Wildlife Education Programs

We have a shared responsibility to wildlife. For as long as there have been people, there have been dangers to our wildlife. We believe our responsibility to wildlife goes far beyond the walls of our clinic.

Education programs that emphasize the importance of environmental protection may be the most important investment we can offer Alberta’s youth.


ABCs – Alberta Bear Care

New for 2020, “ABCs – Alberta Bear Care” introduces participants to the incredible lives of Alberta’s two bear species. From how they live in the wild, to what we humans can do to protect our bear neighbours, we’ll learn all about the bear necessities of life!


The Adaptations program focuses on the fascinating physical and behavioural characteristics of local wildlife that help them to survive in their environments. Features such as feathers, fur, talons, whiskers, and nocturnal and migratory behaviours are discussed.

bat1Bat Basics

Bat Basics provides an introduction to Alberta’s nine bat species, and discusses their life histories, major threats, and how having bats around directly benefits humans. Though no live bats are present during this program, biofacts and mounts are used to illustrate the differences between bat species.

Birds of Prey

AIWC’s Birds of Prey program takes participants through the different species of birds of prey, including hawks, eagles, falcons, and owls, which are present in Alberta. Besides looking at the life histories of these birds, the program also features biofacts such as wings and talons.


Supremely Skunks

Learn all about one of Alberta’s most misunderstood creatures. During this program, skunk life histories and behaviour are discussed, and participants may discover that skunks actually make good neighbours!

Wetlands Wildlife

Wetlands Wildlife introduces learners to wetland ecosystems, exploring topics such as the types of wetlands found in Alberta, the function of wetlands, and the animals that inhabit them.

Who’s in Your Backyard?

A highly interactive program focusing on the common wildlife of Alberta. Participants will learn about local wildlife, and why they are sometimes in need of rescuing.

piwoWildlife Rescue

Take a close look into the inner workings of a local wildlife rehabilitation centre, from the field rescues to releases. During this program, participants will explore topics such as why animals are admitted to the clinic, what animals are currently there, and what to do if they find an injured wild animal.

World of Owls

This program delves into the 11 species of owls found in Alberta. Participants will learn about the special adaptations of these nocturnal birds of prey and how to identify local species of owls. An owl pellet dissection can be added on for a fee. Please contact the education coordinator (education@aiwc.ca) at least one month ahead of your program date for costs and to request pellets.

Virtual Tours

Are you interested in seeing how a wildlife rehabilitation centre operates first hand? Join us on a live, virtual tour of our hospital and rehabilitation enclosures. You and your group will learn what the centre looks like, where different patients are kept and how they are cared for, while also having your questions answered immediately by your guide!

*Note: This program can be requested for 20-minute, 30-minute, and 45-minute time periods. Please contact our education department at education@aiwc.ca for fees and connection options.*

Program Information:

Presentations are approximately 1-hour long; with the exception of the World of Owls presentation which includes dissecting owl pellets.

All programs can be modified as per the audience’s age. Depending on the age group and program, props, puppets, biofacts, and PowerPoint slides are used in presentations.

Do you require a different presentation for your group? Get in touch with us at education@aiwc.ca.

Program Cost:

Zone 1 (Calgary, Airdrie, Crossfield, Cochrane): $150

Zone 2 (Bragg Creek, Canmore, Okotoks, High River, Didsbury, Carstairs): $195

* Groups can expect an additional fee of $4.00 per person for over 35 attendees.
** Requests for programs outside of zones 1 and 2 are considered on a case-by-case basis, please contact us directly at education@aiwc.ca for more information. These programs will be charged a travel fee of $0.58 per KM traveled. 

Free Programming:

Our goal is to make wildlife education accessible to as many people as possible. Starting in January 2020, we will be offering one free wildlife education program through a random draw held each quarter. To apply to be entered into the random draw, please fill out this formOwing to travel costs, only groups in and around the Calgary area are eligible to apply for free programming.

All applicants will be entered into a draw, and one winner will be picked at random on the below dates:

  • March 31st, 2020
  • June 30th, 2020
  • September 30th, 2020
  • December 18th, 2020

Only one class submission per quarter is allowed, duplicate submissions in a quarter will be removed from the draw. Have questions? Email us at education@aiwc.ca

To schedule a program, please submit a program request form. If you have any questions, please contact us at education@aiwc.ca