School & Youth Groups

Taking your class out to a provincial park is a rich, rewarding experience for your students.  Being outdoors and engaging in hands-on activities is the best way for students to learn about our province`s natural, cultural and historical features.

Explore a trail on a guided hike with an Interpreter, camp under the stars, build a quinzhee or discover a historical site – the opportunities are endless! 

Click the links below to plan your visit.

Free School Programs

School programs are free of charge and curriculum based.  Our skilled team of Park Interpreters offer guided hikes, games, activities and other unique outdoor learning experiences in our natural and cultural resources.  Programs are relevant to each location's unique features and environment, and are available on a variety of curriculum-based subjects such as ecology, plant life, wildlife, cultural history, biodiversity, geology and more!

Programs emphasize hands-on experiences to deliver a unique engaging experience for your students or group year-round in Birds Hill, Spruce Woods and Whiteshell Provincial Parks.

Click the links below to open PDF files of programming options for each park or to submit a program request form.

Programming Options:

Birds Hill
Spruce Woods

Program Request Form

Additionally, school programs are also offered in June in Grand Beach, Hecla/Grindstone, St. Malo and St. Norbert provincial parks.  (St. Malo & St. Norbert offer bilingual programming). 

All programs are available on a first come, first served basis and must be booked in advance.

Self-guided visits

Visiting Parks with Your Students

Can’t access a Park Interpreter?  No worries – we can still help you out!
If you’re interested in taking your students on a field trip, give us a call.  We’ll discuss what your learning objectives are and help plan your field trip.  We can recommend locations, trails, activities and equipment for you.  We might even be able to provide some learning materials, or arrange to have a park manager or Conservation Officer meet your class in the park.
Here’s some additional info to help plan your field trip.

Park Entrance Fees
Vehicle Permits are required in provincial parks.  Schools are eligible for complimentary vehicle permits providing you meet the following criteria:

  • Complimentary daily vehicle passes are issued to vehicles transporting students (i.e. busses).  They will not be issued for parents who are accompanying the field trip in their personal vehicle or are dropping off their children at the park.
  • A maximum of 10 passes can be issued.  Groups requiring more permits must purchase the additional permits.
  • Passes are only issued during the regular school year (Tuesday after Labour Day through to the last Thursday in June). Complimentary passes are not issued during the summer season.

You must apply at least two weeks in advance in order for the passes to be mailed out to you in time.  When applying, you must submit your request on official school letterhead including the following information: the park visiting, date, number of students, number of teachers/adult supervisors and number of passes requested. Please send the letter to:

Recreation & Education Services
Parks and Protected Spaces
Box 52, 200 Saulteaux Crescent
Winnipeg, MB  R3J 3W3
Fax: 204-945-0012

Camping & Group Use Sites
School groups qualify for free camping up to and including the last Thursday night of the school year.  Complimentary camping is offered in group use areas. A reservation fee will apply to each site reserved.
To make a reservation and have your nightly fees waived, call the Parks Reservation Service at 1-888-482-2267.
Users of group use areas and campsites must comply with all rules specified in the Camper's Guide.

Backcountry Camping
A backcountry hike or canoe trip is a challenging yet very rewarding experience.  Groups not exceeding nine individuals can camp for free at designated backcountry sites.  Groups of ten or more must apply for a Special Events Permit.

Special Event Permits
If you are planning any large special activities other than a picnic or overnight camping a Special Events Permit may be required.

For more information:
Parks & Protected Spaces Branch
Interpretation Unit
Box 52, 200 Saulteaux Crescent
Winnipeg, MB   R3J 3W3
Phone: 204-945-4375