Fall 2021 – Elementary School Programs

The Ecology Centre is offering both in person and virtual programs to schools and groups this fall.

Booking Information

Program Seasons

The Ecology Centre has a fall and a spring school program season. Fall in-person programs begin the third week of September and end the last week of November. Spring in-person programs begin the first week of April and end on the third week of June. In-person programs run Monday to Friday mornings and begin at 10 am. If you’re interested in programs outside of our normal school program season, check out our self-guided programs or virtual field-trips!

Booking a School Program

Booking for spring programs begins Wednesday, February 9th at 10 am.

To book an elementary school program, please call 604 990-3755 from 10 am to 4 pm, Monday to Friday. Program bookings cannot be completed via email, but if you have questions about our programs you are welcome to contact us by phone or at [email protected].

When you book, please be ready with the program name, your class size, booking dates, school address, phone number and e-mail.

School Program Fees

Our program fees vary according to group size and the duration of the program. Our 2021 fees are:

Kindergarten to Grade 7

  • Up to 12 students – $91.50
  • 13 to 30 students – $162.50
  • $3.00 – per student for virtual programs and self-guided programs (Eye Spy)
  • $2.00 – per student to visit the Ecology Centre and watch a nature video

Minimum cost of $30.00 for virtual programs with less than 10 children.

Cancellation Policy

Any program cancellations will be charged a $25 administration fee. Programs that are cancelled with less than 3 weeks notice will be charged a $50 fee.

Program Options

Great Slug Hunt

Runs September to November, and April to May
10am to 12pm. Grades K to 1

Spend an enjoyable visit learning about one of Lynn Canyon Park’s slimiest residents – the banana slug! In addition to indoor studies that introduce students to the features, behaviour and life cycle of the banana slug, we will also go outside for a nature walk to explore the forest through our slug senses and learn more about the slug’s home.

Water, Water, Everywhere

Runs September to November, and April to June
10 am to 12 pm. K to 3

Water is powerful, and small droplets become a force that shapes the landscape. Peek into a small tributary of Lynn Creek and see some of the many animals who live there. Learn about their life cycles and explore some of the characteristics that help these animals survive in their aquatic habitat.

Super Survivors

Runs September to November, and April to June
10 am to 12 pm. K to 3

How do animals and plants survive in the cool, wet, temperate rainforest? From magnificent mayflies to the spectacular salmonberry, learn about the amazing adaptations of animals and plants and discover the diversity of forest life. Through hands-on and sensory activities, explore how animals and plants work together to create a thriving ecosystem.

Once Upon a Tree

Runs September to November, and April to June
10 am to 12:30 pm. Grades 2 and 3

Deep in Lynn Canyon Park live giant plants that clean the air and water and create food and habitats for animals. What are they? Trees of course! In this program, students will learn about the life cycles of these giant plants, discover how trees grow food and create habitats, and learn about the connections between trees and the soil, air, and water cycles.

Stream Ecology

Runs September to November, and April to June
10 am to 12:30 pm. Grades 4 to 7

A wondrous world exists below the chilly waters of Lynn Creek. What’s living there? Most of the creatures in the creek are much smaller than salmon and trout. Invertebrates form the basis of the aquatic food chain. During this program, you’ll discover how aquatic invertebrates have adapted to, depend on, and survive in their environment. Students will identify aquatic invertebrates and use simple chemical tests to measure water quality in Lynn Creek.

BC Biodiversity

Runs September to November, and April to June
10 am to 12:30 pm. Grades 4 to 7

British Columbia is rich in plants, animals, and habitats! This program explores the concept of biodiversity with a fun indoor introduction, followed by a hands-on outdoor field study. By exploring microhabitats in the park, students gain an appreciation for the biodiversity of the rainforest and discover how different animals and plants survive in this wet and diverse environment.

Building a Rainforest

Runs September to November, and April to June
10 am to 12:30 pm. Grades 4 to 7

What makes the temperate rainforest unique? Discover how our forest is different from other ecosystems around the world. Through field studies, we will learn about the building blocks of ecosystems and discover how light levels, water, and nutrient cycles help build a temperate rainforest in Lynn Canyon Park. Head outside to explore the connections between the plants and animals of the temperate rainforest, and peer into the miniature worlds of the rainforest with our magnifying projector.

Monday to Friday at 10 am – 11 am or 1 pm – 2 pm.
Cost: $3.00 per student.

What Bug Is That?

Kindergarten to Grade 7

Get excited about the tiny creatures that live in Lynn Canyon Park. This on-line program features a short introduction to invertebrate biology and a live video session with some local animals such as slugs, worms, and woodbugs. We’ll also take a close-up look at a few of our tiny friends under a powerful magnifier.

No Bones About It

Kindergarten to Grade 7

Discover the differences between vertebrates and invertebrates. In this workshop, you’ll take a close-up look at invertebrates and then look at the interesting features of vertebrate skulls, bones, teeth, and claws. You’ll also learn about the adaptations that help temperate rainforest animals thrive in this cool, wet environment.

Once Upon A Tree

Kindergarten to Grade 7

What is a tree, and how does it work? Your students will learn how trees make their own food and how they are part of the soil, air, and water cycles of the temperate rainforest. They will also discover how a diversity of trees and other plants creates habitat for local wildlife.

Take Flight

Grade 4 to Grade 7 

Hop, dive, and flutter your way to this on-line workshop about birds! In this program, you’ll learn about the evolution and adaptations of birds. We’ll discover the feeding and nesting habits of local birds and the remarkable ways that different birds find niches in the temperate rainforest ecosystem.

The World Under Your Feet

Grade 4 to Grade 7

Soil is much more than rocks and old leaves – it’s a vibrant ecosystem. Since people walk on top of the soil, we often don’t consider what’s underneath. Your students will explore how soil is made, the layers of the soil, and the animals, plants, and fungi that both rely on and help create a healthy ecosystem.

BC Biodiversity

Grade 4 to Grade 7

What is biodiversity, and why is it important? In this on-line field trip, your students will learn about genetic, species, and habitat diversity. We will explore British Columbia’s diverse ecosystems from deserts to rainforests and learn how local plants and animals are well-adapted to our temperate rainforest ecosystem.

All About Bears

*Offered Mondays and Tuesdays only*
Kindergarten to Grade 7
Co-presented with North Shore Black Bear Society

British Columbia is bear country! Learn about these magnificent animals that are icons of the wilderness. Discover basic bear biology and learn about a black bear’s life cycle and seasonal habits. We share the best practices for exploring in bear habitat, how to identify the signs of bears and what to do in an encounter. Your class will also learn how to responsibly coexist with one of BC’s largest mammals.

These small-group programs are for a maximum of 10 children plus adults.
Cost: $3.00 per child
Phone: 604-990-3755 to book a time

Eye Spy

Grades K to 2 – maximum 10 children plus adults
30 minute self-guided Ecology Centre tour – $3.00 per child

Go on a scavenger hunt to discover nature pictures hidden in the Ecology Centre displays. Receive a small prize when you complete the Eye Spy booklet and then enjoy a nature video in our theatre.

Eco Quest

Grades 3 to 7 – maximum 10 children plus adults
45 minute self-guided Ecology Centre tour – $3.00 per child

Go on a quest for nature knowledge! The Eco Quest takes your students through the Ecology Centre’s displays. Get interactive with our displays as you find the answers to the scavenger hunt questions and decode the secret message. Receive a small prize when you complete the Eco Quest booklet and then enjoy a nature video in our theatre. Free if booked with a guided program.

Forest Quest

Grades 2 to 7 – maximum 10 children plus adults
1.5 hour self-guided rainforest tour – $3.00 per child

Take your students on an educational adventure that combines a treasure hunt and ecology knowledge! Led by clues and a forest map, your students will decode the mysteries of temperate rainforest plants and animals, searching for the secret of life in the rainforest. You’ll also have a chance to view forest life up close with our amazing projector!

Additional Programs

Storm Drain Marking

Grades 1 to 7

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 604-990-3759 to book a kit.

Trail and Habitat Restoration

Free program, Tuesday to Friday

Join our District of North Vancouver trail and habitat coordinators for an eco-adventure with your class. Work on restoring areas around the District of North Vancouver. Remove invasive plants, add native species, and restore park areas.

Contact Brad Parrish for more details.

Getting Ready for Your Visit

How to Prepare for the Field Trip

  1. To get ready for your visit, please review information sent to you by e-mail.
  2. Plan to arrive in the park at 9:45 am or 12:45 pm to leave 15 minutes for a snack and toilet break before you come into the Ecology Centre. This is especially important if you are visiting with younger children.
  3. 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!
  4. Remind adult assistants 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.

Getting to the Park

Lynn Canyon Park is easy to access.

  1. Public transit. Take the #227 community shuttle to Peters Road ad Duval Road or the #228 bus to Burrill Avenue and Lynn Valley Road.
  2. Private bus. Bus parking is limited. Please notify us in advance if you will be arriving by private bus so we can make arrangements for parking.
  3. Car. If you’re visiting with parent drivers, the closest parking to the Ecology Centre is the upper paved parking lot. Please note that there is now pay parking, in effect from March 1 to October 31. Parking costs $3 per hour, for a maximum of 3 hours, and is payable by credit card only. Residents of the District of North Vancouver can apply for a $10 annual Park Parking Pass. More information is available here.