Calgary Wildlife brings awareness to the community through its educational programs offered to schools, youth, adults, community groups, and other interested organizations throughout the Calgary area. Our education programs serve to inform the public about our services emphasizing the value of wildlife rehabilitation, address conservation issues, provide information (physiology/adaptations/migration) about native wildlife, and create conversations around the implications of human activities on the health and safety of wild animals. Many of these programs also include an owl pellet dissection, which is a fun, unique, and highly rated hands-on educational experience for students of all ages. Owl pellets are formed from the regurgitated bones and fur that owls cannot digest. Our programs create long-lasting positive associations with wildlife; it is our goal to provide relevant, engaging information and experiences for students and the community with regard to wildlife and wildlife issues.
Interactive education is provided to Calgary area schools and youth groups through visits from our Education Ambassadors and our volunteer educators.
Calgary Wildlife has been recognized for its outstanding educational presentations with local schools, youth, and seniors' groups. A volunteer, partnered with one of our permanent resident owls or hawks (when available), will be delighted to help your group learn more about Calgary Wildlife and living in harmony with wildlife. Each presentation is interactive and utilizes the five senses to enhance learning. An education ambassador can also be booked for an additional fee. The presentations are one hour in length, except for our owl with pellet dissection presentation, which is 75 minutes long.
Our presentations include:
• Who we are, what we do, and why we do it
• A visit from one of our educational ambassador animals (when appropriate and booked)
• Wildlife rehabilitation stories
• Information about human-caused injuries, implications for wildlife, and how you can help
• What do to do if you find an orphaned or injured wild animal
• Animal physiology, habitat, life cycles, and more...
Presentations without an animal are $125.
Presentations with an animal are $150.
Presentations with owl and pellet dissection are $180.
Please add an extra $25 for locations outside of Calgary up to 50km.
Add $50 for locations 50-100km outside of Calgary.
Add $100 for locations 100-200km outside of Calgary.
*Note. With animals, we are able to do two back to back presentations in one day, with a max of 30 kids in attendance.*
Owls All Around: The Secret of Silent Flight
Everything you ever wanted to know about owls! Your group will be visited by our resident Great Horned Owl, Ophelia and learn about what distinguishes a raptor, about owl physiology, owl behavior, and the secret of silent flight. Programs can include an optional owl pellet dissection in which students look for bones in owl pellets! Ophelia books up quickly so we recommend contacting us in September or October for owl presentations in a school year.
Quote from teachers.
"The presentation was wonderful!
I am sorry that
I didn’t know about this program sooner."
Quote from students.
"I had Calgary Wildlife come to my Outdoor Education class to talk about owls and we got to dissect an owl pellet. I had lots of fun and it was really educational."
Hawks on the Move:
The Incredible Journey of Swainson’s Hawks
Swainson’s hawks have the longest migratory route of any North American raptor, moving between Alberta and Argentina every year. With the help of our educational Swainson’s Hawk, Lito, follow a year in the life of a Swainson’s haw including how and why they migrate, food chains, raptor hunting, and conservation issues.
Wild Wise: So Stinkin' Cute (Skunks)
Let’s get to know our urban wildlife! The Wild Wise series focuses on understanding wild animal behaviours, their adaptations & needs, as well as positive community connections, as a way of reducing human-wildlife conflict. Step into the paws and claws of our neighbours through song, dance, drama and so much more!
This program invites elementary-aged students to consider skunk adaptations, skunk diet, habitat and behaviour. So Stinkin’ Cute engages through skunk dance, skunk drama, skunk sounds, and skunk visuals to step into the paws of a skunk. Let’s get Wild Wise and reduce human-wildlife conflict!