Indoor Experience

Inside our accessible LEED-Gold facility you will find a dynamic exhibition program with lots to see and do!

Groups with 15 or more people are asked to help ensure a great experience for all visitors by making advance arrangements to avoid overcrowding at the Nature Centre.

Discover new exhibits in the Main Gallery every 6 months!

Main Exhibit Gallery

The Nature Centre's Main Exhibit Gallery features interactive exhibitions based on seasonal themes. Exhibits are designed to be hands-on and interactive. A volunteer Exhibit Rover is always present to answer questions, show visitors how things work, and share interesting information. This dynamic space provides an engaging experience for everyone! Exhibitions generally run for 6 months, usually changing in March and October.

Did you know?

You can meet our teaching partner Davey (a Gopher Snake) at the Nature Centre!

Our Community Art Gallery showcases emerging artists with new exhibitions on display every 6 weeks!

Community Art Gallery

Our Community Art Gallery showcases nature, science, and environmentally-themed exhibitions. This space promotes the work of local artists who draw inspiration from the area’s natural features. Exhibitions generally run 6-8 weeks.

Did you know?

Artists interested in having their work displayed in the Community Art Gallery may submit an Expression of Interest for consideration. Expressions of Interest received before November 15th of the current year will be considered for exhibition during the following year.

Explore Lethbridge's unique environments - from the grasslands, to the coulees, to the cottonwood forest, and the Oldman River.

River Valley Exhibit

This foundational exhibit will help you understand the diversity of life our region supports! It will help you learn about Lethbridge's unique environments – from the grassland prairie, to the coulees, to the cottonwood forest, and the Oldman River.

The central feature of this exhibit is the Oldman River. Visitors are taken on a journey from the headwaters into the Lethbridge valley. The exhibit explores the unique qualities of our river valley and what makes this place so special.

Did you know?

Designing and planning for the permanent River Valley Exhibit spanned more than 5 years and represents the collective work of nearly 50 community organizations and environmental groups, individuals, and businesses. The end results represents the collective knowledge and support of our community.

Learn about prairie plants and discover the diversity of Southern Alberta's grasslands on our accessible rooftop patio!

Alberta Real Estate Foundation Prairie Living Roof

Enjoy the view from the Alberta Real Estate Foundation Prairie Living Roof – learn about prairie plants and discover the diversity of Southern Alberta's grasslands!

Located on the second floor of the Nature Centre, the Living Roof is one of the best spots to put everything into perspective. This impressive viewpoint is an educational tool that showcases native flowers and plants of Southern Alberta, while also demonstrating design practices that will extend the life of the roof and improve the overall efficiency of the building.

Did you know?

There are two distinct types of living roofs at the Nature Centre! (Conventional and Prairie).

Explore sustainable building design features in our LEED-Gold facility!

LEED-Gold Demonstration Facility

Our facility has attained LEED® Gold certification for the building’s innovation in design, sustainability, and overall efficiency. LEED-Gold ranks the Nature Centre at the top of all LEED-certified buildings in the city and marks the first City of Lethbridge owned facility to achieve such status. 

Notable features of our building include: efficienct lighting, heating, and cooling; rain gardens, bio-swales, and living roofs; smart building technologies, onsite power generation, beautiful design, and more.

Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) is an internationally recognized rating system which marks excellence for green buildings that attain high performance in key areas of human and environmental health. LEED Canada is nationally administered by the Canadian Green Building Council (CaGBC). 

The Canadian Green Building Council indicates that buildings have a significant impact on the environment – generating up to 35% of all greenhouse gases, and 35% of all landfill waste (from construction and demolition). Making buildings better is in everyone’s best interest!

Did you know?

The Nature Centre offers sustainable building tours! This is a great option if you are considering building or retrofitting and want to leverage our experience and understanding of sustainability in action. Contact us for more information.

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The City of Lethbridge acknowledges that we are gathered on the lands of the Blackfoot people of the Canadian Plains and pays respect to the Blackfoot people past, present and future while recognizing and respecting their cultural heritage, beliefs and relationship to the land. The City of Lethbridge is also home to the Metis Nation of Alberta, Region III.