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 programming is limited at this time due to COVID-19 public health guidelines.

Park Interpreters are available in Birds Hill, Spruce Woods and Whiteshell for those school groups that are still able to visit parks, however several public health protocols are in place.

If you are wishing to have a Park Interpreter lead a program for you in a park, please email us at ParkInterpretation@gov.mb.ca or call 1-800-214-6497.  We will first discuss health protocols, and then determine safe programming options that may be available for your students.

We encourage schools to connect with us virtually in lieu of in-person visits at this time.  We are offering several virtual options to connect your classroom with a Park Interpreter via video streaming with our ‘Parks in the Classroom’ programming.  Please contact us for details.

Self-guided visits

School teachers and group leaders should be aware of COVID-19 public health guidelines to follow for visiting parks, including physical distancing requirements, safe transportation of students, group size restrictions and park facility availability as there are limited washroom facilities in the fall /winter seasons. Please contact us before planning any visits by email ParkInterpretation@gov.mb.ca or call 1-800-214-6497.

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
Email: ParkInterpretation@gov.mb.ca

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
Email: ParkInterpretation@gov.mb.ca

Parks in the Classroom

Connect virtually with a Park Interpreter live in your classroom!  We can discuss a variety of topics and bring Manitoba’s provincial parks directly to by video conference.  We use Microsoft Teams, however we can connect with other services as well. 

Programming details coming soon!  Check back in September for more information.