Preschool

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Teachers, Teachers!

The Eagle Acres Dairy & Pumpkin Patch SaFarmi Tour is your answer to see all of your students one last time before the end of this crazy Covid school year!  This tour meets all the Government and Public Health social distancing guidelines and is Covid safe.  Select a date and time for your class to do the SaFarmi Tour in convoy style.  You get to see your students and they get to cruise around the farm and see all of the farm animals from the safety of their family vehicle.

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Duration: 
30
For Grades: 
K, 1, 2, 3, 4, 5
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Offered In French: 
No
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Welcome teachers and students! The Kilby Historic Site provides an enjoyable learning experience in an interactive, authentic historic setting–depicting pioneer life in rural British Columbia. Our living history program actively enables student learning with actual artifacts and costumed role players such as a shopkeeper, pioneer wife or farmhand that would have lived in the 1920s, in rural British Columbia. All education programs complement current school curriculum and augment resources used by secondary school classes.

Teachers’ Packages consisting of detailed site information, guidelines and directions are available to teachers prior to your visit for in class lesson and travel preparation assistance.

We require a minimum of 20 students for all school programs and additional experiences listed below.

Our friendly, costumed interpreters will lead a fun and highly interactive program that explores the operation of a 1920s general store and farm in a rural Canadian community. This three-stationed program begins with the unique experience of shopping in the 1920s in our General Store Museum. The farmhand then guides the students around our living history farm, where they learn about rural farm life during BC’s early years. Finally, students are encouraged to use their imagination as they explore the Jr. Merchants Playroom.

Optional Experiences:

Ice Cream Making $4/person

Students have a first-hand experience at making ice cream the old-fashioned way! This fun and interactive demonstration allows students to learn by instruction and participation. The reward for their hard work is a sample of the real ice cream they themselves have made.
(Approx. 30 minutes) Minimum$60

Cider Pressing $4/person

Students see how apples turn into juice on our 100–year old cider press. They can try their hand at pressing the apples and listen to the stories shared as the old cider press is used once again!
(Approx. 30 minutes) Minimum $60

Strolling Through Time $4/person

In this walking tour, students learn about Harrison Mills and the surrounding area’s unique culture. The students will be introduced to our region’s geography and industry. Archival photographs will reveal the need for the extensive dyking system in place today.
(Approx. 30 minutes) Minimum $60

City: 
Duration: 
90
For Grades: 
K, 1, 2, 3, 4
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Offered In French: 
No
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Beyond just a place for growing food, the farm is the perfect spot to exercise your creative muscles. Whether it’s the stark beauty of winter foliage, the rich greenery that follows spring rain, the beautiful blooms of summer, or the striking colours of fall, nature provides a natural palate to inspire the artist inside all of us. We’ll explore both Loutet Farm and the surrounding forest, gathering material and learning about how we grow such a diverse range of vegetables, fruits, and flowers. Students will learn how some plants have been used for many generations to create works of art, natural dyes, and more. Hands-on opportunities abound in this field trip, with a chance to make their own nature-inspired art throughout the visit.

Duration: 
60
For Grades: 
K, 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7
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Offered In French: 
No
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Want to enjoy the bounty of a productive urban farm day without worrying about planning and planting months in advance? Come join us for the best part of the season... eating delicious, fresh, local produce! Tour the farm and explore what’s currently growing while learning about our organic, low-till practices. Students will find themselves helping out with each step of the process: harvesting, washing, and preparing a salad for everyone to enjoy. We’ll also make a delicious dressing by hand (with honey from our bees!) to complement the meal we share together at the tour’s conclusion.

Duration: 
60
For Grades: 
K, 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7
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Offered In French: 
No
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Under the dome of Bloedel Conservatory, students experience the lush tropics and the plants and animals that call the rainforest home. Starting with a scavenger hunt, students journey around the tropics with a guide to learn about adaptations, meet amazing birds, and discover the ways humans use plants from the tropics in their everyday lives. 

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Duration: 
90
For Grades: 
K, 1, 2, 3, 4
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Offered In French: 
No
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The Vancouver International Children’s Festival is partnering with the PuSh Festival to present the live performance of High Water to school groups February 3 and 4, 2020 on Granville Island. This show has a curriculum connection to Environmental and Social Studies as well as Science and Drama. It is appropriate for G4 to G7 and has no word spoken making it a good choice for deaf and hard of hearing youth.

 

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Duration: 
50
For Grades: 
4, 5, 6, 7
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Offered In French: 
No
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Marina's Swim School offers Red Cross Swimming and Safety training at our new facility. MSS's school programs are a great way for your students to have fun with their peers while learning safety in, on and around the water. Encourage an active lifestyle and give your class an opportunity to learn important swimming skills while gaining confidence in the water. Each student will be awarded a Red Cross Badge and Report Card upon successful completion of a Swim Kids Level. 

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Duration: 
Half Day
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No
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  • General admission includes:
    • Educational signage about the animals at each exhibit 
    • Keeper Talks
      • A unique and engaging way for guests to connect with Animal Care staff and some of our animals by observing behaviour training and enrichment
    • Areas dedicated to Conservation
      • Wildlife biologists conducting onsite rearing and recovery of local endangered species
    • Observable focus on the 3 R’s (Reduce, Reuse, Recycle)
    • A tour of our behind the scenes compost area upon request
    • Online Animal Library – Information about the Animals at the Zoo
    • Online Teacher Resources with Downloadable Zoo Scavenger Hunts & Educational Activities/Lesson Plans for the Classroom

Please Note: Teachers considering a field trip at the zoo are given a visit free of charge to aid in their lesson planning (identification required)

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Duration: 
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For Grades: 
K, 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12
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Offered In French: 
Yes
Program Description & Details

Please note: all programs are available in French upon request

Inquiry-based learning is incorporated as a main focus for all age groups (encouraging curiosity and observation)

Preschool/Primary

  • Pre/K: You and the Zoo
    • Full of fun facts, this is an overview of some of the animals at the Greater Vancouver Zoo. Through observation and questioning, students will learn about animal characteristics, the needs of animals and how these needs are met by their environment. This program also introduces the concept of adaptations and the impact of seasonal changes on living things.
  • Grade 1+: Amazing Animal Adaptations
    • Students will use their observation skills to make connections between animals, their unique adaptations and the strategies that facilitate survival, including the impact of seasonal changes, in their different habitats. This program also highlights animal senses and the basic structures and functions of animal body systems.
  • Grade 2+: Life Cycles
    • By observing a variety of wildlife, students will learn that all living things have life cycles adapted to their environment and life history path. This program will highlight the importance of life cycles in maintaining a healthy ecosystem.
  • Grade 3+: The Web of Life
    • Through examination of an ecosystem, students will learn the importance of biodiversity, how animals interact with their environment, and competition within food webs.

Intermediate/Middle School

  • Grade 4+: Animal Super Senses
    • Students will explore various animals and how they use their senses in response to their environment. We will highlight the importance of these adaptations to survival, and how they are connected to all other living things within their ecosystem. This program also discusses how different biomes impact animal responses.
  • Grade 5-7+: Animal Organs at Work
    • Students will learn how the various body systems function within the animal kingdom and how they have become specialized to best suit the various needs of wildlife.

Secondary

  • Grade 11+: Animal Classifications
    • Students will dive into the world of classification using various examples of the kingdom Animalia here at the zoo. Our knowledgeable zoo staff will describe and demonstrate how scientists observe internal and external features to distinguish and classify animals.

Preschool – University

  • Conservation and Endangered Species
    • Learn about the Western Painted Turtle, Oregon Spotted Frog, and Taylor’s Checkerspot Butterfly recovery programs at the Greater Vancouver Zoo and how we’re making a difference. Explore the role of students, accredited zoos, and conservation organizations in protecting species that are threatened with extinction. Students will also learn about the International Union for Conservation of Nature and Natural Resources (IUCN) Red List of Threatened Species and its significance.
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Duration: 
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For Grades: 
K, 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12
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Offered In French: 
Yes
Program Description & Details
  • Indoor classroom available on site upon request
  • Safari Express Miniature Train
  • Picnic Area Reservation
  • Educational Activities including crafts, scavenger hunts and conservation themed games are available upon request for all grade levels and abilities

Please contact us at edu@gvzoo.com for all inquiries

For further information and fees please visit our website: https://gvzoo.com/cms-data/depot/depot/Field-Trip-Rates-and-Info-2018-19.pdf

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Duration: 
See notes.
For Grades: 
K, 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12
Maximum Students: 
Offered In French: 
Yes
Program Description & Details

A 50-60-minute fun, interactive and educational way to experience the zoo at your location with the use of animal artifacts and live animals. Animals are chosen according to classroom units.

Preschool/Kindergarten

  • You and the Zoo 
    • Full of fun facts, this is an overview of some of the animals at the Greater Vancouver Zoo. Learn about some of their features, basic needs and the important role they play in their environment.
  • The Animal Alphabet
    • From alligator to zebra, let’s work on our ABC’s while learning about some of our animal friends.
  • Animals Moving and Grooving
    • Animals move in different ways – let’s explore animal bodies and why they move the way they do, using interactive play and the help of our animal ambassadors.

 

Elementary/Middle School

  • Amazing Animal Adaptations (Grade 1)
    • Giraffes have long necks, male lions have thick manes, rabbits have big ears, and crocodiles have strong jaws – these are a few of the adaptations that help these animals survive in the wild. Learn about the unique physical features and behaviours that enable animals to adapt to their natural habitats.  
  • Life Cycles (Grade 2)
    • From birth to the end of life, animals go through many different changes throughout their lifespan. This program will cover the various survival strategies and life cycles of different animal species.
  • The Web of Life (Grade 3-4)
    • No animal is an island – they are all interconnected in many ways. Learn about habitats, ecosystems, biodiversity, and why each animal is important to their community’s survival.
  • Super Animal Senses (Grade 4)
    • Did you know grizzly bears can smell food up to 29 kilometers way? Or that bees can find a flower using voltage? Or that some snakes use pits on their face as heat-vision? Those are some big super senses! Let’s learn all about the different ways animals use their super sense to survive in their environments.
  • Animal Organs at Work (Grade 5-6)
    • Animals bodies really do work in wonderful ways: most snakes only have one lung, but they are not out of breath, birds are filled with air sacks throughout their entire bodies, and frogs can breathe through their skin! From respiration to reproduction – all body systems are important for the daily functioning of wildlife. Learn about the different ways these systems work in various animals from all over the world!
  • Wildlife Conservation (Grade 7)
    • In our changing world, many plants and animals are currently threatened with extinction. Learn about the challenges animals face in the wild and explore the roles and responsibilities individuals, accredited zoos and conservation organizations have in protecting species and why these efforts are important.

 

Secondary School

  • Wildlife Careers (Grade 10-12)
    This program will cover the variety of jobs working with wildlife can offer, how to get into them, what working with animals is like and the importance of zoos in conservation efforts today.
  • Classifying the Animal Kingdom (Grade 11)
    What makes a fly an insect, a lion a mammal, and an iguana a reptile? Biologists use many different tools to classify animals into the groups we have today – it is more complicated than it looks! Become a taxonomist and learn how to categorize some of the animal kingdom.
  • Wildlife Conservation (Grade 12)
    In our changing world, many plants and animals are currently threatened with extinction. Learn about the challenges animals face in the wild and explore the roles and responsibilities individuals, accredited zoos and conservation organizations have in protecting species and why these efforts are important.
  • Animal Organs at Work (Grade 12)
    Animals bodies really do work in wonderful ways: most snakes only have one lung, but they are not out of breath, birds are filled with air sacks throughout their entire bodies, and frogs can breathe through their skin! From respiration to reproduction – all body systems are important for the daily functioning of wildlife. Learn about the different ways these systems work in various animals from all over the world!

Cost
Live animals: $180 plus mileage (Additional consecutive programs are $153) plus tax
No live animals: $4/person (minimum of 10) plus tax

City: 
Duration: 
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For Grades: 
K, 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12
Maximum Students: 
Offered In French: 
Yes
Program Description & Details

Online Animal Library – Information on Animals at the Zoo https://gvzoo.com/animals/

Online Teacher Resources with Free Downloadable Scavenger Hunts for the zoo & Educational Activities/Lesson Plans for back in the Classroom https://gvzoo.com/learn/teacher-resources/

 

 

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Duration: 
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Offered In French: 
No
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Learn to ski or snowboard at Grouse Mountain! Students will develop skills and good sportsmanship in a fun and playful winter environment.

One and four day sessions available.

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K, 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12
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The Grouse Mountain Refuge for Endangered Wildlife offers programs that make learning about nature fun and fascinating! Our programs align with the BC Curriculum for science, social studies, and physical education, and our experienced educators teach outside in the natural beautiful setting of Grouse Mountain.

Wildlife Education: Pick from a range of interactive curriculum-focused activities and build an unforgettable field trip for your students. Duration: Full or Half Day

Hiwus Feasthouse Cultural Program: Step into an authentic Pacific Northwest Longhouse and let Kwel-a-a-nexw, our Squamish First nations elder, take you back in time to discover the traditional way of life of our First Nations people. Duration: Full Day. Lunch included.

Sustainability in Motion: This program examines alternate forms of energy and creates discussion among the students on today’s current issues. Duration: Full or Half Day

Peak of Christmas: (December) Engage your students in the magic of the holidays: Peek at Santa in his workshop, visit live reindeer, discover snow-fleas, take a scavenger hunt, play in the snow and more. Duration: Full or Half Day

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For Grades: 
K, 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12
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Fun for all ages! Join our experienced guides for outdoor adventure program sessions.

Snowshoe Tours: Wander through the snowy trails exploring the sub-alpine forest of the Coastal Mountain Range. Students will learn outdoor safety and survival skills and avalanche awareness. Duration: 1.5 hours

Alpine Wilderness Survival: A blend of hands-on survival skills and outdoor adventure experiences, neatly bound by friendly group competition. Duration: ull Day

Scavenger Hunts: The Mountain Scavenger Hunt takes school groups on an adventure to stunning locations and hidden hideouts of Grouse Mountain. Duration: 3 hours

Mountain Ropes Adventure: A series of four aerial ropes courses with varying degrees of difficulty. Balance, jump, climb, swing and zip your way to the finish! School group pricing available. Duration: variable

Ziplining: Our dual-line, five-line circuit gives you an adrenaline-pumping tour across the peaks and canyons of Grouse and Dam Mountains. School group pricing available. Tour Duration: 2 hrs

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For Grades: 
K, 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12
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