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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!

FALL 2017

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

October 6 and 20, November 3 and 17, December 22 (winter celebration)

Leaping lizards - it's nature story time! Visit the Ecology Centre for seasonal stories with a nature theme.

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 5 program series: $42.50

Register at 604-990-3755

Powerful Predators

Saturday, September 16. 1 pm to 3 pm

Wildcats, coyotes, and bears, oh my! Learn about the predator that call Lynn Canyon home. You'll also look at signs of some of the Canyon's tiny but powerful predators such as centipedes and spiders.

Creatures of the Night

Saturday, October 21

Make a mask and turn yourself into a nighttime animal. Discover how raccoons, bats, and owls navigate and find food in the dark.

Inside Out

Saturday, November 18

What big teeth you have! Learn about animals' teeth, bones, and claws. Discover how they help animals grow, move, and stand up tall.

Hidden Creatures

Saturday, January 20

Some animals like to stand out, while others like to hide. These hidden creatures are excellent at camouflage. Learn about local animals that hide out in the forest and meet one of the world's best hide and seek players!

Sleepy Critters

Saturday, February 17

Squirrels nest, bears feast, and slugs hide from the cold. From fur to feathers to fat, discover how our local animals say warm and rest during the winter months.


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 register for individual events at

Shoreline Cleanup

Saturday, September 23. 10:30 am to 12:30 pm

Register at eventbrite

Clean up Lynn Canyon Park this fall! Join the NatureKids club and the District of North Vancouver Park Department at 30 foot pool for a cleanup and planting day. Please meet at the Lynn Canyon Ecology Centre. Bring your gloves.

Tiptoeing in the Toadstools

Sunday, October 15. 1 pm to 3 pm

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Mega mushrooms! Fall is mushroom season, and that means that fabulous fungi are popping up all over. Join Mary Berbee from UBC Mycology to learn more about local mushrooms.

What a Hoot

Sunday, November 19. 1 pm to 2 pm

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Whoo's hooting, squawking, and screeching in the forest? Owls, that's who. Visit the Ecology Centre to learn more about these not-so-spooky creatures of the night from Raptors Ridge visitor Karen Kamstra.

Winter Bird Count

Sunday, December 10. 1 pm to 3 pm

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One chickadee, two varied thrushes, and a partridge in a pear tree? It's almost winter, and that means that it's time to count birds. Join local birder Cara Goggs to visit Maplewood Mudflats and learn how to scan the skies and the bushes for winter birds. This bird count has happened every year since 1900!

Terrific Trackers

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

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For animals, hide and seek is a serious game. Join Jenna Rudolph from Soaring Eagle 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 3 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 Johnston on a forest search in Lynn Canyon Park.

Creatures of the Creek

Sunday, March 18. 1 pm to 3 pm

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You don't always need chemistry tests to tell you about the health of your local watershed. What can creek creatures tell us about water quality? Visit a small side channel of Lynn Creek and learn about mayflies, caddisflies, stoneflies and more.

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