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Address: 7000-143 Street, Whitemud Drive & Fox Drive, Edmonton, Alberta T5J 2R7, Canada
Phone Number: +1 780 442 5311
11:00 am - 5:00 pm
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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 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... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed May 24, 2016
Edmonton, AB
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Beaumont, Canada
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16 reviews
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

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.

1 Thank Steven W
Edmonton, Canada
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16 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 14, 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 10 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 9, 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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58 reviews
16 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 24, 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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50 reviews
27 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 77 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 9, 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 26 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 6, 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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28 reviews
19 attraction reviews
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed January 14, 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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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 15, 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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54 attraction reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 8, 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
Edmonton, Canada
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26 reviews
18 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 13, 2015

Its a waste of money. if you are going then dont go inside the play area and if you wish to go inside the carry a pair of socks.

Thank Shahid M

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