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Grades 1 to 3 nature programs

 

Give your students an unforgettable nature experience! Our educators have developed a variety of half and one-day programs specifically designed around the curriculum requirements, needs and interests of Grade 1 to 3 students. We also offer other exciting nature programs your students are sure to enjoy.

Host your next education professional development day or school team-building workshop at one of our unique park locations! More info.

Programs Offered

Class size: 30 students ($5 per extra student up to a maximum of 35)

Note: Bussing not included
Booking information

Half-day programs
 

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School Programs Gr 1 to 3 Half Day

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​Even the most secretive animals leave clues behind. Students will learn the art of observation by examining animal tracks and decoding the stories they tell us. Through an art activity, students will explore different types of animal locomotion and learn how to identify tracks in nature.

Grades: 1 - 3
Offered at:

  1. Inglewood Bird Sanctuary, 2425 9 Ave. S.E.
    Length: 90 minutes (45 minute program + 45 minute guided walk)
    Cost: $100
  2. Your location
    Length: 45 minutes (program only)
    Cost: $100

Add a nature walk to your program for $30!

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​Explore the wonderful and strange world of insects! This program examines the bizarre structures of insects and uncovers some of their unique adaptations. Student will learn about the complexities of metamorphosis and discover why insects are so important.

Grades: 1 - 2
Offered at:

  1. Inglewood Bird Sanctuary, 2425 9 Ave. S.E.
    Length: 90 minutes (45 minute program + 45 minute guided walk)
    Cost: $100
  2. Your location
    Length: 45 minutes (program only)
    Cost: $100

Add a nature walk to your program for $30!

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​There are approximately 350 bird species in Alberta, each with their own adaptations to perform their most important job — survival! Through a transformation into local bird species, students will learn about different adaptations of several native birds.

Grades: 1 - 3
Offered at:

  1. Inglewood Bird Sanctuary, 2425 9 Ave. S.E.
    Length: 90 minutes (45 minute program + 45 minute guided walk)
    Cost: $100
  2. Your location
    Length: 45 minutes (program only)
    Cost: $100

Add a nature walk to your program for $30!

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​Plants and animals reflect the seasonal changes in their natural surroundings. This program introduces students to the needs of living things, identifies the challenges posed by each season and illustrates the strategies and adaptations animals use to survive. Topics covered in this program vary by season.

Grades: 1 - 2
Offered at:

  1. Inglewood Bird Sanctuary, 2425 9 Ave. S.E.
    Length: 90 minutes (45 minute program + 45 minute guided walk)
    Cost: $100
  2. Your location
    Length: 45 minutes (program only)
    Cost: $100

Add a nature walk to your program for $30!

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​Plants can’t travel, but their seeds can! Join Mr. Seed as he explores the amazing journey of tree, plant and flower seeds. Students will learn about the ingenious ways plants reproduce and participate in hands-on activities involving real seeds.

Grades: 1 - 3
Offered at:

  1. Inglewood Bird Sanctuary, 2425 9 Ave. S.E.
    Length: 90 minutes (45 minute program + 45 minute guided walk)
    Cost: $100
  2. Your location
    Length: 45 minutes (program only)
    Cost: $100

Add a nature walk to your program for $30!

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​Did you know there are rocks from across Western Canada in downtown Calgary? William Roland Reader collected rocks for his garden from as far away as Manitoba! This program will have students “cooking up” some fun learning about geology and exploring William Reader’s rock collection.

Grades: 1 - 3
Offered at:

Reader Rock Garden, 2425 9 Ave. S.E. (Seasonal: September to October; April to June)
Length: 90 minutes (45-minute program + 45-minute guided walk)
Cost: $100
Only one class per day

Add a nature walk to your program for $30!

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​Study one park, green space, pathway or your schoolyard in three different seasons. An educator will guide your class through your favourite natural area in fall, winter and spring. Activities include nature walks, art projects, flora and fauna identification, animal track investigations and more!

Topics include:
  • Ecosystems
  • Urban ecology
  • Senses
  • Habitats and communities
  • Life cycles
  • Needs of plants and animals
  • Seasonal changes
  • Small flying and crawling animals
Grades: 1 - 3
Length: 9 hours (3 sessions of 3 hours each)
Cost: $400
Add a nature walk to your program for $30.

One-day schools
 

203

School Programs Gr 1 to 3 One Day

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​Explore the animal kingdom! Students will investigate what animals have in common and what makes them unique by examining their skulls, tracks, furs and teeth. Participants will learn how to identify these traits and discover how different adaptations help animals survive. This program includes adaptation stations and an introduction to animal families.

Grades: 1 - 3
Length: 5 hours
Offered at:
Inglewood Bird Sanctuary, 2425 9 Ave. S.E.
Ralph Klein Park, 12350 84 St. S.E.
Cost: $195

Add a nature walk to your program for $30.

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​Let your senses run wild! This program explores nature’s unique sights, sounds, smells and textures. Students will learn about the seasons using their senses, participate in a journaling activity and express themselves through a series of “senses” games.

Grades: 1 - 3
Length: 5 hours
Offered at:

  1. Inglewood Bird Sanctuary, 2425 9 Ave. S.E.
    Ralph Klein Park, 12350 84 St. S.E.
    Reader Rock Garden, 325 25 Ave. S.E. (Seasonal: September to October; April to June)
    Cost: $195
  2. Your location
    Cost: $250

Add a nature walk to your program for $30!

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​From the heat of summer to the coldest winter day, many animals are able to survive and thrive in all four seasons. This program introduces students to the needs of living things, identifies the challenges posed by each season and illustrates the strategies and adaptations animals use to survive. Activities include an exploration exercise and seasonal art or games

Grades: 1 - 3
Length: 5 hours
Offered at:

  1. Inglewood Bird Sanctuary, 2425 9 Ave. S.E.
    Ralph Klein Park, 12350 84 St. S.E.
    Cost: $195
  2. Your location
    Cost: $250 

Add a nature walk to your program for $30!

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​Immerse your students in the fascinating world of marsh life! Participants will explore aquatic acrobats and strange swimmers, and learn what they can tell us about healthy wetlands. This program includes a pond study, craft and an introduction to the wetland ecosystem. Program is seasonal.

Grades: 1 - 3
Length: 5 hours
Offered at:
Inglewood Bird Sanctuary, 2425 9 Ave. S.E.
Ralph Klein Park, 12350 84 St. S.E.
Cost: $195

Add a nature walk to your program for $30.

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​This interactive program introduces students to the field of botany and makes relevant curriculum links along the way. Participants will learn about plant biology and ecology through an exploration of plant needs, photosynthesis and journaling.

Grades: 1 - 3
Length: 5 hours
Offered at:
Inglewood Bird Sanctuary, 2425 9 Ave. S.E.
Ralph Klein Park, 12350 84 St. S.E.
Reader Rock Garden, 325 25 Ave. S.E. (Seasonal: September to October; April to June)
Cost: $195

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​Shapes can tell stories and answer questions. Students will discover these hidden secrets of the natural world by slowing down and taking a closer look. This program includes an introduction to observation and interpretation techniques, a "looking deeply" journaling component and an exploration of shapes found in nature and man-made structures.

Grades: 1 - 3
Length: 5 hours
Offered at:

  1. Inglewood Bird Sanctuary, 2425 9 Ave. S.E.
    Ralph Klein Park, 12350 84 St. S.E.
    Reader Rock Garden, 325 25 Ave. S.E. (Seasonal: September to October; April to June)
    Cost: $195
  2. Your location
    Cost: $250 

Add a nature walk to your program for $30!

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​What stories do William Reader’s plants tell us? If a tree in Union Cemetery could talk, what would it say? This multisensory program takes students on an exploration of the plants, stories and history of Reader Rock Garden and Union Cemetery. Students will explore changes from small plant growth to Calgary’s city growth and discover how these changes have shaped our world.

Grades: 1 - 3
Length: 5 hours
Offered at:
Reader Rock Garden, 2425 9 Ave. S.E. (Seasonal: September to October; April to June)
Cost: $195
Only one class per day

Add a nature walk to your program for $30. 

Sponsored and alumni programs
 

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School Programs Gr 1 to 3 Sponsored

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​ConocoPhillips, in partnership with The City of Calgary, is pleased to offer this exciting wetland exploration opportunity. This interactive program includes a classroom visit from an educator to introduce your students to the urban wetland and prepare them for the field study (April or May). Your class will then take a trip to Ralph Klein Park for a guided walk and pond study (May or June). Bus transportation is included, as well as a half-day teacher in-service at the wetland and the cost of a substitute teacher.

Note: Register early, as time slots are limited.

Grades: 1 - 9
Length: 1-hour classroom session, 2-hour field trip
Offered at:
Ralph Klein Park, 12350 - 84 St. S.E.

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​The Environmental Education Alumni program provides past CCOM alumni with the opportunity to move their classroom out to Ralph Klein Park for a multi-day duration. Program delivery follows the Campus Calgary philosophy and provides students the opportunity to be involved in "hands on" learning. The content and student learning opportunities are developed and implemented by the classroom teacher. However our staff will assist in the content planning process and provide access to the inquiry-based  nature bins.

  • Site orientation and program orientation
  • Inquiry based nature bins
  • Planning session
  • Classroom space
  • Guided walk
  • Building orientation

Grades: 1 - 9
Length: 3 or 4 days
Offered at: Ralph Klein Park, 12350 - 84 St. S.E.
Cost: $150/day


 

"The program was wonderful, educational and engaging. I would definitely book again in the future." - Grade 3 teacher
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