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School Programs

The City of Calgary’s Nature Explorations programs provide environmental education and nature experiences for students in grades 1 to 12.

Designed by our experienced educators with a focus on hands-on learning, our programs encourage students to explore and experience nature in a whole new way. We offer half and full-day sessions focused on specific areas of interest, or we can custom design a program to fit your educational needs. Programs are offered at the Inglewood Bird Sanctuary, Ralph Klein Park, Reader Rock Garden, or a location of your choice.

Whatever your needs or interests are, we will work with you to deliver a unique educational experience that will take your students on an exciting journey into the natural world.

Give your students an unforgettable nature experience! Our school programs include a classroom session, guided walk and unique outdoor activities designed to bring your curriculum to life.

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

Programs


Class size

Maximum class size is 25 for all programs at the Reader Rock Garden, and 30 for all programs at Inglewood Bird Sanctuary, Ralph Klein Park, Devonian Gardens, or a location of your choice.

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Add a nature walk for only $35 when booked with another program.

Grades 1-6

Animal Adaptations (Grades 1 - 3)

​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: $200

Surviving the Seasons (Grades 1 - 3)

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 game.s

 

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: $200

Wetland Wigglers (Grades 1 - 3)

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.

Grades: 1 - 3
Length: 5 hours
Offered at:
Ralph Klein Park, 12350 84 St. S.E.
Cost: $200

Seasonal: September to mid-October; May to June

Readers Rocks (Grades 1 - 3)

​Did you know there are rocks from across Western Canada in downtown Calgary? 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 mid-October; May to June)
Length: 5 hours
Cost: $200
Only one class per day

Growing Gardens Changing Cities (Grades 1 - 3)

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 mid-October; May to June)
Cost: $200
Only one class per day 

Marsh Madness (Grades 4 - 6)

​Explore a local wetland ecosystem and discover the diversity of life that lives below the surface. This hands-on program includes an introduction to the local watershed, on-site pond dipping and an exploration of the role students play in the sustainability of our wetlands. Program is seasonal (September to mid-October; May to June).

Grades: 4 - 6
Length: 5 hours
Offered at:
Ralph Klein Park, 12350 84 St. S.E.
Cost: $200

Forest Floor and More (Grades 4 - 6)

​This multidisciplinary program explores different communities found in a forest and examines how they are interconnected. Through outdoor activities, students will investigate what makes an urban forest unique and how human actions influence its ecology.

Grades: 4 - 6
Length: 5 hours
Offered at:
Inglewood Bird Sanctuary, 2425 9 Ave. S.E.
Cost $200

Wild Weather and Climate (Grades 4 - 6)

Students will explore climate change, weather phenomena, renewable energy sources and the impact weather has on society. Using a variety of devices, participants will measure the weather and perform a number of climate-related experiments.

Grades: 4 - 6
Length: 5 hours
Offered at:
Inglewood Bird Sanctuary, 2425 9 Ave. S.E.
Ralph Klein Park, 12350 84 St. S.E.
Cost: $200

Exploring Our Legacy (Grades 4 - 6)

This program takes students on an in-depth exploration of the biodiversity and cultural diversity represented in two of the city's unique parks. Students will explore the legacies of past Calgarians and participate in observation, journaling and hands-on activities.his program takes students on an in-depth exploration of the biodiversity and cultural diversity represented in two of the city's unique parks. Students will explore the legacies of past Calgarians and participate in observation, journaling and hands-on activities.

Grades: 4 - 6
Length: 5 hours
Offered at:
Inglewood Bird Sanctuary, 2425 9 Ave. S.E.
Reader Rock Garden, 325 25 Ave. S.E. (Seasonal: September to mid-October; May to June)
Cost: $200

Become a Botanist (Grades 4 - 6)

​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 hands-on learning stations, and will end the day by designing their own plant.

Grades: 4 - 6
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 mid-October; May to June)
Cost: $200

Grades 7 - 9

BioBlitz (Grades 7 - 9)

BioBlitz is a fast, fun and fantastic way to get your students excited about biodiversity! Students will learn how to identify local plant and animal species in a short amount of time using a variety of techniques. This program will explore how species diversity contributes to the health of an ecosystem. Students will have the opportunity to compare a natural riparian or wetland ecosystem with either the manmade Bioengineering Demonstration and Education Project site (Inglewood Bird Sanctuary) or the manmade Shepard Constructed Stormwater Treatment Wetland (Ralph Klein Park).

Grades: 7 - 9
Length: 5 hours
Offered at: (Seasonal: September to mid-October; May to June)

  1. Inglewood Bird Sanctuary, 2425 9 Ave. S.E.
  2. Ralph Klein Park, 12350 84 St. S.E.
    Cost: $200

H2Ohh! (Grades 7 - 9)

Catch the wave of water literacy with this interactive program that dives into the science of water quality and wetland ecology. Your group will learn about the “story of stormwater” and be empowered to create a sustainable water future. Students will participate in a water testing activity, or a wetland invertebrate study.

Grades: 7 - 9
Length: 5 hours
Offered at:
Ralph Klein Park, 12350 84 St. S.E. (Seasonal: September to mid-October; May to June).​
Cost: $200

Specialty programs

Environmental Education Alumni Program (Grades 1 - 9)

This program allows past Campus Calgary/Open Minds (CCOM), Nature School, EcoAction School, and Mud Between My Toes alumni to move their classroom out to Ralph Klein Park. Program delivery follows the CCOM philosophy and provides an engaging and hands-on nature experience. Experienced education staff will assist in the planning and program delivery process. Program includes: Guided walk and site orientation, inquiry based nature bins, planning session, and classroom space.

Grades: 1 - 9
Length: 3 or 4 days
Offered at: Ralph Klein Park, 12350 84 St. S.E.
Cost: $155/day (November - March)

Nature Walks (Grades 1 - 9)

Grades: Grades 1 - 9
Offered at:

  1. Inglewood Bird Sanctuary, Ralph Klein Park, Devonian Gardens, and Reader Rock Garden*, Cost: $60
  2. Park of your choosing, Cost: $80

Only $35 when booked with another program.

* Reader Rock Garden is seasonal: Sept. to mid-Oct.; May to June. Only one class per day.

Seasonal Nature Studies (Grades 1 - 6)

​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, interactive games, flora and fauna identification, environmental actions and more!

Grades: 4 - 6
Length: 6 hours (3 sessions of 2 hours each)
Offered at: Inglewood Bird Sanctuary, Ralph Klein Park, or a location of your choice.
Cost: $400

ConocoPhillips Mud between my toes (Grades 1 - 9)

This wetland exploration program, in partnership with ConocoPhillips Canada, includes an in-class session to introduce your students to the urban wetland, followed by a trip to Ralph Klein Park for a guided walk and pond study. Bus transportation is included. This program is seasonal.

Note: Register early as program space is limited.

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

Cost: Free

Caring for our watersheds (Grades 7 - 12)

​This program, in partnership with Nutrien, asks students to submit a proposal submit a proposal explaining what they can do to improve their watershed. They must research their local watershed, identify an environmental concern, and develop a realistic solution. Top entries are selected to compete at a final competition, with cash awards for finalists and participating schools. Implementation funding is available.

Classroom Presentations

Teachers can request a classroom presentation to introduce the topic of watersheds, discuss local environmental concerns and explain the contest. Free watershed resources are available.

Visit caringforourwatersheds.com for contest details.

Grades: 7 - 12
Offered at: your location
Length: 1 hour
Cost: Free

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