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Come explore the sights and sounds of the River Valley with our daily drop-in programs for the whole family! Meet our animals, explore the trails, and find out what plants and animals are doing as we move from spring to summer, and fall to winter. We adapt the programs to meet the ages of the participants, so all are welcome!

Many of our drop-in programs take place outdoors, so please dress for the weather. Adult participation is required when visiting drop-in programming with children.

Note: Drop-in programs are included in your admission.

Drop-in Schedule

Schedules and topics may change without notice. Keep up-to-date by visiting our Facebook page.

Hello, it’s me...

Time:  9:45am (Mon and Thurs) and 9:45am and 12:15pm (Sat and Sun)
Come face to face with one of the residents of the River Valley! We will take a close look at how animals live around us, and maybe even see one eat lunch!

John Janzens Backyard

Time:  10:45am (Mon and Thurs) and 10:45am and 1:15pm (Sat and Sun)
Get outside and experience the River Valley through games, exploration and hands-on activities. Topics change frequently, so please check when you arrive.

Guided Walk

Time: 2pm (Sat and Sun)
Join us as we wander the trails and explore the area around the Nature Centre, visiting with resident animals and viewing what's in bloom! While the walk is targeted towards an older age group, young children are more than welcome to attend.

Featured Self Guided - TrailTales

TrailTales is a self guided activity for children and their adults that combines literacy, physical activity, and nature. Featured books change often and are often included in John Janzen Backyard as an enhanced guided tour. Check our Facebook page for more information on TrailTales!

For More Information

John Janzen Nature Centre

7000-143 Street
Whitemud Drive & Fox Drive
Shared parking lot with Fort Edmonton Park


For more information, program registration, school and group program bookings call 311

Outside Edmonton: 780-442-5311


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