Preschool Programs

Booking Information

Program Seasons

Guided programs run Monday to Friday mornings and begin at 10 am or 1 pm.

  • Spring 2024 guided programs are booked full.
  • Fall 2024 guided programs run from September 16 to November 29.

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:

Preschool

  • Up to 12 preschoolers – $103.00
  • 13 to 24 preschoolers – $183.00
  • $3.00 – per child for virtual programs and self-guided programs (Eye Spy)
  • $2.00 – per child 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 24 preschoolers).

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.

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

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. 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. 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.