Field Trips (Grades K-7)

WILD MIND: FIELD TRIPS FOR GRADES K-7

Connecting heads, hearts, and hands with the urban wild  

Field Trips are currently on-hold until Spring 2021. See you next year!

Looking for a hands-on field trip that helps your students explore urban ecology through art and science? Want a land-based experience that supports classroom learning? We’d love to help your class discover the wonders of native plants, bees, insects, and other urban wildlife at our teaching gardens, plant nursery, and rewilding areas in Strathcona Community Gardens! Request a field trip today.

COVID-19 Policies

  • Health screening: all EYA staff are not allowed to work on-site if they are showing signs of fever, cough, or fatigue. We expect that participants will also not be attending school, and thereby the field trip if they are feeling unwell.
  • Hand hygiene: we ask that all participants wash their hands on arrival, and on departure from the site.
  • Physical distancing: maintaining our 2m when possible and also minimizing physical contact.
  • Face masks: for all adults when physical distancing is not possible, and students in Gr. 5-7.
  • Sanitization of materials: any reused materials used within program will be sanitized between uses.


COST

COVID UPDATE: We are waiving the fee ($120) for field trips this fall, as we are prioritizing getting kids outside and learning. In exchange for this field trip, we would appreciate that teachers fill out a survey, and also support us in getting photo waivers signed by caregivers so we have photos we can use for future promotions.

VSB classes: Subsidized rate of $120 for up to 30 youth
Non-VSB classes: $200 for up to 30 youth

Additional 20% discount for the following underserved schools: Lord Strathcona, Hastings, Britannia, Xpey’, Seymour, Grandview, Queen Alexandra, Lord Nelson, and Chief Maquinna. 

The fees charged help us recover a portion of our costs for the staff time and materials needed to host your classroom. If cost is a barrier for your group, please let us know on the request form.


LOCATION
Our field trips take place in Strathcona Community Gardens, a hidden gem in Vancouver’s inner city with a native plant teaching garden, organic greenhouse and native plant nursery, plant medicine gardens, rewilding areas, and solar-powered eco-classroom.


LENGTH
Field trips are 90-120 minutes long.


CONTENT

Each field trip begins with a habitat scavenger hunt, challenging students to re-imagine our cities as biodiverse ecosystems that support a variety of species, including our own. Students will also get their hands dirty making wildflower ‘seed bombs’ to support native pollinator species. For the core activity, teachers can select a lesson adapted to the grade they teach. Click here for field trip lessons by grade and click here for curriculum links


GROUP SIZE

We can host up to 30 participants at one time on our garden sites. This includes a field trip facilitator, teacher, chaperones, kids, and any support staff.


SCHEDULING 

Field trips are available from mid-October through to November. When completing the request form, please provide us with 2-3 date options to facilitate scheduling.


REQUEST FORM
Request a field trip today! Complete our online form and our field trips coordinator will get back to you as soon as possible to confirm your field trip.

 

ADULT ASSISTANCE
For grades K-3, we require one teacher or chaperone for every 8 students. For grades 4-7, we require one teacher or chaperone for every 10 students. If you are unable to meet this requirement, please let us know on the request form.


MORE DETAILS

Click here for more information on our field trip policies. Other questions? Please contact us at fieldtrips@eya.ca or 604-689-4446.

 

Here’s what teachers have to say about our field trips:

“My students were more curious about science outside the classroom and got to experience a hands-on application of the scientific concepts we learned in class. The program helped them connect the ideas we were learning to resources in the community that they wouldn’t otherwise have access to.”

 

“Looking for flowers, identifying pollinators, passing around samples and specimens provided a hands-on opportunity for my students. Students connect so well to being outside and seeing what they are learning first hand. The inquiry approach you took with the characteristics of life was also fantastic for gauging prior knowledge.”

 

“It is hard to get my students engaged in most learning activities, but the facilitator’s passion for the topic was infectious and the students were more engaged in learning than I’ve seen them in a long time. We chatted about mason bees on the drive back to school, which was so exciting for me.”

  • Categories: Bees, Birds, Gardening, Native Plants, Rewilding, Schools, Wildlife

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