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EDUCATION

Captivating audiences with exciting and educational presentations, and activities!

THE MURRAY EDUCATION CENTRE

About the centre

Captivating audiences with exciting and educational presentations, the Murray Education Centre at Wildlife haven delivers on site and outreach presentations and activities! These workshops and presentations are perfect for schools, service clubs, community events, senior living centres, corporations or any other occasion for audiences eager to learn about wildlife!

OUR EDUCATION AMBASSADORS

Help give wildlife a second chance!

Each non-releasable Wildlife Ambassador has a story to tell about why they are not able to return to the wild and a lesson to teach about how we can peacefully coexist with wildlife. From owls, hawks and falcons, to reptiles and amphibians - our presentations give you a chance to meet them up close!

AMBASSADOR PROFILES

OUR ON-SITE STEM WORKSHOPS

Our experienced educators will bring fascinating props and other unique tools to get your students excited about wildlife. Special appearances by our non-releasable Wildlife Ambassadors make each learning session a one-of-a-kind experience!

Freezin’ Season

2 hours

As the temperatures start to drop, animals must adapt to the new freezing environment. In this program, Freezin’ Season, we take a closer look at the adaptations that animals must have to endure the changing seasons. Students will get to explore how wood frogs withstand the winter by participating in a fun science experiment! Learn how animals insulate their bodies during hibernation and how migratory animals fly south to escape the cold through a series of hands on interactive STEM activities.

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Wetland Ecosystem

2 hours

While enjoying the fresh air and sun, students will have the opportunity to learn about the importance of Manitoba’s wetlands through a series of interactive activities in our Ecosystems: Wetlands program. Students will become junior microbiologists by taking a closer look at the microscopic world that inhabits our very own man-made wetland at Wildlife Haven, as well as taking a closer look at the larger plants and animals that inhabit Manitoba’s wetlands.

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Sustainable Living

2 hours

Discover the value of living a more sustainable life with our Reducing Your Carbon Footprint program. Students will have the opportunity to learn how renewable energy sources are helping to reduce our greenhouse gas emissions by building their very own functional wind turbines. Next, they will have the chance to learn how to live a more waste free life by making biodegradable water bubbles, which were invented to provide an alternative to plastic waste, or by turning something old into something new by recycling used paper into new ready to use paper!

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Homes and Habitats

2 hours

In our Homes and Habitats programs, students will have to think like a bird to build their very own bird nest! They will discover the challenges that nesting birds face by using only material that a bird would find. Next, through an interactive activity students will explore the habitats of some of Manitoba’s native wildlife and will be tasked with identifying what makes a good home for these animals.

Biodiversity of Manitoba’s Birds
*Grade 12

2 hours

Birds in Manitoba range from the smallest hummingbird to the largest eagle. In this program, students will explore the diversity of birds within four orders: song birds (Passeriformes), owls (Strigiformes), hawks, eagles & kites (Accipitriformes) and waterfowl (Anseriformes). Students will: group taxa, identify species by scientific name with the use of a dichotomous key, make predictions about the diversity of species between orders and within orders, take wing and foot measurements of various species and look at feather structures under a microscope and compare skull size and structures.

Custom Program

If you don’t see a program that fits your needs, we are able to structure a program that suits your requirements. We can customize material for any age or audience incorporating themes like wildlife ecology, wildlife rehabilitation, conservation, biodiversity, seasonal adaptations, habitat preservation, and more.

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AMBASSADOR OUTREACH PROGRAMMING

Want to learn more about wildlife? Our Wildlife Ambassadors attend presentations in schools and booths for an experience you or your students will never forget. Get nose-to-beak with one of our live, non-releasable wildlife ambassadors and discover the marvelous adaptations and natural history of these top airborne predators. Inquire about our optional pellet dissection for a great hands-on experience. Maximum group size is 30. (45 min)

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Have a Wild Birthday Party!

Invite our Ambassadors to your next birthday party!

Let our ambassadors come to you or have your next birthday party at the Murray Education Centre. Our outdoor and indoor space is the ideal space for a celebration that is both fun and educational! Contact us for more information!

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Hall rental

Host your next event at the centre!

Just minutes away from the bustle of Winnipeg, your guest will be immersed in the beauty and complexity of Manitoba's wildlife. The beautiful new Murray Education Centre is a great space to host your next corporate or private event. To enhance your experience, your rental package can include wildlife ambassador presentations or hands on eco-activities. Contact us for more details. 

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