COVID-19 response: The Discovery Centre remains closed at this time.

Fish Feeding and Marsh Dipping activities have resumed operations.

Public Activities

Pre-Registered Public Marsh Dipping Sessions

A man and little girl look for invertebrates in a net they’ve pulled up from the marsh.

Investigate what lies beyond the cattails of the marshes! Armed with nets and buckets, prepare to get a bit muddy as we search for and identify the critters who make their home in our wetlands.

This programmer-led activity is a great opportunity to dive deeper and learn about the often-missed critters who make their home in our wetlands.

All equipment provided. Rubber boots recommended.

Upcoming Dates: Tuesdays & Thursdays from Jun 30 through August 27, 2020

Session Times: 10:00 am, 11:15 am, 1:00 pm, or 2:30 pm (approximately 45 mins in length)

Fee: $4 per person

  • Recommended for ages 4 & up (children 3 & under free with a paid adult)
  • Youth under the age of 12 must be accompanied by a paid adult)

To safely enable physical distancing between participants, pre-registration is required for this program. There is a maximum of 15 participants or four households (whichever is smaller) per session.

To register for a marsh dipping program, please call 403-297-6561 or email bow.habitat@gov.ab.ca with your preferred dates and times and number of participants.

Staying Safe Together

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

Fish Hatchery Adventures

As a working environment, participants must:

  • Clean their hands using hand sanitizer prior to entering;
  • Wear clean (no mud) closed-toe shoes; and
  • Walk across a disinfectant mat.

Persons with severe fish allergies should not enter the Fish Hatchery.

Fish Feedings

Young boy leaning over fish pool gives thumbs up to adult rainbow trout in large pond.

Short on time or attention? Get a hands-on experience of what it's like to feed thousands of trout - all at once - in the Fish Hatchery!

What to Expect:

  • Visitors must be wearing closed-toe shoes to enter the hatchery (no sandals allowed).
  • Leave strollers at home. Strollers are not permitted inside the hatchery.
  • Following one-way flow and signs, you and your household group will be led to the largest ponds in the hatchery.
  • Each visitor will be given one serving of fish food. (Note: containers are disinfected after each use)
  • Household groups will have a specific area around the pond to feed the fish.

Upcoming Dates: Fridays & Saturdays from July 10 through August 29, 2020

Time: Tickets available between 10:00 am – 2:00 pm

  • Approximate time to feed the fish is 10 mins
  • Presale of tickets not available; please be prepared to wait in a physically-distanced line up; must be in line by 2:00 pm to participate

Fee: $2.00 per person (children 3 & under free with a paid adult)

  • Youth under the age of 12 must be accompanied by a paid adult)

Staying Safe Together

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

Fish Hatchery Tours + Feedings (not currently available)

A group of kids look at a tray of rainbow trout.

Take a behind-the-scenes look at what it takes to raise over a million trout each year - from egg to fry - on a guided tour. All tours include a fish feeding – feed thousands of trout at once!

Fee: $4 / person (children 3 & under free)

Snowshoe Rentals (not currently available)

Family walks together through the snow on snowshoes.

Explore through the trails of our Interpretive Wetlands this winter on snowshoes! Investigate the tracks of our urban wildlife as you make your own.

Dates: Late Nov - early Mar (pending snowfall)
Fee: $6 per pair
Who: Starting at children's shoe size 4

Explore Pearce Estate Park’s Interpretive Wetlands:

Have a large group? Make a group booking! More details:

Looking for even more fun? Check out these program opportunities:


Updated: Jul 3, 2020