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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!

Winter and 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.

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

January 4 and 18, 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.

Spring Break Mini-Camps


Monday, March 18 to Wednesday, March 20

9:30 am to 12:30 pm.

Cost: $69.50

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.

Cost: $69.50

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


Sunday, February 10, 1 pm to 2:30 pm. This program is FULL.

Join local birder Cara Goggs on a winter bird watching tour around the marshes and mudflats at the Maplewood Conservation Area.


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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