School & Youth

We pay special attention to the needs of Central Alberta children and youth. Many of our school & youth programs are directly tied to the Alberta Education curriculum, while others are intended to complement and augment what is learned in the classroom and youth group meetings. This enables us to take on topics that may be difficult for teachers and youth group leaders—due to space, materials, or time constraints—to take on themselves.

With a 118 hectare (300 acre) nature sanctuary out our back door, specialized equipment and materials, as well as a top-notch interpretive staff, we can offer teachers and youth group leaders an easy solution to their curriculum challenges.

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school & youth program information

Click the link below to see our School & Youth Programs At‑A‑Glance document. The At‑A‑Glance table gives a good idea of what programs will work for different grades based on the Alberta Education curriculum, as well as which programs are best suited to youth groups. Click on the name of each program in the At‑A‑Glance table for more information on that program. Homeschool groups are encouraged to book any program that interests them based on their students’ ages and curriculum goals.

School & Youth Programs At‑A‑Glance

Want to get all your students of a particular grade through two programs in one day? Check out the following list of programs that pair well together.

Matches Made in Heaven

A few of the programs listed in the At‑A‑Glance document require a bit more information than what could be included above. Click the links below to learn more about our Foundations, NatureSchool, and Sleepover programs.


Wondering what to recommend your students wear for your outdoor program? Got another question that you think might be frequently asked? Click the links below or contact us.

How to Dress for the Weather: Guide and Tips
Frequently Asked Questions

virtual programs

We are working to expand our list of school & youth programs that can be delivered virtually. If there is a virtual program that you would like to book but you do not see it listed here, please contact us to discuss how the program(s) in which you are interested can be delivered virtually.

School & youth programs that we are currently able to deliver virtually via Zoom:

  • Alberta Bats
  • Eco-Trivia Party
  • Pondless Pond Study

free self-guided visits

Teachers and youth group leaders, you are welcome to use the Kerry Wood Nature Centre, Gaetz Lakes Sanctuary, and Historic Fort Normandeau free of charge to deliver your own educational programs—we simply ask that you call ahead to let us know when you'll be on site so we can ensure an enjoyable experience for all our visitors.

If you choose to do a self-guided snowshoe excursion, our snowshoes are available to rent. Please call ahead to pre-book your snowshoes, especially if you have a large group.

information on our snowshoe rentals

special requests & custom programs

Looking for programs on topics not listed on the website? Please contact us to discuss your program needs. This can be a great option for youth groups that want to work towards a particular badge.


Recently completed a program with us? Please take a moment to fill out our online feedback form.

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