Group Programs

Programs for groups of all ages and abilities

Doesn’t matter if it’s snow, sun or rain, there’s something fun all-year round at Bow Habitat Station.

Booking a Group Program

To be eligible for group rates, programs must be booked and prepaid a minimum of five business days in advance.

Booking availability:

  • Groups can book into half-day timeslots Tuesdays through Saturdays year-round.
  • Choose from morning (between 9:30 am and 12:30 pm) or afternoon (between 12:30 and 3:30 pm) timeslots.
  • Availability is subject to capacity. Typically a maximum of 60 participants is available for each morning and afternoon timeslot. Please call to discuss opportunities for larger groups.

Step 1: Select Your Program

Self-Guided Adventures | All Ages

Have a toddler group or looking for a little flexibility in your visit? These self-guided adventures are for you!

Self-Guided

Duration: Recommended 45-60 min.

Price: First group of up to 15 people ages 4+: $75
Each additional group of up to 5 people ages 4+: $25

Adventure through five galleries of hands-on exhibits and marvel at over 20 freshwater fish species as you discover the incredible aquatic ecosystems of Alberta.

Self-Guided Fish Feeding

Duration: 10-15 min.
Price: $2 per person ages 4+
Availability:

  • Sept-May: Fridays and Saturdays, 10:00 AM to 3:00 PM
  • Jun-Aug: Tuesdays through Saturdays, 10:00 AM to 3:00 PM
Youth Group Adventure Packages | Ages 4-17

Looking to spend a half-day with us learning through play-based and hands-on activities? These adventure packages are for you! These packages include:

  • Self-exploration of the Discovery Centre and Aquariums
  • Up to 1-hour of staff-led activities
  • Classroom space for storing belongings and snack breaks

Duration: Recommend 2-hour visits (max. 3-hours)

Price: $230 for each group of up to 30 people, including adult supervisors

Ages 4-12

What adaptations does a rainbow trout use to survive in the wild? How can we tell which trout is which? Find out through play-based activities including:

  • Trout Without a Doubt dress-up
  • Guided aquarium exploration
  • Guided Fish Feeding

Recommended for:

  • Groups with younger audiences and/or shorter attention spans
  • Groups with a wide range of elementary aged participants
  • Interest in topics related to fish, needs & adaptations, & healthy ecosystems
Ages 8+

What does a fish need to survive under water? How can we tell different fish apart? What science and technology are needed to successfully raise a trout from egg to adult in a hatchery?

Find out through a hands-on activities including:

  • Fish habitat and fish identification activities
  • Guided aquarium exploration
  • Guided Fish Hatchery tour and fish feeding

Recommended for:

  • Groups with capacity to focus for a 30-minute science-based tour
  • Interest in topics related to fish, life cycles, needs & adaptations, predator-prey relationships & healthy ecosystems
Ages 13+

Dive into the world of Alberta’s sportfish through hands-on activities including:

  • Sportfish identification
  • Guided Fish Hatchery tour and fish feeding
  • Proper fish handling techniques using live fish

Outdoor | Seasonal, May 1 - September 30

What strange creatures are lurking in that mysterious marsh water? Dip into a nutrient-rich marsh with buckets and nets to discover the terrestrial and aquatic invertebrates that are our neighbours!

Recommended for:

  • Groups with participants ages 6+
  • Interest in topics related to insects, needs & adaptations, predator-prey relationships & wetland ecosystems

In case of inclement weather, activities and topics will move to an indoor space.

Indoor | Year-round

Why do so many aquatic creatures seem to love marshes? Zoom in on the extraordinary invertebrates in this hands-on exploration using microscopes in our insect “lab”.

Recommended for:

  • Groups with participants ages 6+
  • Groups with capacity to focus for a 40-minute science-based investigation and sketching
  • Interest in topics related to insects, needs & adaptations, predator-prey relationships & wetland ecosystems

Outdoor | Year-round

You don’t need to leave the city to find incredible wildlife. Come meet your neighbours in nature as we adventure through the urban forest and wetland in one of Calgary’s oldest green spaces.

Recommended for:

  • Groups with participants ages 7+
  • Groups with capacity to walk up to 1 km on uneven terrain
  • Interest in topics related to the interconnected relationship of humans, plants, birds and other wildlife

In case of inclement weather, activities and topics will move to an indoor space.

Evening Adventure Packages | Ages 18+

Evening group packages include:

  • Self-exploration of the Discovery Centre and Aquariums
  • Up to two sets of staff-led guided activities

Duration: 2-hours

Price: $290 for each group of up to 60 people, including adult supervisors

Availability: Tuesdays, Wednesdays or Thursdays from 6:00-8:00 PM

Indoor | Year-round

Step inside the Fish Hatchery to find out what it takes to raise over a million fish each year! Uncover the care taken along each step of the life cycle of the trout, then make a splash feeding thousands of hungry rainbow trout a snack.

Recommended for:

  • Groups with a wide range of participants and younger audiences
  • Interest in topics related to fish, needs & adaptations, & healthy ecosystems

Outdoor | Seasonal, April 1 - September 15

You don’t need to leave the city to find incredible wildlife. Come meet your neighbours in nature as we adventure through the urban forest and wetland in one of Calgary’s oldest green spaces.

Recommended for:

  • Groups with participants ages 7+
  • Interest in topics related to the interconnected relationship of humans, plants, birds and other wildlife

In case of inclement weather, activities and topics will move to an indoor space.

Adult & Senior Groups | Ages 18+

Guided Fish Feeding

Duration: 20 min.
Cost: $50
Group Size: Max. 25 participants

Discover the true meaning of a feeding frenzy as you help feed thousands of eager trout a snack.

Recommended for:

  • Groups with limited mobility and/or wheelchair users
Fish Hatchery Tour

Duration: 30-45 min.
Cost: $75
Group Size: Max. 25 participants

It’s all about trout! Why does Alberta have such an extensive fish stocking program? This engaging tour through North America’s second largest fish hatchery will leave you reeling!

You’ll have time to ponder all of the amazing info you learn on this tour as you discover the true meaning of a feeding frenzy in the ponds of the Fish Hatchery - a fin-tastic way to finish up the tour.

Recommended for:

  • Groups with capacity to stand for longer periods of time
Responsible Reeling

Duration: 2 hr.
Cost: $190
Group Size: Max. 25 participants

Build your fishing knowledge! Using live fish in the aquariums, learn how to use basic fish anatomy to identify some of Alberta’s sportfish. Dive into the role of fishing regulations and some of the basic fishing gear you’ll need for your next fishing trip. You’ll even get hands-on experience practicing proper fish handling techniques in the Fish Hatchery.

Recommended for:

  • Smaller group sizes
  • Adult groups seeking to learn the basics of fishing in Alberta

Step 2: Check Program Availability and Dates

Contact us with the following information:

  • Your email
  • Phone number
  • Group name
  • Participant ages
  • Total number of participants and adult supervisors
  • Name of program wishing to book
  • Dates and times (morning or afternoon) of interest

Step 3: Review Program Policies

Program Supervision Policy

Adult supervisors are required for all youth groups. Mandatory attendance ratios are:

  • 1:4 for ages 4 and under
  • 1:6 for ages 5-9
  • 1:8 for ages 10-12
  • 1:12 for ages 13-17
Payment policy

Payment is required a minimum of 30 calendar days in advance of your tentative booking date to secure bookings.

Programs booked within 30 calendar days of the scheduled program require payment within three business days to secure the booking.

Outdoor Program Policy

Bow Habitat Station reserves the right to change program activities due to weather warnings issued by Environment Canada. This includes:

  • Air Quality Health Index levels of 7 or above
  • Extreme cold (-25 degrees with windchill or lower)
  • Extreme heat (35 degrees or greater)
  • Heavy rain
  • Hail
  • Thunderstorm or tornado warnings
  • Wind gusts of 50 km/hr or greater
Cancellation policy

Bow Habitat Station reserves the right to cancel bookings or change program activities due to unexpected business interruptions. Where possible, alternate activities may be substituted and/or activities rescheduled to a later date. Should less than 50% of a program be completed, a refund of 50% of the program fee will be provided. Should more than 50% of a program be completed, no refunds will be provided.

Refunds are not available for a reduced number of participants or programs on the day of visit.

A refund will be provided for program cancellations received a minimum of 30 calendar days in advance of their first schedule program date. All other cancellation will be subject to a $20 per program fee.


Updated: Mar 11, 2024