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Education Programs

ZOO CREW - Parent & Tot Program


An interactive and experiential program for pre-school children (Ages 3-5).


Registration for the 2017-2018 FALL-WINTER PROGRAM is now closed.

Check back in June for information on our summer session. The summer program runs once per week in July and August and is suitable for children (ages 3 - 5) with their parent(s).


2017 Zoo Crew Photo - Lil Keeper 01

This Year's Session Themes:










Are you looking for a fun way for you and your pre-school child to connect with nature? Riverview Park & Zoo will be offering our popular parent & tot program again in the summer of 2018. Each session typically includes some time for colouring, a story, a fun activity/craft and an animal encounter. We have a different theme each week with a focus on some of the species we have here at Riverview.


2017 Zoo Crew Photo - Lil Keeper 02

Don't miss out - register early as there are limited spaces available.

 2017_2018 Fall Winter Zoo Crew Registration Form




    The Peterborough Utilities Commission, through the Riverview Park and Zoo, strives to provide the citizens of Peterborough with an outstanding recreational and educational facility located in a parBallPythonk setting.

    Through our education program, The Riverview Park and Zoo endeavors to provide an exciting and experiential educational setting that inspires citizens, children, and students to respect and protect wildlife and green spaces.


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    The Riverview Park & Zoo strives to provide an exciting and experiential educational setting that inspires students to respect and protect wildlife and green spaces.  

     2015 Spring Zoo Academy Photo 1

    We offer a variety of programs. For more information see our brochure:

    RPZ Education Program Brochure

    2015 Spring Zoo Academy Photo 2 

    goals of zoo academy:


     To develop in students, a sense of understanding, respect and appreciation for issues pertaining to wildlife, conservation and the environment.

    1. To integrate Ontario curriculum into school-based programs offered through the Zoo Academy.
    2. To allow students to learn in an experiential environment where active play in the outdoors is safe and encouraged.
    3. To provide opportunities for students to grow personally through group work, sharing, decision-making and problem solving while practicing the skills of careful observation and investigation.

    Call us today for more information and rates: (705) 748.9301 ext. 2331


    To learn more about our curriculum programs, download our Zoo Academy Pre-Planner pdf.





    Riverview Park & Zoo and Otonabee Conservation are excited to announce that Bondar Challenge registration has officially opened!

    Over the course of this 2-day program, your child will acquire and apply a variety of photography skills as they explore the scenic environments of the Park and Zoo and/or Warsaw Caves. At the end of the program, participants will submit their best photograph to The Roberta Bondar Foundation for a chance to win a variety of prizes. Student Taking Photograph

    We will be running 3 Challenges this summer for youth ages 9-13. Each program is over 2 days:
    - Thursday and Friday: August 3rd and 4th (both days at the Park and Zoo), discounted price!
    - Thursday and Friday: August 11th and 12th (Day One at the Park and Zoo, Day Two at Warsaw Caves)
    - Tuesday and Wednesday: August 15th and 16th (Day One at the Park and Zoo, Day Two at Warsaw Caves)

    To find out more about this program, or to register your child, visit Guest Services at the Park and Zoo, located just inside the main gates of the Zoo (705 748-9301 ext. 2372), open daily 9am-4pm. Don’t miss out on this incredible opportunity! Space is limited!

     Student with camera



    Teacher's Portal

    This page contains dozens of resources for teachers, educators, camp groups, and families to use when visiting Riverview. Enjoy scavenger hunts, activities, French resources, and research projects that will help introduce and reinforce school curriculum to enhance your group's visit to the zoo. See all the resources available.