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Best Educational Activities in Edmonton

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John Janzen Nature Centre

A pond, nature trails, and colonies of friendly squirrels are just a small part of this nature center. John Janzen Nature Centre is a fun place for children, with regular scheduled events and programs to help them understand the nuances of nature and wildlife. Dirt-cake making is a highlight; now there is a skill to learn. The center is next to Fort Edmonton Park. There are about four kilometers (2.5 miles) of nature trails to explore on your own. However, staff is on hand to answer your questions.

Edmonton, AB, Canada
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Fort Edmonton Park

Explore Edmonton's beginnings as a fur trading post at Canada's largest living museum. Walk around recreations of life in Edmonton as it was in 1846, 1885, 1905, and during the Depression. Learn how a beaver hat is made, see the way children lived on the homestead, get your picture taken in the historical style, and visit an old-fashioned soda fountain. There are also annual and special events like the children's Easter candy hunt that are sure to delight visitors of all ages.

Edmonton, AB, Canada
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University of Alberta Botanic Garden

These lush grounds formal gardens and an open area. Devonian Botanic Garden also serves as a serious research and education center for the faculty of agriculture, forestry, and home economics. Courses for the public are run year round on arts, crafts, and horticulture; there are day camps for school children during the summer months. There are ten separate themed gardens, as well as a butterfly collection. For gifts and souvenirs, check out the on-site shop. The gardens are open to public visitation from May to October 10.

Edmonton, AB, Canada
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Leduc #1 Museum + Energy Discovery Centre

This museum showcases the history of the crude oil generation in Alberta and tells the story of those who worked hard in the Black Gold business. Visitors can take a self-guided excursion through the museum to view exhibits that include a range of photographs and artifacts. For those who would like a more in depth, experience, guided tours are also available. Housed on the actual Leduc-Woodbend Oilfield which was the major source of crude oil in the early 20th-Century, this site was designated a National Historic Site in 1990.

Devon, AB, Canada
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