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Regional Park Field Trips ​

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

​From towering forests to tranquil ponds and beautiful beaches, regional parks are fun and exciting classrooms. Our field trips provide hands-on, place-based education to heighten your students’ sensory awareness. Increase their critical inquiry skills, while exploring and having fun connecting to nature. Your students will experience the physical and mental health benefits of spending time in inspiring natural spaces.

Our programs are curriculum-focused. Let us know your learning objectives.

Registration for fall/winter field trips (September 30, 2023 to March 15, 2024) is now open.

Registration for Spring/Summer field trips (March 16 to September 30, 2024) will open at 8:00 ​am on February 12, 2024.

To book a program, it’s as e​asy as 1, 2, 3

Program length

  • Pre-K and ​Kindergarten​​ - 1.5 hours (park dependent)
  • Grade 1 and up - two hours
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Costs & payment

  • In park field trips - $17​0 per class (maximum 30 including students and adults)

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

  • credit card by calling 604-432-6430​ (preferred), or
  • cheque payable to "Metro Vancouver Regional District"

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

Programs meet grade specific curriculum. Contact us to discuss options for other grade levels.

 

 

Big Friendly Forest (K to Gr. 1) Available at most regional parksBig Friendly Forest (K to Gr. 1) Available at most regional parks<div class="ExternalClass604E22DE739C47E8B714AC44FC0FAF9A"><div><p>From seed to stump, trees have tough rooted lives. See how plants keep water clean, produce the air that we breathe, are food and homes to many animals -- all while meeting their own needs. Marvel at the adaptations and features of local species through stories, sensory activities and exploration.<br></p><p>Sample activities*</p><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<br></p><p>Time of year: March to June and Sept to mid-Nov<br></p><p> <i class="fa-light fa-video"></i>  <a href="/media-room/video/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-light fa-file"></i> <a href="/services/regional-parks/Documents/curriculum-objectives-bff-big-friendly-forest.pdf" target="_blank">Curriculum Objectives</a></p></div></div>
Signs of the Season (Pre-K to Gr. 1) Available at most regional parksSigns of the Season (Pre-K to Gr. 1) Available at most regional parks<div class="ExternalClassA9703628F79B461CA1EBF910C785F365"><div><p>No matter the season, animals and plants are busy! In spring, trees burst into leaf, bumblebees forage for nectar, and birds build nests. In fall, plants scatter seeds, squirrels stash mushrooms and cones, and birds migrate. Immerse students in sensory activities to discover how living things survive seasonal changes and still meet their basic needs.<br></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<br></p><p>Time of year: March to May and Sept to Nov<br></p><p> <i class="fa-light fa-video"></i> <a href="/media-room/video/217344547" target="_blank">For a preview of how our park interpreters work, watch this video about skunk cabbage.</a> </p><p> <i class="fa-light fa-file"></i> <a href="/services/regional-parks/Documents/curriculum-objectives-signs-of-the-season.pdf" target="_blank">Curriculum Objectives</a><br></p></div></div>
Investigating Invertebrates (K to Gr. 2) Available at most regional parksInvestigating Invertebrates (K to Gr. 2) Available at most regional parks<div class="ExternalClassD8EDA0137E9F47A4AE3873993E4A53CE"><div><p>An amazing tiny world awaits your discovery. Peek under logs, inspect leaf litter and examine flowers to discover that invertebrates are everywhere. Creatures such as insects, spiders, slugs and millipedes have essential jobs as decomposers and pollinators -- and as food for other animals. Learn about metamorphosis and life cycles. Gently catch and view an invertebrate, then release it back into its habitat.<br></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>Time of year: April to June<br></p><p> <i class="fa-light fa-video"></i>​​  <a href="/media-room/video/217344522" target="_blank">For a preview of how our park interpreters work, watch this video about banana slugs. </a> </p><p> <i class="fa-light fa-file"></i> <a href="/services/regional-parks/Documents/curriculum-objectives-investigating-invertebrates.pdf" target="_blank">Curriculum Objectives</a></p></div></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 parks<div class="ExternalClass2D274D413744465FB4F352FBA029DB8C"><p>Hermit crabs, seaweeds and clams are some of the fascinating creatures whose bizarre adaptations and unique life cycles let them survive on the beach. Investigate the incredible biodiversity that is revealed when the tide goes out. Get your hands and feet wet as you gently catch and release these delicate creatures.<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> <i class="fa-light fa-video"></i> <a href="/media-room/video/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><br></p><p> <i class="fa-light fa-file"></i>  <a href="/services/regional-parks/Documents/curriculum-objectives-seashore-sleuths.pdf" target="_blank">Curriculum Objectives</a><br></p><p> <i class="fa-light fa-file"></i>  <a href="/services/regional-parks/Documents/beach-etiquette-fieldtrip.pdf" target="_blank">Beach Etiquette</a></p><p> <i class="fa-light fa-file"></i>  <a href="/services/regional-parks/Documents/seashore-creatures-fieldtrip.pdf" target="_blank">Seashore Creatures</a></p><p>Time of year: Only low tides in May and June<br><br>To view available dates for 2024, click <a href="https://anc.ca.apm.activecommunities.com/mvregionalparks/activity/search?onlineSiteId=0&locale=en-US&activity_select_param=2&activity_keyword=Seashore%20Sleuths&viewMode=list" target="_blank">here</a>. <br></p><p><em>Please note: You will only be able to book starting Feb. 12, 2024</em><br></p></div>
Pond Peeking (Gr. 1 to 4) Available at Aldergrove, Campbell Valley, Kanaka Creek and Minnekhada regional parksPond Peeking (Gr. 1 to 4) Available at Aldergrove, Campbell Valley, Kanaka Creek and Minnekhada regional parks<div class="ExternalClassA2AB13BFF54849659BB722E8CA8D87FD"><div><p>Frogs, diving beetles and dragonflies are some of the curious and diverse creatures that live in the underwater world of ponds. Discover more about their fantastic adaptations, life cycles and how they interact with each other and their environment. Take a closer look as you catch and release these delicate creatures.<br></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>Time of year: April to June<br></p><p> <i class="fa-light fa-file"></i><a href="/services/regional-parks/Documents/curriculum-objectives-pond-peeking.pdf" target="_blank">Curriculum Objectives</a></p><p> <i class="fa-light fa-file"></i> <a href="/services/regional-parks/Documents/pond-organisms-fieldtrip.pdf" target="_blank">Pond Organisms</a><br></p></div></div>
Salmon Rainforest (Gr. 2 to 4) Available at Burnaby Lake, Capilano River and Tynehead regional parks (Oct – Nov)Salmon Rainforest (Gr. 2 to 4) Available at Burnaby Lake, Capilano River and Tynehead regional parks (Oct – Nov)<div class="ExternalClass5DCE0139EB704DAC9B66210D64A067E1"><div><p>Salmon make a forest healthy in surprising ways.  Explore the extraordinary life cycle of salmon, and the adaptations that help them survive from stream to ocean, and back again. Learn  how they fertilize trees and feed more than 100 animal species, including us. Look for spawning salmon and find evidence of how these amazing fish increase biodiversity.<br></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></ul><p>*activities may vary depending on the location, leader, group age or teacher request </p><p>Time of year: Oct - Nov<br></p><p> <i class="fa-light fa-video"></i><a href="/media-room/video/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-light fa-file"></i> <a href="/services/regional-parks/Documents/curriculum-objectives-salmon-rainforest.pdf" target="_blank">Curriculum Objectives</a><br></p></div></div>
Wonderful Water (Gr. 2 to 4) Available at Capilano River Regional ParkWonderful Water (Gr. 2 to 4) Available at Capilano River Regional Park<div class="ExternalClass32AD627F80E54E58B4F850980B6921A8"><div><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>Drinking Water Discovery: View the water supply area (watershed) and lake where drinking water comes from, and see the role the Cleveland Dam plays in ensuring there is drinking water year-round.<br></li><li>Rainforest Scavenger Hunt : Look for living things that rely on water and learn about some of the surprising ways that different lifeforms help each other survive.<br></li></ul><p>*activities may vary depending on the location, leader, group age or teacher request </p><p>Time of year: January to September<br></p><p> <i class="fa-light fa-file"></i> <a href="/services/regional-parks/Documents/curriculum-objectives-wonderful-water.pdf" target="_blank">Curriculum Objectives</a></p></div></div>
Biodiversity Connections (Gr. 3 to 4) Available at most regional parksBiodiversity Connections (Gr. 3 to 4) Available at most regional parks<div class="ExternalClass86FCCCDC7EDE4D29A5AC0E4CA9BBD146"><div><p>Healthy biomes and ecosystems depend on many interconnected species, such as hummingbirds and spiders or woodpeckers and flying squirrels. Discover many surprising connections in a forest, bog or grassland. Observe, investigate and unravel the extraordinary relationships you may never have known existed.<br></p><p>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>Time of year: March to June and Sept to Nov<br></p><p> <i class="fa-light fa-file"></i> <a href="/services/regional-parks/Documents/curriculum-objectives-biodiversity-connections.pdf" target="_blank">Curriculum Objectives</a></p></div></div>

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 Related links

 

 

Regional Parks Field Trip Request Formhttps://forms.metrovancouver.org/parks/Pages/Regional-Parks-Field-Trip-Request-Form.aspx, Regional Parks Field Trip Request FormRegional Parks Field Trip Request Form
Seashore Sleuths Bookingshttps://anc.ca.apm.activecommunities.com/mvregionalparks/activity/search?onlineSiteId=0&locale=en-US&activity_select_param=2&activity_keyword=Seashore%20Sleuths&viewMode=list, Seashore Sleuths BookingsSeashore Sleuths Bookings
Group Visit Notificationhttps://forms.metrovancouver.org/parks/Pages/Group-Visit-Notification.aspx, Group Visit Notification Group Visit Notification
Workshops for Teachershttps://metrovancouver.org/services/regional-parks/workshops-for-teachers, Workshops for TeachersWorkshops for Teachers
K-12 Resourceshttps://metrovancouver.org/school-programs/K-12-Resources, K-12 ResourcesK-12 Resources

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 Resources

 

 

Guidelines for Adultshttps://metrovancouver.org/services/regional-parks/Documents/guidelines-for-group-leaders-and-accompanying-adults.pdf, Guidelines for AdultsGuidelines for Adults
How to Dress for Spring Programshttps://metrovancouver.org/services/regional-parks/Documents/how-to-dress-spring-field-trip.pdf, How to Dress for Spring ProgramsHow to Dress for Spring Programs
How to Dress for Fall Programshttps://metrovancouver.org/services/regional-parks/Documents/how-to-dress-fall-field-trip.pdf, How to Dress for Fall ProgramHow to Dress for Fall Programs
How to Dress for Beach & Pond Programshttps://metrovancouver.org/services/regional-parks/Documents/how-to-dress-beach-pond-programs.pdf, How to Dress for Beach & Pond ProgramsHow to Dress for Beach & Pond Programs

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