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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


Spring Break - March 16 to 20

Get inspired! Get educated! Get involved! Learn about the rich biodiversity of our planet from the experts who care for wildlife. Plan to arrive early as space is limited and admission is on a first come basis. Suggested donation: $2 per person or $5 per family.

Scales and Coils

Sunday, March 17. Noon to 4 pm

Presented by: Westcoast Reptile Education Society

Come to our open house to meet reptiles from around the world and get a peak into their fascinating lives.

Wild About Mason Bees

Monday, March 18. 1:30 pm

Presented by: Taren Urquart

Native bees are our most important pollinators. Attract friendly mason bees to your garden by making them a bee house.

HighFlyers - Birds of Prey

Tuesday, March 19. 1 pm

Presented by: OWL Rescue

Owl is dedicated to the rescue, rehabilitation and release of raptors. Discover how OWL volunteers save the lives of over 700 raptors each year and meet an owl and a hawk.

Orangutan Rescue

Wednesday, March 20. 1:30 pm

Presented by: Jacqueline Sunderland Groves

Learn how the Borneo Orangutan Survival Foundation gives hundreds of orphaned orangutans a second chance to survive in the wild.

Bear Aware

Friday, March 22. 10:30 am

Presented by: North Shore Black Bear Society

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

Love Wildlife

Tuesday, March 26. 11:30 am

Presented by: Critter Care Wildlife Society

When wild mammals are sick or injured Critter Care comes to the rescue!

Making a Splash

Thursday, March 28. 2:30 pm

Presented by: Wild Ocean Whale Society

Whales, dolphins, and sea lions, oh my! Discover who's swimming in the waters around Vancouver. There will also be an optional marine wildlife field-trip associated with this presentation. Saturday, March 30. 10 am to 12 pm at Whytecliff Park.

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.

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

February 1 and 15, March 1 and 15, April 5, May 3 and 17, June 7 and 21.

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


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.


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.


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.



Monday, March 18 to Wednesday, March 20

9:30 am to 12:30 pm. For ages 5 to 8

Cost: $69.50. To register phone 604-990-3755

Come and be a nature detective 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.


Monday, March 25 to Wednesday, March 27

9:30 am to 12:30 pm. For ages 5 to 8

Cost: $69.50. To register phone 604-990-3755

From caddisflies to crows, discover how animals construct their own temperate rainforest homes. Explore the forest looking for signs of animal homes, and learn how you can help our local wildlife get ready for the springtime building boom.


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, then use our link to register for individual events at


Saturday, March 16, 1 pm to 2:30 pm.

Register here

Hello Detectives! Do think you know your plant ID? What happens in the winter, when you don't have clues like leaves and flowers? Join BCIT Fish, Wildlife, and Recreation super sleuths for a nature walk in Lynn Canyon Park and practice your winter ID skills.


Register here

Sunday, March 24, 1 pm to 3 pm

Make a difference to our local temperate rainforest ecosystem! We'll take a plant walk through Lynn Canyon and then take part in a planting to restore part of Lynn Canyon Park's picnic area.


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.


Register here

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

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


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.

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