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Our field trip programs are designed to complement the Alberta curriculum. Although they have some set aspects, they are flexible enough to accommodate any specific learning objectives or topics. Where indicated, programs listed below can be offered at your school or at a River Valley park site of your choosing. All field trip programs are two hours unless otherwise indicated. We can provide shorter program times to accommodate school and bus schedules. Please inquire at the time of booking for more information. Program fees include admission to the facility.

How to Book

The bookings office is open 9am-4pm, Monday-Friday.
Extended hours: Wednesday (8:30am-6pm), Saturday (8am-3pm).

You can book your program:

For General Inquiries or Assistance:

Other School and Group Programs

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

Year-Round School Programs

Explore the Season (Preschool - Grade 2)

Program Length: 1.5-2 hours
Location and Fees: $150 at Nature Centre, $175 at your school or River Valley park*

It’s a leaf, it’s a bird, it’s signs of the season! Transform your students into nature explorers as they investigate the outdoors to discover the secrets of seasonal changes. From searching for insects to taking a closer look at a snowflake, your students will be engaged in active learning fun!

Explore the Season Teacher Information Package

* An additional interpreter fee of $23/hour of part thereof will be added to the cost of programs at your school or River Valley park if the length of time between the first and second scheduled program in the same day exceeds one hour.

Seasonal Adaptations (Grades 1-3)

Program Length: 2 hours
Location and Fees: $150 at Nature Centre, $175 at your school or River Valley park*

How does Edmonton’s wildlife survive and thrive through the different seasons? Using inquiry activities and nature games, your students will be amazed by the adaptations made by local animals and plants in appearance, location and behaviour to cope with the changing environment.

Seasonal Adaptations Teacher Information Package

* An additional interpreter fee of $23/hour of part thereof will be added to the cost of programs at your school or River Valley park if the length of time between the first and second scheduled program in the same day exceeds one hour.

Tree-mendous Trees (Grades 4-6)

Program Length: 2 hours
Location and Fees: $150 at Nature Centre

Dogwood, birch, poplar and spruce — these are just a few of the local trees and shrubs that students will find as we investigate the River Valley’s forests and ecosystem. Through active inquiry and hands-on activities, your students will describe and classify local trees and shrubs according to their bark, growth patterns and seed adaptations.

Tree-mendous Trees Teacher Information Package

Stalking and Tracking (Grades 1-6)

Program Length: 2 hours
Location and Fees: $150 at Nature Centre

What animals have been prowling around in the woods? Explore Edmonton’s wildlife by identifying and following tracks, signs and scat that have been left behind. Practice stalking, perfect your camouflage skills and use animal track replicas to make different types of animal tracks.

Seasonal School Programs

Busy Bees and Bugs (Preschool - Grade 1)

Program Length: 1.5-2 hours
Location and Fees: $150 at Nature Centre
Available: May-June

Discover the fascinating world of bees and bugs! Try out the waggle dance to experience how bees communicate, taste honey from the comb and dress up a student (or a teacher!) as an insect. Students will learn un-bee-lievable bee facts and explore the insect world by going on a bug hunt.

Busy Bees and Bugs Teacher Information Package

Pond Exploration (Grades 1-5)

Program Length: 1.5-2 hours
Location and Fees: $150 at Nature Centre
Available: May-June, September

Where do mosquitoes and dragonflies start their lives? What is metamorphosis? Visit our wetland to answer these and other fascinating questions! Students will explore the pond, learn through play and come face-to-face with small local critters born near the pond!

Pond Exploration Teacher Information Package

Life Cycles (Grades 1-5)

Program Length: 1.5-2 hours
Location and Fees: $150 at Nature Centre
Available: May-June, September

Eggs, tadpoles, larvae and cocoons – what do all of these words have in common? Explore the forest, examine real artifacts and discover life cycles through hands on play. Choose up to three of the following model organisms to focus on during your program: dragonfly, butterfly, honeybee, amphibian, snake, bird, mammal or plant.

Life Cycles Teacher Information Package

Nature at Night (Grades 2-6)

Program Length: 2 hours
Location and Fees: $150 at Nature Centre
Available: September-May after 4pm

We’ll tune up our senses and adjust our night vision to discover what animals do when the sky turns dark. A nighttime nature walk, a scavenger hunt for beastly eyes, and listening for creatures of the night are just a few of the things on our list as we discover special adaptations that help animals survive and thrive at night. All participants are encouraged to bring their own flashlights or headlamps.

Nature at Night Teacher Information Package

Dinosaur Discovery (Preschool - Grade 2)

Program Length: 1.5 hours (preschool), 2 hours (Kindergarten - Grade 2)
Location and Fees: $175 at your school*
Available: September-April

Did dinosaurs live in Edmonton? Which dinosaur had the longest teeth? How big were dinosaurs? Travel back in time to discover the answers to these questions and many more as students are transformed into paleontologists. They’ll get hands-on with real and model fossils, search for and assemble a dinosaur puzzle, and do some dinosaur dancing. This supersaurus-sized adventure is not to be missed!

Dinosaur Discovery Teacher Information Package

* An additional interpreter fee of $23/hour or part thereof will be added to the cost of programs at your school if the length of time between the first and second scheduled program in the same day exceeds one hour.

Peter Rabbit Comes for a Visit (Preschool - Grade 1)

Program Length: 1.5 hours
Location and Fees: $150 at Nature Centre or $175 at your school
Available: November-March

Peter Rabbit is in town this winter and it’s his birthday! All of the animals are invited to celebrate, but sadly only the winter residents are able to come. Through fun games and activities, students will discover how animals that stay in Edmonton over the winter survive the cold.

Peter Rabbit Comes for a Visit Teacher Information Package

* An additional interpreter fee of $23/hour or part thereof will be added to the cost of programs at your school if the length of time between the first and second scheduled program in the same day exceeds one hour.

Henny Penny (Preschool - Grade 1)

Program Length: 45 minutes per performance
Location: John Janzen Nature Centre
Fees: $7.25 per student (no refunds for absent children on the day of the performance)
Times: 9:30-11am or 12:30-2pm
Available: March 1-9, 2017

Springing up Baby! It’s spring and Old McDonald’s farm is buzzing with excitement — Henny Penny and Wonder Rooster are expecting their first baby! The only trouble is, baby chick doesn’t seem to want to come out of the egg. All the animals have very different ideas about how to coax that baby chick out of its cozy shell! Which will work? Kaybridge Puppets perform live in this endearing and entertaining story that is sure to engage and inspire your group’s imaginations!

Your class will be sharing the performance with a maximum of 100 students. If this arrangement is not suitable to meet the needs of your class, you may book a private performance for a fee of $700.

The teacher and one adult supervisor per five students will be free of charge. All additional adults will pay $7.25 each. Siblings not enrolled in your school’s program but accompanying adult supervisors will be charged the regular fee of $7.25.

In order to stay within fire code regulations, all people including parents and siblings accompanying your field trip must be booked with your registration. Regular cancellation policies apply. Minor adjustments to the number of guests attending can be made up to two weeks prior to the performance dates.

Stories of Ice and Snow (Grades 3-6)

Program Length: 2 hours
Location and Fees: $150 at Nature Centre
Available: December-February (as snow conditions permit)

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.

Wetland and Freshwater Ecosystems (Grades 5-10)

Program Length: 2 hours
Location and Fees: $150 at Nature Centre
Available: May-June, September-October (as weather permits)

Producers, consumers and decomposers: who is what, and why are these groups important? Using dip nets, students will capture and examine wetland organisms to discover where they fit in the wetland food web and look at their adaptations to living in an aquatic environment. Students will test water quality to determine the effect human activities are having on the wetland ecosystem and propose actions that we can take to help and preserve wetland habitats.

Wetland and Freshwater Ecosystems Teacher Information Package

Homeschool Programs

Note: Homeschool groups are welcome to sign up for any one of our school programs. However, we also offer the programs below for individual homeschool students.

To register for these homeschool programs, see Animal and Nature Awareness - Child.

Explore the Season (Ages 5-8)

Program Date/Time: Thursday October 12, 9:30-11:30am
Fees: $12/child

It's a leaf, it's a bird, it's signs of the season! Transform your students into nature explorers as they investigate the outdoors to discover the secrets of seasonal changes. From searching for insects to taking a closer look at a snowflake, your students will be engaged in active learning fun!

Adult attendance is optional, however we ask that no more than one adult attend per registered child.

To register, see Animal and Nature Awareness - Child.

Dinosaur Discovery (Ages 4-6)

Program Date/Time: Thursday November 23, 9:30-11am
Fees: $12/child

Did dinosaurs live in Edmonton? Which dinosaur had the longest teeth? How big were dinosaurs? Travel back in time to discover the answers to these questions and many more as your child is transformed into a paleontologist. They'll get their hands on real and model fossils, search for and assemble a dinosaur puzzle and do some dinosaur dancing. This supersaurus-sized adventure is not to be missed!

Adult attendance is optional, however we ask that no more than one adult attend per registered child.

To register, see Animal and Nature Awareness - Child.

Stalking and Tracking (Ages 6-11)

Program Date/Time: Thursday February 8, 2018, 12:30-2:30pm
Fees: $12/child

What animals have been prowling around in the woods? Explore Edmonton's wildlife by identifying the following tracks, signs and scat that have been left behind. Practice stalking, perfect your camouflage skills and use animal track replicas to make different types of animal tracks.

Adult attendance is optional, however we ask that no more than one adult attend per registered child.

To register, see Animal and Nature Awareness - Child.

Year-Round Group Programs

Explore the Season (Ages 3-12)

Program Length: 1.5-2 hours
(We recommend 1.5 hours for groups under 4 years old.)
Available: Year-round

It’s a leaf, it’s a bird, it’s signs of the season! Transform your group into nature detectives as they explore nature trails to discover the secrets of seasonal changes. From searching for insects to hunting for animal tracks in the snow, your group will be engaged in active learning fun! This program can easily be modified to include activities such as creating art from nature, plant or animal identification, or focus on endangered animals to fulfill badge requirements.

Explore the Season Information Package

Stalking and Tracking (Ages 6-11)

Program Length: 2 hours
Available: Year-round

What animals have been prowling around in the woods? Explore Edmonton’s wildlife by identifying and following tracks, signs and scat that have been left behind. Practice stalking, perfect your camouflage skills and use animal track replicas to make different types of animal tracks. This program can easily be modified to include activities such as creating art from nature, plant or animal identification, or focus on endangered animals to fulfill badge requirements.

Stalking and Tracking Information Package

Tree-mendous Trees (Ages 7-12)

Program Length: 2 hours
Available: Year-round

Wild rose, birch, poplar and spruce: these are just a few of the local trees and shrubs that we will find as we investigate a forest ecosystem. Through active inquiry and hands-on activities, we will describe and classify local trees and shrubs according to their leaf shape, growth patterns and seed adaptations as we discover the value of trees and forests.

Tree-mendous Trees Information Package

Nature at Night (Grades 6-12)

Program Length: 2 hours
Available: Evenings after 4pm or by request

Tune up your senses and adjust your night vision to experience nature at night! Through nature walks, fun games and meeting a small local animal that hunts at night, we’ll discover special adaptations animals have to survive and thrive at night. All participants are encouraged bring their own flashlights or headlamps.

Nature at Night Information Package

Seasonal Group Programs

Snowshoe Trek (Ages 7+)

Program Length: 2 hours
Available: December-February (or as snow conditions permit)

Discover the wonders of winter on snowshoes. This program introduces your group to the exciting sport of snowshoeing and provides them with skills needed to walk, turn, run, jump and even play games while enjoying the outdoors on snowshoes. We’ll identify winter animals based on their tracks and discuss how these animals, as well as local plants, have adapted to living in such a cold environment.

Snowshoe Trek Information Package

Pond Exploration (Ages 7-11)

Program Length: 2 hours
Available: May-September

We'll discover the fascinating world of pond life in this hands on program. Use dip nets to capture and examine some of the small insects that live in the pond, meet a salamander or garter snake and play some fun nature games.

Pond Exploration Information Package

Busy Bees and Bugs (Ages 3-8)

Program Length: 1.5-2 hours
(We recommend 1.5 hours for groups under 4 years old.)
Available: May-September

Why do bees hum? Bee-cause they have forgotten the words. Discover the fascinating world of bees and bugs! Try doing the bee dance, taste honey from the comb and dress up a participant (or an adult!) as an insect. We’ll share interesting bee facts and explore the insect world by going on a bug hunt.

Busy Bees and Bugs Information Package

Book Your School or Group Program

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

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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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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