Programs, Workshops, and Tours

Invest in your health and well-being. Get creative and crafty. Explore the Park, the Zoo, and The Leaf. Join us for some family fun! We offer a variety of programs, workshops, guided tours, and experiences for adults, children, and small groups.

These programs and tours are designed for individuals, couples, friends, families, and small groups who want to dive deeper into the world of animals, plants, and nature! Looking for a guided tour for a corporate group, travel group, or other larger group? Click here to learn about group tours. 

Programs & Workshops

Programs and workshops take place in gorgeous settings surrounded by nature in Assiniboine Park, the Zoo, and The Leaf. Members save 10% on program fees! If you are unable to register online, click here for additional registration options.

Mushroom Discovery

Workshop - Mushroom Discovery

Embark on an enlightening journey into the captivating world of mushrooms in this workshop! Delve into the depths of fungal ecology as we unravel the mysterious and crucial role that mushrooms play in our ecosystem.

In this engaging workshop, we will shed light on the ecological significance of mushrooms, emphasizing safety considerations such as toxicity and responsible foraging practices. Gain insights into reliable reference materials and learn essential techniques for identifying various mushroom species. Get up close and personal with samples from our extensive fungarium, showcasing the remarkable diversity of fungi.

But that's not all! Our workshop extends beyond mere observation as we explore the art and science of cultivating mushrooms in your own garden. Discover the secrets of successful mushroom cultivation and learn how to incorporate these fascinating organisms into your outdoor space.

A follow-up foray outing where participants will have the opportunity to put their newfound knowledge into action is usually organized for those interested. 

Date: Tuesday, June 4
Time: 7:00 - 9:30 pm
Location: Tannis Richardson Indoor Classroom at The Leaf
Fee: $40 + GST per person
Members receive 10% off program fees


Donna Kurt has knowledge gained from 40 years of personal experience shared from hundreds of canoe camping trips and backpacking trips, and related exposure to and investigation of mushrooms, plants, lichens, mosses, and trees. She has taken many courses at the University of Winnipeg and the University of Manitoba in biology, mycology, aquatic ecology, forest ecology, Ethnobotany and Indigenous Ethnobotany and food systems. She received a University of Manitoba certificate course in International Permaculture Design in 2017. She has also gained experience from mushroom workshops and forays led by Dr. David Punter of the University of Manitoba. Donna also learned much from hundreds of participants in mushroom workshops and forays she has led.

Canning is my Jam

Workshop - Canning is my Jam

In this hands-on workshop, you'll participate in the simple steps of making a low-sugar fruit spread from
canning to processing and sealing. We will also cover the tools and tricks of preservation, such as safety
and shelf life. Participants will take home their jar of jam made in class and a booklet covering
the lesson and the recipe.

Date:  Thursday, June 6
Time: 7:00 - 9:00 pm
Location: Tannis Richardson Indoor Classroom at the Leaf
Fee: $55 + GST per person 
Members receive 10% off program fees  


Kim Biaklowski has loved cooking and gardening since she was a child, and those passions came together many years ago, when she first taught herself to pickle, jam, and preserve the labours of the summers' work. She went on to launch 'Flora and Farmer', a gourmet preserves company, as well as 'Preserve', a storefront and facility dedicated to the production and sale of her preserves, as well as dozens of other local food companies products. After 10 years and many thousands of jars, she recently hung up her apron and has been spending her days digging in the garden, riding her bike and enjoying the local music scene. 

Beading workshop with Shannon Kraichy

Workshop - Beading workshop with Shannon Kraichy

Learn to make beaded lanyards in this beginner-friendly class. Inspired by the earthy colours of the display biome.

Participants will learn the looped-stitch beading technique and begin a ~7-inch wrist lanyard during the 3-hour workshop, to be brought home and completed on their own time. Small class size to accommodate a more intimate learning experience. 

Workshop participants must be over 16 years of age.

Date: Saturday, June 8
Time: 9:00 am - 12:00 PM
Location: 145 The Leaf Way, Tannis M Richardson Indoor Classroom
Fee: $75 + GST
Members receive 10% off program fees

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Workshop facilitator: Shannon Tara Kraichy (she/her) is a Métis artist, facilitator and anti-racism educator from Winnipeg. She has been beading and creating with fur and leather since 2016, and started her business, Waabishki Miigwan Creations, in January 2021.

Veggie Container Garden for Children

Workshop - Veggie Container Garden for Children

Ever wonder where your food comes from? Or how those delicious veggies end up on your plate? Let's embark on a farm-to-fork journey right here at The Leaf!

In this family-friendly event, children will roll up their sleeves and dive into the world of gardening. They'll learn the secrets of planting and nurturing their very own mini vegetable garden. Veggies include 'Quick Snack' mini cucumbers, 'Purple Zebra' tomatoes, Cocoa Mini Potted' tomato, 'Rainbow Mix' radishes, 'New Red Fire' lettuce, and 'Mini Love' watermelon.

The fun doesn't end there, as everyone will take home their container to enjoy watching the unique and colourful vegetables grow throughout the season.

The workshop is for children ages 6 -10 with a parent or adult guardian.

Date: Saturday, June 15
Time: 10:00 - 11:00 am
Location: Tannis Richardson Indoor Classroom at the Leaf
Fee: $40 + GST per person 
Members receive 10% off program fees


Slow Flow Yoga at the Pavilion

Workshop - Slow Flow Yoga at the Pavilion

Instructor Jackie Enberg is certified in Vinyasa Flow and Restorative Yoga. In this class, we will practice a Slow Flow with restorative pauses/poses. This class is accessible to students of all experience levels. Jackie has been connected to the Park all her life, growing up close to the park, and as an animal care supervisor, she is proud to call the Zoo her career for almost 20 years.

Upcoming Sessions:

  • Wednesdays, February 28 - April 24 (8 sessions, no class March 27)
  • Wednesdays, May 1 - June 19 (8 sessions)

8 Sessions $128.00 +GST

Member Fee:
8 Sessions $115.20 + GST

Time: 6:00 pm - 7:15 pm
Location: The Pavilion at Assiniboine Park

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Members, please use the monthly member discount code at checkout.

Booking & Cancellation Policies

  • Registration fees are non-refundable (unless the program or tour is cancelled by Assiniboine Park Conservancy).
  • Pre-registration and payment for programs and workshops is encouraged to ensure we have sufficient staff and materials for attendees. Sorry, we cannot accept walk-ups for programs and workshops unless otherwise specified. Walk-ups are welcome for tours, space permitting.
  • Programs and workshops are subject to demand. If enrollment is insufficient, Assiniboine Park Conservancy reserves the right to cancel a workshop up to one week in advance.

Interested in hosting a program or workshop at Assiniboine Park, the Zoo, or The Leaf?

Please click here to fill out our expression of interest form and a member of our Education & Programs team will reach out to you soon. 

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