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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

April 20, May 4 and 18, June 1 and 15, July 6 and 20, August 3 and 17.

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

The Buzz About Bumblebees

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

Register at eventbrite

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

Register at eventbrite

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

Register at eventbrite

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.


Imagine and Explore Programs

Join us for adventures, games, and nature crafts as we explore Lynn Canyon Park.

For children ages 3 to 8 with an adult. Cost: $8.75 per program

Register at 604-990-3755

Jaws and Claws

Saturday, July 7 or Saturday, August 11.

10:30 am to 12:00 pm

Go Big! We'll learn about large predators like coyotes, cougars, and bears. Where do they live and how do they hunt? From habits to habitats, discover what predators need to survive.

Hide and Seek

Saturday, July 14 or Saturday, August 18.

10:30 am to 12:00 pm

How do animals hide in the forest, and do they leave any signs behind? Practice your forest camouflage skills as you become a stealthy animal tracker.

Inside Out

Saturday, July 21 or Saturday, August 25.

10:30 am to 12:00 pm

What kind of creature keeps its skeleton outside its body? An insect, that's who! Discover the incredible world of Lynn Canyon's invertebrates.

A Hole In One

Saturday, July 28.

10:30 am to 12:00 pm

Peck, peck, peck! Whether they're big or small, woodpeckers love to drill holes in old trees. Learn about the amazing adaptations that allow woodpeckers to peck, peck, peck!

Summer Mini-Camps

Ecology Centre Summer Camps are where the Forest and Fun meet!

COST: $68 per camp

Register at 604-990-3755


Tueday, July 3 to Thursday, July 5.

9:30 am to 12:30 pm

For children ages 5 to 8

Discover the slimy side of the temperate rainforest. Explore the forest for everything from banana slugs to slime moulds and learn how to make your own slime.


Monday, July 9 to Wednesday, July 11

9:30 am to 12:30 pm

For children ages 5 to 8

This camp is all about wonderful water! Explore Lynn Canyon Park's wet spaces and learn about the plants and animals that live there.

SURVIVE! - Younger Kids

Monday, July 16 to Wednesday, July 18

9:30 am to 12:30 pm

For children ages 5 to 8

Do you know how to survive in the woods? Learn the skills to keep you safe, warm and dry in the forest. Build a forest shelter, recognize helpful plants and learn about the animals that survive in the rainforest every day.


Monday, July 23 to Wednesday, July 25

9:30 am to 12:30 pm

For children ages 5 to 8

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

SURVIVE! - Older Kids

Monday, July 30 to Wednesday, August 1

9:30 am to 12:30 pm

For children ages 8 to 12

Would you be able to live in the rainforest? Develop shelter building and tracking skills, and learn about the plants and animals who survive in Lynn Canyon Park.


Monday, August 13 to Wednesday, August 15

9:30 am to 12:30 pm

For children ages 5 to 8

Transport yourself back to the not-so-distant past with homesteading crafts in the forest and learn environmentally friendly ways to have fun!


Monday, August 20 to Wednesday, August 22

9:30 am to 12:30 pm

For children ages 8 to 12

Learn how to be a nature protector! Discover how you can help restore, monitor, and protect creeks and forests to make sure they stay healthy. You'll learn how to test water quality and how to examine the diversity of the rainforest.


Monday, August 27 to Wednesday, August 29

9:30 am to 12:30 pm

For children ages 5 to 8

Do you have bat ears and eagle eyes? Learn how animals use their super senses to hunt, hide, and survive in the rainforest. Use your own senses and discover how you can watch for signs and sounds of animals in the forest.

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