Kid's Discovery Zone
Assiniboine Park Zoo
Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada

PrairieWood Farm, Assiniboine Park Zoo’s new “kids’ discovery zone,” will explore, interpret and celebrate positive human relationships with wildlife. Informed by a passion for animals, and a commitment to wildlife conservation, experiential education, and environmental sustainability, it will be deeply rooted in Manitoba but informed by a global perspective. Envisioned as a busy hub of teaching and learning for open hearts and curious minds of all ages, a place where having fun is taken seriously and where what’s serious can also be fun, it will mix flexible program spaces with live animal exhibits and behind the scenes experiences of husbandry and enrichment activities. Housed in a purpose-built high-efficiency earth-sheltered building, interior spaces will open directly to the outdoors and will express a practical yet whimsical “maker” sensibility focused on innovative uses of low-cost and repurposed or recycled materials.

Project Partners

Studio Hanson|Roberts
landscape architecture and animal exhibit design
Science North
traveling exhibition consultation