Regional Parks Field Trips

Programs have been adjusted to allow for physical distancing and our team is taking measures to protect you including decreasing group sizes and increasing sanitization of materials.

Staff continue to closely monitor developments regarding COVID-19 and will notify participants of any program changes or cancellations.

Regional Parks has a team of staff ready to help you explore regional parks. If you have any questions, email Programs.Info@metrovancouver.org.

​From towering forests to sandy seashores, regional parks are filled with fun, hands-on learning environments. Park interpreters lead field trips outdoors for about 2 hours. Students are engaged in discovery, activities and games related to the topic. Specimens are often brought out to showcase the species that live nearby.

Our programs meet various curricula, from science to physical activity and more. Let us know how we can meet your learning objectives when you book.

Registration for FALL/WINTER field trips (September 15th, 2020 – March 15th, 2021) opens on August 31st, 2020 at 8:00am.

NEW! Virtual Field Trip: Salmon Rainforest. See below for details.

To book a program, it’s as easy as 1, 2, 3

  1. Use the table and descriptions below to decide which park and which program works best for you.
  2.  Make a field trip request.
     Field trip request
  3. A park interpreter should contact you within 1 week to confirm your booking and discuss details. If you don’t hear anything, email us at programs.info@metrovancouver.org.

Program Length

  • Pre-K and Kindergarten - 1.5 hours (park dependent)
  • Grade 1 and up - two hours
  • Virtual Field Trip - 1 hour (see program details in the drop down menu below)

Costs & Payment

  • In park field trips - $170 per class (max 30)
  • Virtual field trip - $60 per class (max 30 students)

Once the program is booked, you'll need to pay, either by

  • cheque payable to "Metro Vancouver Regional Parks Interpretation", or
  • credit card by calling 604-432-6359

Payment needs to be made no later than 2 weeks after receiving your invoice.

Cancellation Policy

COVID-19 UPDATE: During this time of uncertainty, we are waiving the fee for cancellations and date changes due to COVID-19-related concerns. For cancellations and changes unrelated to COVID-19, please see our original policy below.

Programs take place in all weather conditions, unless deemed unsafe by Metro Vancouver. A $25 administration fee is retained for all cancellations and date changes. No refund will be issued if you cancel less than two weeks before your program date.

Field Trips

Grade levels below are only suggested. All programs can be adjusted to suit any grade level.


 

 

NEW! Salmon Rainforest - VirtualNEW! Salmon Rainforest - Virtual17<div class="ExternalClass2BF29397B15943CAAF220460487932FE"><p class="ExternalClass50AC6EFAA3484949A1193A866CCA2331">​Can't make it to a regional park in person?  Connect your students to nature online with a live, interactive, virtual field trip with a park interpreter. </p><p class="ExternalClass50AC6EFAA3484949A1193A866CCA2331">Salmon make a forest healthy. Join us online to explore the extraordinary life cycle of salmon, and learn more about how they provide food for the forest and more than 100 animal species, including us.</p><p class="ExternalClass50AC6EFAA3484949A1193A866CCA2331">This virtual field trip includes a 15 min. technology check, a 30 min. interactive presentation by a park interpreter, followed by  15 min. of questions and answers.</p><p class="ExternalClass1BC5B404E99049D095194FF7BFE1C42E">Presentation includes:</p><div class="ExternalClass50AC6EFAA3484949A1193A866CCA2331"><ul><li>Video footage and animation of the salmon life cycle and role in temperate rainforest<br></li><li>Real time polling questions to engage students in critical thinking and inquiry-based learning<br></li><li>Instruction for a hands-on experiment to follow along with in class or at home<br></li><li>Knowledgeable professional park interpreter making connections and bringing the role of salmon to life in an online setting<br></li></ul></div><p> </p><p><a href="/media-room/video-gallery/regional-parks/252604844" target="_blank">For a look at how Metro Vancouver is working to restore salmon habitat, take a look at this video</a></p><p><em></em> <a href="/services/parks/ParksPublications/2016FieldTripCurriculumObjectives-SalmonRainforest.pdf" target="_blank">Curriculum Objectives</a><span aria-hidden="true"></span></p></div>
Nature Explorers (Pre-K to Gr. 1) Available at all regional parksNature Explorers (Pre-K to Gr. 1) Available at all regional parks1<div class="ExternalClass7A30C71DFC364AB0ACF532ED42A48D24"><p>Taste a raindrop, touch a tree, smell a flower and listen for birds as you explore the park. Experience nature through activities to engage all your senses as sights, sounds, textures and smells come alive. </p><p> Sample activities*</p><ul><li>Fist Listen: Count on your fingers how many nature sounds you can hear when you stop to really listen<br></li><li>Forest Perfume: Mix your own collection of forest materials to create a unique fragrance<br></li><li>Sensory Warm-up: Rub your hands together to warm up your sense of touch, then warm up your other senses until you're ready to be a nature detective<br></li></ul><p>*activities may vary depending on the location, leader, group age or teacher request</p><p> <i class="fa fa-video-camera fa-lg"></i> <a href="/media-room/video-gallery/regional-parks/217458488" target="_blank">For a preview of how our park interpreters work, watch this video about bird song.</a><br></p><p> <i class="fa fa-file-pdf-o fa-lg"></i> <a href="/services/parks/ParksPublications/2016FieldTripCurriculumObjectives-NatureExplorers.pdf" target="_blank">Curriculum Objectives</a></p></div>
Signs of the Season (Pre-K to Gr. 1) Available at all regional parksSigns of the Season (Pre-K to Gr. 1) Available at all regional parks2<div class="ExternalClass35719B9B88AE4A9BADDA57396E7F25C2"><p>In spring, trees burst into leaf, bumblebees forage for nectar and birds build their nests. In fall, plants scatter their seeds, squirrels stash mushrooms and cones, and birds migrate south. Learn how living things survive seasonal changes and still meet their basic needs – all through fun and inspiring nature activities.</p><p> Sample activities*</p><ul><li>Bee Bottoms: Pretend to be a bee as you pollinate flowers with your handheld bee bottom (cotton swab) (Spring) </li><li>Bird Nests: Look at a variety of bird nests and the materials that birds use to make them (Spring/Summer) </li><li>Nutty Squirrel: Play a food-caching game (Fall)</li><li>Leaf Rainbow: Learn why leaves fall from trees; collect leaves and sort them by colour (Fall) </li></ul><p>*activities may vary depending on the location, leader, group age or teacher request</p><p> <i class="fa fa-video-camera fa-lg"></i> <a href="/media-room/video-gallery/regional-parks/217344547" target="_blank">For a preview of how our park interpreters work, watch this video about skunk cabbage.</a> </p><p> <i class="fa fa-file-pdf-o fa-lg"></i> <a href="/services/parks/ParksPublications/2016FieldTripCurriculumObjectives-SignsoftheSeason.pdf" target="_blank">Curriculum Objectives</a></p></div>
BFF: Big Friendly Forest (Pre-K to Gr. 1) Available at most regional parksBFF: Big Friendly Forest (Pre-K to Gr. 1) Available at most regional parks4<div class="ExternalClass0F7C225F0D8D441C964A6787E6FC1DD6"><p>Trees provide food for butterflies, nests for squirrels, perches for owls and oxygen for us to breathe – and that’s just the start! Discover the many ways that plants help their forest friends including us. Experience the wonder of the forest through sensory activities, games and stories.</p><div>Sample activities*</div><ul><li> Feed a Tree: Collect ingredients from the forest floor that will become soil. Stir, and voila, you have forest soup! Pour it at the roots of a tree to give it a tasty snack. </li><li> Tree Story: Listen to a tall tale of a tree that shows how to identify it in a playful way. </li><li> Tree Condos: See if you can spot any of the birds, bugs or fungi that live on dead or dying trees. </li></ul><p>*activities may vary depending on the location, leader, group age or teacher request</p><p> <i class="fa fa-video-camera fa-lg"></i>  <a href="/media-room/video-gallery/regional-parks/217344496" target="_blank">For a preview of how our park interpreters work, watch this video about birds that nest in tree holes.</a> </p><p> <i class="fa fa-file-pdf-o fa-lg"></i> <a href="/services/parks/ParksPublications/2016FieldTripCurriculumObjectives-BFFBigFriendlyForest.pdf" target="_blank">Curriculum Objectives</a></p></div>
Tiny Transformers (K to Gr. 2) Available at most regional parksTiny Transformers (K to Gr. 2) Available at most regional parks3<div class="ExternalClass72717EEC4317461AB7D6BCCB3A5A7325"><p>Bumblebees start life as a sesame-seed sized egg, hatch into tiny larvae then spin themselves into a cocoon of silk before finally emerging as the fuzzy insect we know. They’re just one of the invertebrates – insects, spiders and slugs -- that undergo amazing transformations and play important roles in nature. Discover the incredible lives of these creatures by gently collecting and examining some of them.</p><p>Sample activities*</p><ul><li>Bug Hunt: Collect and release bugs whether your program is in the forest, sand dunes, pond or stream. Witness life stages where possible<br></li><li>Spider Web Spray: Gently mist spider webs to make them more visible as you search for different types of webs<br></li><li>Insect Life Cycle Role Play: Pretend to be a butterfly as you develop from egg to adult<br></li></ul><p>*activities may vary depending on the location, leader, group age or teacher request </p><p> <i class="fa fa-video-camera fa-lg"></i>  <a href="/media-room/video-gallery/regional-parks/217344522" target="_blank">For a preview of how our park interpreters work, watch this video about banana slugs. </a> </p><p> <i class="fa fa-file-pdf-o fa-lg"></i> <a href="/services/parks/ParksPublications/2016FieldTripCurriculumObjectives-TinyTransformers.pdf" target="_blank">Curriculum Objectives</a></p></div>
Pond Peeking (K to Gr. 4) Available at Campbell Valley, Iona Beach, Kanaka Creek and Minnekhada regional parksPond Peeking (K to Gr. 4) Available at Campbell Valley, Iona Beach, Kanaka Creek and Minnekhada regional parks5<div class="ExternalClass93671F21E50A4F0D83D738E8369896A8"><p class="ExternalClass163139B8FC2A44838B61100B844D461B">Water scorpions, diving beetles and sideswimmers are some of the unusual creatures that live in the underwater world of ponds. Discover more about their fantastic forms, life cycles and how they interact with each other and their environment.</p><p>Sample activities*</p><ul><li>Pond Dip: Collect aquatic organisms from the edge of the pond, learn how to identify them and discover how they change as they grow<br></li><li>Frog Life Lottery: Role play how hard it is to survive to adulthood as a frog through this life cycle game<br></li><li>Heron Sneak: Learn how prey survive predators in this game of heron-and-frog (cat-and-mouse)<br></li></ul><p>*activities may vary depending on the location, leader, group age or teacher request </p><p> <i class="fa fa-file-pdf-o fa-lg"></i><a href="/services/parks/ParksPublications/2016FieldTripCurriculumObjectives-PondPeeking.pdf" target="_blank">Curriculum Objectives</a></p><p> <i class="fa fa-file-pdf-o fa-lg"></i> <a href="/services/parks/ParksPublications/PondOrganisms-fieldtrip.pdf" target="_blank">Pond Organisms</a></p> <a href="/services/parks/ParksPublications/PondOrganisms-fieldtrip.pdf" target="_blank"> </a></div>
Ecosystem Safari (Gr. 3-4) Available at most regional parksEcosystem Safari (Gr. 3-4) Available at most regional parks6<div class="ExternalClass1FB02DB15E80403AA6A9B21A5141B1D1"><p class="ExternalClass669BC64505ED43BB8D48CF167B58E496">Hummingbirds need spiders – not just for food, but for spider silk to help hold together their tiny nests of twigs, leaves and lichen. It’s the kind of relationship that healthy ecosystems are built on. Join the web of life by doing activities specially designed for the park you’re exploring. Learn who lives there, how they survive and some of the surprising and extraordinary relationships.</p><p class="ExternalClass669BC64505ED43BB8D48CF167B58E496">Available for bog, forest, dune, stream, pond, beach or grassland habitats. </p><p class="ExternalClass669BC64505ED43BB8D48CF167B58E496">Sample activities*</p><ul><li>Ecosystem Tag: This fun running game shows how parts of an ecosystem interact and depend on one another. </li><li>Identi-plant: Work in pairs to match the labelled plants to the card in your hand in the fun running game. Experience the diversity of plant life. </li><li>View an animal specimen: Examine pelts, skulls or scat to learn about how the animal uses different components in an ecosystem to survive. </li><li> Who Lives Here? Search for tracks and signs that introduce students to local wildlife. </li></ul><p>*activities may vary depending on the location, leader, group age or teacher request </p><p> <i class="fa fa-file-pdf-o fa-lg"></i> <a href="/services/parks/ParksPublications/2016FieldTripCurriculumObjectives-EcosystemSafari.pdf" target="_blank">Curriculum Objectives</a></p></div>
Curious about Creatures (K to Gr. 7) Available at all regional parksCurious about Creatures (K to Gr. 7) Available at all regional parks7<div class="ExternalClass69C7E884657E41EC978FE08E3F4E5F33"><p>If you were a black bear, you could smell a hot dog almost 30 kilometres away. If you were a bat you could hear sounds made by distant stars. If you were a beaver, you’d have transparent eyelids for diving underwater. Our parks are home to a variety of amazing wildlife; choose a creature you’d like to learn more about and we’ll do the rest. </p><p>Sample activities*</p><ul><li>Slug Slime: Test the amazing properties of slug slime as you pick up large objects using only a tiny bit of slime on your finger<br></li><li>Animal Specimens: See, smell and touch animal specimens like pelts, skulls and feathers<br></li><li>Search for Beaver Signs: Look for lodges and chewed logs<br></li></ul><p>*activities may vary depending on the location, leader, group age or teacher request </p><p> <i class="fa fa-video-camera fa-lg"></i>  <a href="/media-room/video-gallery/regional-parks/217344573" target="_blank">For a preview of how our park interpreters work, watch this video about beavers. </a> </p><p> <i class="fa fa-file-pdf-o fa-lg"></i> <a href="/services/parks/ParksPublications/2016FieldTripCurriculumObjectives-CuriousAboutCreatures.pdf" target="_blank">Curriculum Objectives</a></p></div>
Salmon Rainforest (Gr. 2 to 6) Available at Burnaby Lake, Capilano River and Tynehead regional parks (Oct – Nov), Kanaka Creek Regional Park (Apr - May & Oct - Nov)Salmon Rainforest (Gr. 2 to 6) Available at Burnaby Lake, Capilano River and Tynehead regional parks (Oct – Nov), Kanaka Creek Regional Park (Apr - May & Oct - Nov)8<div class="ExternalClass1BC5B404E99049D095194FF7BFE1C42E"><p>Salmon make a forest healthy. Join us to explore the extraordinary life cycle of salmon, and learn more about how they provide food for the forest and more than 100 animal species, including us.</p><p>Sample activities* </p><ul><li> Salmon Life Cycle Match-up: Review the salmon life-cycle by placing pictures of their life stages in the correct habitat<br></li><li> Salmon Bone Mystery: Search for salmon bones and find out how they get to the forest<br></li><li> Explore a Hatchery (when available): See live salmon, release fry, dissect a salmon, or catch and identify aquatic insects that salmon eat<br></li></ul><p>*activities may vary depending on the location, leader, group age or teacher request </p><p> <i class="fa fa-video-camera fa-lg"></i><a href="/media-room/video-gallery/regional-parks/252604844" target="_blank">For a look at how Metro Vancouver is working to restore salmon habitat, take a look at this video</a> </p><p> <i class="fa fa-file-pdf-o fa-lg"></i> <a href="/services/parks/ParksPublications/2016FieldTripCurriculumObjectives-SalmonRainforest.pdf" target="_blank">Curriculum Objectives</a></p></div>
Wonderful Water (Gr. 2 to 4) Available at Capilano River and Kanaka Creek regional parksWonderful Water (Gr. 2 to 4) Available at Capilano River and Kanaka Creek regional parks9<div class="ExternalClass4D1CD0F689B3413A832C56ECA7060D1A"><p>If a raindrop falls on the side of a mountain, what will it become? Find out how water shapes the landscape and see the effects it has on the plants and animals that live in the rainforest. Walk amongst giant trees and trickling streams while learning with hands-on activities. </p><p>Sample activities* </p><ul><li>Water Cycle Tag: Discover how water evaporates, condenses and precipitates as raindrops in this fun running game<br></li><li>Drop in the Bucket: Observe just how little of the world's precious water is accessible to plants and animals<br></li><li>Meet a Tree: Get to know an ancient tree of the rainforest with the help of a buddy and a blindfold<br></li></ul> <p>*activities may vary depending on the location, leader, group age or teacher request </p><p> <i class="fa fa-file-pdf-o fa-lg"></i> <a href="/services/parks/ParksPublications/2016FieldTripCurriculumObjectives-WonderfulWater.pdf" target="_blank">Curriculum Objectives</a></p></div>
Seashore Sleuths (K to Gr. 4) Available during low tide at Belcarra, Boundary Bay and Pacific Spirit regional parksSeashore Sleuths (K to Gr. 4) Available during low tide at Belcarra, Boundary Bay and Pacific Spirit regional parks10<div class="ExternalClassC64BA9D1B9D6450393CB66DD4C485BB9"><p>Bubble snails, sea stars and bristleworms – these are some of the fascinating creatures whose adaptations let them survive the ebb and flow of the tide. Get your hands and feet wet as you explore slippery seaweeds, peek inside seashells or hold a tiny shore crab.<br></p><p>Sample activities*</p><ul><li>Tide Pool Exploration: Wade in to take a closer look at fish, crabs, isopods and snails that get stuck when the tide goes out.</li><li>Mudflat Dig: Unearth marine worms and clams that live beneath the mud to find out how they survive and what they contribute to the ecosystem.</li><li>Barnacle Buffet: See these mysterious creatures under magnification as they feed, and learn about their wacky lifecycle.</li></ul><p>*activities may vary depending on the location, leader, group age or teacher request</p><p>  <a href="/media-room/video-gallery/regional-parks/217460499" target="_blank">For a preview of how our park interpreters work, watch this video about some of the creatures that live under beach rocks</a></p><p> <a href="/services/parks/ParksPublications/2016FieldTripCurriculumObjectives-SeashoreSleuths.pdf" target="_blank">Curriculum Objectives</a></p><p> <a href="/services/parks/ParksPublications/BeachEtiquette-fieldtrip.pdf" target="_blank">Beach Etiquette</a></p><p> <a href="/services/parks/ParksPublications/SeashoreCreatures-fieldtrip.pdf" target="_blank">Seashore Creatures</a><br></p></div>

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