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Come explore the sights and sounds of the River Valley with our drop-in programs for the whole family! Meet our animals, explore the trails, and find out what plants and animals are doing as we move from spring to summer, and fall to winter. We adapt the programs to meet the ages of the participants, so all are welcome!

Many of our drop-in programs take place outdoors, so please dress for the weather. Adult participation is required when visiting drop-in programming with children.

Drop-in Schedule

Drop-in programming runs Monday and Thursday from 10am-noon, Saturday and Sunday 10am-3:30pm. Schedules and topics may change without notice. For more information about our monthly drop-in topics visit our Facebook page.


10:30am - Hello, it’s me...

Come face to face with one of the John Janzen Nature Centre’s astonishing animals and maybe even see it eat!

11:30am - Lead & Learn

Join a leader for creative exploration and free play as you are guided to experience nature through interactive learning.


1pm - John Janzen’s Backyard

Get outside and experience the plants and animals of the River Valley through games, explorations and hands on activities. Topics change frequently, so please check when you arrive.

2pm - Guided TrailTales

TrailTales is a guided activity for children and their adults that combines literacy, physical activitiy, and nature. Featured books change often so stay up to date by liking John Janzen Nature Centre on Facebook.


2pm - Guided Walk

Do you ever wonder what animals call the River Valley home? Join us as we wander the trails and explore the area. The walk will be directed to the age group attending.

For More Information

John Janzen Nature Centre

7000-143 Street
Whitemud Drive & Fox Drive
Shared parking lot with Fort Edmonton Park


For more information, program registration, school and group program bookings call 311

Outside Edmonton: 780-442-5311


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