Birds!

Is it almost time? Help us call the birds back from their winter holiday! A change of clothes is recommended. Come play, explore, and discover with your child on a playdate with nature. The wonder of nature provides opportunities for imagination, freedom, and creativity, with digging, building, art, and a chance to meet others in the community. Please dress for the weather, activities will run rain or shine. All children attending must register and be accompanied by an adult. Adults should be prepared to take part in all program activities. Admission to the John Janzen Nature Centre is included.

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 Mar 15 - Mar 15 10:30am - 11:30am John Janzen Nature Centre Child
$15.00
619590
Instructor: introduced in class
Playdate with Nature: I Heart Nature

Have a Valentine's playdate with nature! Let's play in the snow, and share the love of nature with our friends! A change of clothes is recommended. Come play, explore, and discover with your child on a playdate with nature. The wonder of nature provides opportunities for imagination, freedom, and creativity, with digging, building, art, and a chance to meet others in the community. Please dress for the weather, activities will run rain or shine. All children attending must register and be accompanied by an adult. Adults should be prepared to take part in all program activities. Admission to the John Janzen Nature Centre is included.

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 15 - Feb 15 10:30am - 11:30am John Janzen Nature Centre Child
$15.00
619597
Instructor: introduced in class
Playdate with Nature: Through the Tall Tall Grass

Let's look through the grass and see what we can find! Digging, exploring and creating is the name of the game as we find out what nature has to offer in this hands-on, guided play 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 May 17 - May 17 12:30pm - 1:30pm John Janzen Nature Centre Child
$15.00
625866
Available Jan-31-2018
Instructor: introduced in class
Playdate with Nature: With the Big Big Rocks

Rocks, fossils, sand, NATURE! Digging, exploring and creating is the name of the game as we find out what nature has to offer in this hands-on, guided play 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 Apr 12 - Apr 12 12:30pm - 1:30pm John Janzen Nature Centre Child
$15.00
625865
Available Jan-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.

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

Ages Date Time Location Fees Course Code
3-5 Mar 17 - Mar 17 9:30am - 11:00am Valley Zoo Child
$28.00
619119
Instructor: introduced in class
We DIG Dinosaurs

A dino-sized adventure for kids! Learn what 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 diggging 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.

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 Apr 12 - Apr 12 12:30pm - 2:00pm John Janzen Nature Centre Child
$30.00
625864
Available Jan-31-2018
Instructor: introduced in class
Zoo Tots - Amazing Animal Abilities

Touch a tortoise, tickle a bunny and ruffle some birds? feathers. Each week of this program will explore a different theme: super speed, shells & spikes, and flight! It?s a social and discovery time for both your child and you. 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 Apr 8 - Apr 22 9:30am - 10:30am Valley Zoo Child
$45.00
625066
Available Jan-31-2018
Instructor: introduced in class
2-4 May 10 - May 24 1:00pm - 2:00pm Valley Zoo Child
$45.00
625067
Available Jan-31-2018
Instructor: introduced in class
Zoo Tots - Animal Opposites

Learning about opposites is super fun with the help of the Zoo's animals. We'll see animals big and small, fast and slow, and fluffy and scaly. We'll sing songs, play games, and meet some animals to help us learn the ins and outs of opposites! It?s a social and discovery time for both your child and you. 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 10 - Feb 24 9:30am - 10:30am Valley Zoo Child
$45.00
619115
Instructor: introduced in class
2-4 Mar 8 - Mar 22 10:30am - 11:30am Valley Zoo Child
$45.00
619116
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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