Looking to engage your students in hands-on learning about native plants, bees, and wildlife? Join us for a curriculum-aligned Wild Mind field trip at Strathcona Community Gardens on xwməθkwəyəm, Sḵwxwú7mesh, and səlílwətaʔɬ territory. Request a field trip today.
Wild Mind field trips are open to all VSB public school classrooms. We prioritize requests from under-resourced East Vancouver schools.
Subsidized rate of $99 for 90-minute field trips for K-3 classes.
Subsidized rate of $120 for 120-minute field trips for 4-7 classes.
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.
Wild Mind field trips take place at EYA’s main programming space in Strathcona Community Gardens with a native plant teaching garden, greenhouse and native plant nursery, plant medicine gardens, rewilding areas, and solar-powered eco-classroom. Strathcona Community Gardens is located on xwməθkwəyəm, Sḵwxwú7mesh, and səlílwətaʔɬ territory.
Field trips for grades K-3 are 90 minutes long.
Field trips for grades 4-7 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. For the core activity, teachers can select a lesson adapted to the grade they teach. Click here for field trip lessons by grade along with their curriculum links.
We can host up to 30 youth at our garden sites.
Field trips are available from March – June and September – November. When completing the request form, please provide us with 2-3 date options to facilitate scheduling. We are now booking for September – early November 2021.
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.
All EYA programs comply with BC Health Authority regulations and guidelines. Find our full policy here.
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.”