Elementary School Programs

Booking Information

Program Seasons

Fall 2024 guided programs run from September 16 to November 29. Guided programs run Monday to Friday mornings and begin at 10 am. Select programs are also available at 12:30 pm. 

If you’re interested in programs outside of our normal school program season, check out our self-guided or virtual field trips!

Booking a School Program

Fill out the form below! One of our staff members will review your information and contact you with the next steps to confirm a booking, or to request more information if needed. We will respond to inquiries in the order they are received. You can also book a field-trip over the phone during the week at 604-990-3755 or by email at [email protected]

In order to allow as many schools as possible to come on a field-trip with us, schools can book a maximum of 3 field-trips per season.

School Program Fees

Our program fees vary according to group size and the duration of the program. Our 2024 fees are:

Kindergarten to Grade 7

  • Up to 12 students – $103.00
  • 13 to 30 students – $183.00
  • $3.00 – per student for virtual programs and self-guided programs (Eye Spy, Eco Quest, Forest Quest)
  • $2.00 – per student to visit the Ecology Centre and watch a nature video

Minimum cost of $60.00 for virtual programs with less than 20 children. Minimum cost of $30.00 for self-guided programs with less than 10 children.

Note that we only run one class field trip at a time (maximum 30 students). For schools wanting to bring more than one class, please consider a morning and afternoon time slot or our self-guided programs.

Cancellation Policy

Guided field trips that are cancelled with more than 3 weeks notice will be charged a $50 fee. Guided field trips that are cancelled with less than 3 weeks notice will be charged the full program fee.

Any self-guided or virtual program cancellations will be charged a $25 administration fee.

Home Learners

Our guided and virtual programs are homelearning friendly. We are happy to host mixed-aged groups and have extra adults participate in our school programs. If you’re organizing a homelearning field trip, please get in touch to determine what program would be best for your group. If you are looking for programs for individual families, please visit our children’s programs page.

Program Options

Park Use Permits

Park Use Permits are required for all groups running programs or events in District of North Vancouver Parks. Please visit the North Vancouver Recreation Commission (NVRC) website and fill out the form here. NVRC will use that information to create a permit for you. If you book a program or visit to the Ecology Centre, you do not need to apply for a Park Use Permit.

Additional Options

Storm Drain Marking Kits

Grades 1 to 7 – March to October (Weather Permitting) – Booked full till June

Salmon and other wildlife are susceptible to pollution entering rivers, streams and the ocean from storm drains. Place fish symbols on the storm drains and let others know that these drains lead to local waterways. Phone 604-990-3755 or email us at [email protected] to book a kit. Watch the instructional video here.

Trail and Habitat Restoration

Volunteer in our District of North Vancouver parks to remove invasive plants, plant native species, and restore park areas. Please go to the District of North Vancouver Volunteer in a Park page for more information.

Room Rental

Looking for an indoor space for your visit to Lynn Canyon Park? We rent out the upper room in the Lynn Canyon Cafe. This room can hold 40 people classroom/theatre style or 25 people around tables. Please go to our Room Rental page for more information and fill out the inquiry form if you are interested in booking.

Getting Ready for Your Visit

How to Prepare for the Field Trip

Review the information sent to you by e-mail. View a map of the field trip area here.

Plan to arrive in the park at least 15 minutes before your program begins for a snack and washroom break. This is especially important if you are visiting with younger children. There is no snack break during the program.

It’s often wet in the mountains, even if it’s not raining elsewhere in Metro Vancouver. Make sure that students and adult assistants are dressed for the weather. Please ask your students and assistants to come wearing layers, with waterproof boots and a waterproof jacket. Rain pants are also highly recommended!

Remind students and adults that the forest is a great place to unwind… and unplug. Please leave electronic devices at home. If you’d like to take photographs, keep your camera or phone in a zippered pocket during the rest of the field trip to make sure that it is safe and dry.

When you arrive at the Ecology Centre, check in at the front desk. As your students explore the Centre, our program staff will speak with you about the program and the learning needs of your group.

If you are planning on eating lunch after the program, please note there are undercover picnic tables located between the upper and lower parking lots. The undercover picnic tables can be booked in advance through the North Vancouver Recreation and Culture Commission (NVRC).

Getting to the Park

Lynn Canyon Park is easy to access.

  1. Public transit. Take the #227 community shuttle* to Peters Road at Duval Road or the #228 bus to Burrill Avenue and Lynn Valley Road. The community shuttle cannot hold an entire class.
  2. Private bus. All buses entering the park are required to purchase a bus permit. We give out complimentary bus permits to group coming to the Ecology Centre.
  3. Car. If you’re visiting with parent drivers, the closest parking to the Ecology Centre is the upper paved parking lot. Pay parking is in effect seasonally from March 1 to October 31. Parking is $3 per hour, for a maximum of 4 hours. The parking meter only accepts credit cards. District residents are eligible to purchase a $10 annual DNV Park Parking Pass that will enable them to park in the lot without paying the hourly rate. More information is available here.