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Art & Nature Field Trips

At Leighton Art Centre we believe that understanding the relationship between humans and nature is one of the most important lessons of our time. We want to give kids a head start by fostering the creativity they need to flourish and become future stewards of nature. We also know that art is an ideal platform for making connections and creating deeper understanding.

Your 4-hour on-site program will explore the Foothills on our 80-acre facility and tour the galleries and museum at Leighton Art Centre. With your choice of art project, your field trip will be guided by an artist-instructor who will promote visual literacy, thoughtful observation, and critical thinking. Lessons will be tailored to your students’ age and ability. Our wide range of art projects allows you to make important curriculum connections to the learning presented in our programs.

2023-2024 Art & Nature Children’s Programming Guide


$640 per studio (bursaries available)
2 studios available: 32 students per studio

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Important: Museum Tour Alternative Presentation (Mondays and Specific Dates)

On Mondays and certain dates during the year our museum is unavailable for field trip tours. Instead, we bring artifacts out of our collections for your students to interact with. They will have a dynamic experience, learning both about the history of the Centre and how to handle and preserve important artifacts!

The following dates are affected:

  • All Mondays
  • June 2 to 8
  • June 10 to 14
  • June 17 to 21
  • September 9 to 13
  • October 28 to November 8


We want everyone to have the chance to participate in Art & Nature programs at Leighton Art Centre. Contact Coreen Thornhill, Public Programs Manager at to discuss your group’s accessibility needs. We’re also aware of the financial barriers faced by many schools, community groups, and individuals. With the support of generous donors and foundations we offer financial assistance to remove one significant barrier to access.

Ask about our bursary program!

Leighton Art Centre will provide financial assistance while funds last. Email Coreen at to access the bursary. Bursary funds are made available thanks to generous donors and foundations. If you’d like to make a donation to the bursary program and provide kids with transformative experiences with art and nature, contact Christina Cuthbertson, Executive Director:

Cancellation Policy

28 WORKING DAYS notification required or a charge of $100.00 will be incurred. This does NOT include WEATHER-RELATED CANCELLATIONS.


Is there a minimum number of students to attend? No, we don’t have a minimum number for attendance but there is a flat rate of $640 per studio based on 32 students per studio or 64 students for two studios. Bursaries are available.

How do I access the bursary? Is my school eligible for financial assistance? Email Coreen Thornhill, Manager of Public Programs: to access financial assistance. All schools are eligible. Funds are distributed first-come-first-served. 

Is there a maximum number of classes our school can bring to Leighton? Our two studios have a maximum capacity of 64 students when both studios are booked. Please divide your group so that there is no more than 32 students per studio.

How many projects can we do in a day? All field trips include one art project per studio. Your day also includes a sketchbook session, nature walk, and museum and gallery tours.

Will we have time for lunch? Yes! Our itinerary allows for 30 minutes for lunch. Please bring your packed lunches and pack all garbage back to school. Play time must be supervised by teachers and/or volunteers.

Should I bring payment with me? No, invoices will be sent back to the school with you on the day of your visit. Your office can forward a cheque to the Leighton Art Centre.

Is it free for adults to attend the field trip? Yes, teachers and volunteers are free to attend. We recommend a ratio of 1 adult per 8 children.

Still have questions? Please contact Coreen Thornhill, Public Programs Manager at

Leighton Art Centre education programs are generously supported by Calgary Foundation.




The privilege of Leighton Art Centre’s presence on 80 acres of foothills landscape within Treaty 7 territory is combined with respect, humility, and responsibility to be caretakers of the land. We acknowledge the people of these ancestral and traditional lands, which include the Niitsitapi – Blackfoot Confederacy – comprised of the Siksika, Kainai, and Piikani; the îyârhe Nakoda – Stoney Nakoda – including the Chiniki, Bearspaw, and Goodstoney First Nations; as well as the Tsuut’ina First Nation and Otipemisiwak Métis Nation of Alberta, Region 3. We also recognize that many more First Nations, Métis, and Inuit have marked these lands with their footsteps. We are grateful for all people who make their home in, or visit, the Treaty 7 territory of Southern Alberta, and who act as respectful stewards to this land, where we learn, create, and build relationships in meaningful ways.