School Programs

Immersive, hands-on learning about fish, watersheds, wetlands and aquatic ecology

These curriculum-based school programs use specialized teaching tools and place-based resources to inspire curiosity and build students' connections with the world around them.

For the best possible learning experience:

  • Programs are based on class sizes of:
    • Preschool: Maximum of 30 people including students and adult supervisors
    • Kindergarten to Grade 6: Maximum of 36 people including students and adult supervisors
  • Combining classes is not permitted
  • Program itineraries allow time for self-exploration of the Discovery Centre and Aquariums
  • Full day programs include a space for lunch break

2024-2025 School Year Programs

Bow Habitat Station offers half-day or full-day school programs designed to meet the needs of specific grades and topics:

Preschool and Kindergarten

Program Theme: Fish & aquatic ecology

Recommended length of visit: 1.5 hr. (half-day):

  • Staff-led activities: 45 min.
  • Self-guided exploration: 45 min.

Cost: $150 per class (up to three classes per day)

Program Theme: Fish & aquatic ecology

Recommended length of visit: 2-2.5 hr. (half-day):

  • Staff-led activities: 1.5 hr.
  • Self-guided exploration: 0.5-1 hr.

Half-day Cost: $250 per class (up to three classes per day)

Optional: Make your Visit a Full Day

Full-day Cost: $350 per class (up to three classes per day)

Extending your visit to a full day includes a lunchroom, and additional time for exploration of the Discovery Centre or the Interpretive Wetlands.

Grades 1 to 3

Program Theme: Fish & aquatic ecology

Recommended length of visit: 4.5 hr. (full-day):

  • Staff-led activities: 3 hr.
  • Self-guided exploration: 1.5 hr. (including lunch break)

Cost: $350 per class (up to three classes per day)

Program Theme: Watersheds & aquatic ecology

Recommended length of visit: 4.5 hr. (full-day):

  • Staff-led activities: 3 hr.
  • Self-guided exploration: 1.5 hr. (including lunch break)

Cost: $350 per class (up to three classes per day)

Program Theme: Wetlands & watersheds

Recommended length of visit: 4.5 hr. (full-day)

  • Staff-led activities: 3 hr.
  • Self-guided exploration: 1.5 hr. (including lunch break)

Cost: $350 per class (up to three classes per day)

Grades 4 to 6

Program Theme: Fish & aquatic ecology

Recommended length of visit: 4.5 hr. (full-day):

  • Staff-led activities: 3 hr.
  • Self-guided exploration: 1.5 hr. (including lunch break)

Cost: $350 per class (up to three classes per day)

Program Theme: Watersheds & aquatic ecology

Recommended length of visit: 4.5 hr. (full-day):

  • Staff-led activities: 3 hr.
  • Self-guided exploration: 1.5 hr. (including lunch break)

Cost: $350 per class (up to three classes per day)

Program Theme: Wetlands & watersheds

Recommended length of visit: 4.5 hr. (full-day)

  • Staff-led activities: 3 hr.
  • Self-guided exploration: 1.5 hr. (including lunch break)

Cost: $350 per class (up to three classes per day)

Grades 7+

Program Theme: Fish & aquatic ecology

Recommended Tie: Grade 7 - Ecology

Recommended length of visit: 4.5 hr. (full-day)

  • Staff-led activities: 3 hr.
  • Self-guided exploration: 1.5 hr. (including lunch break)

Cost: $350 per class (up to two classes per day)

Program Theme: Outdoor recreation, fish & aquatic ecology

Recommended length of visit: 2.0 hr. (half-day)

  • Staff-led activities: 1.5 hr.
  • Self-guided exploration: 0.5 hr.

Cost: $200 per class of up to 25 students (up to two classes per day)

Book a Program

Bookings for the 2024-25 school year open August 28, 2024 at 9:00 AM.

When booking a program, be sure to have the following information ready:

  • School name
  • Grade of students
  • Number of classes
  • Estimated number of students per class
  • Name of the program you wish to book
  • Preferred dates

Notes on availability:

  • Bow Habitat Station is closed Mondays.
  • Half-day versions of full-day programs can be booked to accommodate early dismissals.
  • Where noted, a maximum of three classes can be booked on the same date. Schools with four or more classes must plan to split across two dates.

Program Policies

Program Supervision Policy

Adult supervisors are required for all school programs. Mandatory adult-to-child ratios are:

  • 1:6 for Preschool, Kindergarten and Grades 1-3
  • 1:8 for Grades 4-6

Payment Policy

Payment is required a minimum of 30 calendar days in advance of your program date. Programs booked over 30 business days in advance are emailed an invoice along with payment instructions.

Programs booked within 30 business days of their scheduled booking date must make their payment in full within the next 48 hours to secure the booking.

Cancellation policy

Bow Habitat Station reserves the right to cancel programs/bookings or change program activities due to unexpected business interruptions and/or severe weather warnings issued by Environment Canada. This includes:

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

Where possible, alternate activities may be substituted and/or activities rescheduled to a later date.

Cancellations received 30 calendars in advance are eligible for a refund less a $50 per class cancellation fee.

Cancellations received 14-29 days in advance are eligible for a refund less a $100 per class cancellation fee.

No refunds are available for cancellations made within 14 calendar days of their program date.

More Program Opportunities

Unable to visit us in person? Check out the virtual programs with ties to Science Programs of Study for Kindergarten through Grade 5 classes.

We offer environmental education programs to non-school groups, too! For more details, check out:


Updated: May 3, 2024