Assiniboine Park and the Assiniboine Park Zoo have many fabulous opportunities for you to get out and be active. Or, we can come to you!
Each hour-long workshop is broken up into short segments that have students using all their senses to explore the topic of the day. Our enthusiastic instructors arrive equipped with all the necessary materials to guide your children through an energy packed workshop. We would be thrilled to come out to your Centre to facilitate any of our workshops.
Our Outreach Programs include workshops for children of all ages, adults and seniors. You can browse our selection by age group or download the our current Outreach Programs Guide.
Our popular preschool and Kindergarten outreach programs are a great way to give children the opportunity to share in exploring the simple wonders of the natural world. Our workshops are based on the idea that children have a natural curiosity of the world around them. It is our job to encourage and explore that curiosity through imaginary play, songs, movement, stories, art, and loads of other fun activities.
This program is perfect for little ones to get to know polar bears through play: learn how to talk like a polar bear, build arctic lands with toys and tactile items, feel real fur and bones, and play a musical game to see what it is like for our polar friends living on icy lands.
Wiggle your way into layers of fun in this program. Cozy up with real worms that live in our traveling compost bin, learn about their cool job as soil farmers, and why we couldn’t live without WORMS!
Dance and act like a seed; it’s the coolest thing to be! Play with real seeds to see how they move around to get what they need to grow. Afterwards, students pot their own plant to take home.
No bus to book! Our experienced educators bring some of Assiniboine Park’s most popular programs to you. These programs are also great for Guide and Scout groups.
Through storytelling, our educators will introduce our indigenous animals at the Zoo and their importance to Aboriginal beliefs, values, and stories. First Nations and Inuit peoples use storytelling not only as means of entertaining but as a way of passing on information.
Learn about life on the tundra through the eyes of the largest land carnivore. By participating in games and tactile play, students will learn about the polar bear’s amazing adaptations and why ice is so important to this sea bear.
Why do flowers have different shapes and colours? How do seeds get from here to there? Why do some animals love visiting flowers? Find out the answers through group activities and plant part experiments to piece together the amazing lives of plants.
This program delves into the nitty-gritty of dirt, its environmental value, and the conservation and preservation of one of the earth’s most precious resources – our soil. Learn the relationships between plants, animals, and soil through role play and hands-on activities.
Celebrate the power of scent with this program geared towards learning how plants help us feel better by simply smelling and being around them. Students scratch and sniff plants that are commonly found in gardens to faraway places. Afterwards everyone makes a lotion with plant essential oils to get a whiff of the benefits of plants.
In this engaging program, students dip into a mixture of stories, activities, history, fair trade and culture, centred on the wonderful Mayan discovery – chocolate! (Allergy Alert)
Assiniboine Park offers interactive programs for seniors and adults of all abilities. We use plants to engage the senses and deepen learning experiences that benefit daily living. All programs include hands-on activities that create a meaningful way for people to express their creativity, share life experiences, increase self-esteem, and interact socially.
Maximum number of participants is 25. Programs are 60 minutes in length.
Programs to Choose From:
Aromatherapy with Herbs
From the beginning of time scented plants have had many beneficial uses. Participants will warm up with living potpourri aimed at increasing health and well-being. Highly scented program; may bother some people.
Learn to identify your herbs and find out which ones make tasty treats. Everyone will have the option of making their own creation and growing an herb of their own. Hands-on
Desert in a Dish
A wonderful hands-on workshop in which participants will design and create a living succulent garden dedicated to the marvellous and unusual characteristics of the cactus. Please add $30 materials fee to cost of this program. Hands-on - potting plants
Chocolate’s Sweet History
Colourful visual aids and stories will reintroduce you to the lost origins of chocolate, the culture of the Cacao plant, and the role of chocolate in ancient and modern cultures. Chocolate treats are provided to participants to sample.
Tea Time in the Garden
Steep your way to wellness with this cosy workshop. Participants will learn about tea garden design and which plants make great teas while sipping a few to set the mood. Hands-on
Also Available In Winter:
If you are interested in learning more about our Outreach Programs or booking an outreach workshop, please contact us at (204) 927-6070 or firstname.lastname@example.org
To register, please use the registration form below.
Make the most of your break with Assiniboine Park! We're taking our programming on the road and visiting offices around the city. Three workshop themes to choose from: Herbal Aromatherapy, Herbal Cheeses and Teas, and Herbal Scrubs.
Get away from the everyday. Book a session today.
Assiniboine Park offers a unique chance for participants to experience nature at night. Throughout this fun-filled occasion, students will encounter the wonders of nature, learn about protecting their environment, enjoy snacks with friends, and listen to some amazing stories. At the end, they will have their own tales to tell as they relate their fascinating trip to friends and family.
All sleepovers run on Friday nights unless otherwise arranged at the Assiniboine Park Conservatory.
Sleepovers include trekking through specified areas of the Park, materials for building a craft to take home, hearing some amazing storytelling, an evening snack and a nutritious morning snack.
To register for a sleepover at Assiniboine Park, please call (204) 927-6070