Learn-to Camp in-person and virtual programming is available for the 2022 season. Book a workshop today!

Enjoy the outdoors with Parks Canada’s Learn-to Camp Program.

The Learn-to Camp program prepares visitors with the skills and experience to fully enjoy nature and the outdoors.

Explore the camping basics.

A family learns the equipment needed and the skills required to camp confidently and happily

Public program opportunities

Virtual Programs

The Edmonton and Vancouver Public Libraries are hosting a series of free Learn-to Camp public virtual programs this summer. Anyone is welcome to attend, regardless of location.

Registration is required through the Edmonton and Vancouver Public Libraries at the event links below. Public virtual programs are available in English. Workshop recordings can be replayed after the event at by following the event links below.

Thursday, June 9
7:00pm MDT
Camping 101

Wednesday, June 15
7:00pm MDT

Wednesday, June 22
2:30pm MDT
Camping 101

Thursday, June 23
11:00am MDT
Camping 101 (beginner English language learner audience)

Wednesday, June 29
7:00pm MDT
Choose your own outdoor adventure

Thursday, June 30
2:30pm MDT
Choose your own outdoor adventure

Thursday, July 7
11:00am MDT
Choose your own outdoor adventure (beginner English language learner audience)

Wednesday, July 13
7:00pm MDT
Camping with babies and toddlers

Wednesday, July 20
7:00pm MDT
Wild for wildlife

Thursday, July 28
11:00am MDT
Wild for wildlife (beginner English language learner audience)

Learn-to Camp in-person events

Join Learn-to Camp this summer for free activities and interpretive programming around Edmonton! Find us all day from 10:00am to 3:30pm on Saturdays at the Edmonton Valley Zoo and Sundays at Rainbow Valley Campground, weather permitting. Interpretive programming is scheduled at both locations – enjoy a wildlife workshop at the Zoo on Saturdays at 1:00pm, and join us for an interpretive nature walk through Whitemud Park at 1:00pm on Sundays (meet in front of the Rainbow Valley Campground entrance).

Learn-to Camp overnight camping experiences

There are no public in-person Learn-to Camp events scheduled at this time.

Private program opportunities

Virtual workshops are available for family and newcomer organizations. In-person workshop availability is only available to organizations located in Edmonton at this time.

Program lengths:
Virtual programs are 45-60 minutes.
In-person programs vary in length (generally 60-120 minutes).

The following workshop topics are available:

Camping 101

Available for any audience, including English language learners.
A camping basics workshop for beginner and intermediate campers. From setting up a tent to camp cooking, participants will learn the camping skills to feel confident on their next trip!

Wild for Wildlife

Available for any audience, including English language learners.
Become an expert in Canadian wildlife before your next adventure! In this workshop, learn about wildlife and the ways to protect Canadian parks and the critters who live there.

Choose Your Own Outdoor Adventure

Available for any audience, including English language learners.
Everything you need to know to create a fun-filled camping itinerary, regardless of your skill level. Topics include: nearby parks to visit, types of camping and an overview of various outdoor recreational activities.

A Beary, Berry Good Day

Suitable for children age 4-8.
Learn about bears and their behaviour in this interactive story presentation!

AdventureSmart Hug-a-Tree and Survive

Suitable for children age 5-11.
This AdventureSmart program will teach children how to stay safe outdoors and what to do if they get lost.

AdventureSmart Survive Outside

Suitable for general audiences and intermediate or advanced English language learners.
This AdventureSmart program gives participants tips to prepare for their next adventure, including Trip Planning, Training and Taking the Essentials.

Camping with Babies and Toddlers

Suitable for parents with children age 5 years old and younger.
Connect with other parents and find the right camping tips that will work for you to introduce your little one(s) to camping.

For more information on the Learn-to Camp program, or if your organization is interested in hosting a free workshop or event, please contact the Learn-to Camp Coordinator.

Learn-to Camp

The functionality and content of the Learn-to Camp app can now be found in the Parks Canada National app. Download it today!