Stanley Park Ecology Society connects over 5,000 young people to nature in a scientific, fun, curriculum-connected and personable way each year, following a wide range of environmental and experiential education best practices. We provide a diverse variety of ecology education programs that grow one’s love, curiosity, understanding and stewardship of the natural world.
Thank you to all the educators who have provided valuable feedback and insight over the thirty-plus years that SPES has provided quality school field trips. Your loyalty, insights, and word of mouth support have kept us strong and able to retain passionate, skilled educators through recessions, strikes, and pandemics; we are so grateful for our community and our capacity to support our planet’s future stewards and decision makers!
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Stanley Park Field Trips
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.
In 2020, we added affordable online programs that bring the wonder of Stanley Park’s creatures and ecosystems right to your classroom! These experiential programs pique students’ curiosity and awe with programs such as Marvelous Marine Mammals, Stanley Park Owls, Ring-tailed Rascals (raccoons) and many more!
Programs at Your School
In 2021, SPES also decided to eliminate transportation barriers during COVID-19 by bringing the Stanley Park field trip experience to parks and greenspaces near schools. This new program approach may extend beyond the pandemic to be offered as an outdoor option in addition to our regular in-class workshops. Click on the section title link for a list of greenspace programs.
Overnight Field Trips
Be one of the lucky 16-18 classes each spring that gets to explore the wilds of Stanley Park by day and sleep under the stars at night. Under the leadership of skilled educators, students spend two immersive days exploring forest, wetland and intertidal ecosystems. These programs normally book up quickly, so make sure to be on our mailing list to be notified when program bookings open each fall!
Teacher Training and Resources
Let Stanley Park educators help you discover field-tested activities and techniques that you can use in local parks or on your school grounds! Joining one of our Stanley Park or Greenspace teacher professional development workshops will increase your knowledge of local ecology and explore ways to teach outdoors and connect your students with nature in a meaningful way. You can also purchase our Urban Stewards CD to further help bridge the gap between the indoor classroom and the world beyond.
Clubs and Camps
We offer many opportunities for children to connect with nature, including ecology-oriented clubs and camps. Teachers, homeschool or after-school organizers can book a private 4 to 6 session series, delivered online. Week-long day camps are held in the spring and over the summer and we host periodic club series throughout the year. Learn more, sign up, and request a private club series here!
“(Our son) really enjoyed the program and he enjoyed sharing what he had learned in the program with friend(s) and family. He was excited every week. I wanted to thank you for being so kind and inclusive. I know he was younger than your target audience but you still included him and kept him engaged.”– Parent of club participant, 2020.