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The Edmonton Valley Zoo offers a variety of specialty programs for all ages. Check out what's coming up at the zoo. 

Please note: some of these programs are only offered once or twice per year. Please check course listings for the current list of upcoming courses.

Adult Programs

Learn about Edmonton's nature scene or view exotic animals up close and personal at the Valley Zoo.

  • Animal Photo Safari 
  • Wildlife Photography Workshop
Animal Photo Safari

Join us for a special tour at the Edmonton Valley Zoo filled with many photo opportunities and a chance to go behind the scenes! A zoo staff member will arrange unique opportunities to get closer to some amazing animals. All photographic skill levels are welcome.

Course prices may vary due to varying course lengths, number of sessions, option to purchase materials, etc.

Click register to check availability and to register, or call 311.

Ages Date Time Location Fees Course Code
16-99 Oct 6 - Oct 6 1:00pm - 3:00pm Valley Zoo Adult
$36.00
638669
Available Jul-18-2018
Instructor: introduced in class
Curio Cabinet Collections: Insect Pinning

The Victorians loved to collect curios ? many had a curio cabinet full of the bizarre and unusual objects they?d amassed over their lifetime. Start your collection with us at the John Janzen! In this course, we will go over the basics of collecting, displaying and maintaining an insect collection. Materials are provided. Start amassing your collection!

Course prices may vary due to varying course lengths, number of sessions, option to purchase materials, etc.

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Ages Date Time Location Fees Course Code
18 and up Aug 19 - Aug 19 1:30pm - 5:00pm John Janzen Nature Centre Adult
$35.00
633362
Instructor: introduced in class
Curio Collections: Plant Lore

The Victorians loved to collect curios - many had a curio cabinet full of the bizarre and unusual objects they?d amassed over their lifetime. Start your collection with us at the John Janzen! In this course, we will go over the basics of collecting, displaying and maintaining a dry plant collection. Materials are provided. Start amassing your collection!

Course prices may vary due to varying course lengths, number of sessions, option to purchase materials, etc.

Click register to check availability and to register, or call 311.

Ages Date Time Location Fees Course Code
18 and up Nov 25 - Nov 25 1:00pm - 4:00pm John Janzen Nature Centre Adult
$40.00
639368
Available Jul-18-2018
Instructor: introduced in class
Urban Beekeeping

Have you always wanted to step out your back door and see your very own beehive? This course teaches the skills needed to have a successful hive. Topics covered in class include: honeybee lifecycle, hive management, honeybee behaviors, bee and hive selection, and bylaw regulations about urban beekeeping. This course has both in-class lecture and a hands-on demonstration with a living hive. This is an approved course for those interested in becoming an urban beekeeper in the City of Edmonton.

Course prices may vary due to varying course lengths, number of sessions, option to purchase materials, etc.

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Ages Date Time Location Fees Course Code
18 and up Oct 27 - Oct 28 10:00am - 4:00pm John Janzen Nature Centre Adult
$250.00
639370
Available Jul-18-2018
Instructor: introduced in class
17 and up Nov 17 - Nov 18 10:00am - 4:00pm John Janzen Nature Centre Adult
$250.00
639371
Available Jul-18-2018
Instructor: introduced in class
Urban Plants: Invasives

TBD

Course prices may vary due to varying course lengths, number of sessions, option to purchase materials, etc.

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Ages Date Time Location Fees Course Code
16 and up Sep 23 - Sep 23 1:00pm - 3:00pm John Janzen Nature Centre Adult
$45.00
639367
Available Jul-18-2018
Instructor: introduced in class

Infant/Preschool Programs

Help your youngster discover more about animals, wildlife and the natural environment. Choose from our current list of upcoming courses.

  • Animal Acrobats
  • Cub Club - Animal Senses
  • Cub Club - Animal Chatter
  • Zoo Tots - Amazing Animal Abilities
Christmas Around the World

Enjoy the wonders of the holiday season as you travel through the pyramids and learn about traditions from around the world. See and smell different plants associated with Christmas - cinnamon, peppermint, rosemary, frankincense and myrrh. Top off this exciting program with a holiday craft and pot a plant to take home. All children attending must be registered and accompanied by an adult for supervision. We kindly ask unregistered children not attend the program.

Course prices may vary due to varying course lengths, number of sessions, option to purchase materials, etc.

Click register to check availability and to register, or call 311.

Ages Date Time Location Fees Course Code
3-5 Dec 6 - Dec 6 10:15am - 11:45am Muttart Conservatory Child
$28.00
639387
Available Jul-18-2018
Instructor: introduced in class
5-8 Dec 13 - Dec 13 2:45pm - 4:30pm Muttart Conservatory Child
$30.00
639389
Available Jul-18-2018
Instructor: introduced in class
Christmas Wishes

We've been making our list and checking it twice, and all the animals have been on their best behaviour! Now the Zoo needs your help to prepare some of their gifts and make their Christmas wishes come true. What do you think is on the animals wish lists? You'll have fun exploring the zoo meeting different animals and preparing all kinds of Christmas treats

Course prices may vary due to varying course lengths, number of sessions, option to purchase materials, etc.

Click register to check availability and to register, or call 311.

Ages Date Time Location Fees Course Code
3-5 Dec 22 - Dec 22 9:30am - 11:00am Valley Zoo Child
$28.00
638667
Available Jul-18-2018
Instructor: introduced in class
3-5 Dec 22 - Dec 22 1:00pm - 2:30pm Valley Zoo Child
$28.00
638668
Available Jul-18-2018
Instructor: introduced in class
Cub Club - Colourful Critters

Do their colours blend in? Or stand out? We'll use our eyes to find out. Soft as a rabbit or rough as a lizard! We'll use our fingers to discover the different textures of animals. See and touch a variety of animals and try out some fun games each week. This course includes admission into the zoo each week before or after your program.

Course prices may vary due to varying course lengths, number of sessions, option to purchase materials, etc.

Click register to check availability and to register, or call 311.

Ages Date Time Location Fees Course Code
1-2 Sep 13 - Sep 27 10:30am - 11:15am Valley Zoo Child
$45.00
638663
Available Jul-18-2018
Instructor: introduced in class
1-2 Nov 3 - Nov 17 9:30am - 10:15am Valley Zoo Child
$45.00
638664
Available Jul-18-2018
Instructor: introduced in class
Evening Nature Playdate

TBD

Course prices may vary due to varying course lengths, number of sessions, option to purchase materials, etc.

Click register to check availability and to register, or call 311.

Ages Date Time Location Fees Course Code
-10 Jul 19 - Jul 19 6:00pm - 8:00pm John Janzen Nature Centre General
$8.00
633365
Instructor: introduced in class
-10 Sep 13 - Sep 13 6:00pm - 8:00pm John Janzen Nature Centre General
$8.00
639373
Available Jul-18-2018
Instructor: introduced in class
Ladybugs & Friends

Join us to learn more about our little spotted friends and how beneficial bugs help our gardens grow. We'll play games, make a ladybug craft, and take home a plant that we pot ourselves! We'll even help the conservatory's plants stay healthy by releasing some beneficial insects. All children attending must be registered and accompanied by an adult for supervision. We kindly ask unregistered children not attend the program.

Course prices may vary due to varying course lengths, number of sessions, option to purchase materials, etc.

Click register to check availability and to register, or call 311.

Ages Date Time Location Fees Course Code
3-5 Oct 19 - Oct 19 10:15am - 11:45am Muttart Conservatory Child
$28.00
639385
Available Jul-18-2018
Instructor: introduced in class
Little Boo at the Zoo

Come celebrate Halloween at the Zoo! We'll visit some creatures that come out at night, and meet a few critters up close. Bring your favourite costume and join us on our Halloween adventure! Adults joining the participating child should be prepared to take part in the activities.

Course prices may vary due to varying course lengths, number of sessions, option to purchase materials, etc.

Click register to check availability and to register, or call 311.

Ages Date Time Location Fees Course Code
2-5 Oct 27 - Oct 27 9:30am - 11:00am Valley Zoo Child
$28.00
638665
Available Jul-18-2018
Instructor: introduced in class
2-5 Oct 27 - Oct 27 1:00pm - 2:30pm Valley Zoo Child
$28.00
638666
Available Jul-18-2018
Instructor: introduced in class
We DIG Dinos!

A dino-sized adventure for kids! Learn which dinosaurs lived in our River Valley and how big they really were as we become junior paleontologists. Hunting for dinosaur clues, moving like the dinosaurs, and dino digging are all included in this amazing adventure. All children attending must register and be accompanied by an adult prepared to take part in program activities.

Course prices may vary due to varying course lengths, number of sessions, option to purchase materials, etc.

Click register to check availability and to register, or call 311.

Ages Date Time Location Fees Course Code
3-5 Nov 8 - Nov 8 12:30pm - 2:00pm John Janzen Nature Centre Child
$30.00
639375
Available Jul-18-2018
Instructor: introduced in class
Zoo Tots - Animal Alphabet

We'll tour the zoo with the ABC's as our guide. First we'll practice our ABC's the we're off to encounter animals of all kinds. `A' is for armadillo, `B' is for bird, what other creatures will the alphabet take us to find? It's a social and discovery time for both your child and you. This course includes admission into the zoo each week before or after your program.

Course prices may vary due to varying course lengths, number of sessions, option to purchase materials, etc.

Click register to check availability and to register, or call 311.

Ages Date Time Location Fees Course Code
2-4 Sep 15 - Sep 29 9:30am - 10:30am Valley Zoo Child
$45.00
638661
Available Jul-18-2018
Instructor: introduced in class
2-4 Nov 1 - Nov 15 10:00am - 11:00am Valley Zoo Child
$45.00
638662
Available Jul-18-2018
Instructor: introduced in class

Withdrawals and Transfers

Withdrawals and transfers from pre-registered child, adult and family courses are permitted without penalty up to 15 days prior to the program start date.

A $10 administration fee will apply if a withdrawal or transfer is requested 15 days or less prior to the program start date.

If the program has started, a $10 administration fee will apply and a pro-rated balance of the program fee will be refunded.

View our interactive map of the Edmonton Valley Zoo and the Saito Centre.

Location

Map of 13315 Buena Vista Road
13315 Buena Vista Road
Edmonton, Alberta

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For More Information

Edmonton Valley Zoo

13315 Buena Vista Road (87th Avenue)
PO Box 2359
Edmonton, Alberta T5J 2R7

Telephone In Edmonton: 311
Outside Edmonton: 780-442-5311
Email attractions@edmonton.ca

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