Building a Rainforest - In Person

Last updated on
Monday, December 18th, 2023
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Program Description

What makes the temperate rainforest unique? Discover how our forest is different from other ecosystems around the world. Through field studies, we will learn about the building blocks of ecosystems and discover how light levels, water, and nutrient cycles help build a temperate rainforest in Lynn Canyon Park. Head outside to explore the connections between the plants and animals of the temperate rainforest, and peer into the miniature worlds of the rainforest with our magnifying projector.

Big Ideas
  • All living things sense and respond to their environment.
  • Multicellular organisms have organ systems that enable them to survive and interact within their environment.
  • Multicellular organisms rely on internal systems to survive, reproduce, and interact with their environment.
  • Evolution by natural selection provides an explanation for the diversity and survival of living things.
  • Trip Details
    For Grades: 
    4, 5, 6, 7
    Months Available: 
    Times Offered: 
    See notes. minutes unless otherwise stated.
    Maximum Students: 
    Offered In French: 
    Also Offered For: 
    Packages Provided: 
    No Packages Provided
    Fee Details
    Fee Notes: 
    • Up to 12 students – $103
    • 13 to 30 students – $183

    Guided field trips that are cancelled with more than 3 weeks notice will be charged a $50 fee. Guided field trips that are cancelled with less than 3 weeks notice will be charged the full program fee.


    Additional Notes

    Fill out our school booking form online, which opens on January 8th, to start the booking process. Please call 604-990-3755 or email if you have any questions. 

    We have a bin to store backpacks while the students are completing the activity. 

    Food is not permitted inside the Ecology Centre.

    Lynn Canyon Park is easy to access.

    1. Public transit. Take the #227 community shuttle* to Peters Road at Duval Road or the #228 bus to Burrill Avenue and Lynn Valley Road. The community shuttle cannot fit an entire class.
    2. Private bus. Bus parking is limited. Please notify us in advance if you will be arriving by private bus so we can make arrangements for parking.
    3. Car. If you’re visiting with parent drivers, the closest parking to the Ecology Centre is the upper paved parking lot. Pay parking is in effect seasonally from March 1 to October 31. Parking is $3 per hour, for a maximum of 4 hours. The parking meter only accepts credit cards. District residents are eligible to purchase a $10 annual DNV Park Parking Pass that will enable them to park in the lot without paying the hourly rate. More information is available here.