Stanley Park Field Trips

Photo: Richard King / SPES

Photo: Richard King / SPES

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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. 

Looking for a high school program? Email us an inquiry.

See below for a full list of current half-day field trips. Interested in a longer experience? Consider SPES’ two-day, one-night curriculum-based camping program Nature Ninjas. Suitable for grades 4-7. Limited space available, only from April – June. 

You can reserve your program online, or by calling 604 257-6907.

Program Fees

For the 2017-2018 school year, the fees are as follows:

  • 1.5 hour program: $175 for up to 25 students
  • 2 hour program: $225 for up to 25 students

Discount available for class sizes of 15 or less. Extra fees required for class sizes greater than 25.

 

Primary School Field Trips (1.5 hours)

Nature Detectives (Grades K-3)

Photo: Don Enright / SPES

Photo: Don Enright / SPES

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, preparing for the program and more. Pre-trip and post-trip lesson plans in development.

 

Beautiful Bats (Grades K-3)

Photo: Michael Schmidt / SPES

Photo: Michael Schmidt / SPES

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.

 

 

Beach Explorers (Grades K-7) *Spring only

Photo: Brian Grover / SPES

Photo: Brian Grover / SPES

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 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.


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Intermediate School Programs (2 hours)

Forest Fundamentals (Grades 4-7)

Photo: Don Enright / SPES

Photo: Don Enright / SPES

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.

 

 

Wetland Wildlife (Grades 3-7)

Photo: Richard King / SPES

Photo: Richard King / SPES

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.

 

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.

 

 

Stanley Park Survivor (Grades 4-7)

Photo: Anthony Ho / SPES

Photo: Anthony Ho / SPES

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.

 

2-hour program for students in grade 4-7. Stanley Park Survivor happens as a whole class. 

 

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

 

 

 

Beach Explorers (Grades K-7) *Spring only

Photo: Brian Grover / SPES

Photo: Brian Grover / SPES

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 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.


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 Self Guided Tour: Discovery Kit (Grades 3-7) – $38 / day

Items found in the self-guide tourAre 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 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.