Let us bring our education programs to you! Due to the impacts of COVID-19 we are not currently offering classroom based programs. Read on to find out more about our outdoor Green Space Programs designed for the school yard or a public park near you.

Green Space Programs

Although we offer outdoor field trips year-round, we understand that due to COVID-19, transportation may be a barrier to getting your students outside. Our knowledgeable SPES educators will bring props to green spaces near your school and engage your students in an immersive outdoor experience. It will also serve as a guide for teachers to activate your school grounds for outdoor learning. This is for city parks or school yards, not regional parks. 

Over the rainier months of the year, when our in-park fieldtrips are a little quieter, our skilled SPES educators can deliver a few select programs right in your community. We use creative storytelling, puppets, games and engaging props to connect students with nature. Environmental learning has never been so much fun!

COVID-19 Note: Please check with your school administration on their policy about working with external educators in an outdoors context for the month you book. Also note, these policies may change to be more or less restrictive over time, and we understand this. We have a 100% refund cancellation policy associated with COVID-19 safety requests from your school. Thank you for that consideration and we hope you can join us outdoors!

Green space programs are offered from November to March and are $189/hr for a class up to 25 students. There is an additional travel fee of $25 applied to all greenspace programs and, for locations further than 15km from Stanley Park, a further charge if $2.5/km will be applied.

A limited number of these programs will be available depending on staff capacity and distance from Stanley Park, please inquire to find out more. Contact school@stanleyparkecology.ca or 604-257-6908 (ext. 103).

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.

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.

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.

Salmon Forest (Grades 2-3)

Discover the amazing connections between salmon and our forests. How do salmon help the soil and trees? Play salmon lottery, dress like a tree and find out how salmon have shaped our land. This program was originally designed for in-class delivery and has now been adapted as an outdoor program.

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.

Classroom Based Programs

Prior to COVID-19, SPES educators were able to come right into your classroom to offer ecology based programs such as Salmon Forest and Our Living Planet. As we move towards a future less disrupted by COVID-19, we look forward to again joining you in the classroom! Check back here and subscribe to our newsletter for updates on the return of in-class programming.

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