Kids group learning to cross-country ski with UCalgary outdoor centre

Outdoor Centre Programs

Fun in the fresh air

Kids and youth programs come with free parking on campus included during the time of the sessions. 

Calgary is lucky to be surrounded by beautiful natural landscapes, just waiting to be explored. 

These programs will get you out enjoying nature and help you learn some great recreational skills. Cross-country skiers can take in the breathtaking views of Kananaskis country. When there's no snow, groups can learn to build shelters and hike some of the same areas.

Families are welcome to join many of our programs. Email for more information.

And don't forget about our amazing summer camps! 

Kids in UCalgary crosscountry ski class
Beautiful view while crosscountry skiing with UCalgary Active Living

Outdoor Centre Youth Programs

Bunnies & Jackrabbits Ski Sampler | Ages 4-12

This half-day sampler is an introduction to cross-country skiing for kids in Kananaskis. If you want to ski all season check out the Jackrabbits and Bunnies Ski Series!

Equipment is not included but can be rented from the Outdoor Centre. Transportation is not included. Prerequisite: None

Register for Bunnies Sampler | Ages 4-6

Register for Jackrabbits Sampler | Ages 7-12

Bunnies & Jackrabbits Ski Series | Ages 4-17

Spend Saturdays learning how to cross-country ski or developing your ski skills.

Tailored specifically for the Kananaskis ski trails, the Bunnies & Jackrabbits program focuses on classic technique, going for skis and playing games. Choose from morning or afternoon lessons. Depending on group size, kids are divided based on age and ability. Parents are encouraged to join in. 

No experience necessary. Transportation and equipment rentals are not included. Prerequisite: None

Register for Bunnies | Ages 4-6

Register for Jackrabbits | Ages 7-14

Register for Jackrabbits Plus | Ages 12-17 (must have passed all Jackrabbit levels)

Outdoor Winter Break Camp | Grades 2-8

Spend four days over winter holidays having fun and playing in the snow. Enjoy cross-country skiing and snowshoeing in Kananaskis, and go climbing, bouldering and swimming in Calgary. There is something here for everyone and you’ll have great stories and new skills to share when you return to school. If there isn’t enough snow to ski and snowshoe, we will hike and build shelters. Camps available for Grades 2-8.

Includes: Instructor, equipment, passes, permits, transportation.
Required: weather-appropriate clothing and indoor footwear.
Prerequisite: None

Grades 2-4  |  Grades 5-8

Register for Outdoor Winter Break Camp

Outdoor Spring Break Camp | Grades 2-8

Meet new friends and have loads of fun this spring break. In this day camp, we’ll snowshoe and cross-country ski in Kananaskis. We’ll also visit cool Calgary locations, play tons of outdoor games, and go climbing, bouldering and swimming. If the weather is warm we’ll hike and build shelters instead of being on snow. Every day is jam-packed with activities. 

Required: weather-appropriate clothing and indoor footwear. Check equipment list and additional information in the online event details.
Includes: instructor, equipment, passes, transportation.
Prerequisite: None

Grades 2-4  |  Grades 5-8

Register for Outdoor Spring Break Camp

Outdoor Centre School Programs | Grades 1-12

School programs customized for each class. Some programs seasonal.
Contact to book.

We offer a large range of custom outdoor programming for all grades and abilities, year-round, both in and out of the city. Learn to paddle on Bowness Lagoon, go on an overnight canoe trip, learn survival skills or cross-country skiing in a local park, and much more!

Outdoor Homeschool Program

Spend 6 week days (Mondays or Fridays) exploring and learning outside in Calgary’s parks! Switch up your learning format this season and leave the classroom behind. This program is a mix of Alberta curriculum content, outdoor skill development, and nature play. We have programs for Grades 1-8. Please read individual description on our website.

Learn more about Outdoor Homeschool Program