Creston Valley Wildlife Interpretation Centre Programs

          On the trail with our school programs


The CVWMA is an ideal outdoor classroom. With a hands-on approach to environmental education, our programs aim to develop knowledge, understanding and appreciation for the natural world to enable people to make informed and educated decisions about their environment.

Programs cover topics related to wetland ecosystems, management practices, ecosystem services, migratory birds, endangered species, invasive plants and wildlife. The wetland is located along the Pacific Flyway, providing great educational opportunities to view and learn about migrating bird species.

*Programming at the Wildlife Centre is available seasonally and will resume in the spring of 2017. In the meantime, please browse our programs and events from 2016 and stay tuned for next year's program guide and poster!

Scroll down this page to find information on:

  • School Programs (Elementary and High School)
  • Jr. Naturalist Summer Science Camps
  • Birthday Parties
  • Special Events

For information on special events and program for all ages, please click here...


School Programs

Program Availability:

Tuesday to Friday

In 2016, programs are available May 10th to June 29th, and Sept 6th to Oct 7th 

How To Book: 

Call (250) 402 6908 or email. Please have the following Information: choice of 2 dates, class size, and school contact (address, phone, fax and email).

Creston Valley Wildlife Interpretation Centre Programs

           In the lab with our school programs

We are excited to offer hands-on, fun and informative programs that are based on science curriculum. What a great way to get your students into nature to learn in a fun and safe environment!

NEW!!  School Program Poster for 2016

Elementary School

Elementary programs allow the younger students to experience the sight and sounds of the wetland, while learning in a safe and professional environment. Educational material and themes change from year to year, staying current to teacher and student needs.

Creston Valley Wildlife Interpretation Centre Programs

         In our Gallery with our school programs


Wetland Excursions!!

Insects Rule! - Grades K-3

Insects play an important role in a healthy wetland ecosystem.  Explore their life cycles and physical charcateristics and head outside to collect and examine!  Get ready to love bugs!

All About Birds - Grades 4-7

This wetland is home to over 300 bird species.  We will showcase  some of the amazing adaptations birds have to thrive in a wetland environment by looking at beaks, feet, feathers and more!



These programs include a gallery presentation, guided trail walk and dip netting/science lab component. The curriculum-based, hands-on programs are 2 hours long.


Cost: $4 per student; Minimum of $60






Canoe Tours

Creston Valley Wildlife Interpretation Centre Programs

         On the water with a guided canoe tour

Gr. 4 and up

Bring your class on a one-hour guided canoe tour that is full of surprises as you part the cattails to look for nests, taste some wetland treats and learn more about the plants and animals that live here. Add this onto any of out other program for a fun-filled day! 

Cost: $5 per student; No Minimum; Not Available in Fall


High School

Stewardship programs for high school students and community groups allow the CVWMA to perform hands-on habitat management techniques as well as educate people on the importance of wetland habitats. Projects include removing invasive plant species, shoreline cleanup and erecting and monitoring nesting boxes.

This year, our stewardship program focuses on invasive species removal…
This program is open to high school classes who are interested in taking part in an initiative that improves environmental quality and achieves sustainable outcomes within the wetland. Students will be geared up in chest waders, with tools and gloves to take part in the removal of the invasive yellow flag iris, helping to restore the habitat and promote the growth if native plants.

Cost: By Donation


Canoe Tours

Add a one-hour guided canoe tour onto the program for a fun filled day!

Cost: $5 per student; No Minimum; Not Available in Fall


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               Our Junior Nationalists in action!

Jr. Naturalists

Our week-long investigative summer science programs are designed for those who like exploring, collecting, creating, and generally frolicking about in our wetland playground.  Here are the 2016 programs and dates:

Curious Caterpillars
Ages 6 & 7
Sessions: Monday – Friday July 4-8 or July 11-15
Time: 9 am – 1 pm
Cost: $75 Non Members; $65 Members

Boisterous Beavers
Ages 8 & 9
Sessions: Monday – Friday July 11-15 or July 18-22
Time: 9 am to 3 pm
Cost: $95 Non Members; $85 Members

Eager Eagles
Ages 10 & 11
Sessions: Monday – Friday July 18-22 or July 25-29
Time: 9 am to 3pm
Cost: $95 Non Members; $85 Members

Trekking Turtles
Ages 12 & 13
Sessions: Monday – Friday July 25-29
Time: 9 am to 3pm
Cost: $95 Non Members; $85 Members

Teen Stewards
Hands-on habitat restoration activities
Ages 14-16
Sessions: TBD (One day a week in month of August)
Time: 10 am to 2 pm
Cost: Free


Birthday Parties

Celebrate your birthday with us!  Choose a canoe study or pond science program. We provide the drinks and chips, you bring the cake!
When: Saturdays in May and June; Daily in July & August
Time: 10 am – 11:30 am or 1 pm – 2:30 pm
Cost: $10 per person

To book a program please contact the Wildlife Centre at (250) 402-6908 or Contact Us!



For a full list of special events for people of all ages, please click here...

The following special events are kid specific...

Pro D Day Camp
Monday, May 30
Wondering what to do on Pro D Day?  We want the kids to join us for a fun filled day of adventure and learning!  There will be two age categories: Ages 6-9 and Ages 10-13.  You must pre-register by May 21.  Space is limited.  Call (250) 402 6908.
Time: 9 am – 3 pm
Cost: $20 per child 

Parent and Tot
Mondays in June
A nature inspired story and craft time geared towrds 2-5 year olds and their parent(s), with some outside fun!
Time: 10:30 am – 12 pm
Cost: Admission Fee/Free for Members