Mini-Camps at the Ecology Centre

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.

Summer 2024

Join Ecology Centre naturalists for three days of adventures, fun and outdoor education. Mini-camps are held both indoors and outdoors, depending on the weather. Mini-camps cost $91.50 per child.

Camps are for children aged 5 to 8 or 8 to 12. All campers must be born in 2018 or earlier. Children can be registered in a maximum of 1 camp per week and a maximum of 2 camps per summer. There are spots for 10 children in each camp.

You can get a refund for mini-camps cancelled with two or more weeks’ notice (less a $10 admin fee).

We require the signature of an Informed Consent, Release and Indemnity form for our mini-camps. Please read and sign this document prior to camp and provide it to us through email or in person on or before the first day of camp.

This year, our camps will get to volunteer in Lynn Canyon Park to pull invasive species. The District of North Vancouver requires the signature of a Volunteer Personal Liability form. Please read and sign this document prior to camp and provide it to us through email or in person on or before the first day of camp.

Take a Hike

Wednesday, July 17 to Friday, July 19

9:30 am to 12:30 pm

Ages 8-12

Lace up your shoes and head out on the trails in Lynn Canyon Park! From tall trees, to the cool creek, discover the hidden gems in our forest.

River Rangers

Monday, July 22 to Wednesday, July 24

9:30 am to 12:30 pm

Ages 5-8

Venture with us to learn about the fish that live in the cold raging waters off Lynn Creek. Boost your knowledge and discover how we can help protect these important species!

Spectacular Senses – FULL

Monday, July 29 to Wednesday, July 31

9:30 am to 12:30 pm

Ages 5-8

Listen to bird songs, learn to draw simple animals, and marvel at the intricate world of bugs on our big screen. Use all your senses to slow down and appreciate the temperate rainforest during hikes, games, and activities.

Brother Bear & Sister Wolf – FULL

Wednesday, July 31 to Friday, August 2

9:30 am to 12:30 pm

Ages 5-8

Join us as we learn about the amazing lives of bears and wolves. Together, we’ll discover why bears and wolves are so special and how we can help them in our ever-changing world.

Rainforest Detectives – FULL

Wednesday, August 7 to Friday, August 9

9:30 am to 12:30 pm

Ages 5-8

Investigate the mysteries of Lynn Canyon Park! Develop your detective skills and learn about our forest with games, activities and crafts. Find out who’s hiding underfoot, and what animals might be spying on you!

Under the Canopy – FULL

Monday, August 12 to Wednesday, August 14

9:30 am to 12:30 pm

Ages 5-8

From towering trees to minuscule mosses, discover the native plants that grow throughout Lynn Canyon and learn how to identify them.

Nature Creations – FULL

Wednesday, August 21 to Friday, August 23

9:30 am to 12:30 pm

Ages 8-12

Get hands-on with nature at this maker-oriented summer camp. We’ll explore nature art and see how the outdoors inspires us to create!

River Rangers – FULL

Monday, August 26 to Wednesday, August 28

9:30 am to 12:30 pm

Ages 5-8

Venture with us to learn about the fish that live in the cold raging waters off Lynn Creek. Boost your knowledge and discover how we can help protect these important species!

Mini-Camp FAQ

In order for all campers to have the best experience in our camp, we are strict with our age minimums. Campers must be turning 6 this year, or older, to attend our camps.

Of course they are welcome at our camp! Please let us know at registration if you have strategies to help your child have the best time at camp. If your child runs away from leaders, has difficulty following directions, or is unsafe towards themselves and others, you will need to provide an adult to attend camp to support their behaviour. If we find during camp that your child is disrespectful of others or the forest or is having difficulty following instructions, we will ask you to provide an adult for the remainder of the camp.

Parent/guardians will fill out camper questions during our registration.

We also require the signature of an Informed Consent, Release and Indemnity form for our mini-camps. Please read and sign this document prior to camp and provide it to us through email or in person on or before the first day of camp.

This year, our camps will get to volunteer in Lynn Canyon Park to pull invasive species. The District of North Vancouver requires the signature of a Volunteer Personal Liability form. Please read and sign this document prior to camp and provide it to us through email or in person on or before the first day of camp.

Camp starts promptly at 9:30 am and ends at 12:30 pm. Please refer to the email from your camp leader for where to meet for drop-off and pick-up.

Please call the Ecology Centre front desk at 604-990-3755 and they will get in touch with the group leader for you.

Pay parking is in effect throughout the park. $3.00 per hour for a maximum of 4 hours, payable with credit card only at a kiosk in the lot or on the app. District of North Vancouver residents can get a seasonal parking pass for $10. There is a 5 minute drop-off zone in the upper parking lot right next to our gathering area that you are welcome to use. There is also free parking on the Lillooet Road parking lot, on the east side of the Lynn Creek.

Please bring a small backpack with a full water bottle, hat, extra pair of socks, kleenex, hand sanitizer, snacks/lunch. They should be dressed in layers; the temperature in the park during camp can start off quite cool and end quite hot.

Please apply sunscreen before camp begins.

Even for our camps with a water theme, we encourage sturdy running/hiking shoes. Extra socks are a good extra item to put in their pack. We will use bags in their shoes if they change into dry socks and their shoes are wet.

For the safety of others, please do not send your child to camp if they are sick. We hike during camp and this may be difficult for your child if they have a cough or have not been feeling well.

Please inform us at registration if your child has any allergies.

Camp Guidelines

Environmental Responsibility

Leave No Trace Principle: In our camps we do not pick plants, dig in the earth, disturb habitats, or bushwhack through trails.

Respectful Behaviour: Campers must stay with their group leader, refrain from running off trails and boardwalks, and maintain a respectful distance from wildlife.

Wildlife Interaction: Our group will stay quiet and calm if wildlife is spotted. Our camp leaders will safely lead the group to other areas to avoid any negative encounters with wildlife.

Leave No Trace Policy: Campers are encouraged to leave the park cleaner than they found it and to not discard anything in the forest, including human food, which can make wildlife sick.

Camp Etiquette

Inclusion: The Ecology Centre upholds human rights and values inclusion for all campers.

Leadership: Campers are expected to follow instructions from camp leaders.

Behaviour Expectations: Verbal abuse, physical aggression, harassment, and bullying are not permitted.

Safety: Campers are expected to behave in a manner consistent with camp rules to ensure their safety and the safety of others. Failure to comply may result in early dismissal from camp.

Note: Families are advised to review these guidelines with their child to avoid early dismissal from camp.