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Childrens' Programs

From story time for tiny tots to outdoor adventures for young nature lovers, we have programs that will get your kids excited about the natural world around them! Throughout the year the Ecology Centre offers exciting special events for families. Don't miss out on any of the fun!

Spring 2018

Treetop Tales

For children ages 2 and up, with an adult

Drop in. Suggested donation $2 per person

On the first and third Fridays of the month from 11 am to 11:30 am

Feb. 2 and 16, March 2 and 16, April 6 and 20, May 4 and 18, June 1 and 15.

What a hoot! - it's nature story time at the Ecology Centre. Introduce your little ones to nature through stories and songs. Every story time is a new and exciting experience.

Discovery Days

Join us for a series of fun adventures in Lynn Canyon Park.

For children ages 3 to 8 with an adult. Cost for the 3 program series: $26.25

Register at 604-990-3755

Worm Squirm

Saturday, March 3. 1 pm to 3 pm

Go on a worm hunt! We'll use our magnifying glasses to observe worms, learn about decomposers, and help build a worm compost.

Staying Safe in the Forest

Saturday, April 14. 1 pm to 3 pm

Learn what you can do to stay safe, warm and dry when you go outdoors! You'll create your own map and use it when we go for a walk in the park.

Spectacular Senses

Saturday, May 12. 1 pm to 3 pm

Connect with your senses in the forest! Listen to the sounds and songs of the forest, smell the earth and the flowers, watch for signs of wildlife, and create some simple nature art.


Are your children inspired by nature? Take part in the NatureKids programs and soak up nature knowledge. To take part in the NatureKids programs you must become a member of NatureKids BC @, then use our links to register for individual events at

Terrific Trackers

Sunday, January 21. 1 pm to 2:30 pm

Register at eventbrite

For animals, hide and seek is a serious game. Join Jenna Rudolph from Soaring Eagles Nature School to learn how animals camouflage and protect themselves, and discover how to track animals through mud and snow.

Beautiful Bugs

Sunday, February 18. 1 pm to 2:30 pm

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Did you know that there are far more invertebrates than there are animals like cats, fish, and frogs? Learn about the habits and survival strategies of invertebrates as you join Jeannine Johnstone on a forest search for beautiful bugs.

Stream Sleuths

Sunday, March 18. 1 pm to 2:30 pm

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What can streams and rivers tell us about the health of our local environment? Visit a small stream to search for aquatic insects and learn how to protect your local streams.

Growing a Native Plant Garden

Sunday, April 8. 1 pm to 2:30 pm

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Our afternoon begins with a talk by Lori Weidenhammer, author of Victory Gardens for Bees. Afterwards, join us for a hands-on planting event near the Lynn Canyon Ecology Centre. Help create a garden that is perfect for local pollinators and other native animals.

The Buzz About Bumblebees

Sunday, April 22. 1 pm to 2:30 pm

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Do you love the fuzzy bumblebee? Did you know there are many native pollinators in need of homes in your neighbourhood? Learn more about bumblebees with Lori Weidenhammer, author of Victory Gardens for Bees.

Super Slime

Sunday, May 13. 1 pm to 2:30 pm

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If you love slime, this adventure is for you! Learn more about the banana slug, amazing slime molds, and other slimy animals, plants, and fungi of the temperate rainforest.

Bird Banding

Saturday June 23. 7 am to 9 am

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Join the Vancouver Avian Research Centre for a bird-banding experience at Colony Farm. Learn more about our migratory birds and see how VARC's bird research contributes to a better understanding of local and global bird health.


For children ages 5 to 8. Cost: $68

Register at 604-990-3755

Nature Investigators

Monday, March 19 to Wednesday, March 21. 9:30 am to 12:30 pm

Come and be a 'nature detective' as you spot the signs of spring in Lynn Canyon Park. Learn about tracking, uncover the hidden habitats of animals, play games, and create nature crafts as we ramble along the forest trails.

Buzz, Wriggle, and Crawl

Monday, March 26 to Wednesday, March 28. 9:30 am to 12:30 pm

Creepy crawlies don't need to be creepy! Watch worms and woodbugs, grow food for bees, and learn about the amazing superpowers of the tiny inhabitants of Lynn Canyon Park.


Spring Break from March 17 to March 29, 2018

Suggested donation $2 per person or $5 per family

Plan to arrive early as space is limited and on a first come basis

Scales and Coils

Saturday, March 17. Noon to 4 pm

Presented by the Westcoast Society for the Protection of Reptiles

Visit with reptiles from around the world and get a peak into their fascinating lives.

Leave It To Beavers!

Tuesday, March 20. 1:30 pm

Presented by the Association for the Protection of Fur-Bearing Animals

Discover why our national animal is also an ecological superhero.

Coyote - A Trickster's Tale

Thursday, March 22. Shows at 10:30 am, 11:30 am, and 1:30 am

Presented by the Ecology Centre Black Light Puppeteers

The boastful coyote pays a price when he takes on the raven king.

BC's Incredible Wildlife

Friday, March 23. 1:30 pm

Presented by the Northwest Wildlife Preservation Society

Learn about beautiful BC's unique habitats and incredible wildlife.

Birds of Prey

Monday, March 26. 1:00 pm

Presented by OWL Rescue

Learn about OWL's work saving injured raptors and meet an owl and a hawk.

Mason Bees

Tuesday, March 27. 10:30 am

Presented by Taren Urquhart

Attract friendly mason bees to your garden by making them a bee house.

Bear Aware

Thursday, March 29. 10:30 am

Presented by the North Shore Black Bear Network

Learn how to stay safe and get along with our black bear neighbours.

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