National Parks / Natural World

Waskasoo Environmental Education Society Red Deer

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Waskasoo Environmental Education Society
6300 45 Ave
Red Deer
T4N 3M4
Tel: 403 346 2010

Where are we going today?

Waskasoo Environmental Education Society is a great place for the family to visit if you want an educational experience out in nature, with lots of fun, nature, and outdoor space to explore!

The society itself operates a number of programs and centres, that can all make up your visit. The Kerry Wood Nature Centre offers extensive programs of human and natural history, as well as hosts major special events for kids including programs, sleepovers and day camps!

For more exploring, the Gaetz Lakes Sanctuary is a beautifully protected area for migratory birds, and now almost 300 acres are protected for all those mammals, birds and plants that call it home.

Here, you can really get among the wildlife with the 5km of trails, dotted with viewing decks so you can grab your binoculars and try and spot those beautiful creatures!

A place you can't miss at the Waskasoo Environmental Education Society is Fort Normandeau, where three cultures came together and thus modern Alberta was born - pretty impressive! It's here you can enjoy weekends of fun, from 1885-era military skirmishes, to traditional First Nation ceremonies, as well as period foods and kids games. 

The interpretive centre here displays the story of Red Deer crossing, through dramatic programs, indoor and outdoor exhibits, as well as artifacts. History comes to life right in front of you! 

Wildlife, history, nature and great family fun can't be missed at this Alberta education centre, all focused on the environment and how wonderful nature really is!

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How much does it cost?

  • AdultsFree unless doing an activity.
  • ChildrenFree unless doing an activity.

When can we go?

10am - 5pm daily. Holidays 1pm - 5pm

Kerry Wood NC closed Christmas Day. Fort Normandeau open Victoria Day - Labor Day

Teachers corner

From May through October, schools and youth groups can book the site for guided programs or even overnight campouts in the teepees. Summer day camps and teepee sleepovers give youngsters an in-depth exposure to their heritage..

I'm Hungry!

Relax with a picnic lunch in the picturesque Red Deer River valley. Listen to the sounds of nature beside a crackling fire. Firewood is available for purchase when staff are present..

Healthy Eating!

Always take bottled water with you to stay hydrated!.

Any Top Tips?

The Crossing is the ideal place to launch a canoe for an afternoon paddle down the Red Deer River. The river winds into the city and to other sites in the beautiful Waskasoo Park system..

Doing our bit

The centre operate the tourism in the most sustainable manner possible. They always look to reduce the ecological footprint and produce their own alternative energy .

Baby Facilities

Especially suitable for young families is Duck and Ducklings, a balanced program for the 2 to 4 year old child accompanied by an adult. The program is based on play and an appreciation for the changes nature undergoes through the year in Central Alberta. This runs on Friday mornings..

Can I get one of those?

There is a bookstore where you can pick up a HUGE range of books, DVDs, toys and games. .

More information

Become a member and not only support nature, but you get perks like discounts in the bookstore!.

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    wonderful tranquil place, full of bird life. especially woodpeckers, chickadees, waxwings and nuthatches. visited it in September on my 1st ever visit to canada with canadian cousins fully recommend going for the opportunity to see new bird life and for the walking too!!

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