Fall 2021 – English Language School Programs

Booking Information

Booking an ESL School Program

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

To book an ESL school program, please call 604-990-3755 from 10 am to 4 pm, Monday to Friday. Program bookings cannot be completed over 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. Fall booking begins the second Wednesday of September. Spring booking begins the second Wednesday of February.

School Program Fees

Our program fees vary according to group size and the duration of the program. GST applies to groups with students age 15 and up. Our 2021 fees are:

  • Up to 12 children – $91.50
  • 13 to 30 children – $162.50
  • $3.00 – per child for virtual and self-guided programs – Eco Quest, Eye Spy, Forest Quest
  • $2.00 – per child to visit the Ecology Centre and watch a nature video
  • Up to 12 students – $107.00
  • 13 to 30 students – $199.00
  • $3.00 – per student for virtual and self-guided programs – Eco Quest, Eye Spy, Forest Quest
  • $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 students.

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

10 am start. 30 students maximum.

What’s for Lunch

For ages 3 to 6

The forest is full of food! Learn about the food animals eat in Lynn Canyon Park. Read a story, search for animal food, and view forest life up close with our amazing projector!

Earth Explorers

For ages 3 to 6

Do you love worms, mud and fossils? Discover the world beneath your feet and learn about the animals that live in the soil. You’ll also go on an imaginary fossil dig and have a chance to view forest life up close with our amazing projector!

Going Buggy

For ages 3 to 6

Amazing bugs are everywhere! Learn about our local invertebrates through outdoor exploration and a story. You’ll have a chance to view forest life up close with our amazing projector!

Once Upon a Tree

For ages 7 to 14

Get to know all about the trees of Lynn Canyon Parks. Find out how they clean water and create food and habitat for animals.

Bears and Salmon

This programs is 1.5 hours
For groups of up to 30 students

Experience the wild beauty of Lynn Canyon’s forests and discover the animals that call this forest home. Our Bears and Salmon tour takes you on a walk through the temperate rainforest of Lynn Canyon Park. We will visit the Suspension Bridge, a walkway that hangs almost 50 meters above the canyon. During the tour, your group will have the opportunity to see Lynn Creek and learn how animals like the salmon depend on the river as a home and as a migration route to the ocean. Learn about the signs that show that a bear has travelled in the forest before you, and discover how bears and salmon are connected to the forest in a powerful ecological bond.

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

What’s for Lunch

Best suited for ages 5 to 10.

The forest is full of food and animals need to find it. Discover the food chains of Lynn Canyon Park! We’ll read a story, search for animals eating food in the forest, and take a look at animal teeth and claws.

Earth Explorers

Best suited for ages 5 to 10.

If you love worms, soil, and fossils, this program will help you explore the world beneath your feet. We’ll show you fossils from Walter Draycott’s collections, and learn about animals that use rocks and soil as their home.

Going Buggy

Best suited for ages 5 to ten.

Do the kids in your group love bugs? We’ll read a buggy story, find some bugs living in the forest near the Ecology Centre, and then zoom in for a close-up look at a bug friend with our special magnifier.

Once Upon A Tree

Best suited for ages 7 to 14.

Get to know all about the trees of Lynn Canyon Parks. Find out how they clean water and create food and habitat for animals.

All About Bears

*Offered Mondays and Tuesdays only*
Best suited for ages 7 to 14.
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 student
Phone: 604-990-3755 to book a time

Eye Spy

Suitable for 3 to 6 year olds and beginner ESL classes – 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

Suitable for intermediate-level ESL classes – 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

For intermediate-level ESL classes – 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!

Getting Ready for Your Visit

How to Prepare for the Field Trip

  1. To get ready for your visit, please review the 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.