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Education & Programs

Riverview's Education Program

Our education programs have been developed to help students make enduring connections to nature, and to promote behaviours and choices that support the conservation of wildlife and habitats. The program includes a variety of educational opportunities for students of different ages, groups/clubs and other organizations, as well as our visiting guests.For more information or to book programs please contact us at

RPZ Education Program Brochure

Our Programs:

Zoo Academy Day Program 

Zoo Trek Half-Day Program

Turtle Trek Day Program

Guided Tours

Zoo Crew Parent and Tot Program

The Bondar Challenge 


ZOO ACADEMY Curriculum-Linked Day Program

This structured day program employs a combination of in-class activities, observations and discussions at animal exhibits, outdoor games and animal encounters. Individual sessions have been developed (by grade) to support the relevant units of the Ontario curriculum. Sessions are available for Grades 1 - 7.

 2015 Spring Zoo Academy Photo 1

ZOO TREK Curriculum-Linked ½Day Program

This half-day program provides an excellent opportunity for teachers to augment a class trip to the Park and Zoo. Students participate in a “short” in-class program with quick activities/exercises and animal encounters and then enjoy a guided tour of the zoo. Although abbreviated to allow classes time for self-directed activities, the sessions in this program have been developed (by grade) to support the relevant units of the Ontario curriculum. Sessions are available for Grades 1 - 7.


TURTLE TREK Joint-Facility Day Program

Double-up the fun with a visit to the Park and Zoo AND the Ontario Turtle Conservation Centre!  This full-day program combines the Park and Zoo’s Zoo Trek sessions with the OTCC’s half-day, turtle and habitat conservation program. Classes visit the Ontario Turtle Conservation Centre during the morning and then visit the Park and Zoo for the afternoon (or vice-versa).

 Ontario Turtle Conservation Centre Education Program - Donnell talking about turtle eggs.


Join our tour guides for an interpretive walk throughout the zoo. Tours include general information about and history of the Park and Zoo, detailed information on each species, their conservation status and habitats, as well as the background information about individual animals and are available seasonally to to family-sized or class-size groups.

 ZOO CREW- Parent & Tot Program

Are you looking for a fun way for you and your pre-school child to connect with nature? Riverview Park & Zoo's popular Zoo Crew parent & tot program is an interactive and experiential program for pre-school children (Ages 3-5). Sessions typically include stories, activities/crafts/games and animal encounters. Each session typically includes some time for colouring, story time, fun activities, crafts and an animal encounter. We have a different theme each session with a focus on some of the species we have here at Riverview.

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.


2017 Zoo Crew Photo - Lil Keeper 01

This Year's Session Themes:







 2017 Zoo Crew Photo - Lil Keeper 02   


 Riverview Park and Zoo and Otonabee Conservation are excited to present the renowned Bondar Challenge once again this summer. Developed by The Roberta Bondar Foundation, the Bondar Challenge is a unique experiential program that helps children make a connection to nature through the art of photography.

During the program, participants will learn how to use a digital camera (cameras are provided) and acquire a variety of photography techniques, ranging from basic to advanced. They will then apply what they have learned in a natural setting. The participants will choose their favourite photo and submit it to the Roberta Bondar Foundation. A panel of judges will evaluate entries from youth across Canada and will select winning photographs for the summer of 2018.

For 2018, we are offering single day sessions for both of June's PA days (June 8 & 29) as well as two-day sessions in July and August. (July 12/13, July 26/27, August 9/10, and August 16/17). Registration opens on March 5. Sessions will take place at various locations including the Park and Zoo, Beavermead Park, and Warsaw Caves.The program is recommended for children aged 9 - 13. The cost for the single day sessions is $45 and the two day sessions is $60.

For more information please contact us at


2018 Bondar Challenge Registration Form R1


 Student Taking Photograph