Outside of School Hours

Program Description & Details
  • 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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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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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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Program Description & Details

With this option you can choose to sleepover with your group (with or without a one-hour guided interpretive program) or, if you prefer, experience the evening program (includes 45 minutes to one-hour guided tour and campfire).

Pre-register your group at least 2 weeks in advance by completing a NITW Registration Form and faxing or mailing it to the Education Department at 604-856-6825 ext.26 or 28 or email edu@gvzoo.com. Please note a minimum of 20 people is required.

 

Prices and other options:

1. SLEEPOVER PROGRAM
Price: $34.86 per person.
Check in at 4:00 p.m.
Check out at 9:00 a.m.*
* After your morning check-out, you may stay at the Zoo for the remainder of
the day.

OR

2. AFTER-HOURS EVENING PROGRAM
In lieu of a sleepover, your group can enjoy the intimacy of the zoo in the
evening. This program includes a guided tour and campfire experience.
Price: $21.21 per person
Check in at 4:00 p.m.
Check out at 10:00 p.m. 

Additional Options:
Guided Tour/Craft Activity/Zoo's Clues Scavenger Hunt Game - each option
available for $2.52 per participant
Animal Encounter - $10.50 per participant
Continental Breakfast - $6.30 per participant

Interpretive Program Options:
Our one-hour guided interpretive programs are appropriate for any age! Topics to choose from are:

  • You and the Zoo: Full of fun animal facts, this is the perfect introduction to the Greater Vancouver Zoo and its inhabitants.
  • Endangered Species: Many plants and animals are now threatened with extinction. Learn why species are at risk and what zoos are doing to protect and conserve animal species. (Earn your Endangered Species Badge!)
  • Walking Safari: An introduction to some of our awesome animals. (This tour may be tailored to your group's specific needs).

 

 For further information please call 604.856.6825 ext. 26 or email edu@gvzoo.com

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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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In our changing world, teaching ethics has become increasing important in creating responsible global citizens. The new curriculum asks students to make ethical judgements about the past and evaluate the limitations of drawing direct lessons from history.  One approach is to directly compare modern codes of ethics with historical codes from period sources. Studying prescribed codes of ethics from medieval chivalric manuscripts, such as the Book of Chivalry by Geffroi de Charny, and The Flower of Battle by Fiore dei Liberi, helps students examine their own codes of ethics and understand the pitfalls of dubious translations. But chivalry is essentially the ethics of swordfighting, and the best way to learn this is by swinging a sword. This exciting workshop combines hands on swordplay experience for kinesthetic learners with interpretation of historical manuscripts to reach multiple intelligences.

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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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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: (May-October) This program examines alternate forms of energy and creates discussion among the students on today’s current issues. Add on an inspiring visit to The Eye of the Wind, BC’s largest energy-producing wind turbine for a once-in-a-lifetime field trip. 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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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 or 2 hours

Alpine Wilderness Survival: A blend of hands-on survival skills and outdoor adventure experiences, neatly bound by friendly group competition. Duration: Half or Full 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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Wild & immersive's Wild Youth program offers affordable and adjustable outdoor programming for school and youth groups. Whether youth participate in our half-day, full-day, or overnight programs, we create scaleable learning environments that strengthen connections and passions for the outdoors.

All programs are UBC staffed and customized within the framework of current curriculum standards. All deliverables are rooted to clear learning outcomes and will complement your indoor teachings.

In real time, teachers and officials can participate as much or as little as they choose, but are required to make decisions from our mix & match programming ahead of time.

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Discover the stories, landmarks, and icons of Vancouver’s LGBTQ2+ community on the Really Gay History Tour. Students will visit the sites of bookstore bombings, police raids, the “Kiss-Ins” of Granville Street, and the gayest beer parlour in town. It's an adventure packed with unbelievable Vancouver history on a stroll from downtown to the historic gay village of Davie Street.

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Stroll along Stanley Park’s glistening shoreline and walk beneath its towering trees as students hear the inside story of one of the world's most remarkable parks. They’ll discover the famous seawall, dark forested trails, secret cemeteries, the Lions Gate Bridge, historic totem poles, bizarre public art, notorious crime scenes, and the secret of Deadman’s Island. Students will learn about the First Nations who have lived in what would become Stanley Park for 3,000 years, and how these communities were affected by the creation of the park in 1888.

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The Ziptrek Eagle tour is a fully guided ecology based tour that takes students through the treetops on a series of five ziplines, suspension bridges and observation platforms. This tour is similar to the Bear Tour but includes different ziplines that are higher and longer.  Our mission is to inspire and educate students about Climate Change and Conservation, Health of the Environment and Living Sustainably. While on tour you'll be able to see first hand the difference in forest composition between the ancient, old growth forests and the second generation forests that exist in the area. All Ziptrek guests are informed about the Natural Step framework as well as information about the local ecology. It is the ideal site for interactive learning and outdoor adventure exploration.

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Dr. Sun Yat-Sen Classical Chinese Garden is filled with objects and stories, perfect for multi-sensory learning. Topics include life in Ming Dynasty China (1368-1644), immigration to British Columbia, inventions, and festivals and holidays. We offer programs for all ages, and our school programs support BC provincial curriculum.

For programs and their curricular connections, please view the 2018-2019 Field Trip brochure.

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https://www.alouetteriver.org/school-programs

Duration: 1.5 – 2 hours
Grade: Grades 3 - 7 (please be advised this workshop is not suitable for younger grades)
Cost: $75

Purpose:

Our streams and rivers are home to dozens of different species of aquatic insects. ARMS instructors will collect the river critters and bring them to your classroom where students will actively identify and view the bugs with microscopes and magnifying glasses. Students will learn how important diversity is to our water systems and the impact we humans have on our watersheds.

 

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