Winter Bug Count at the Edmonton Valley Zoo

Saturday, February 11 from 1 - 3 PM

Who: Join Nature Alberta and the Edmonton Valley Zoo to contribute to the Winter Bug Count. You don't need to be an expert at identifying bugs, you just need to have a sense of curiosity! John and Benny Acorn will be volunteering with us and helping identify bugs that we find.

What: Volunteers will

  • start the shift with a volunteer safety meeting,
  • get a backstage tour of the Northern Leopard Frogs' enclosure,
  • search for bugs outside of the frog enclosure and around the zoo to add our observations to the iNaturalist Winter Bug Count project,
  • receive free Zoo admission.

When: Saturday, February 11 from 1-3 PM. Volunteer orientation meeting will start right at 1 PM so plan to arrive early to allow time to walk to the meeting location.

Where: Edmonton Valley Zoo, 13315 Buena Vista Road, Edmonton, Alberta

How: Email Steph at to sign up to volunteer!


Be Prepared:

  • Dress for the weather. If it is -20C or below, the event will run with more time spent at the indoor locations throughout the zoo
  • Bring a backpack with water, and snacks
  • Optional: your favourite bug catching containers and bug identification guide
  • Optional: download iNaturalist to your smartphone or tablet prior to the event, and set up an account. Practice by searching for and documenting a bug in your basement, garage, or shed! Click here to follow simple steps to get started. The Zoo has open WIFI for your device.
  • Nature Alberta will provide extra bug containers