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Childrens' Programs

From story time for tiny tots to outdoor adventures for young nature lovers, we have programs that will get your kids excited about the natural world around them! Throughout the year the Ecology Centre offers exciting special events for families. Don't miss out on any of the fun!

Winter and Spring 2020

Treetop Tales

What a hoot! - it's nature story time at the Ecology Centre. Introduce your little ones to nature through stories and songs. Every story time is a new and exciting experience.

First and third Fridays of the month from 11 am to 11:30 am

Please note: No story time on March 20 (Wildlife Weeks puppet show)

For children ages 2 and up, with an adult

Drop in. Suggested donation $2 per person

Discovery Days - Spring Series

Discover the park, learn more about local animals and plants, and enjoy stories, games, and nature crafts as you explore Lynn Canyon Park with an Ecology Centre naturalist. This in an adult participation program for children ages 3 to 8 years.

Cost for the series is $32.25

REGISTER HERE

Growing Green

Saturday, April 18, 1 pm to 3 pm

For children ages 3 to 8 with an adult.

Why is the colour green so important? Learn about the superpowers of leaves! Listen to the inner workings of trees and discover how they move water and food from the ground up to their leaves.

Super Sniffers

Saturday, May 9, 1 pm to 3 pm

For children ages 3 to 8 with an adult.

Many animals have an acute sense of smell that helps them find their prey or sniff out danger. What can you smell in the forest? Go on a sensory excursion in the forest!

Growing Up in the Trees

Saturday, June 6, 1 pm to 3 pm

For children ages 3 to 8 with an adult.

What grows in the treetops? Epiphytes! These types of plants grow on other plants. How do they survive without soil, and what are the advantages of growing on another plant, anyway?

NatureKids

NatureKids programs are for families with children ages 5 to 13. To take part in the NatureKids programs you must become a member of NatureKids BC - naturekidsbc.ca and then register for individual programs by following the links.

Get InSpidered

Sunday, January 19, 1 pm to 2:30 pm

Presenter: Andi Fischer

Register Here (remember to get your NatureKids membership first)

Join Andi Fischer, a spider expert from Simon Fraser University, to learn about spider superpowers. Learn about spider ecology and human-spider interactions. Check out Andi's private collection of arachnids.

Connecting with Local Plants

Sunday, February 23, 1 pm to 2:30 pm

Presenter: T'uy't'tanat Cease Wyss

Explore late winter plants of the temperate rainforest and discover their edible and medicinal value. Cease is a Coast Salish ethnobotonist. She's also an emerging cedar and wool weaver, an art practice that includes plant and other natural dyes.

Register Here (remember to get your NatureKids membership first)

Restore the Outdoors

Saturday, March 14, 1:00 pm to 3:00 pm

This event takes place at Seymour River Heritage Park

REGISTER HERE (remember to get your NatureKids membership first)

Visit the Seymour River Heritage Park to remove invasive plants and plant native species. More hands make light work and increase biodiversity. Learn about efforts to restore local plants, and connect with District of North Vancouver’s Trail and Habitat Coordinator.

Frogs are Awesome!

Sunday, April 5, 1:00 pm to 2:30 pm

REGISTER HERE (remember to get your NatureKids membership first)

Join David Wong, "the frog guy," for a talk about amazing amphibians. Get to know amphibians, learn why they are important to local and global ecosystems, and discover how young people can help frogs in the world and in our bioregion.

Lynn Canyon Park BIOBLITZ

Sunday, May 24, 2:00 pm to 4:00 pm. FREE

REGISTER HERE

Get to know Lynn Canyon Park in a new way. We'll take an ecological snapshot of our area on a Bioblitz, a search for species in Lynn Canyon's creeks and forests. This session is specifically oriented towards families and focuses on bugs.

Bird Banding

Saturday, June 13, 7:00 am to 9:30 am. Alternate rain date: Sunday, June 14

This event takes place at Colony Farm

REGISTER HERE (remember to get your NatureKids membership first)

Visit the Vancouver Avian Research Centre's banding station at Colony Farm to learn more about the migratory bird species in our area. How does bird banding help people learn more about the health of bird populations?

Spring Break Mini Camps

DISCOVER, CONNECT, EXPLORE, this spring break! Whether it's muddy or sunny, we'll enjoy time in the forest exploring together.

Protecting Pollinators

Monday, March 16 to Wednesday, March 18

9:30 am to 12:30 pm

Mini Camps are for ages 5 to 8

Cost: 79.95

REGISTER HERE

Buzz over to the Ecology Centre to enjoy three mornings of pollinator exploration. Learn how you can provide homes and food for hummingbirds, beetles, butterflies, and bees. You'll also get to create pollinator-friendly crafts to take home.

Spectacular Senses

Monday, March 23 to Wednesday, March 25

9:30 am to 12:30 pm

Mini Camps are for ages 5 to 8

Cost: 79.95

REGISTER HERE

Awaken all your senses as you explore Lynn Canyon Park. On your sensory journey you'll smell the earth, taste the plants, feel the chilly waters of Lynn Creek, and look for wildlife.

Wildlife Weeks 2020 - March 15 to March 26

This spring-break, celebrate the natural world by learning more about our local plants and wildlife.

All the events are held at the Ecology Centre.

Plan to arrive early as space is limited and tickets for seating are on a first-come basis.

Great Snakes and Remarkable Reptiles

Sunday, March 15, noon to 4 pm - Open House

Presenter: Westcoast Reptile Education Society

The suggested donation is $2 per person or $5 per family.

It's cool to be cold at the Ecology Centre! Meet a variety of snakes and lizards and you'll discover they're warmer than you think.

Swoop and Soar - Birds of Prey

Monday, March 16, 1 pm

Presenter: OWL Rescue

The suggested donation is $2 per person or $5 per family.

The volunteers at OWL are dedicated to the rescue, rehabilitation, and release of raptors. Meet two non-releasable birds of prey and learn about OWL's efforts to save injured raptors.

Our Wild Neighbours

Tuesday, March 17, 1 pm

Presenter: Marcy Potter of the Fur-Bearers

The suggested donation is $2 per person or $5 per family.

We share our city with all kinds of wonderful wildlife. Let's find out how to peacefully co-exist with beavers, coyotes, raccoons, skunks and many other animals so we can become better neighbours.

The Caterpillar and Pollywog - Black Light Puppet Show

Friday, March 20. Shows begin at 10:30 am, 11:30 am, and 1:00 pm.

Presenter: The Lynn Canyon Ecology Centre Puppeteers

The suggested donation is $2 per person or $5 per family.

Katie the Caterpillar knows she has a spectacular future, while Tom the Pollywog is happy to follow Katie's lead. Families will enjoy meeting Katie, Tom and all their pond pals in this whimsical black light puppet show.

Wild About Mason Bees

Monday, March 23, 10:30 am

Presenter: Taren Urquhart

The suggested donation is $2 per person or $5 per family.

As pollinators of flowering plants, native bees play an important role in the environment and in our food production. Buzz to the Ecology Centre and learn how to identify mason bees, discover what makes their life cycle so fascinating, and build a bee house.

Night Flyers

Tuesday, March 24, 1:00 pm

Presenter: Kirk Miles of BC Community Bat Program

The suggested donation is $2 per person or $5 per family.

Bats are astounding! Find out about their amazing night-flying, bug-catching abilities and discover how you can help the bats living in your neighbourhood.

The Bear Essentials

Thursday, March 26. 10:30 am

Presenter: North Shore Black Bear Society

The suggested donation is $2 per person or $5 per family.

Black bears are part of our unique temperate rainforest ecosystem. This family friendly presentation will help you decode the mysteries of bear behaviour and become a considerate citizen of bear country.

City Salmon

Thursday, March 26, 1:00 pm

Presenter: Fernando Lessa

The suggested donation is $2 per person or $5 per family.

Journey with "outdoor storyteller" Fernando Lessa into the watery world of Vancouver's rivers and streams. Discover urban salmon and other creek creatures that depend on clean water and be inspired to protect our local waterways.

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