While the forest, beaches, wetlands and meadows are where staff and volunteers of Stanley Park Ecology Society can be found doing their conservation, research and education work, SPES does operate three distinct facilities in Stanley Park.
SPES operates the Stanley Park Nature House on Lost Lagoon. It’s Vancouver’s only ecology centre and a gateway attraction for nature lovers. Nature House is open weekends year round and 6 days per week during the summer as a drop-in centre with many resources, artifacts and intriguing projects. This is a regular meeting place for SPES programs and outings.
The Nature House is located under the viewing plaza at the north end of Alberni Street.
The second and third floors of the historic Dining Pavilion overlooking the Malkin Bowl are the administrative and creative design hub for SPES. From here, we steward our volunteers, members and donors, and manage the many layers of program logistics. We have two unique classrooms here where we deliver not only a diversity of lectures, workshops and social events, and also to make available as room rentals.
The address is 610 Pipeline Road, Vancouver, BC V6G 1Z4. Please note this address is different from our mailing address.
Link to map.
The third permanent structure that SPES occupies is also an attraction built on an ages-old model of earthen architecture. The Cob Popcorn House is an award-winning, whimsical yet functional model of sustainability. Its curved wood shutters are open on its clay, straw and sand walls during summer days and throughout the evenings of October and December. Educational signage helps to tell its story even when it is not open to the public.
You’ll find the Cob House in the Miniature Railway Plaza.
If you are looking for general information and history on Stanley Park, you can check the Vancouver Park Board website.
Sign up for a membership
Support SPES facilities and help us keep them in top shape. Join now to enjoy all the perks of a SPES member and visitor:
- Free preview nights for Halloween Ghost Train and Christmas Bright Nights
- Discounted admission at the Vancouver Aquarium
- Discounts on Discovery Walks, programs, and special events
- Seasonal activities calendar and quarterly newsletter
- Voting privileges to help SPES enact ecological stewardship in Stanley Park