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On Site Spring Programs 2020 are Cancelled

Booking Information

Program Seasons

The Ecology Centre has a spring and a fall school program season. Spring programs begin the first week of April and end on the third week of June. Fall programs begin the third week of September and end the last week of November. Programs run Monday to Friday mornings and begin at 10 am. If you're visiting outside of our normal school program season, check out our self-guided EcoQuest, Eye Spy, and Forest Quest programs!

Booking a School Program

Booking for spring programs begins the first Wednesday of February

Booking for fall programs begins the first Wednesday of September

To book a school program, please call 604-990-3755 from 10 am to 5 pm, Monday to Friday. Program bookings cannot be completed by e-mail, but if you have questions about our programs you are welcome to contact us at [email protected]

When you book, please be ready with the program name, your class size, booking dates, school address and phone number.

Elementary School Program Fees

Our program fees vary according to group size and the duration of the program. Our 2019 fees are:

Kindergarten to Grade 7

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.

Getting Ready for Your Visit

How to Prepare for the Field Trip

  1. To get ready for your visit, please review your pre-trip materials. There are pre- and post-trip activities for your students to do as well.
  2. Plan to arrive in the park at 9:45 am 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. There are many stairs in the park. Prepare your students for a hike!
  4. 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!
  5. Smoking is not permitted during the program.
  6. Remind students and 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 your curriculum 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 and Duval Road or the #228 bus to Burrill Road 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 bus parking.
  3. Car. If you're visiting with parent drivers, the closest parking to the Ecology Centre is the parking on either side of the road. Walk along the road and you will see the Ecology Centre on your left. If that parking is full, there is a larger gravel parking lot near the entrance to the park.

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Primary Programs

Great Slug Hunt

Runs September to November

10am to 12pm. Grades K to 1

Spend an enjoyable visit learning about one of Lynn Canyon Park's slimiest residents - the banana slug! In addition to indoor studies that introduce students to the features, behaviour and life cycle of the banana slug, we will also go outside for a nature walk to explore the forest through our slug senses and learn more about the slug's home.

This program meets the learning outcomes for Kindergarten:

Water, Water, Everywhere

Runs April to June

10 am to 12 pm. K to 3

Water is powerful, and small droplets become a force that shapes the landscape. Peek into a small tributary of Lynn Creek and see some of the many animals who live there. Learn about their life cycles and explore some of the characteristics that help these animals survive in their aquatic habitat.

Super Survivors

Runs April to June

10 am to 12 pm. K to 3

How do animals and plants survive in the cool, wet, temperate rainforest? From magnificent mayflies to the spectacular salmonberry, learn about the amazing adaptations of animals and plants and discover the diversity of forest life. Through hands-on and sensory activities, explore how animals and plants work together to create a thriving ecosystem.

Once Upon a Tree

Runs April to June, and September to November

10 am to 12:30 pm. Grades 2 and 3

Deep in Lynn Canyon Park live giant plants that clean the air and water and create food and habitats for animals. What are they? Trees of course! In this program, students will learn about the life cycles of these giant plants, discover how trees grow food and create habitats, and learn about the connections between trees and the soil, air, and water cycles.

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Intermediate Programs

Stream Ecology

Runs April to June

10 am to 12:30 pm. Grades 4 to 7

A wondrous world exists below the chilly waters of Lynn Creek. What's living there? Most of the creatures in the creek are much smaller than salmon and trout. Invertebrates form the basis of the aquatic food chain. During this program, you'll discover how aquatic invertebrates have adapted to, depend on, and survive in their environment. Students will identify aquatic invertebrates and use simple chemical tests to measure water quality in Lynn Creek.

BC Biodiversity

Runs April to June, and September to November

10 am to 12:30 pm. Grades 4 to 7

British Columbia is rich in plants, animals, and habitats! This program explores the concept of biodiversity with a fun indoor introduction, followed by a hands-on outdoor field study. By exploring microhabitats in the park, students gain an appreciation for the biodiversity of the rainforest and discover how different animals and plants survive in this wet and diverse environment.

Building a Rainforest

Runs April to June, and September to November

10 am to 12:30 pm. Grades 4 to 7

What makes the temperate rainforest unique? Discover how our forest is different from other ecosystems around the world. Through field studies, we will learn about the building blocks of ecosystems and discover how light levels, water, and nutrient cycles help build a temperate rainforest in Lynn Canyon Park. Head outside to explore the connections between the plants and animals of the temperate rainforest, and peer into the miniature worlds of the rainforest with our magnifying projector.

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Self-guided Programs

Looking for a flexible and low cost program for your group? Our EcoQuest, Eye Spy and Forest Quest programs are available at times outside our normal school program times. They're also ideal for schools who'd like to bring two classes at a time.

Eye Spy

Grades K to 2

30 minute self-guided Ecology Centre tour

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. Free if booked with guided program.

Eco Quest

Grades 3 to 7

45 minute self-guided Ecology Centre tour

Go on a quest for nature knowledge! The Eco Quest takes your students through the Ecology Centre's displays. Get interactive with our displays as you find the answers to the scavenger hunt questions and decode the secret message. Receive a small prize when you complete the Eco Quest booklet and then enjoy a nature video in our theatre. Free if booked with a guided program.

Forest Quest

Grades 2 to 7

1.5 hour self-guided rainforest tour

Take your students on an educational adventure that combines a treasure hunt and ecology knowledge! Your mission begins at the Ecology Centre, where our staff will introduce your group to their Forest Quest. 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. Your adventure concludes as you return to the Ecology Centre to meet with staff and talk about what you discovered. You'll also have a chance to view forest life up close with our amazing projector!

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Dive into the mysteries of the temperate rainforest in and around your own classroom! The Lynn Canyon Ecology Centre offers in-class presentations and indoor-outdoor programs that take you outside to explore your school grounds.

Amazing Adaptations

Grades K to 3 at North and West Vancouver Schools

Program length: 1.5 hours

Program cost: $159.95

Indoor/Outdoor program. Maximum 26 students

Learn about your own senses and then discover the sights, sounds, and smells that animals might experience near your school. Your students will go on a sensory adventure on your school ground or in a local park, learning more about the ways in which different animals adapt to the temperate rainforest environment.

Intriguing Invertebrates

Grades K to 3 at North and West Vancouver Schools

Program length: 1.5 hours

Program cost: $159.95

Indoor/Outdoor program. Maximum 26 students

Create connections with some of the small and wondrous creatures that call our neighbourhoods home. We'll look at invertebrates up close and experience the outdoors with our invertebrate senses. Discover how seasonal and habitat changes alter an invertebrate's ability to survive, and make a simple craft to increase invertebrate biodiversity on your school grounds.

Aerial Adventures

Grades 4 to 7 at North and West Vancouver Schools

Program length: 1.5 hours

Program cost: $159.95

Indoor/Outdoor program. Maximum 26 students

Take off into the world of birds! Through hands-on activities, students will learn about the diversity of birds and how local bird species sense and respond to their environment. Learn about the internal and external features that make birds unique in the animal kingdom.

Bugs and Slugs

Grades K to 2 at North Shore Schools

$159.95 for a 45 minute session

Indoor presentation-style program. Maximum 60 students

They're small and they're powerful! Wiggly worms and slimy slugs might seem tiny but they play an important role in the forest ecosystem. In this classroom-based program, learn about invertebrate biology and forest food chains. Our visit to your classroom includes hand-on time with local bugs, a story, a visit from a giant slug puppet, and pre-and post-trip learning materials.

Storm Drain Marking

Grades 1 to 7

Place fish symbols on the storm drains and let others know that these drains lead to local creeks. Phone 604-990-3759 to book a kit.

Explore the Outdoors Teacher Workshops

For North Shore teachers on professional development days or after school.

$105.00 for a group of up to 12 teachers

Get to know your outdoor classroom! One of our naturalists will visit your school ground for a two hour session that will increase your understanding of your school's forest, garden, or stream ecosystem.

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 Gwynifyre Taylor for more details.

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