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Secondary School Programs

Booking Information

Program Seasons

The Ecology Centre has a fall and a spring school program season. Fall programs begin the fourth week of September and end the last week of November. Spring programs begin the first week of April and end on the third week of June. Programs run Monday to Friday mornings and begin at 10 am. Plan to arrive in the park at 9:45 am. If you're visiting outside of our normal school program season, check out our self-guided EcoQuest, Eye Spy, and Forest Quest programs!

Booking a School Program

Booking begins first Wednesday of September at 10 am for fall programs

Booking begins first Wednesday of February at 10 am for spring programs

To book a school program, please call 604-990-3755 from 10 am to 5 pm, Monday to Friday. Program bookings cannot be completed over email, but if you have questions about our programs you are welcome to contact us.

When you book, please be ready with the program name, your class size, booking dates, school address and phone number. Our school programs run from September to November and from April to June.

School Program Fees

Our program fees vary according to group size and the duration of the program. GST applies to groups with students age 15 and up. Our 2017 fees are:

Grades 8 to 12

Getting Ready for Your Visit

How to Prepare for the Field Trip

  1. To get ready for your visit, please review your pre-trip materials. There are pre- and post-trip activities for your students to do as well.
  2. There are many stairs in the park. Prepare your students for a hike!
  3. It's often wet in the mountains, even if it's not raining elsewhere in Metro Vancouver. Make sure that students and adult assistants are dressed for the weather. Please ask your students and assistants to come wearing layers, with waterproof boots and a waterproof jacket. Rain pants are also highly recommended!
  4. Smoking is not permitted during the program.
  5. Remind students and adult assistants that the forest is a great place to unwind... and unplug. Please leave electronic devices at home. If you'd like to take photographs, keep your camera or phone in a zippered pocket during the rest of the field trip to make sure that it is safe and dry.

When you arrive at the Ecology Centre, check in at the front desk. As your students explore the Centre, our program staff will speak with you about your curriculum and the learning needs of your group.

Getting to the Park

Lynn Canyon Park is easy to access.

  1. Public transit. Take the #227 community shuttle to Peters Road and Duval Road or the #228 bus to Burrill Avenue and Lynn Valley Road.
  2. Private bus. There is bus parking for school buses on the right hand side of the street just after you enter the park. Bus parking is free for those who participate in our programs. The bus driver must come into the Ecology Centre and pick up the free parking permit to display in the bus window.
  3. Car. If you're visiting with parent drivers, the closest parking to the Ecology Centre is the parking on either side of the road. Walk along the road and you will see the Ecology Centre on your left. If that parking is full, there is a larger gravel parking lot near the entrance to the park.

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Secondary School Programs

Canyon Quest

Runs September to November and April to June.

10 am to 1 pm. Grades 8 to 12. Maximum of 30 students.

How has water shaped Lynn Canyon Park? Travel back in time to discover the powerful forces that created the landscape we see today in Lynn Canyon Park. Students will embark on a hike to see geological features and processes in action. The program focuses on the effects of running water on watershed geomorphology. We also observe landscape features that the glaciers left behind. During the walk, students will have the opportunity to apply their knowledge through hands-on soil testing and stream velocity measurements. This program is ideal for those classes studying earth science, geology, and geography.

This program meets the learning outcomes for Grade Eight:

This program meets the learning outcomes for Grade Nine:

This program meets the learning outcomes for Grade Eleven Earth Sciences:

This program meets the learning outcomes for Grade Twelve Geology:

Rainforest Biodiversity Study

Runs September to November and April to June.

10 am to 1 pm. Grades 8 to 12. Maximum of 30 students.

The coastal temperate rainforest is a rare and diverse ecosystem. Get out, go for a walk to two different rainforest sites, and explore the biodiversity of this ecosystem firsthand! This program allows students to become familiar with native trees and plants by measuring their diversity along transects in the forest. Students will help design a hypothesis for the study, collect field data, and then participate in a brief analysis of what they have found. This experience offers students a glimpse into the practical side of field biology and will help them understand the complex relationships that exist in forest habitats and the science of measuring them. This program works well for classes studying plant biology, geography, or temperate rainforest ecology.

This program meets the learning outcomes for Grade Eight:

This program meets the learning outcomes for Grade Nine:

This program meets the learning outcomes for Grade Ten:

This program meets the learning outcomes for Grade Eleven Environmental Science:

This program meets the learning outcomes for Grade Eleven Life Science:

Investigating Stream Life

Runs September to November and April to June.

10 am to 1 pm. Grades 8 to 12. Maximum of 30 students.

Water quality affects us all, especially those animals that make water their home. Through invertebrate sampling and simple chemical tests, students will gain insight into the water quality of small creeks in Lynn Canyon Park. Students will learn how certain invertebrate species are connected to good water quality and will analyze their findings to calculate a water quality index. This glimpse into a local creek will impress upon students just how many living organisms rely on healthy aquatic ecosystems. This program is ideal for classes studying animal biology, human-environment interactions, and aquatic ecosystems.

This program meets the learning outcomes for Grade Eight:

This program meets the learning outcomes for Grade Nine:

This program meets the learning outcomes for Grade Ten:

This program meets the learning outcomes for Grade Eleven Environmental Science:

This program meets the learning outcomes for Grade Eleven Life Science:

This program meets the learning outcomes for Grade Twelve Environmental Science:

Outreach Programs

Explore the Outdoors

For North Shore teachers on professional development days or after school.

Up to 12 teachers - $83

Get to know your outdoor classroom! One of our naturalists will visit your school grounds for a two-hour session that will increase your understanding of your school's forest, garden, or stream ecosystem.

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