School Programs

Immersive, hands-on learning about fish, aquatic habitats and the environment

Connect with Alberta's wild side through Bow Habitat Station's school programs! These curriculum-based school programs aim to inspire curiosity and encourage students to think, plan and act with the environment in mind.

What you can expect

  • Programs are based on class sizes of 30 students (maximum) - combining classes is not permitted
  • Pricing includes admission to the Discovery Centre and Aquariums
  • Hands-on, interactive activities tied to Alberta science programs of study related to ecosystems and biodiversity
  • Pre-visit information package to ensure the best learning experience for teachers and students

Book Your Program

2022-2023 School Year SOLD OUT.

Preschool

Duration: 45 min.
Cost: $150

Journey through the life cycle of Alberta's rainbow trout from egg to adult! Discover the unique patterns and needs of fish as they grow.

Optional program add-ons

Create A Craft | Indoors

Duration: 20 min.
Cost: $65

Meet Alberta's rainbow trout as you learn about their characteristics and anatomy. Afterwards create your own fish hat craft to take home.

Kindergarten

Duration: 1.5 hr.
Cost: $200

Dive into life underwater and investigate Alberta's fish! Students explore the physical characteristics, habitat and life cycle of a trout through hands-on activities in the Discovery Centre.

Students will also take a behind-the-scenes look at what it takes to raise over a million trout in the Fish Hatchery – including a hands-on experience feeding thousands of trout all at once!

Curriculum ties:

  • Environment and Community Awareness
  • Citizenship and Identity

Optional program add-ons

Build a Habitat | Indoors

Duration: 45 min.
Cost: $65

Discover what a fish needs in a healthy aquatic ecosystem as you create a fish habitat together as a group.

Create A Craft | Indoors

Duration: 45 min.
Cost: $65

Meet Alberta's rainbow trout as you learn about their characteristics and anatomy. Afterwards create your own fish hat craft to take home.

Nature Sense | Outdoors

Duration: 45 min.
Cost: $75

Connect with nature using your senses on a guided walk through Pearce Estate Park.

Grade 1

Duration: 2.5 hr.
Cost: $250

What does a trout spy with its little eye? Students learn about the SENSEational trout by investigating how our senses compare to those of a fish.

Curriculum ties:

  • Grade 1 Science – Topic D Senses

Optional program add-ons

Build a Habitat | Indoors

Duration: 45 min.
Cost: $65

Discover what a fish needs in a healthy aquatic ecosystem as you create a fish habitat together as a group.

Nature Sense | Outdoors

Duration: 45 min.
Cost: $75

Connect with nature using your senses on a guided walk through Pearce Estate Park.

Grade 2

Duration: 2.5 hr.
Cost: $250

How old is our water? Where does it come from? Find out as students investigate the importance of water, water's three states and techniques for cleaning water.

Curriculum ties:

  • Grade 2 Science – Topic A Exploring Liquids

Optional program add-ons

Build a Habitat | Indoors

Duration: 45 min.
Cost: $65

Discover what a fish needs in a healthy aquatic ecosystem as you create a fish habitat together as a group.

Nature Sense | Outdoors

Duration: 45 min.
Cost: $75

Connect with nature using your senses on a guided walk through Pearce Estate Park.

Wetland Wonders | Outdoors, Seasonal May-September

Duration: 45 min.
Cost: $75

Connect with nature using your senses on a guided walk through Pearce Estate Park.

Grade 3

Duration: 4.5 hr.
Cost: $350

Adventure is calling! 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.

Curriculum ties:

  • Grade 3 Science – Topic E Animal Life Cycles

Customize your Trout Tale - Select one activity from the following:

Marsh Mysteries | Indoors

Get to know some of Alberta's underwater critters as you investigate them under a microscope, and sketch the different life cycle stages.

Trail Trekking | Outdoors

Discover what it's like to be a naturalist as you trek through the Interpretive Wetlands, and learn about creatures who make their home in this urban ecosystem.

Wetland Wonders | Outdoors, Seasonal May-September

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

Grade 5

Duration: 4.5 hr.
Cost: $350

Take a march though the Interpretive Wetlands and discover the creatures that make their home here. Students connect with the little things in life as they marsh dip and explore the local biodiversity.

Curriculum ties:

  • Grade 5 Science – Topic E Wetland Ecosystems

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: Jan 27, 2023