School programs

Kejimkujik National Park and National Historic Site

Kejimkujik offers a selection of guided experiences and self-guided programs to suit the interests and educational curriculum needs of all school grade levels. School programs are available in the spring and fall seasons only.

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

Planning your school visit

Applications for fall of 2023 will open on August 15, 2023, and close on October 15, 2023. First come, first served.

Fall school group bookings are only available from September 11 to October 31, 2023.

How to request a school group booking

Email to request a school group booking.

Guided school programs

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: 30 minutes to 1 hour

Location: Grafton Woods Trail

Encampment Program: Wejisqalia’ti’k (Recommended for ages 8+.)

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

Length: 30 minutes to 1 hour

Location: Mi’kmaw Encampment at Merrymakedge P2

Petroglyph Tour (Recommended for grades 6 and up.)

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 

Length: 1 hour

Location: Merrymakedge P1

Self-guided programs

Self-guided programs are available to school groups looking to do something on their own, at their own pace, without guides.

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.

Hike some trails (Recommended for ages 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

Rent canoes from Whynot Adventure, The Keji Outfitters, and explore the Mersey River (Recommended for ages 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.

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.

Camp in the group campground and stay overnight. (Recommended for ages 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: See prices


Cost: See prices (Admission fees + guided school programs fees)

Admission fees

  • Free admission for teachers and students 17 years of age and younger
  • Free admission for chaperones based on one chaperone for five kids (1:5)
  • Admission fees are applicable for students 18 years of age and older

Guided school program fees

  • School programs are free for teachers and chaperones
  • School program fees are applicable for all students

Self-guided program fees

  • Self-guided programs are free for students, teachers, and chaperones.

Equipment rental fees

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