Fall 2021 – Group Programs for Children

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

Booking Information

Booking a Group Program

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

Book your program at least 2 weeks in advance by calling us at 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 group size, booking dates, group name, phone number and e-mail.

Group Program Fees

Our program fees vary according to group size and the type of program. 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

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.

Trailblazers Programs

10:00 am to 11:30 am. 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!

World of Small

For ages 5 to 7

It’s an invertebrate stampede! Learn about the small animals that call Lynn Canyon Park home. Explore stream and forest environments, find invertebrates, and learn about their habits and habitat.

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.

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. Cost: $3.00 per student

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. Cost: $3.00 per student

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. Cost: $3.00 per student

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. Cost $3.00 per student

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

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

Suitable for 3 to 6 year olds – 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 ages 7 to 12 – 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

Suitable for ages 7 to 12  – 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 your pre-trip materials. There are pre- and post-trip activities for your students to do as well.
  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.