Nature and outdoor programs

Learn about the wonders of nature in Calgary’s parks and open spaces. Our outdoor programs introduce participants to birdwatching, hiking, outdoor survival skills, and plant and animal identification. The skills learned will prepare you for a lifetime of enjoying the outdoors anywhere.

Benefits of nature and outdoor programs

A fun, interactive, learning adventure where friendships are built and new skills are learned while developing:

  • Independence
  • Resiliency
  • Curiosity
  • Communication, problem solving and decision-making skills
  • Good stewardship habits
  • Ecoliteracy
  • Pride in our parks and natural spaces
  • A sense of identity and community

2024 spring & summer registration dates

Registration for spring & summer programs, classes and day camps is open.

Upcoming facility closures

Programs, classes and swimming lessons will not be offered at the following facilities while they undergo repairs:

  • Bob Bahan Aquatic & Fitness Centre: closed this spring and summer.
  • Canyon Meadows Aquatic & Fitness Centre: closed this summer.
  • Sir Winston Churchill Aquatic & Recreation Centre: closed this summer.

Types of nature and outdoor programs

You can register online or by calling 403-268-3800.

About our nature and outdoor program Instructors

Our trained and knowledgeable instructors build a relationship with your child and foster a safe emotional and physical environment.

Staff are certified in Intermediate First Aid and CPR, High Five® Principles of Healthy Child Development, and receive additional City of Calgary training.

Bird watching instructor

What are nature and outdoor programs like?

Filled with activities that will help your child learn more about themselves, others and the world around them. Depending on the program, your child can expect to:

  • Explore in an outdoor setting.
  • Learn about natural habitats.
  • Identify plant and animal species.
  • Develop skills in things like, birdwatching, shelter building, map reading, orienteering, fire building and archery.

Programs are typically 2 hours long.


Come prepared

  • A refillable plastic or metal water bottle.
  • Any necessary medication or medical equipment (such as an epi-pen).
  • A light snack (nut free).
  • A backpack/bag.
  • Weather-appropriate clothing like gloves, hats, boots, footwear, sweater/jacket, etc. 

How to dress for the weather guide.

Dressing kids for winter guide.