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Second Nature

New features and facilities centre on bringing the natural habitats of cold weather climates to life.

Edmonton, Alberta


This design is part of series of upgrades to the 51-year-old zoo, including a new entrance and circulation path featuring arrival, entry and orientation plazas, a café, gift shop, and an education and guest service centre.


The circulation path, known as the Wander, features otter and fish habitats, interpretive features, wetlands, and other plants and wildlife native to the North Saskatchewan River.


The enhanced entrance improves visitor services, while the new education centre provides essential program space.

Project facts

Cost: $25 Million
Completed: July 2014
Collaborators: Studio Hansen Roberts, T. A. Maranda, Natural Systems International, Ion Irrigation
Builder: Stuart Olson Dominion
Client: City of Edmonton

Achievements & Awards

Canadian Society of Landscape Architects (CSLA) Awards of Excellence - Regional Merit