Assiniboine Park & Zoo Programs
Outreach & Sleepovers
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! Programming staff offer year-round guided tours, educational workshops, outreach programs and recreation classes.
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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.
Are you looking for an exciting and engaging nature-based outlet for your children this year? Our popular Nature Tots programs are a great way to give preschool age children the opportunity to share in exploring the simple wonders of the natural world. Our Nature Tots 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.
Each hour-long workshop is broken up into short segments that have the children 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.
Maximum number of participants is 25 per program.
Tot outreach themes to choose from:
No bus to book! Our experienced educators bring the program to you. Maximum number of participants per program is 25 students. School programs are 60 minutes in length. These programs are also great for Guide and Scout groups
School Outreach Themes to Choose From:
North American Animal Stories
Storytelling is both a means of entertainment as well 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.This program was a 2009 recipient of a Spirit of the Earth Award. Each class will receive a specially designed Teacher’s Package that includes a 3’x4’ poster, etching plates, and an animal stories booklet.
Dirt, Dirtier, Dirtiest
A single teaspoon of soil is teeming with life; containing more than a billion microorganisms, helping to sustain plant and animal life. 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 resource - our soil.
Plant Life Cycles
Learn about the life cycles of plants, from flower to seed.
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 45 to 60 minutes in length.
Programs to Choose From:
Aromatherapy with Herbs (W, SC, H)
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.
What’s Not in the Pot (S, H)
Participates will apply their creativity by planting the perfect container garden to add colour and lush growth to your space. Note: Containers can be provided at an extra cost.
Culinary Herbs (S, H)
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.
Desert in a Dish (W, H)
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.
Chocolate’s Sweet History (W)
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 (H)
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.
Also Available: Winter Birds (W), Natural Holiday Ornaments (W)
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
Come and Stay at Assiniboine Park
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.