The Zoo is open today from 9:00 am - 4:00 pm
Assiniboine Park offers many curriculum-linked, interdisciplinary programs for students in Pre-K through Grade 12. Our early years programs encourage children to connect with the amazing diversity found in nature and progress into more action-based classes at the middle and senior year’s level. All programs incorporate learning objectives in science with connections to arts, culture, language, social studies and others. Many programs include hands-on activities and different styles of learning are encouraged through story, music, verbal presentations, tours and team work.
Programs are available year-round and run rain, shine, or snow!
All programs, regardless of location, include Zoo admission.
If you are interested in an Education Program, please review the information below, then contact us to book your visit. For additional group options, scroll down the page.
• All programs are subject to a minimum charge of $150 + GST, regardless of the number of participants.
• Minimum charge of $150 + GST must be sent within 30 days of booking your program.
• Groups who fail to pay their deposit in a timely manner will lose their time slot.
• An invoice for the balance owing will be emailed within one week following your program.
• Payments can be made with cash, credit card or cheque to “Assiniboine Park Conservancy."
• All prices are subject to change.
Space is limited and spots are filled on a first-come, first-served basis. To ensure availability, please contact us at least 2 - 4 weeks in advance for non-peak months and 2 months in advance for the peak months of April, May and June.
If you need to cancel your program, please do so as soon as possible by contacting our Education Department at email@example.com or call 204-927-6070. We will work with you to find another date or time that is available.
• Cancellations made 15+ business days in advance = full refund
• Cancellations made 11 - 14 business days in advance = partial refund. Cancellation is subject to a $35 + GST administrative fee.
• Cancellations made 10 or less business days in advance = no refund.
We reserve the right to cancel or reschedule any program.
A full refund will be issued if the Education Department cancels your tour or program.
• Chaperones must be responsible adults (i.e. teacher, volunteer, or parent).
• Chaperones provide safety and help guide your students’ educational experience at Assiniboine Park and Zoo and should take an active role in supervision.
• Class and group behaviour is the responsibility of chaperones NOT Assiniboine Park Conservancy’s Education Coordinators.
One chaperone per 10 students (1:10) is included free of charge.
Extra chaperones (above the 1:10 ratio) are $12/adult + GST.
We encourage you to download and share the form below with your chaperones.
IF A STUDENT IS LOST OR INJURED, PLEASE NOTIFY ANY STAFF MEMBER OR VOLUNTEER. THEY WILL IMMEDIATELY ALERT SECURITY.
• ALL ZOO VISITORS are to arrive at the Zoo entrance located at 2595 Roblin Blvd. Buses are to park at the Zoo overflow parking lot located inside the Park on the East side of the Zoo (view maps). Your group can exit through the former East Gate entrance however re-entry is not allowed at this location. For re-entry to the Zoo you must enter at the Zoo entrance (2595 Roblin Blvd).
• For Guided Programs led by our Education Coordinators, please bring the confirmation sheet that has been emailed to you in advance of your visit.
• We strongly encourage all visitors to bring filled water bottles.
• Please dress appropriately for your visit. We recommend visitors wear weather-appropriate clothing and protection from the elements.
• We do not offer lockers or storage and are not responsible for visitors’ personal belongings.
• Outside food is not allowed in Tundra Grill. Food can be purchased in the restaurant and at various concessions located within the Zoo.
• Picnic tables can be found throughout the Zoo. There are covered eating spaces available in the Zoo, Nature Playground and Duck Pond.
• FOR SELF-GUIDED VISITS: For payment, we ask that you bring a credit card, debit card, cash or cheque. We will only accept business cheques for self-guided groups that book their Zoo visit in advance. Any self-guided groups that do not pre-book must pay by Visa, MasterCard, cash or debit card.
• FOR GUIDED PROGRAMS (BOOKED IN ADVANCE & LED BY OUR EDUCATION COORDINATORS): An invoice will be emailed to you after your visit (based on numbers in attendance).
Qualico Family Centre | 330 Assiniboine Park Drive
Please meet your instructor in the lobby of the Qualico Family Centre located next to the Riley Family Duck Pond.
Conservatory Programs | 15 Conservatory Drive
Please meet your instructor in the main foyer.
Assiniboine Park Zoo | 2595 Roblin Boulevard
Please meet your instructor at the Zoo Entrance at 2595 Roblin Boulevard. A Program Instructor will meet you and guide you to your program.
The Pavilion Gallery Museum, Zoo and Conservatory do not allow you to bring the following items into the buildings: bikes, skateboards, rollerblades and scooters, flying discs, balls, balloons or pets. Please leave these items at home or enjoy them elsewhere in the Park.
Join us for interactive programs and work toward achieving your badges at Assiniboine Park and Zoo. Our programs can be tailored for Scouts and Guides at all levels. To get started, contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org or call 204 927 6070.
Education Programs Badge Connections
Nursery / Kindergarten | 60 minutes | Assiniboine Park Zoo
Groups will discover the animals of the Assiniboine Park Zoo by working through the alphabet during a fun, interactive classroom session followed by a guided tour for “little feet” through Toucan Ridge.
Learning Outcomes: Kindergarten Science
Nursery / Kindergarten | 60 minutes | Assiniboine Park Conservatory
What do trees from the rain forest have in common with the trees in your back yard? How are they different? Join us as we compare and contrast trees from around the world and how people use them for food, shelter, fuel and recreation. Includes an outdoor activity weather permitting.
Grade 2 | 90 minutes | Assiniboine Park Zoo
Learn about the life cycles of insects, birds, amphibians, spiders, fish, reptiles and mammals. Students will then tour through the Zoo to look at the animals' daily life. This is eggciting science!
Learning Outcomes: Grade 2 Science
Grades 4 to 6 | 90 minutes | Assiniboine Park Zoo
Discover what it means to be an Arctic ecologist. Students will embark on a GPS scavenger hunt through the Journey to Churchill exhibit to actively explore the growing field of Arctic ecology.
Learning Outcomes: Grades 4 - 6 Science
Grades 1 to 8 | 90 minutes | Assiniboine Park Zoo
How do animals survive the heat and rain of the tropics or the cold winters in the Arctic tundra? Students will learn how animals survive in their habitat and study specific characteristics of animals here at the Zoo through age appropriate activities! Choose from Arctic or Tropical Adaptations.
Learning Outcomes: Grade 1 - 8 Science
Grades 2 to 4 | 90 minutes | Assiniboine Park Zoo
Discover the fascinating and often misunderstood lives of the amazing creatures of the night. We will tour the Kinsmen Discovery Centre to learn about megabats and microbats!
Learning Outcomes: Grades 2 and 4 Science
Grade 1 | 90 minutes | Assiniboine Park Zoo
Some animals have limbs and lungs. Others have fins and gills. Discover the differences and similarities among various animal groups by examining a selection of 'biofacts' and touring a section of the Zoo.
Learning Outcomes: Grade 1 Science
Grade 4, 5 & 6 | 90 minutes | Assiniboine Park Zoo
First Nations, Métis, and Inuit people of Manitoba have distinct cultures connected by an intimate relationship with animals and the land. In this tour-based program, learn how all nature is inter-connected through Indigenous perspectives and explore how we can all be better stewards of the land.
Learning Outcomes: Grade 4 – 6 Social Studies, Grade 4 – 6 Aboriginal Languages and Culture, Grade 4 and 6 Science
Grades 3 to 8 | 120 minutes | Assiniboine Park OR Zoo
Photography is a great way to connect with nature and take a closer look at the environment around you. Discover the Zoo through the lens of a camera and learn basic techniques that will help you take great outdoor photographs. Cameras are provided. This program is available September through April in the Zoo and year-round in the Park. Maximum 30 students
Learning Outcomes: Grade 3 - 8 Social Studies and Art
Grades 1 to 6 | 90 minutes | Assiniboine Park Zoo
Aboriginal people use storytelling as means of entertainment but also as a way of passing important information from one generation to another. Through storytelling, our educators will introduce participants to our indigenous animals and their importance to Aboriginal beliefs, values and stories.
Learning Outcomes: Grades 1, 2, 4 and 6 Language Arts and Social Studies
Learn the remarkable stories behind the Assiniboine Park Zoo’s polar bears! Tour the Zoo's Journey to Churchill exhibit and discover how bears have adapted to survive in their habitat. Students will also explore the unique and sometimes challenging relationship between people and bears encounter in the town of Churchill and the western Hudson Bay.
Learning Outcomes: Grade 1, 2, 4 & 6 Science, Grade 3 Social Studies
Grades 3 to 7 | 90 minutes | Assiniboine Park Zoo
Learn about the distinct characteristics of tigers and leopards and compare their vocalizations to smaller cats such as cougars and lynx. Find out why two-thirds of the world’s cats are endangered and learn what Assiniboine Park Zoo is doing to conserve them.
Learning Outcomes: Grade 4 and 6 Science
Grades 3 to 5 | 90 minutes | Assiniboine Park Conservatory
In this engaging program, students dip into a delicious mixture of stories and activities exploring the history, culture and fair trade of the wonderful Mayan discovery - chocolate! Allergy Alert - we aim to be nut free.
Learning Outcomes: Grade 3 Social Studies
Grades 3 and 4 | 90 minutes | Assiniboine Park Conservatory
Plants are clever creatures. No habitat can fool them! Is it because they have brains? Students will unearth the answer by participating in an interactive comparison of the rainforest, desert, and wetland habitats and discover how plants have adapted to live there. Sponsored in part by the RBC Water Wise Garden Program.
Learning Outcomes: Grades 3 and 4 Science
Grade 3 | 90 minutes | Assiniboine Park Conservatory
Discover haw plants, from flower to seed, can travel and grow. Explore the Conservatory's Palm House and indoor display gardens as we search for different stages of the plant life cycle.
Learning Outcomes: Grade 3 Science
Grades 5 and 6 | 90 minutes | Qualico Family Centre
Let the gardens and forests of Assiniboine Park inspire you! We will guide students through a creative writing process that ends with a group poetry reading. Program includes an outdoor activity.
Learning Outcomes: Grade 6 Language Arts
Grades 2 to 7 | 90 minutes | Assiniboine Park Conservatory
Tropical rainforests are considered the lungs of the planet. Through a variety of activities, you will discover how rain forests provide valuable resources like medicine, habitat, and oxygen. Their location, geography and climate provide an essential support system to an immense variety of animals, plants, and people.
Learning Outcomes: Grades 2, 3, 6 and 7 Social Studies; Grade 3 Science
Grades 3 to 5 | 90 minutes | Assiniboine Park
The riparian forest is very special and important habitat to our local rivers, plants, animals and people. Students will unearth the ecological secrets of the riparian forest through water quality investigations, forest walks, photography, and sensory activities designed to enhance their appreciation and understanding of forests. This program runs April through early November, weather permitting. Sponsored in part by the RBC Water Wise Garden Program.
Learning Outcomes: Grades 3, 4 and 5 Social Studies; Grade 3 Science
Grade 3 to 4 | 90 minutes | Assiniboine Park Conservatory
Did you know a single teaspoon of dirt contains more than a billion microorganisms, that help sustain plant and animal life? This program delves into the nitty-gritty of dirt, its environmental value, and the conservation of one of the earth’s most precious resources - our soil. Sponsored in part by the RBC Water Wise Garden Program.
Learning Outcomes: Grade 3 Science; Grade 4 Social Science
Grades 7 to 10 | 120 minutes | Assiniboine Park Zoo
The Zoo's Conservation and Research Department conducts active field work in the Zoo and in the Churchill area. This program highlights how our research is contributing to a better understanding of Arctic species, including possible impacts from a changing climate. Students have the opportunity to engage with actual field data and learn new analysis techniques. Focus areas include: Behavioural Ecology of Seals in Western Hudson Bay and Population Dynamics of Arctic and Sub-Arctic Marine Species. Maximum 30 students.
Learning Outcomes: Grade 7 Science and Social Science, Grade 10 Science
Grades 1 to 8 | 90 minutes | Assiniboine Park Zoo
How do animals survive the heat and rain of the tropics or the cold winters in the Arctic tundra? Students will discover how animals survive in their habitat and study specific characteristics of animals here at the Zoo through age appropriate activities! Choose from Arctic or Tropical Adaptations.
Grades 7 to 12 | 90 minutes | Assiniboine Park Zoo
Did you know that Assiniboine Park Zoo is involved in important conservation and research projects involving muskox, polar bears and even dolphins? Come and learn about what zoos are doing to Save Animals From Extinction (SAFE).
Learning Outcomes: Grades 7, 8, Grade 9 and 10 Social Studies; Grade 7 and 12 Science
Grades 3 to 8 | 120 minutes | Assiniboine Park OR Assiniboine Park Zoo
Learn about the distinc characteristics of tigers and leopards and compare their vocalizations to smaller cats such as cougars and lynx. Find out why two-thirds of the world's cats are endangered and learn what the Assiniboine Park Zoo is doing to conserve them.
Learning Outcomes: Grades 4 and 6 Science
Grades 10 and 12 | 120 minutes | International Polar Bear Conservation Centre
How do zoos contribute to climate change solutions? Students will explore the value of interpretation through a GPS scavenger hunt in Journey to Churchill before examining the impact that zoos currently have on visitors’ sustainability behaviour. Students will then review research conducted at Assiniboine Park Zoo that evaluated the impact of post-visitor action resources and develop a social media strategy to increase the number of visitors taking action on climate change. Maximum 30 students.
Learning Outcomes: Grade 10 Science, Grade 12 Biology
Learning Outcomes: Grades 2, 3, 6 and 7 Social Studies; Grade 3 Science
Adults and seniors groups can also take part in our fun education programs. We have art workshops, food-based programs and fitness classes
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Tel: (204) 927-6070
Guided walking tours are available for groups year-round at the Assiniboine Park Zoo. Tours are 60 to 90 minutes in length and require a minimum of 12 people. More...
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