Adult & Teen Programs

Read our accessibility statement, or visit the registration links below to learn how we can adapt certain programs. Please contact us if you have any questions or feedback.

Public Programs

You can get a refund for programs cancelled with two or more weeks’ notice. Program spaces are non-transferable.

Forest Bathing

Saturday, April 20 from 1:00 to 2:30 pm

Relax among the trees and absorb the wonders our forest has to offer! Led by Tracy Chalmers, an Association of Nature and Forest Therapy guide. Forest Bathing is a slow, mindful experience with stillness and sitting.

Ages 15+. Free for Ecology Centre Members or $12 per person (+GST for ages 15+) for non-members.

Lovely Lichens

Saturday, May 4 from 1:00 to 2:30 pm

Join lichenologist Vivian Miao for an exploration of some of Lynn Canyon’s most fascinating organisms! We’ll review a few basics at the Ecology Centre first, then it’ll be outside to discover things together. Bring a hand lens, if you have, to look at all the finer lichen features, and of course, bring your camera!

Ages 15+. Free for Ecology Centre Members or $12 per person (+GST for ages 15+) for non-members.

Edible Plants Walk

Sunday, May 26 from 1:00 to 2:30 pm

Walk near X̱á7elcha (Lynn Creek) in Lynn Canyon Park with T’uy’t’tanat Cease Wyss, learning about local plant ecology and plant connections to Indigenous teachings. T’uy’t’tanat Cease Wyss is an Indigenous Matriarch of the Skwxwu7mesh, Sto:lo and Hawaiian people. Through work as an ethnobotanist, artist, activist and community-based educator, they strive to share Indigenous customs, teachings, and futures and to connect Indigenous peoples.

Ages 10+. Cost: $12 per person (+ GST for ages 15+).

Spring Gardening Workshops

Learn gardening techniques suitable for BC’s coastal environments. This program is a partnership between the Edible Garden Project and the District of North Vancouver. Please consider donating to the Edible Garden Project and/or the Ecology Centre to help us keep running these free programs.

Some of these programs are in-person, while others are online. Please double check the location of each program before registering!

Tomatoes and Cucumbers

Online through Zoom

Saturday, April 13 from 10:00 to 10:45 am

Learn how to grow two popular sun-loving crops: tomatoes and cucumbers. How can you set them up for success, and what care do they need as they grow? Ages 15+.

Small Space Gardening

Online through Zoom

Saturday, April 20 from 10:00 to 10:45 am

Whether you’re growing vegetables in a raised bed or a in pot on your deck, learn how to create good growing conditions and how to choose plants that will be successful in smaller garden beds. Ages 15+.

Lasagna Gardening

Loutet Farm

Saturday, April 27 from 10:00 to 11:30 am

Learn how to create a layered garden, otherwise known as a lasagna garden! This is a great way to build healthier and more resilient garden soil. Ages 15+.

Maintaining your Garden in Hot, Dry Weather

Online through Zoom

Saturday, May 11 from 10:00 to 11:00 am

As the weather gets warmer and drier, how can you prepare? In addition to learning about long-term water conservation strategies such as mulching and xeriscaping, you will learn how to optimize water use through innovative irrigation techniques. Ages 15+.

Water Bath Canning

Lynn Canyon Ecology Centre

Saturday, May 25 from 1:30 to 3:45 pm

Build your confidence as you learn how to preserve the season’s bounty! Go on a culinary journey with Your Secret Chef Karen Dar Woon who will demonstrate the step-by-step process of canning fruit and jams. You’ll learn about canning techniques and the science behind food preservation. Ages 15+.

Seed Saving

Online through Zoom

Saturday, June 1 from 10:00 to 11:00 am

Dive into the empowering practice of cultivating and saving seeds. Saving seeds helps create locally-adapted seed varieties. In this workshop, you’ll gain insight into selecting, harvesting, and storing seeds from a diverse array of plants such as vegetables and flowers. Ages 15+.

Growing Cut Flowers

Loutet Farm

Saturday, June 8 from 10:00 to 11:30 am

In this hands-on workshop, you’ll learn how to grow a garden that not only provides food for pollinators but also yields beautiful cut flowers for your home. Visit Loutet Farm’s flower fields and learn about their flower varieties and growing techniques. Ages 15+.

Winter Gardening

Online through Zoom

Saturday, June 15 from 10:00 to 11:00 am

Summer is the time to begin your winter garden! Learn about plants that like to be planted in the summer for later harvest, and find out how you can successfully overwinter crops for a winter, spring, or summer harvest. Ages 15+.