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Program for Groups ​​

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 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 easy as 1, 2, 3

  1. 1. Use the table and descriptions below to decide which park and which program works best for you.
  2. 2. Make a field trip request.​

    Request a f​​​ield trip

  3. 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 Group.Programs@metrovancouver.org.

Program length

  • In-park programs – 2 hours (longer programs or larger groups can be accommodated for an additional cost)

Costs & payment

  • In-park programs – $85 for up to 15 participants (including leaders and adult helpers)

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​

 

 

Big Friendly Forest: Available at most regional parksBig Friendly Forest: Available at most regional parks<div class="ExternalClass0C773B3C31C14A328B3E8879A082BCBF"><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><ul class="fa-ul"><li> <span class="fa-li"><i class="fa-light fa-video"></i>​</span><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></li>​ </ul>​ ​<br></div>
Signs of the Season: Available at most regional parksSigns of the Season: Available at most regional parks<div class="ExternalClass3ED56864E5E54F0BA8580B0DA22542BD"><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><ul class="fa-ul"><li> <span class="fa-li"><i class="fa-light fa-video"></i>​</span><a href="/media-room/video/217344547" target="_blank">For a preview of how our park interpreters work, watch this video about skunk cabbage.</a></li>​ </ul>​ ​<br></div>
Investigating Invertebrates: Available at most regional parksInvestigating Invertebrates: Available at most regional parks<div class="ExternalClass196A3F221991448DA3963AE87035E347"><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><ul class="fa-ul"><li> <span class="fa-li"><i class="fa-light fa-video"></i>​</span><a href="/media-room/video/217344522" target="_blank">For a preview of how our park interpreters work, watch this video about banana slugs.</a></li>​ </ul>​ ​<br></div>
Pond Peeking: Available at Campbell Valley, Kanaka Creek and Minnekhada regional parksPond Peeking: Available at Campbell Valley, Kanaka Creek and Minnekhada regional parks<div class="ExternalClass3BAD546EE1F14E1A9E20E9277DC2DC9B"><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>​<br></div>
Salmon Rainforest: Available at Burnaby Lake, Capilano River and Tynehead regional parks (Oct - Nov)Salmon Rainforest: Available at Burnaby Lake, Capilano River and Tynehead regional parks (Oct - Nov)<div class="ExternalClassE26B78735E914E10B55C8A7437C6DECD"><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><ul class="fa-ul"><li> <span class="fa-li"><i class="fa-light fa-video"></i>​</span><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></li>​ </ul> ​<br></div>
Curious about Creatures: Available at most regional parksCurious about Creatures: Available at most regional parks<div class="ExternalClassE1EE0D0E19514A43BAD1854B5E1B39AA"><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>From May to August, there is also an option to explore creatures of the seashore at Belcarra, Boundary Bay and Pacific Spirit regional parks (when tide levels are suitable). Please contact us to inquire about​ specific dates.​<br></p><p>An engaging professional park interpreter will adapt the program to best suit the season, location and type of group.<br></p><ul class="fa-ul"><li> <span class="fa-li"><i class="fa-light fa-video"></i>​</span><a href="/media-room/video/217344573" target="_blank">For a preview of how our park interpreters work, watch this video about beavers.</a></li>​ </ul> ​<br></div>
Wonderful Water: Available at Capilano River Regional ParkWonderful Water: Available at Capilano River Regional Park<div class="ExternalClassFC3A1173F4DC4225BD79BE8E6A8A974B"><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>​<br></div>
Biodiversity Connections: Available at most regional parksBiodiversity Connections: Available at most regional parks<div class="ExternalClassF3D7CEB8E6144325AAAFBB711D6F4CD0"><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> ​<br></div>

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 Related links

 

 

Request a f​​​ield triphttps://forms.metrovancouver.org/parks/Pages/Regional-Parks-Field-Trip-Request-Form.aspx, Request a f​​​ield tripRequest a f​​​ield trip
Group Visit Notificationhttps://forms.metrovancouver.org/parks/Pages/Group-Visit-Notification.aspx, Group Visit NotificationGroup Visit Notification
School Programshttps://metrovancouver.org/school-programs/regional-parks, School ProgramsSchool Programs
Workshops for Groupshttps://metrovancouver.org/services/regional-parks/workshops-for-groups, Workshops for GroupsWorkshops for Groups

 Resources

 

 

Nature Friendly Park Experience https://metrovancouver.org/services/regional-parks/Documents/nature-friendly-park-experience.pdf#search=nature%20friendly%20park%20experience, Nature Friendly Park Experience Nature Friendly Park Experience
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 Programs https://metrovancouver.org/services/regional-parks/Documents/how-to-dress-fall-field-trip.pdf, How to Dress for Fall Programs How to Dress for Fall Programs
Guidelines for Adults https://metrovancouver.org/services/regional-parks/Documents/guidelines-for-group-leaders-and-accompanying-adults.pdf, Guidelines for Adults Guidelines for Adults

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  • 604-432-6430​​​​​
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