UPDATED: COVID-19 guidelines are currently in place and we have reduced group sizes to follow Parks Board protocols.
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.
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: 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.
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.
All field trips are 120 minutes long.
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.
We can host up to 8 children at one time on our garden sites. We can have up to groups of 10, but need to account for a field trip facilitator, and one teacher.
Field trips are available from February through November. When completing the request form, please provide us with 2-3 date options to facilitate scheduling.
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.
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.
Click here for more information on our field trip policies. Other questions? Please contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org 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.”