Annual Winter Closure Extended – Reopening In Person April 6, 2024


Community Group Programs

Leighton Art Centre is pleased to offer our acclaimed Art & Nature programs to community groups on non-school days. Perfect for organizations like Scouts, Girl Guides, Clubs, Homeschool Programs and other community groups, your group can have an enriching experience at Leighton Art Centre, enjoying our 80 acre Foothills property and historic Education Centre.

2023-2024 Art & Nature Children’s Programming Guide


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

Booking Your Program

Please contact us at if you have questions or want to book your group’s program.


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:


Is there a minimum number of participants that can attend the program? 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 both studios. Email Coreen Thornhill at to access financial assistance.

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

Can you adapt your program for our group’s needs? Yes! We would love to work with you to create a relevant enriching experience for your group. Email Coreen Thornhill at to discuss your needs.

Cancellation Policy

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

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.