Programs for Groups

Programs for Groups

Programs have been adjusted to allow for physical distancing and our team is taking measures to protect you.

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.

Explore regional parks as a group!

Adventures and discoveries await you in Metro Vancouver Regional Parks – no matter what your age or interest. Group programs are a great way to get the most out of your park experience and create fun, lasting memories.

Registration for SPRING/SUMMER field trips (March 16th, 2021 – September 15th, 2021) is NOW OPEN

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.

Costs & Payment

  • Programs usually last two hours. Longer programs or larger groups can be accommodated for an additional cost.
  • Cost is $170 for up to 30 participants. Participants will be split into smaller groups of 10 people or less.
  • Interested in a virtual program? Please submit a request form to inquire.

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

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

 

 

Virtual -- Pond PeekingVirtual -- Pond Peeking17<div class="ExternalClassC346D8B26F854A58BDA6A4BCBF1CC652"><p>​Can't make it to a regional park in person? Connect to nature online with a live, interactive virtual field trip with a park interpreter. <br></p><p>Water striders, giant water bugs and even mosquitos 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.<br></p><p>This virtual field trip includes a brief technology check, a 30 min. interactive presentation by a park interpreter, followed by 15 min. of questions and answers.<br></p><p>Presentation includes:<br></p><ul><li>Video footage and animation of dragonfly and mosquito life cycles and their connection to pond ecosystems<br></li><li>Real time polling questions to engage participants<br></li><li>Instruction for a hands-on experiment to follow along with at home<br></li><li>Engaging professional park interpreter making connections and bringing the pond to life in an online setting<br></li></ul><div>FREE for grades 2 and 3, otherwise $60 per class (max. 30 students)<br><br>Available until Sep. 15, 2021 <br></div><div><br><a href="/media-room/video-gallery/regional-parks/464337131" target="_blank" style="text-decoration-line:underline;">For a preview of how our park interpreters work, watch this video about tadpoles</a><br></div></div>
Nature Explorers: Available at most regional parksNature Explorers: Available at most regional parks1<div class="ExternalClassF022AA5A765C48FC98785AA28C5F386E"><p>​Taste a raindrop, touch a tree, smell a flower and listen for birds as you explore the park. Experience nature through a variety of hands-on activities designed to engage all of your senses.<br>An engaging professional park interpreter will adapt the program to best suit the season, location and type of group.<br></p><p><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></div>
Signs of the Season: Available at most regional parksSigns of the Season: Available at most regional parks2<div class="ExternalClass3EFBEEA4D543432E8F0D5CDA98D6200A"><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.<br>An engaging professional park interpreter will adapt the program to best suit the season, location and type of group.<br></p><p><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><br></p></div>
BFF: Big Friendly Forest: Available at most regional parksBFF: Big Friendly Forest: Available at most regional parks4<div class="ExternalClass4A4D1E59D84B4E1F8DCC8615AC31D681"><p>​Trees provide food for butterflies, nests for squirrels, perches for owls and oxygen for us to breathe -- and that's just the start!<br>Discover the many ways that trees and other plants are the foundation of the forest community through activities that use all your senses.<br>An engaging professional park interpreter will adapt the program to best suit the season, location and type of group.<br></p><p><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><br></p></div>
Tiny Transformers: Available at most regional parksTiny Transformers: Available at most regional parks3<div class="ExternalClass6C7E9EE7079B474E81D9477E17278B77"><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.<br>An engaging professional park interpreter will adapt the program to best suit the season, location and type of group. <br></p><p><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><br></p></div>
Pond Peeking: Available at Campbell Valley, Iona Beach, Kanaka Creek and Minnekhada regional parksPond Peeking: Available at Campbell Valley, Iona Beach, Kanaka Creek and Minnekhada regional parks5<div class="ExternalClassBC912F520A3545F4910CE1D5A7B9217D"><p>​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. Hands-on activities included!<br>An engaging professional park interpreter will adapt the program to best suit the season, location and type of group.<br></p></div>
Ecosystem Safari: Available at most regional parksEcosystem Safari: Available at most regional parks6<div class="ExternalClass49985264E1FF4E69A5810B7580EC8339"><p>​Hummingbirds need spiders -- not just for food but for spider silk to help hold together their tiny nests of twigs, leaves and lichens. 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.<br>Available for bog, forest, dune, stream, pond, beach or grassland habitats.<br>An engaging professional park interpreter will adapt the program to best suit the season, location and type of group.<br></p></div>
Curious about Creatures: Available at most regional parksCurious about Creatures: Available at most regional parks7<div class="ExternalClass49951C6F3A3E4D8FAC4A35A1A8DF2E04"><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.<br>An engaging professional park interpreter will adapt the program to best suit the season, location and type of group.<br></p><p><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><br></p></div>
Salmon Rainforest: Available at Burnaby Lake, Capilano River and Tynehead regional parks (Oct - Nov), Kanaka Creek Regional Park (Apr - May and Oct - Nov)Salmon Rainforest: Available at Burnaby Lake, Capilano River and Tynehead regional parks (Oct - Nov), Kanaka Creek Regional Park (Apr - May and Oct - Nov)8<div class="ExternalClassE5605AB791C9425F981DCD24D8D086FB"><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. The program includes fun and inspiring hands-on activities.<br>An engaging professional park interpreter will adapt the program to best suit the season, location and type of group.<br></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><br></p></div>
Wonderful Water: Available at Capilano River and Kanaka Creek regional parksWonderful Water: Available at Capilano River and Kanaka Creek regional parks9<div class="ExternalClass9F2D8F9F69E74675A69E527E1551950F"><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.<br>An engaging professional park interpreter will adapt the program to best suit the season, location and type of group.<br></p></div>
Seashore Sleuths: Available during low tide at Belcarra, Boundary Bay and Pacific Spirit regional parksSeashore Sleuths: Available during low tide at Belcarra, Boundary Bay and Pacific Spirit regional parks10<div class="ExternalClass62CFD0071FCC49679710D9374C86E0D3"><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>An engaging professional park interpreter will adapt the program to best suit the season, location and type of group.<br></p><p><a href="/services/parks/ParksPublications/BeachEtiquette-fieldtrip.pdf" target="_blank">Beach Etiquette</a><br><br></p><p>Dates available for 2021<br></p><div><strong>Belcarra Regional Park,<em> Belcarra</em></strong></div><div>May 25 morning or afternoon </div><div>        26 morning or afternoon</div><div>        27 afternoon </div><div>        28 afternoon</div><div>Jun    8 morning </div><div>         9 morning </div><div>       10 afternoon</div><div>       11 afternoon </div><div>       12 afternoon</div><div>       21 morning<br></div><div>       22 morning or afternoon</div><div>       23 morning or afternoon</div><div>       24 morning or afternoon</div><div>       25 afternoon</div><div><br></div><div><strong>Boundary Bay Regional Park, <em>Delta</em></strong></div><div>May 12 afternoon</div><div>        13 morning or afternoon</div><div>        14 morning or afternoon</div><div>        25 morning or afternoon</div><div>        26 morning or afternoon</div><div>        27 morning or afternoon</div><div>        28 morning or afternoon</div><div>Jun    8 morning or afternoon</div><div>         9 morning or afternoon</div><div>       10 morning or afternoon</div><div>       11 morning or afternoon</div><div>       21 morning</div><div>       22 morning</div><div>       23 morning or afternoon</div><div>       24 morning or afternoon</div><div>       25 morning or afternoon</div><div><br></div><div><strong>Pacific Spirit Regional Park, <em>Vancouver</em></strong></div><div>May 12 afternoon</div><div>        13 afternoon</div><div>        14 afternoon</div><div>        25 morning</div><div>        26 morning or afternoon</div><div>        27 morning or afternoon</div><div>        28 afternoon</div><div>Jun    8 morning</div><div>         9 morning or afternoon</div><div>       10 morning or afternoon</div><div>       11 afternoon</div><div>       22 morning</div><div>       23 morning</div><div>       24 morning or afternoon</div><div>       25 afternoon</div><div>       28 morning<br></div><div><br><br></div><p><br></p></div>