Educational Programs

We are now offering both virtual and limited off-site programming despite our Nature Centre being closed to the public due to COVID-19. Check below to see our current offerings!

Scales Nature Park provides outstanding programming about Canadian reptiles, amphibians, fish, and their habitats. Our goal is to facilitate the conservation of these creatures through increasing awareness, changing attitudes, and engaging people to take action. Programs are conducted both on-site and off-site.

Click here for full details about our program options, or see below for a brief description of our offerings:

Virtual Programs

We now offer a number of our popular programs in a virtual format! We can join your class, camp, community group, public event, or family hangout via videoconference with a variety of reptile guests. All programs will include an engaging presentation on the selected reptiles and the opportunity to ask questions to our knowledgeable education staff.

Presentation

Learn about amazing animals then get to meet them in our most popular program! Presentations have two parts. First, our staff will deliver a talk on amphibians and/or reptiles. Next, our staff will be available to answer questions and show several animals up close!

Off-Site Programs

Off-site programs are a great learning experience which can take place at the location of your choice! Programs must take place outdoors, as long as weather conditions are appropriate. We offer a variety of different off-site programs, all of which can be done individually or combined. 

Presentation

Learn about amazing animals then get to meet them in our most popular program! Presentations have two parts. First, our staff will deliver a talk on amphibians and/or reptiles. Next, several animals from the presentation will be available for hands-on interactions.

Please note, hands-on interactions are currently unavailable and physical distancing must be maintained throughout the program

Meet & Greet

The meet and greet format is an easy way to provide a reptile experience at less formal events for a reduced cost. A meet and greet consists of staff with reptiles for hands-on interactions and discussion with guests.

Please note, hands-on interactions are currently unavailable and physical distancing must be maintained throughout the program

Display

Displays are a perfect way to bring Scales Nature Park to your event, park, festival etc.! A standard display setup includes tables with reptile and/or amphibian tanks, touch table items, additional reptiles and/or amphibians for hands-on, and knowledgeable staff to educate and interact with guests.

Please note, touch tables and hands-on opportunities are currently unavailable and physical distancing must be maintained for the duration of the display

Reptile & Amphibian Interactive Adventure- CURRENTLY UNAVAILABLE

Spend a day exploring our native wildlife with Scales Nature Park’s Reptile & Amphibian Interactive Adventure! This is a drop-in, large-scale event with multiple components running at the same time, meant to be housed at a high traffic location, such as a community centre.  

On-Site Programs- CURRENTLY UNAVAILABLE

On-site programs are a great interactive learning experience which also include access to our walking trails and exhibit hall containing a wide variety of reptile and amphibian displays. We offer a number of different on-site programs, all of which can be done individually or combined to create a longer experience.

 

Presentation

Learn about amazing animals then get to meet them in our most popular program! Presentations have two parts. First, our staff will deliver a talk on amphibians and/or reptiles. Next, several animals from the presentation will be available for hands-on interactions.

Pond Study

The pond study is a great way to get outdoors! Using dip nets, participants will try to find wildlife in our onsite pond. After collecting specimens, our staff will identify the different creatures, talk about their life cycles, and explain the importance of wetlands.*not available during the winter*

Guided Trail Walk

Want to learn more about local flora and fauna? Our guide will take your group for a hike around our nature trails to learn about the different plants, animals, and ecological communities you see, and their integral roles in the circle of life! 

Active Games

Explore the great outdoors through active play! This activity is a perfect addition to one or more other programs, and is a fun way to take a break and let loose. Games will take place outside and may vary based on weather and your group preferences.

For further details about our program offerings, click here, or contact us to learn more!

Other Outreach

We are always happy to accommodate any special needs or requirements for your specific situation. If you are interested a particular topic that isn't listed here, or if you would like to work with us to build your own specialized program, feel free to contact us to discuss your idea further.

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