COVID-19 response: The Discovery Centre and Sam Livingston Fish Hatchery have reopened to the public with enhanced safety measures in place.

Onsite School and Group Programs

Connect with Alberta's wild side at Bow Habitat Station! Investigate Alberta's fish, water and wildlife in the Discovery Centre, Trout Pond and Interpretive Wetland.

Our educational group programs and curriculum-based school programs aim to inspire curiosity and encourage students to think, plan and act with the environment in mind.

School and Group Program Bookings

Discounted rates are available for groups of 10 or more when you book a minimum of three days in advance of your visit. Bookings are subject to availability and booked on a first-call, first-served basis. Call early to avoid disappointment.

Payment for advanced program bookings is due 15 business days prior to your first scheduled program date in order to secure your booking.

Bow Habitat Station reserves the right to change or cancel certain program activities where extraordinary circumstances warrant, due to weather or other unforeseen business interruption in Bow Habitat Station or the Sam Livingston Fish Hatchery.

Due to Alberta Health Services guidelines, group program capacities have been reduced to 20 people (including supervisory adults). Listed program prices have been discounted by 20% while these restrictions are in place. All program participants will be asked to follow the City of Calgary facial covering bylaw.

Staying Safe Together

Your safety is our priority. Learn about how the Bow Habitat Station is taking action to keep you safe on our COVID-19 response page.

What if I am unable to attend the program due to COVID-19?

Please let us know as soon as possible. We will do our best to reschedule programs to a later date if possible, or provide a full refund. If you arrive and are experiencing symptoms of COVID-19, you will not be permitted to participate.

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Group Rates - Discovery Centre Admission

Youth Groups (ages 4-17)

First 10 participants: $45
Each additional group of up to 5 participants: $20

Mixed Age Groups (including youth and adults)

First 10 participants: $65
Each additional group of up to 5 participants: $30

Build Your Own Adventure Group and School Programs

Youth build a healthy fish habitat together using props.

Immerse your group in an unforgettable experience focused on Alberta’s fish, wildlife, water and aquatic ecosystems! Create a unique experience with selections of our Build Your Own Adventure activities.

Digital programs are also available for at-home or in-the-classroom learning.

Group sizes:

A minimum of 10 participants are recommended for group program bookings. A maximum of 20 persons may be booked per group (includes youth and supervisory adults).

Indoor Programs

Create a Craft (ages 4 – 8, 20 min.) $52

Learn about the characteristics of Alberta’s rainbow trout before creating your colourful fish hat.

Build a Habitat (ages 4 – 12, 45 min.) $52

Discover what fish need to survive as you create a healthy aquatic environment together as a group.

Who am I? (ages 5 – 12, 45 min.) $60

Calling all wildlife detectives! Use clues and fun facts to investigate Alberta’s wildlife together as a group.
Deck out a Trout (ages 8+, 45 min.) $52

Discover how animals adapt to their environments by creating a fish that can survive major changes to their surroundings.
Fish Feeding (ages 2+, 20 min.) $36

Have a splash helping to feed thousands of trout in the Fish Hatchery.
Outdoor Programs
Nature Sense - outdoors (ages 4 – 8, 45 min.) $60

Connect with nature using your senses on a guided walk through our Interpretive Wetlands.
Trail Trekking – outdoors (ages 5 – 17, 45 min.) $60

Discover what it’s like to be a naturalist as you trek through our Interpretive Wetlands and learn about the creatures who make their home in this urban environment.
Wetland Wonders – outdoors (ages 5 – 17, 45 min.) $60

Have buckets of fun as you marsh dip in search of the invertebrates that live in the Ducks Unlimited Canada Marsh. Rubber boots recommended.

School Programs

Two students in classroom at Bow Habitat Station learning about microbes; one with hand raised to ask a question.

School programs provide hands-on learning experiences for students that tie directly to the Alberta Education’s Program of Studies. For more information and to book your program, call 403-297-6561 and we will help you find a program that’s right for you.

2020-21 School Year – Staying Safe Together

  • Program capacities are set at a maximum of 20 people participating as one cohort (including students, teachers and adult supervisors).
  • Programs have been adapted to minimize movement throughout the facility and to reduce the number of touch points between groups.
  • Certain program components have been changed to reduce high-touch activities.
  • Resources are sanitized after each program.
  • Adult supervision is required at a ratio of 1:6.
    • Preschool programs require adult supervision at a ratio of 1:4.
School Programs

Preschool (45 min) $120

Discover Fish
Journey through the life cycle of a rainbow trout and discover the unique patterns of Alberta fish. Immerse students in the life of a rainbow trout from egg to adult and discover how fish survive in Alberta’s aquatic ecosystem.

Animal Tracks
Step into the footprints of Alberta’s wildlife to discover who lives here. Students explore how animals move and who made those tracks.

Kindergarten: Fish Finds, Scales & Tales (1.5 hours) $160

Dive into life underwater and investigate Alberta’s fish! Students explore the physical characteristics, habitat, and life cycle of a trout.

Grade 1: SENSE-ational (2 hours) $200

What does a trout spy with its little eye? Students learn about the SENSE-ational trout and investigate what makes a good habitat.

Grade 3: Trout Tales (2 hours) $200

Take a trip through the life cycle of a trout from egg and alevin to fry and adult. Students investigate fish development, habitat, and adaptations.

Grade 5: March through the Marsh seasonally May, June & September (4.5 hours) $280

Connect with the little things in life on a March through the Marsh. Explore local biodiversity and investigate the importance of wetland ecosystems.

Updated: Oct 14, 2020