Discover Stanley Park’s wild side as your students roll up their sleeves and connect with nature in hands-on and interactive programs exploring forest, beach and wetland ecology. We offer a diversity of curriculum-based school field trips for kindergarten to grade 7 students and a few for high school classes too!

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Program Info

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Important Changes for the 2021-2022 Year

  • We are offering our Pre- Covid programming including Stanley Park Survivor, Seasons and Cycles, and Salmon Release Program!
  • New high school program is available!
  • If your students are distancing from each other, please let us know so we can modify the program. Otherwise, our programs will run with SPES educators distancing from your class, but assuming they are in the same cohort.
  • Cancellation policy: If the BC government introduces COVID-19 restrictions that impact our ability to deliver these programs, full refunds will be given.
  • Groups sizes for programs have been changed to a maximum of 30 students.
  • We ask all teachers to let us know about any accessibility and support needs of the group, so we can be prepared. We can accommodate those in wheelchairs for most of our programs if we know ahead of time.
  • COVID-19 safety agreements will be required to attend a program.
  • We will require increased supervision/group management from teachers and guardian volunteers, as will be outlined in our COVID-19 safety agreements.
  • Due to COVID-19, we will not be offering overnight field trips for the 2021-2022 school year.

Program Fees

For the 2021-2022 school year, the fees are as follows:

  • K-Grade 3 – 1.5 hour program: $189 for up to 25 students
  • Grade 4-7 / 8-12 – 2 hour program: $249 for up to 25 students

Discounts available for class sizes of 15 or less. Extra fees required for class sizes greater than 25. Each year, we try and accommodate some schools with greater financial need; if this applies to you, and these costs are prohibitive, please inquire and email us (school@stanleyparkecology.ca). To see a full list of programs offered in normal years, please click here.


  Nature Detectives
  (Grades K-3)

Discover the hidden secrets and stories of the forest in this sensory journey through nature.

Awaken your senses as you explore the temperate rainforest. Find tiny life forms with magnifiers, meet bugs, feed trees, and transform into a bat while learning how all of these forest elements are connected.

One-and-a-half-hour program for students in grade K-3. Can be adapted for pre-K.

Read the Nature Detectives Teacher Information Package for information on curriculum connections, meeting location and preparing for the program.

Interested in this program? You can book here!

Photo: Don Enright / SPES

  Beautiful Bats
  (Grades K-3)

Discover the many wonders of the only mammal that can fly. Find out how bats live, hunt, echolocate and adapt to their habitat using their unique bodies. Because bats are nocturnal, we will not see any live bats during the program. Instead, we will explore their habitat with unique props and activities. Bats really are beautiful; learn why in this interactive forest adventure.

One-and-a-half-hour program for grade K-3.

Read the Beautiful Bats Teacher Information Package for information on curriculum connections, meeting location, preparing for the program and more. Pre-trip and post-trip lesson plans in development.

Interested in this program? You can book here! 

Photo: Michael Schmidt / SPES

  Beach Explorers
  (Grades K-7)
  *Spring Only

Visit the Lumberman’s Arch beach at low tide and explore the incredibly diverse and abundant life in the intertidal zone.

Low tide offers us a glimpse at fascinating animals and plants that have adapted to life in and out of the sea.  Hunt for crabs, sort seaweeds, and find out what else lives or eats on the seashore, while students discover important human connections to the oceans.

Beach Explorers is a tide-dependent program and is available in spring between April and June.  Please contact us 9school@stanleyparkecology.ca) for available dates.

For grades K-3, Beach Explorers is a one-and-a-half-hour program.

For grades 4-7, Beach Explorers is a two-hour program.

Read the Beach Explorers Teacher Information Package for information on curriculum connections, meeting location, preparing for the program and more.

Interested in this program? You can book here!

Photo: Brian Grover / SPES

  Winter Birding
  (Grades K-7)

Lost Lagoon hosts a wide variety of over-wintering bird species in the Park.

Flock to Stanley Park with your students to explore the Park’s birds! Use binoculars, learn how to identify winter bird species, and discover their many adaptations to survive the winters!

For grades K-3, “Winter Birding” is a one-and-a-half-hour program.

For grades 4-7, “Winter Birding” is a two-hour program.

Read the Winter Birding Teacher Information Package for information on curriculum connections, meeting location, preparing for the program and more.

Interested in this program? You can book here!

Photo: Richard King / SPES

  Forest Fundamentals
  (Grades 4-7)

The lush temperate rainforest is diverse, abundant and full of interconnected species.

Engage all of your senses to piece together the story of forest dwelling plants and animals and their important roles in the web of life.

Two-hour program for students in grade 4-7.

Read the Forest Fundamentals Teacher Information Package for information on curriculum connections, meeting location, preparing for the program and more.

Interested in this program? You can book here!

Photo: Don Enright / SPES

  Wetland Wildlife
  (Grades 3-7)

Beaver Lake is one of Vancouver’s last natural wetlands, and it is home to incredible plants and animals.

What makes the wetland ecosystem a good place to live? How do diverse communities of animals eat their way along the food chain? Roll up your sleeves and explore Beaver Lake wildlife up close with dip nets, magnifiers and games.

Two-hour program for students in grade 3-7. Best suited for grade 3.

Read the Wetland Wildlife Teacher Information Package for information on curriculum connections, meeting location, preparing for the program and more.

Interested in this program? You can book here!

Photo: SPES

  Introduced Invaders
  (Grades 4-7)

How do invasive species affect the balance of Stanley Park’s delicate ecosystems?

Join us on a fun, fact-filled quest to find out what impact invasive plants have on biodiversity, and consider the role humans play in protecting our ecosystems. Put on some gloves and take direct action to remove invasive English ivy from Stanley Park.

Two-hour program for students in grade 4-7.

Read the Introduced Invaders Teacher Information Package for information on curriculum connections, meeting location, preparing for the program and more.

Interested in this program? You can book here!

Photo: Justine Kaseman / SPES

  Seasons and Cycles
  (Grades K-3)

Discover the amazing ways that plants and animals have adapted to the Earth’s natural cycles. In this program we will look at seasonal shifts and changes, the impact the sun and moon have on Earth, and the metamorphic life cycles of animals. We will learn how these cycles impact our lives, and how we can help preserve these natural cycles.

Grade 2 and 3 students will dive into the water cycle to discover nature’s way of recycling water. Kindergarten and grade 1 students will focus on the interconnectedness of living things, as we see how nutrients are cycled through a community.

This is a one-and-a-half hour program for students in grades K-3.

Read the Seasons and Cycles Teacher Information Package for information on curriculum connections, meeting location, preparing for the program and more.

Interested in this program? You can book here!

Photo: Brian Grover

  Stanley Park Survivor
  (Grades 4-7)

Explore wilderness survival in Stanley Park and immerse your class in this team-based adventure.

Imagine yourself lost in the woods; would you know what to do? Learn the essentials of what humans need to survive. Try your hand at knot tying and practice your new skills while building your own wilderness survival shelter.

This is a two hour program for students in grades 4-7.

Read the Stanley Park Survivor Teacher Information Package for information on curriculum connections, meeting location, preparing for the program and more.

Interested in this program? You can book here!

Photo: Anthony Ho / SPES

  Salmon Release
  (Grades K-7)

Investigate one of only four remaining salmon-bearing streams in Vancouver and discover how salmon are deeply connected to their environment.Enhance learning as your students release salmon fry into the fresh waters of Stanley Park. Our Salmon Release Program complements the Department of Fisheries and Oceans’ Salmonids in the Classroom Program. If you are studying salmon, also check out our “Salmon Forest” classroom program for a great way to kick off your studies.For grades K-3, “Salmon Release” is a one-and-a-half-hour program.

For grades 4-7, “Salmon Release” is a two-hour program.

Read the Salmon Release Program Teacher Information Package for information on curriculum connections, meeting location, preparing for the program and more.

Salmon Release is available late April and early May. Bookings must be coordinated with the Department of Fisheries and Oceans.

Interested in this program? You can book here!

Photo: Michael Schmidt

  NEW: Wetland Wildlife High School Program
  (Grades 8-12)

Wetlands store carbon, buffer the effects of extreme weather, reduce temperature extremes, support biodiversity and help to clean our freshwater but they are rare in our urban environment. In this new program, participants will join us at Beaver Lake to learn about the roles that wetlands play in mitigating climate change and supporting biodiversity. They’ll see the plants and animal species that wetlands support, and learn about parameters of water quality. If in person, participants will test several parameters of water quality themselves, such as pH, turbidity, and temperature – both at the lake and at the bog. If virtual, participants will observe the process up close with a macro-scope. They will also learn about indicator species for wetland health and find and identify macroinvertebrates in Beaver Lake. 

This is a two hour program for students in grades 8-12.

Interested in this program? You can book here!

Photo: Mark White / SPES

  Self Guided Tour: Discovery Kit
  (Grades 3-7)

Are you as big as an eagle? What lives at Lost Lagoon? Do herons have an easy life? Do salmon visit Stanley Park? Discover the answers to these questions and more while leading your own adventure with our easy to use Discovery Kit.

Bring your class for a self-guided half-day Park program or extend your field trip for $38 for the day. This is a great option for two classes from one school who want to share a bus.

The Discovery Kit is a backpack containing:

  • A class set of binoculars
  • A detailed map
  • An easy to follow teaching script
  • Fun props, engaging activities and visuals

Read the Discovery Kit Teacher Information Package for more information on where to pick up the kit and preparing for the program.

Photo: Mark White / SPES


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Stanley Park Ecology Society first delivered ecology education to elementary students in 1988 and we have been providing fun and informative experiences for children and teachers ever since. Today we deliver diverse educational programming to over 5,000 students annually – 2020-2021 being an exception given the restrictions due to COVID-19. Yet this exceptional year also pushed us to create new programs online and bring our programming out of Stanley Park and into green spaces near schools, removing the barrier of transportation for classes. We expect that these new approaches will become a regular part of our diverse educational offerings for schools.

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