Outdoor Environmental Education

CPAWS takes environmental education outdoors with our interpretive hikes and snowshoe programs.

Interpretive hiking and snowshoe programs

Take learning outdoors and celebrate nature! Offer your students an inspirational break from the classroom with a full day interpretive hike or snowshoe program. We recommend completing the in-class program components first and finishing with a hike to complete the learning experience.

Learn more about the program options and curricular connections for elementary and secondary groups.

*Space is limited. Reserve your spot now by completing our booking form here.  For questions email us at education@cpaws.org, or call 403-232-6686.

Hike Locations

  • Fish Creek Provincial Park (Bebo Grove). See Map
  • Mount Yamnuska. See Map
  • Ribbon Creek (Coal Mine Scar). See Map
  • Ribbon Creek (Troll Falls). See Map
  • Sheep River (Foran Grade Trail). See Map

When: Full-day, May/June and September/October

Who: Grades 3 - 12

Snowshoe Locations 

  • Brown Lowery Provincial Park. See Map
  • Peter Lougheed Provincial Park (Penstock Loop). See Map

When: Full-day, mid-January through March

Who: Grades 4 - 12

Cost: $250-$275 plus GST per class for hiking or snowshoeing depending on the number of classes booked. Maximum 34 per group (includes adults). We provide an interpretive guide for the day. You provide a bus, supervision and snowshoes (if required). During March at Brown Lowery you may want to rent ice cleats for a winter hike in addition to or instead of snowshoes, depending on snowfall. This cost includes a bonus action project planning session via conference call (phone or video): by the end of the session, the class will have chosen an environmental issue and have a plan of action to tackle it.

Snowshoe package cost: $675-700 plus GST per class depending on the number of classes booked. This package includes a 4-6 hour guided snowshoe trek PLUS snowshoe rental for 25 people and delivery/pick-up to your school by Nomad Mobile Gear Rentals. This is a 15% discount unique to CPAWS schools PLUS free delivery!

Adult Chaperones: We require the following student to adult ratios.

  • Grade 3 – one adult to every 8 students
  • Grade 4-6 – one adult to every 10 students
  • Grade 7-9 – one adult to every 13 students
  • Grade 10-12 – one adult to every 15 students

Bussing: Busses must stay on-site all day for all locations outside of Calgary. No exceptions.

Details: Learn more about the programs! Check out teacher's hiking and snowshoe packages. 

Requirement: Teachers participating in our outdoor programs must complete and return the teacher checklist on the last page of the above packages. If your school is not part of Calgary Board of Education (CBE), Calgary Catholic School District (CSSD) or Rocky View School District (RVSD), every participant (including adults) must fill out our waiver.

Snowshoe Rental: For your information, Nomad Mobile Gear Rentals has partnered with us to offer a 15% discount off group rentals and will deliver and pick-up the snowshoes at your school free of charge. The University of Calgary Outdoor Centre also offers showshoe rental discounts for school groups. If you would like to book your snowshoes through them please fill out their Group Booking Rental Form and email it to grouprentals@ucalgary.ca (even though the form says outdoor@ucalgary.ca).

Classroom Programs

To learn more about our inclass programs for grades 2 to 12 and adults, visit the environmental education MAIN PAGE.

Thank you to Norseman Outdoor Specialist for equipping our interpretive guides with snowshoes!




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