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Riding Mountain National Park

Elementary School Experiences

Program Descriptions

Book your field trip in Riding Mountain National park this spring! School programs this season are available May 24 to June 24, 2016 from Monday to Friday. Book your program ONLINE as of April 1st until May 1st, 2016 through the Friends of Riding Mountain National Park website. Space is limited.

Elementary School Experiences © Parks Canada

Discovering the Forest
Using their five senses throughout this program, students discover some of the plants and animals that make the forest their home. The sights, sounds and smells of Riding Mountain National Park come alive with the help of teachers, group leaders, and guided by a park interpreter. {Note: this program requires an adult for every 5 students}
Grades K-2
Program length: 2 hours.

Marsh Marvels
Follow the floating boardwalk through Ominnik marsh; students will have the chance to see what lives in this water wonderland. Wetland dip netting and critter identification are just some of the possible activities. Program emphasis is on the value of wetlands for wildlife and people.
Grades K-3
Program length: 2 hours.

Elementary School Experiences © Parks Canada

Boreal Explorer
Spruce trees, wolves, moose and fire are all part of the “northern” or Boreal forest. Students will explore the extreme interactions within this forest community. The program will develop knowledge, skills and student commitment to responsible behaviours and actions concerning boreal forests.
Grade 3-6
Program length: 2 hours.

Grassland Safari
Students use simple monitoring techniques to study the soil, plants, insects and animals of the Manitoba prairie. They will explore the diversity of remnant fescue grasslands in Riding Mountain National Park and recognize the endangered status of grasslands in Canada and around the world.
Grades 4-6
Program length: 2 hours.

Fees and General Information

  • Entrance fee: $2.90 / student / day (applies to all school groups who enter the park)
    School program fee: $3.90
    Total fee per student $6.80

    There is no charge for teachers and chaperones who arrive with the students.

  • It is recommended that an adult accompany each group of 4-6 students.They will be involved in the activities acting as guides.
  • All students should bring appropriate clothing (long pants, jackets) sturdy shoes, food and water needs, and insect repellent.

Explore the Park on Your Own

  • Choose one of seven self-guided hiking trails in RMNP.
  • Schedule a group visit to the Visitor Centre for a 30-minute orientation. Do a scavenger hunt with your class or watch a video presentation.
  • Rent a Marsh Kit from the Nature Shop and schedule an unguided Ominnik Marsh walk.


Book your school program ONLINE through the Friends of Riding Mountain National Park
Phone: (204) 848-7275

Visitor Centre

Located at 133 Wasagaming Drive

Date Days Hours
May 20 - June 29 Everyday 9:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.
June 30 to September 4 Everyday 9:30 a.m. to 8:00 p.m.
September 5 to October 10 Everyday 9:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.

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