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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 2019

Treetop Tales

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. On September 6, join us for our Teddy Bear's Picnic to celebrate fall! Bring a teddy bear or your favourite plush animal.

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

April 5, May 3 and 17, June 7 and 21, July 5 and 19, August 2 and 16, September 6 - Teddy Bear's Picnic

Discovery Days

Join us for adventures, games, and nature crafts as you explore Lynn Canyon Park with an Ecology Centre naturalist.

For children ages 3 to 8 with an adult. Cost: $27 for 3 programs.

Register at 604 990-3755

GROWING UP

Saturday, March 30, 1 pm to 3 pm

Look up, look way up! How do trees get so tall? Learn about the largest inhabitants of Lynn Canyon. How do trees grow, why do they lose their leaves, and who eats them? Discover how trees clean the air and water and create food and habitats for animals.

CELEBRATE OUR PLANET!

Saturday, April 13, 1 pm to 3 pm

Today we'll throw a party for our wonderful planet Earth! We'll celebrate the plants and animals of Lynn Canyon Park on Earth Day and learn how to keep our planet healthy.

SEED SPREADERS

Saturday, May 25, 1 pm to 3 pm

Learn about the seed cycle - from pollination to the amazing creatures that help disperse seeds. Look for flowers and learn about the animals that help plants grow.

NatureKids

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 at www.naturekidsbc.ca, then use our link to register for individual events at eventbrite.ca

FLUTTERBY

Register here

Sunday, April 14, 1 pm to 2:30 pm

Discover the world of butterflies! Learn how to attract these gentle pollinators to your garden with Sally Hocking from the Deep Cove Garden Club.

GOING BATTY!

Register here

Sunday, May 26, 1 pm to 2:30 pm

Do you want to learn more about the night fliers of Lynn Canyon Park. We'll take a bat-focused walk, then create bat boxes to donate to the Maplewood Mudflats Conservation Area.

BIRD BANDING

Register here

Saturday, June 8, 7 am to 9 am (the rain date is June 9)

What do you know about migratory birds? Join the Vancouver Avian Research Centre for a morning of learning about the science behind bird banding. Watch the researchers as they band the migratory birds at Colony Farm.

Please note: We will meet at the banding station at Colony Farm.

This event will be cancelled if there is rain. The alternative rain date is June 9.

SUMMER 2019

Imagine and Explore Summer Programs

Explore the park, learn more about local animals and plants, and enjoy stories, games, and nature crafts as you explore Lynn Canyon Park with an Ecology Centre naturalist. This in an adult participation program for children ages 3 to 8 years.

CREEK CREATURES

Sunday, July 7 and Sunday, August 11. 10 am to 12 pm

For children ages 3 to 8 with an adult.

Cost: $9

Take a peek into the creek and discover how Lynn Canyon's creek creatures tell a story about the health of our local streams.

IN THE TREETOPS

Sunday, July 14 and Sunday, August 18. 10 am to 12 pm

For children ages 3 to 8 with an adult.

Cost: $9

What's happening up in the tops of the trees? Learn about the plants and animals that love to live way up high.

BUZZ!

Sunday, July 21 and Sunday, August 25. 10 am to 12 pm

For children ages 3 to 8 with an adult.

Cost: $9

What's the buzz about pollinators? Learn more about the diversity of our local pollinators and how you can maintain and grow new habitats and food for these important animals.

ART IN THE PARK

Sunday, July 28. 10 am to 12 pm

For children ages 3 to 8 with an adult.

Cost: $9

Get inspired by nature! Discover the amazing and artistic creations made by animals as they build their nests and homes and then find your own natural materials to create beautiful nature art.

Summer Mini-Camps

Summer is a great time to Discover, Connect, and Explore! Join an Ecology Centre naturalist for 3 mornings of adventure and learning in the temperate rainforest of Lynn Canyon Park.

SLIME TIME!

Tuesday, July 2 to Thursday, July 4. 9:30 am to 12:30 pm

For children ages 5 to 8.

Cost: $69.50

Discover the slimy side of the temperate rainforest. Explore the forest for everything from banana slugs to slime molds and make some slime to take home.

BEAR IN MIND

Monday, July 8 to Wednesday, July 10. 9:30 am to 12:30 pm

For children ages 5 to 8.

Cost: $69.50

If you go out in the woods today, will you find signs of a bear? Discover where bears like to live, what they eat, and learn more about their habits and habitat.

NATURE CREATIONS

Monday, July 15 to Wednesday, July 17. 9:30 am to 12:30 pm

For children ages 5 to 12.

Cost: $69.50

Get hands-on with nature at this maker-oriented summer camp. We'll explore nature art and see how the outdoors inspires us to create!

POLLINATION PARTY

Monday, July 22 to Wednesday, July 24. 9:30 am to 12:30 pm

For children ages 5 to 8.

Cost: $69.50

Do you love to invite pollinators to dine at your house? From bees, hummingbirds, and butterflies to less well-known pollinators such as beetles, discover what kinds of pollinators live in Lynn Canyon Park and how you can invite them to visit your garden.

MAKING TRACKS

Monday, July 29 to Wednesday, July 31. 9:30 am to 12:30 pm

For children ages 8 to 12.

Cost: $69.50

When humans aren't looking, what are the animals doing in the forest? Learn about tracks, scat, and other signs of animals and discover how you can use your senses to become a super tracker.

SURVIVE - Older Kids

Monday, August 12 to Wednesday, August 14. 9:30 am to 12:30 pm

For children ages 8 to 12.

Cost: $69.50

What do you need to know to survive in the temperate rainforest? In this camp, we'll learn how to build shelters, discover wild edible plants, learn how to navigate in the forest, and what to do if you get lost.

SURVIVE - Younger Kids

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

For children ages 5 to 8.

Cost: $69.50

What do you need to know to survive in the temperate rainforest? In this camp, we'll learn how to build shelters, discover wild edible plants, learn how to navigate in the forest, and what to do if you get lost.

NURTURING NATURE

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

For children ages 5 to 8.

Cost: $69.50

How can you take care of nature? This week, we'll make sure that the park and areas around it are the best possible home for animals, and we'll create projects to help us turn our own homes into better nature-friendly spaces as well.

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