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John Janzen Nature Centre

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Address: 7000-143 Street, Whitemud Drive & Fox Drive, Edmonton, Alberta T5J 2R7, Canada
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+1 780-442-5311
10:00 - 18:00
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Mon - Fri 10:00 - 18:00
Sat - Sun 11:00 - 17:00

A gateway to the heart of Edmonton’s River Valley, the newly-renovated John...

A gateway to the heart of Edmonton’s River Valley, the newly-renovated John Janzen Nature Centre takes visitors for a walk on the wild side with programs, events and interactive exhibits designed to promote awareness and engagement with nature in an urban setting.Enjoy the Tegler Discovery Zone indoor play space, try one of our great drop-in programs, and experience natural encounters. Group, school and birthday party bookings are available.

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A nice thing tobtake your kids too

On the way to Fort Edmonton stop by this cute little place and learn about nature bugs and other related things.

Reviewed 3 September 2016
Michelle W
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Reviewed 3 September 2016

On the way to Fort Edmonton stop by this cute little place and learn about nature bugs and other related things.

Thank Michelle W
Beaumont, Canada
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19 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
Reviewed 29 July 2016

The indoor playground for the kids is nice for rainy days, however, it needs maintenance, lots of the toys are missing most of the time that we go there so the kids cannot actually do the activities that are there.

2 Thank Steven W
Edmonton, Canada
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19 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
Reviewed 14 July 2016

Get in touch with nature -- visit the paths, enjoy the exhibit room - sometimes with live creature, nature walks and the recent addition of an excellent play room for toddlers and elementary ages.

Thank paulduo
Edmonton, Canada
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51 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
Reviewed 9 July 2016

Young and old can enjoy the site, both inside and out. It is centred in the river valley close to Fort Edmonton Park. The beehive area is great for children under 10. The wilderness pond can be explored by all ages.

Thank elva111
Edmonton, AB
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 25 helpful votes
Reviewed 24 May 2016

A lovely place for kids when it is cold outside, staff are engaging and helpful. The tired play area needs some funds injected - no nuts for the squirrel, no blocks and no water the last few visits.

Thank SmokoEdmonton_AB
Fort McMurray, Canada
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51 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 82 helpful votes
Reviewed 9 May 2016

Visited with my 2 and 1 year olds. They both really enjoyed the playground room. Teal so liked the animal exhibits. Some if it was a but over their heads given their age, but there were lots of things to do and I will definitely return when my kids are a little older.

Thank emilie728
Edmonton, Canada
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 28 helpful votes
Reviewed 6 February 2016

Visited with my son and two grandkids. They have a yearly pass, so my grandsons have been many times to the indoor nature-themed play area. One side has tiny garter snakes, a salamander and a frog that children can watch through glass, and a few tables have puzzles and blocks to play with. Another side has a cave, a slide... More 

Thank Shirley N
Edmonton, Canada
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Reviewed 15 January 2016

Great people working and volunteers; however the City of Edmonton as ALWYAS makes things not affordable for average Edmontonians and families. Would be great if more affordable for a family.

Thank FamilyEdmontonActivi
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Reviewed 15 December 2015

my daughter absolutely loved this place, we went on a class trip (5 yr olds) the kids were so entertained & interested in everything-Great experience for them & loved seeing the look on her face with all the new "nature" to explore

Thank barbilicious
Gibbons, Canada
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Reviewed 8 September 2015

taking the time at the centre to view what the inside of a bee hive or how the season affect the plants and other great things about nature that we take for granted

Thank Shane S

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