Fall 2021 – Pre-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 Eye Spy program or virtual field-trips!

Booking a School Program

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

To book a preschool 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:


  • Up to 12 pre-schoolers – $91.50
  • 13 to 30 pre-schoolers – $162.50
  • $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 $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

Runs September to November and April to June.
For groups of up to 24 children ages 3 to 5.
10 am to 11:30 am or 1 pm to 2:30 pm.

What’s For Lunch?

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

Earth Explorers

Look out below! If you love worms, mud, and fossils, this program will help you explore the world beneath your feet. See fossils from Walter Draycott’s collections, and learn about animals that use rocks and soil as their home.

Going Buggy

Do your students just love bugs? Search for little critters in the forest and learn about the importance of our local invertebrates through outdoor exploration and a story.

Mondays to Friday at 10:00 am – 10:45 am or 1:00 pm – 1:45 pm
Cost: $3.00 per child
These virtual programs are best suited for children ages 3 – 5.

What’s for Lunch?

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

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

Do the children in your preschool or daycare 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.

Maximum 10 children plus adults
30 minute self-guided Ecology Centre tour – $3.00 per child

Eye Spy

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.

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.