Fall 2021 – Secondary 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 Forest Quest program or virtual field-trips!

Booking a School Program

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

To book a secondary school 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. GST applies to groups with students age 15 and up. Our 2021 fees are:

Grade 8 to 12

  • Up to 12 students – $107.00
  • 13 to 30 students – $199.00
  • $3.00 – per student for virtual programs and self-guided programs (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 to 1 pm. Grades 8 to 12. Maximum of 30 students.

Investigating Streamlife

Runs September to October and April to June.

Water quality affect us all, especially those animals that make water their home. Through invertebrate sampling and simple chemical tests, students will gain insight into the water quality of small creeks in Lynn Canyon Park. Students will learn how certain invertebrate species are connected to good water quality and will analyse their finding to calculate a water quality index. This look into a local creek will impress upon students just how many living organisms rely on healthy aquatic ecosystems. This program works well for classes studying animal biology, human-environment interactions, and aquatic ecosystems.

Rainforest Biodiversity Study

Runs September to November and April to June.

The coastal temperate rainforest is a rare and diverse ecosystem. Get out, go for a walk to two different rainforest sites, and explore the biodiversity of this ecosystem firsthand! This program allows students to become familiar with native trees and plants by measuring their diversity along transects in the forest. Students will help design a hypothesis for the study, collect field data, and then participate in a brief analysis of what they have found. They’ll experience a glimpse into the practical side of field biology that will help them understand the complex relationships that exist in forest habitats and the science of measuring them. This program works well for classes studying plant biology, geography, or temperate rainforest ecology.

Canyon Quest

Runs September to November and April to June.

How has water shaped Lynn Canyon Park? Travel back in time to discover the powerful forces that created the landscape we see today in Lynn Canyon. Students will embark on a hike to see geological features and processes in action. The program focuses on the effects of running water on watershed geomorphology. We will also observe landscape features shaped by glaciation. During the walk, students will have the opportunity to apply their knowledge through hands-on soil testing and stream velocity measurements. This program works well for classes studying earth science, geology, and geography.

Monday to Friday at 10:00 am – 11:15 am or 1:00 pm – 2:15 pm.
Cost: $3.00 per student.

Take Flight

Grade 8 to 10 

Hop, dive, and flutter your way to this on-line workshop about birds! In this program, you’ll learn about the evolution and adaptations of birds. We’ll discover the feeding and nesting habits of local birds and the remarkable ways that different birds find niches in the temperate rainforest ecosystem.

The World Under Our Feet

Grade 8 to 10

Soil is much more than rocks and old leaves – it’s a vibrant ecosystem. Since people walk on top of the soil, we often don’t consider what’s underneath. Your students will explore how soil is made, the layers of the soil, and the animals, plants, and fungi that both rely on and help create a healthy ecosystem.

BC Biodiversity

Grade 8 to 10

What is biodiversity, and why is it important? In this on-line field trip, your students will learn about genetic, species, and habitat diversity. We will explore British Columbia’s diverse ecosystems from deserts to rainforests and learn how local plants and animals are well-adapted to our temperate rainforest ecosystem.

All About Bears

*Offered Mondays and Tuesdays only*
Grade 8 to 10
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 students plus adults.
Cost: $3.00 per students
Phone: 604-990-3755 to book a time

Forest Quest

Grades 8 to 10 – maximum 10 students plus adults 1.5 hour self-guided rainforest tour – $3.00 per student

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

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 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.