Experience the wetlands dispersed within Elk Island National Park! Elk Island is well-known for the conservation of the iconic bison but located within its 194 km2 are vast wetlands which are also conserved and recognised for their importance within an ecosystem.

Wetland Wonders content aligns with Grade 5 Science curriculum and Alberta Education’s dedication to incorporating Indigenous and traditional views. Two unique wetlands will be visited: a bog and a pond. At each location, hands-on activities and games will explore the fauna who inhabit wetlands, unique flora who is specially adapted to live there, as well as properties such as temperature and pH. Additionally, a visit to the bog includes a short hike and a visit to the pond includes pond-dipping.


Program Type: Field study
Dates: May to June
Location: Astotin Lake and bog location
Duration: 3 hours; approximately 10 am-2 pm with a lunch break midway
# of Participants: 30 students per class, 2 classes per day (max.)


Program Fees: $73.60 per class per hour; taxes included
Entry Fees: Park entry fees may apply.
Prices are subject to change; please confirm with booking.


By email: pc.interp.elkisland.pc@canada.ca
Advance booking is required.

Curriculum links

The following links are from Alberta Education curriculum:

Grade 5

Social Studies:

5.1 Physical Geography of Canada

  1. Appreciate the environmental significance of national parks and protected areas in Canada.
  2. How are Canada’s national parks and protected areas important to the sustainability of Canada’s natural environment?
  3. Whose responsibility should it be to ensure the preservation of Canada’s national parks and protected areas?


Topic E: Wetland Ecosystems

  1. Describe the living and nonliving components of a wetland ecosystem and the interactions within and among them.
  2. Recognize and describe one or more examples of wetland ecosystems found in the local area; e.g. pond, slough, marsh, bog, fen.
  3. Understand that a wetland ecosystem involves interactions between living and nonliving things, both in and around the water.
  4. Identify some plants and animals found at a wetland site, both in and around the water.
  5. Identify and describe adaptations that make certain plants and animals suited for life in a wetland.
  6. Understand and appreciate that all animals and plants, not just the large ones, have an important role in a wetland community.
  7. Identify the roles of different organisms in the food web of a pond: producers, consumers, and decomposers.
  8. Draw diagrams of food chains and food webs, and interpret such diagrams.
  9. Identify human actions that can threaten the abundance or survival of living things in wetland ecosystems; e.g. adding pollutants, changing the flow of water, trapping or hunting pond wildlife. 
  10. Recognize that changes in part of an environment have effects on the whole environment.