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Group nature programs for children and youth

Group programs

We offer a variety of children and youth group programs that combine hands-on activities with outdoor exploration. Our programs are delivered by experienced educators and can be customized to meet your group’s needs and badge requirements. These programs are geared towards: Scouts, Cubs, Beavers, Guides, Brownies, Sparks, Junior Forest Wardens, day camps, home schools and community groups.

Age: 6 - 17 years
Length: 1.5 hours
Cost: $125 per program, maximum 30 participants and 5 chaperones

Animal Study

Wild animals may be just around the corner. Do you know how to recognize the signs? Become one of the “wild things” by learning to decode the clues animals leave behind. This program will have participants sharpening their senses, studying animal evidence and investigating a natural area with their newfound detective skills.

Locations: Year-round at Inglewood Bird Sanctuary and Ralph Klein Park; Seasonally at Reader Rock Garden (June – September)

Pond Study

Explore the secrets of the underwater world without getting your feet wet! Participants will get an up-close view of the amazing creatures that live in the wetland and learn about their unusual adaptations and survival in a storm-water pond. This program will also empower participants to become part of the “pollution solution” for clean water.

Locations: Seasonally at Ralph Klein Park (May – September)

Plant Study

Discover the important role plants play in our ecosystem and survival. Participants will learn how to identify native and non-native plants, and will look at the creative ways plants reproduce and adapt to their surroundings.

Locations: Seasonally at Inglewood Bird Sanctuary, Ralph Klein Park and Reader Rock Garden (May – September)

Bird Study

Create your own bird restaurant! Participants will learn about local bird species and explore the different seeds and feeders used to attract their favourite flyers. Each restaurateur will create their own pine cone suet feeder to bring home to their feathered friends.

Locations: Seasonally at Inglewood Bird Sanctuary and Ralph Klein Park (November – March)

Guided Nature Walks (all ages)

Explore one of Calgary’s amazing parks or green spaces! An environmental educator will guide you through your favourite natural area in the season of your choice—you pick the date and location. We will work with you to customize the program based on your group’s needs and interests. Activities will include historical fun facts, plant and wildlife identification, and animal track exploration.

Length: 1 hour

Location: Any City of Calgary park or green space, or location of your choice (where possible)
Cost: $100, maximum 30 participants

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Check out our group nature programs for adults and seniors.