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The John Janzen Nature Centre is nestled in the heart of the River Valley, the largest stretch of urban parkland in North America. Our goal is to promote stewardship of our natural world through experiences that build appreciation, encourage discovery and inspire action for the ecological challenges that the River Valley faces. Join us, and discover Edmonton naturally!

 

Preschool (Ages 4 and Under)

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!

Program Length: 1.5 hours
Location and Fees: Travelling: $180
Available: All year, except July/August
Curriculum Links and Themes:

  • Dinosaurs
  • Senses
  • Fossils
Peter Rabbit Comes for a Visit

Peter Rabbit is in town this and it’s his birthday! 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!

Program Length: 1.5 hours
Location and Fees: Travelling: $180
Availability: All year
Curriculum Links and Themes:

  • Animal Adaptations
  • Seasons
  • Local Wildlife

Grades 1-3 (Ages 6-8)

Busy Bees and Bugs

Look into the lives of our crawling and flying friends! We’ll take a look at a working beehive, learn about plants the help pollinators and go on a hunt under the leaves and logs. Get a taste of the hard work of bees and a new appreciation for the forests tiniest creatures.

Program Length: 2 hours
Location and Fees: At the Nature Centre: $170
Availability: May-October
Curriculum Links and Themes:

  • Needs of animals and plants
  • Crawling and flying animals
  • Animal life cycles
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!

Program Length: 2 hours
Location and Fees: At the Nature Centre: $170
Availability: All year
Curriculum Links and Themes:

  • Needs of animals and plants
  • Crawling and flying animals
  • Building with materials
Explore the Season

Snow, flowers, leaves, sticks and then more snow! Join us as we take a close look at the seasons of the River Valley. We'll talk about how the changes affect the plants and animals, how we adapt to the season and take a close look at ways of measuring temperature. Snow or sun, we'll be prepared!

Program Length: 2 hours
Location and Fees: At the Nature Centre: $170 or travelling: $180
Availability: All year
Curriculum Links and Themes:

  • Seasonal changes
  • Hot and cold
The Very Hungry Salamander

Look into the lives of our crawling and flying friends! We’ll take a look at a working beehive, learn about plants the help pollinators and go on a hunt under the leaves and logs. Get a taste of the hard work of bees and a new appreciation for the forests tiniest creatures.

Program Length: 2 hours
Location and Fees: At the Nature Centre: $170
Availability: May-October
Curriculum Links and Themes:

  • Needs of animals and plants
  • Crawling and flying animals
  • Animal life cycles

Grades 3-6 (Ages 8-11)

Life Cycles and Ecosystems

Take a look at a local pond, dip a net, and help us identify local species of critters and plants! We'll peer at a pond creatures life cycle from beginning to end and discover the web of life of a pond ecosystem. Come prepared, we might get a little wet!

Program Length: 2 hours
Location and Fees: At the Nature Centre: $170
Availability: May-October
Curriculum Links and Themes:

  • Life cycles
  • Wetlands ecosystems

 

Stalking and Tracking

Investigate habitats around the Nature Centre for tracks and traces that animals leave behind. Practice identifying tracks with our animal track replicas, hone your hiding skills and practice stalking prey with a game! We'll find who's been wandering through the woods for sure!

Program Length: 2 hours
Location and Fees: At the Nature Centre: $170
Availability: All year
Curriculum Links and Themes:

  • Life cycles
  • Evidence and investigation
A Story of Snow and Ice

Discover the wonders of ice and snow in this program designed to explore the science behind our Canadian weather! Through experiments and activities, learn the difference between snow and ice, how it forms and why it happens in Edmonton.

Program Length: 2 hours
Location and Fees: At the Nature Centre: $170 or Travelling: $180
Availability: December-February, as snow conditions permit
Curriculum Links and Themes:

  • Weather watch
  • Sky science
Tree-mendous Trees

Take a walk on the shady side! Classify plants on the trails and learn about the different uses they have. We'll take a close look some issues in forest use and how we can plan for our urban forest. You'll have a great time, we guarn-tree!

Program Length: 2 hours
Location and Fees: At the Nature Centre: $170
Availability: All year
Curriculum Links and Themes:

  • Plant growth and changes
  • Trees and forests

Junior High (Ages 11-15)

Wetlands

Explore a wetland and get inspired to be a changemaker! In this program, we'll test the water quality of a pond and determine possible impacts of urban development. We'll discover the importance of wetland organisms, ecosystems and current conservation tactics. Small actions create big change!

Program Length: 2 hours
Location and Fees: At the Nature Centre: $170 or Travelling: $180
Availability: May-October
Curriculum Links and Themes:

  • Freshwater & saltwater ecosystems
  • Environmental chemistry

High School and Adult

Customized Education Program

Availability: All year

Our programmer can work with you to design a program that targets your desired learning outcomes and the needs of your group, such as a service project or field work for part of a larger project. Locations and fees will vary. Contact us for more details.

Additional Information

Our programs are designed to complement the Alberta curriculum and badge themes for Science. But If you are looking to cover a specific topic that you do not see here or require a shorter program, please connect with our team. We are happy to help.

On-site programs include admission to the facility after program completion to view the exhibits.

Programs listed as ‘travelling’ can be offered at your school, community building or River Valley park; extra fees may apply depending on location or length.

If you are looking for single admission homeschool programs, please take a look at our seasonal "In The City" guides for our pre-registered courses.

Booking Checklist

Please be prepared with the following information to make your booking:

  • Program name
  • 2-3 potential program dates
  • School mailing address, including postal code, school telephone number, and fax number
  • Contact name and names of teachers for all classes being booked
  • Email address(es) of teacher(s) booking and attending the program
  • Number of students attending
  • Number of supervisors
  • Special needs / accessibility arrangements
  • Location and address for programs at your school or River Valley park
  • Name and cell phone number of on-site contact person for programs at your school

Book Your School or Group Program

(2017/18 School Year)

Book Your School or Group Program

(2018/19 School Year)

Fees and Payment

The amount owing is shown on your program booking confirmation. Payment is required prior to the program. Invoices are sent out by the City on the first of each month. You will receive your invoice in the same month as your program runs. For example: for a May booking, your invoice will be issued May 1. Payment can be made by cheque, Visa, MasterCard and American Express. Please have cheques made payable to the City of Edmonton and write your booking confirmation numbers on your cheques.

Credit card payment can be made over phone by calling 311 or 780-442-1442.

Mail cheques to:
Citizen Services Payment Processing
PO Box 2359
19th Floor, Edmonton Tower
Edmonton AB, T5J 2R7

Group Size

The maximum number of students permitted in a program is 30. Groups exceeding 30 students must book an additional program.

Adults are required to remain with their group and supervise participating students at all times during the program. Adult supervisors are admitted free of charge with the program in the following ratios:

  • Pre-school (3-4 years): 1 adult per 3 students
  • Kindergarten - Grade 6: 1 adult per 5 students
  • Grades 7-12: 1 adult per 10 students

Additional adults and students/siblings exceeding these ratios will be asked to pay facility admission fees and tour the facility on their own. Additional participants can rejoin their group after the registered program ends. To ensure a high quality program, we recommend that all students participating are within the age range advertised for the program.

Planning Your Visit

The John Janzen Nature Centre explores a variety of outdoor spaces during your program in sun, snow or rain. Please ensure your group is prepared for the weather and wears closed-toed shoes. If you are planning for your group to stay at the facility outside of your scheduled program time, note that there are no indoor or covered resting areas.

If you plan to enjoy the Tegler Discovery Zone during your visit, all visitors will require socks. Socks are available for purchase for a small fee in the event that participants do not bring their own.

Cancellation and Rescheduling

You are required to submit written notice of cancellation of program(s) via email to cmsschoolbookings@edmonton.ca.

Programs cancelled with 30 days notice or more will not be charged the program fee or a cancellation fee. Programs cancelled with 8-29 days notice are subject to be charged 50% of the program fee, unless the cancellation is filled by a waitlisted group. For programs cancelled with 7 days notice or less, the full program fee will be charged.

Programs run rain or shine. In the event of poor weather, you must call 780-442-1442 or email cmsschoolbookings@edmonton.ca if you are not coming.

Programs cancelled due to severe weather conditions will not be charged a cancellation fee as long as they are rescheduled within the current or upcoming school year fall term (September-November).

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Other School and Group Programs

Looking for more program options? See the complete list of school and group programs at attractions and recreation centres.

For More Information

School/Group Program Reservations Office

Location
7000 143 Street
Whitemud Drive & Fox Drive

Shared parking lot with Fort Edmonton Park

Mailing Address
PO Box 2359
Edmonton, AB  T5J 2R7

Telephone

780-442-1442

Email cmsschoolbookings@edmonton.ca

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