Parks Canada is pleased to offer a selection of educational programs at Kejimkujik National Park and National Historic Site that will suit the interests and curriculum needs of all school grade levels.

Several options are available for schools and teachers including enhanced guided programs and self-guided programs.

Kejimkujik welcomes school groups of all ages during the spring and fall seasons.

Planning your school visit this fall

Applications for fall of 2022 open on August 19, 2022.

Email ashley.moffat@pc.gc.ca to request a school group booking for fall, 2022.

Fees

Cost: See prices (Admission + school programs fees)

Admission fees:

  • free for teachers and students 17 years of age and younger
  • applicable for chaperones and students 18 years of age and older

School program fees:

  • free for teachers and chaperones
  • applicable for all students

Enhanced guided experiences

Our team is pleased to engage students through cultural and natural interpretive programming. Please see below for a brief description of the programs offered in September and October, 2022.

Guided Nature Hike for Groups

Join a natural history interpreter for a guided hike that focuses on plants, trees, birds, mammals, insects, and more! This hike can be customized to your group interests and needs.

Capacity: groups up to 25 people

Length: 1 hour

Dates: Mondays and Tuesdays only in 2022 – September 12, 13, 19, 20, 26, 27, and October 3, 4.

Location: Rogers Brook Trail

National Film Board Films and Discussion

Join an interpreter to watch a selection of short films on climate, environment, indigeneity, and resource management. *Caution, some films may contain sensitive subject matter.

Capacity: groups up to 50 people

Grades: 7-12 and post-secondary schools

Length: 1-1.5 hours

Dates: September 28, 29, and October 5, 6, 13, 19, 20, 26, 27

Location: Visitor Centre Theatre

Encampment Program: Wejisqalia’ti’k

Wejisqalia’ti’k means: ‘We grew up from the earth”. For the Mi’kmaq, this word incorporates thousands of years living and respecting their homeland, Mi’kma’ki.

Cultivate your connection with the teachings that nature offers while a cultural interpreter shares their unique skills and knowledge of this land.

Capacity: groups up to 60 people

Grades: recommended for students age 8+

Length: 1 hour

Dates: Thursdays and Fridays in September and October 

Location: Mi’kmaw Encampment at Merrymakedge P2

Petroglyph Tour

This guided walk through time will teach students about Mi’kmaw culture by experiencing the petroglyphs on the shores of Kejimkujik Lake.

Note: tour will be cancelled during rain and high water levels.

Capacity: limit of 20 people/tour – no exceptions

Grades: recommended for students age 12+

Length: 1 hour

Dates: Monday to Friday in September and October

Location: Merrymakedge P1

Fire Starting Program

Flint, friction, steel, fungus and glass. What do these all have in common? Fire. Primitive humans have used many different tools and methods to harness the power of creating fire on demand, for survival and staying a notch above on the food chain.

Join Nick, a Mi'kmaw Interpreter, to gain some hands on experience making fire with only the very basic of tools.

Capacity: groups up to 25 people

Length: 1 hour

Dates: Tuesday to Friday in September and October

Location: Encampment site, Merrymakedge P2

Self-guided programs

For school groups looking to do something on their own, at their own pace, with no guides, we offer the following programs at no cost. Entry is free for youth 17 and under.

Suitable for students of all ages. Teachers and chaperones accompanying the groups are free.

Be captivated by the woods and waterways that have been travelled by the Mi’kmaq for thousands of years.

1. Xplore with Parks Canada Xplorers booklets – recommended for ages 6-12.

School groups can complete several mini-quest activities and get a special Kejimkujik souvenir!

Ask at the Visitor Centre for your free Xplorers booklets (one per student).

Complete at least 4 activities in the booklet to become an official Kejimkujik Xplorer and receive a certificate and special limited edition souvenir.

2. Hike some trails – recommended for age 8+ 

Hiking is one of the most popular activities at Kejijkujik. Trails at the main park and at Kejimkujik Seaside will lead your group through an incredible variety of habitats and scenery to places of cultural and historical significance.

Trails are of varying lengths so everyone can have the opportunity to explore.

Ensure you bring the trail map and that everyone in your group stays together and stays on the trails.

Please do not pick the plants or take any natural objects from the forest or waterways.

Trails at Kejimkujik

3. Rent canoes from Whynot Adventure, The Keji Outfitters, and explore the Mersey River – recommended for age 10+

Equipment rentals are available online from Whynot Adventure, the Keji Outfitters. Reservations must be made online in advance. Pick up your rental at Jake’s Landing.

If you would like to make a reservation less than 48 hours from your arrival, please call 902-682-2282.

4. Pack a picnic and play educational nature games! – recommended for all ages.

Merrymakedge Beach

The best picnic area and playground for school groups is located near Merrymakedge Beach at Merrymakedge P1. There are great views, a large grassy picnic area, playground, picnic shelter and flush toilet.

You can drive to this location and it is also accessible from the walking/biking trail that connects the campground to Merrymakedge Beach.

Here are some great ‘Parks Canada approved’ activities you can do with your group.

5. Camp in the group campground and stay overnight – recommended for age 12+

Jim Charles Point Group Campground

Jim Charles Point Group Campground is available for youth and family groups. Minimum group size is 8 with a capacity of 80. This is a tenting-only facility.

Dark-sky kits

Spend your evening exploring the stars, galaxies, and constellations with our self-discovery Dark-sky kits. Kits are available to rent throughout the season, from June to October. Please contact us and we will do our best to accommodate you.

Each kit includes: 

  • Binoculars (Celestron 8X42 mm)
  • Star finder
  • Red light
  • Activities for children
  • Stargazing references

Rental cost: $5 per day