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Looking for free summer activities for the kids? Try our nature drop-in program

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Nature Drop-in Programs

Looking for free summer activities for the kids? Try our nature drop-in program

Drop-in programs are offered throughout the year. Registration is not required unless otherwise stated.

Summer Nature Drop-in Program (4 - 12 years)

Date: Tuesdays and Thursdays, July 3 - August 23 (see themes and schedules below)
1:30 - 3:30 p.m.
Location: Ralph Klein Park
Cost: Free
All participants must be accompanied by an adult.

Join us for these exciting, interactive sessions where we will explore swimming, flying and crawling creatures using fun, hands-on activities. Program themes will rotate on a weekly basis. Most of the programs run in a climate controlled building, so come hang out with us if you need to cool down or stay dry.​

Note: Due to limited staffing and supplies, please no daycare, day home or home school groups of more than five children.

Program themes

Wetland Bug Safari:

July 3, 5 and 31 and August 2

Safari into an underwater world of aquatic acrobats and tiny transformers without getting your feet wet! Drop by Canada’s largest man-made wetland for an up-close view of the amazing critters that live below the surface. Young adventurers will capture these wetland wonders, discover their unique creature features and learn about their survival in a storm-water pond.

What Bird is That?:

July 10 and 12 as well as August 7 and 9

It’s a bird! It’s a plane! It’s a mystery! With hundreds of bird species in Calgary of various colours, shapes and sizes it can be difficult to tell them apart, but not if you have the right tools. Drop by with your budding birder to learn how to spot and identify different feathered friends using binoculars, field guides and special bird clues.

City Critters:

July 17 and 19 as well as August 14 and 16

Uncover nature’s mysteries! Come discover fun facts about the critters that may be living in your backyard. Learn how to identify the tracks, scat and other clues they leave behind, and test out your newfound detective skills during an animal investigation in the park - you’ll be surprised at what you find.

Busy Bugs:

July 24 and 26 as well as August 21 and 23

Bugs are awesome! These phenomenal creatures are the most abundant and diverse group of organisms on Earth. Explore the wonderful and strange world of insects while learning what makes a bug a bug and why they are so important to a healthy environment.

Looking for group programs? Check out our nature programs for children and youth and our summer camp sizzlers.