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 Pre – K to grade 7 students and one for high school.

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Program Info

These are the programs offered for fall 2022! Please come back to this page in January for spring program offerings.

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Program Fees

For the 2022-2023 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).


  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.

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
  (Preschool and 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 preschool and grades 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

  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

  Winter Birding
  (Grades 4-7)

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 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

  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. Participants will test several parameters of water quality themselves, such as pH, turbidity, and temperature. 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.
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: 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.

Interested in this program? You can book here.

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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