On-Site Programs

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On-Site Programs

On-site Programs take place at the Saskatoon Forestry Farm Park and Zoo.

We offer programs that take place indoors in our classrooms at the Affinity Learning Centre,
or outdoors around the zoo. Some programs are a combination of classroom presentations
and outdoor walks. Call 306-975-3395 to book your program.
On-site program fees until August 2018 start at a minimum fee of $70.00 per group.
Please add an additional $30 if you wish to add a second program to your booking (Some programs cannot be combined). Please call, email or use our contact form for more information.
(Zoo Admission is not included-Saskatoon Public and Catholic Schools fall under a joint-use agreement and do not pay Zoo admission).

Please Note:

Most on-site environmental education programs take place at the Affinity Learning Centre.  Click Here for a map to the Affinity Learning Centre.

Remember, small groups = big experiences! Our programs are designed to accommodate an average sized class (22-28 students). In most cases we cannot accommodate more than one class, at a time, in our environmental programs.

INFORMATION PACKAGE FOR ON-SITE BOOKED PROGRAMS AVAILABLE HERE

Weekend programs: subject to staff availability. Cost is higher on weekends. Email us or use our contact page to inquire.

Guided Programs

Zoo Tours and Presentations are designed to complement your classroom studies. Zoo Society staff and volunteers are available year-round to conduct educational programs at the Saskatoon Forestry Farm Park Zoo. The content of school tours has been developed in adherence with Saskatchewan curriculum guidelines. Call 306-975-3395 for more information or click below. Guided tours start at a minimum charge of $70.00 unless otherwise noted. Please note that these fees do not cover Zoo admission.  Schools belonging to the Saskatoon Public or Saskatoon Catholic School Boards are covered by a joint-use agreement.  Out of town schools in the Greater Saskatoon Catholic School Division are not covered.  The Saskatoon Forestry Farm Park Zoo charges admission from April 1 to October 31 (subject to change).

IMPORTANT! PLEASE READ THE INFORMATION PACKAGE HERE FOR ON-SITE BOOKED PROGRAMS WITH THE SASKATOON ZOO SOCIETY.

Meet the meat-eaters! On this special tour, we’ll meet our raptor birds and our mammal carnivores, and explore their adaptations for hunting and eating their prey. Find out why and how owls hunt at night and what they eat. The carnivore tour takes approximately 45 minutes. This program can be combined with our Meet the Creature program for an additional $30.

Call the Zoo Society at 306-975-3395 or use our contact form. 
($70.00 per group or the combined program for $100)

Curriculum Connections:
– Grade 1: Needs & Characteristics of Living Things

This program looks at how animals adapt to their environment. Using their special adaptations, wildlife can survive in a variety of habitats.  Note: This program runs about 2 hours.

Call the Zoo Society at 306-975-3395 or use our contact form. 
($90.00 per group 2017/ $100 per group for 2018)

Curriculum Connections:
– Grade 4: Habitats and Communities
– Grade 6: Diversity of Living Things

A look at the diversity of furry creatures at the zoo.  Claws or hooves, horns or antlers, large or small, even mammals with wings. 45 minutes in length.

Call the Zoo Society at 306-975-3395 or use our contact form.
($70.00 per group)

What do lions from Africa share with Saskatchewan’s Swift Fox? We’ll discuss the importance of a healthy environment and human health as we discover why Saskatchewan has so many species at risk, and what we can do to help. The presentation looks at the changes in the Saskatchewan landscape and how human interaction has affected our wildlife. The species at risk program takes approximately 1.5 hours.  Please note this program is suitable for grade 6 and up.  Younger audiences may find some material upsetting.

Call the Zoo Society for other options and further details at 306-975-3395 or use our contact form.
($90.00 per group 2017 and $100 per group for 2018)

Curriculum Connections:
– Grade 6: Diversity of Living Things
– Grade 7: Interactions within Ecosystems
– Secondary Level: Social Studies (The relationship of the natural environment in the  development of a society, and Canadian First Nations worldview.)

This year-round program takes place in the Affinity Learning Centre at the Forestry Farm Park and Zoo. In creatures with fur, feathers, scales and slime – how do scientists classify vertebrate animals? Find out in this hands-on exploration of animal life. Groups larger than 15 students will be split into two groups. This program can be combined with a carnivore tour/presentation or pond dipping (seasonal activity) to accommodate classes that need to split into smaller groups. We recommended that you allow a minimum of 1.5 hours for this program.

Example schedule:
1:00 p.m. to 1:45 p.m. : Group 1 Meet the Creature
1:00 p.m. to 1:45 p.m. : Group 2 self-guided activity with the teacher (OR, choose an additional program for $30)
1:45 p.m. to 2:30 p.m. : Group 2 Meet the Creature
1:45 p.m. to 2:30 p.m. : Group 1 self-guided activity with the teacher (OR, this can be your second program choice here)

Call the Zoo Society at 306-975-3395 or use our contact form.
($70.00 per group or the combined program for $100)

Curriculum Connections:
– Grade 1: Needs & Characteristics of Living Things

This program has been suspended. 

The Saskatoon Forestry Farm Park & Zoo is currently dealing with a significant bacteria issue in the bird collection at the Zoo. Some of the birds have been exposed to a bacteria called avian mycobacteriosis. More information on mycobacteriosis can be found in the information sheet HERE. The Zoo has put a quarantine process in place to minimize the overall impact. As a result, and to protect them, socialized birds including Spirit the Great Horned Owl, Sage the Burrowing Owl and Talon, the Red-tailed Hawk have been removed from the Zoo Society’s education programs. The quarantine is part of a long-term strategy that will continue until all birds in the Zoo collection are bacteria-free. This will make sure we have a healthy bird collection to learn from in the future.
The Zoo is working toward developing a new strategy and collection plan to address the impacts the quarantine will have on Zoo Society educational programming. If you have any additional questions regarding the quarantine or the impact to the educational programming at the Zoo please contact:

Tim Sinclair-Smith 
Manager  |  Saskatoon Forestry Farm Park and Zoo
tel 306.975.3385 | fax 306.975.3326

This program looks at the ecology of owls and other raptors in Saskatchewan. Unlike other birds of prey, owls cannot digest their prey’s bones. What is left behind is known as an owl pellet. These pellets are used by scientists to study the biodiversity of the owl’s habitat. Want to know how scientists do this? We’ll dissect some owl pellets to discover what is inside.This program takes approximately 90 minutes. This program has been temporarily suspended. More details to follow.

Call the Zoo Society at 306-975-3395 or use our contact form.
($90.00 per group)

Curriculum Connections:
– Grade 1: Needs & Characteristics of Living Things
– Grade 4: Habitats and Communities
– Grade 6: Diversity of Living Things

We’ll explore our prairie marsh to see what invertebrates call Saskatchewan home. Classes larger than 15 students will be split into groups (with the other half being self-guided unless combined with another program). This program can be combined with either a carnivore and bird of prey tour or an indoor “meet the creature” program to accommodate split groups (additional charge of $30). This program takes approximately 90 minutes for one class.
Example schedule:
1:00 p.m. to 1:45 p.m. : Group 1 pond-dipping
1:00 p.m. to 1:45 p.m. : Group 2 self-guided activity with the teacher (OR, choose an additional program for $30)
1:45 p.m. to 2:30 p.m. : Group 2 pond-dipping
1:45 p.m. to 2:30 p.m. : Group 1 self-guided activity with the teacher (OR, this can be your second program choice here)

Call the Zoo Society at 306-975-3395 or use our contact form.
($70.00 per group) ($100 per group if a combined program)

Curriculum Connections:
– Grade 1: Needs & Characteristics of Living Things
– Grade 2: Animal Growth and Change
– Grade 4: Habitats and Communities
– Grade 6: Diversity of Living Things
– Grade 8: Natural and Human Induced Changes to Water Ecosystems

In this program, we’ll explore the fascinating world of reptiles and discover how they survive in their various ecosystems. Can a snake “smell” with its tongue? Are snakes slimy? Meet our Common Garter Snake from Saskatchewan or our Royal Python from Africa or Central Bearded Dragon – a lizard from Australia – to find out. This program will take approximately 45 minutes.

Call the Zoo Society at 306-975-3395 or use our contact form.
($70.00 per group)

Curriculum Connections:
– Grade 1: Needs & Characteristics of Living Things
– Grade 2: Animal Growth and Change

Take a close up look at the life of Saskatchewan’s Porcupine and how this unique rodent survives a life high in the trees.  The students will also get close up to the African Pygmy Hedgehog. This program is approximately 45 minutes.

Call the Zoo Society at 306-975-3395 or use our contact form.
($70.00 per class)

Curriculum Connections:
– Grade 1: Needs & Characteristics of Living Things
– Grade 6: Diversity of Living Things

Looking for something interesting for your class? We have small collections of mammals and reptiles such as European Domestic Rabbits, Tiger Salamanders, Central Bearded Dragons, Blue-tongued Skinks, and Schneider’s Skink.

Give us a call at (306)-975-3395 and we’ll see what we can do.

Please call about the availability of this program.

Your class needs to help the zoo keepers feed the animals! First, we need to learn about nutrition, then we need to calculate how much to feed the animals – based on some rather unique nutrition labels. It’s a fun and memorable way to learn about math and nutrition.

Call the Zoo Society at 306-975-3395 for for more information. Cost: $150 per class. (9:30a.m.-2:30p.m.)

Curriculum Connections:
– Grade 7: Math
– Grade 8: Math

Half Day program (9:30 a.m. – 11:30 a.m. OR 12:30 p.m. – 2:30 p.m.) Full Day (9:30 a.m. – 2:30 p.m.)
The Saskatoon Forestry Farm is a National Historic Site. What a great place to learn about Saskatchewan agriculture and the role of shelterbelts grown here at the Sutherland Dominion Nursery Station. Full Day program will add in how the settlement of Saskatchewan affected the animals as well. The full day program we will look at the human impacts on the land and wildlife.

Call the Saskatoon Zoo Society at 306-975-3395 for more information. Cost: Half day ($100); Full day $150.00 per class.

Curriculum Connections:
– Grade 4: Social Studies (Saskatchewan)
– Grade 5: Social Studies
– Grade 6: Social Studies
-Grade 7: Science (Interactions within ecosystems)
-Grade 8: Social Studies (Significance of land on evolution of Canadian identity)

(10:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m.)
We all talk about Biodiversity, but what is Biodiversity? And how do scientists measure it? In this day program we study a variety of ways of looking at Biodiversity that combine real-life science with fun activities.
Call the Saskatoon Zoo Society at 306-975-3395 for more information. Cost: $150.00 per class.

Curriculum Connections:
– Grade 7: Interactions within Ecosystems

(9:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m.)
It’s a full day at the zoo. After studying the ethics of keeping animals in cages and learning about an animal’s needs and requirements, the students will work collaboratively to design a 3D model of a zoo enclosure with its associated plants and animals.

Call the Saskatoon Zoo Society at (306)-975-3395 for more information. Cost: $150.00 per class.

Curriculum Connections:
– Grade 4: Art
– Grade 5: Art

Why do we give living organisms such strange scientific names? In this program we look at the history of how scientists group living creatures and learn the why and how behind naming of a species. This is an indoor program. Classes will get to interact with two-three animals during this program. If you wish to see the whole zoo, please book time either before or after your program.

Call the Zoo Society at 306-975-3395  for more information. Cost: $100 per class. (9:30a.m.-11:30a.m. OR 12:30 p.m. – 2:30 p.m.)

Curriculum Connections:
– Grade 6: Science (Diversity of living things)

Kindergarten and pre-school groups (age 3 and up): This program includes a story and a visit with 2-3 socialized animals, but only during the months of November through March (Other months may also be available, but depend on staff and animal availability).  Call 306-975-3395 or use the contact form for more details.

Grade 1 Program

The grade one program consists of two sessions: “Meet the Creature” which looks at the various types of vertebrate animals (mammals, birds, fish, reptiles, and amphibians) and their different characteristics and skin coverings. The second session is a close-up look at the carnivores and birds of prey, with help from some of the raptors at the Saskatoon Forestry Farm Park and Zoo. Morning grade one programs include the porcupine ecology program. In May and June, pond dipping is the second session. This is a joint effort between the Saskatoon Zoo Society and the Saskatoon Public School Board.  (Please inquire about similar programs offered for all Grade One classes).

CLICK HERE FOR FULL DETAILS ON THE GRADE ONE PROGRAM (2017-2018 Program information details the grade one program for all teachers, but is directed to the Saskatoon Public School Board teachers).

Other school systems are welcome to book directly with the Saskatoon Zoo Society. Cost: $100.00 Call 306-975-3395 for more information.

Saskatoon Public School Teachers: the Saskatoon Public School Division will support the grade one program for the 2017-2018 school year.  Space is limited. Online registration opens Sept. 18th, 2017 at 4:00 p.m. Saskatoon Public School Division subsidized program is now full. However, teachers can still book this program on their own. Cost: $100.00

CLICK HERE TO REGISTER (Opens Sept. 18)

Curriculum Connections:
– Grade 1: Needs & Characteristics of Living Things

Other On-Site Programs (Friends of the Forestry Farm Park House Tours)

Tours of the Forestry Farm Park National Historic Site are available from the Friends of the Forestry Farm House. The Friends of the Forestry Farm House invite you to experience a bit of Saskatchewan history. Come to the Superintendent’s Residence in the Forestry Farm Park for a lesson in conservation, a historical tour of the Forestry Farm House and Park, and information on the trees that shaped our province. Our trained volunteers will lead you and your students in a tour which includes information on the day-to-day operations and life at the Dominion Forestry Farm in the early part of the 20th century. The tour and activities can be tailored to a one, two, or three hour time period and may include a walking tour, a poster made with tree rubbings, and a shelterbelt model and demo.

For more information or to book your visit, please call Cyndi at (306) 343-0425 or e-mail The Cunanans. (Note: this phone number and e-address is only for the Friends of the Forestry Farm House Tours)

Please visit the Friends of the Forestry Farm House website for more information.