Burns Bog Field Trips

Last updated on
Friday, March 13th, 2020
Program Description

During an interactive nature walk along the streams and boardwalks of the Delta Nature Reserve, your students will make ecological observations and connections with their surroundings. Through inquiry and discussion, students will learn about the 3 main characteristics of a bog, how 5 First Nations relied on the land to survive, and where the infamous sunken tractor really came from.

Tour guides demonstrate how to respectfully collect plant samples, and explain how human activity has aided the spread of invasive species through the Bog. Students will learn which leaves would make good toilet paper, as well as how to tell the difference between a plant that makes a fruity tea and one that could make them very sick.

Students will also learn about the services and resources Burns Bog provides for the Lower Mainland, as well as many of the rare and endangered species that call it home.  They will find out how different animals use physical and behavioral adaptations to help them survive in Burns Bog and the Delta Nature Reserve.

By the end of the Field Trip, your students will leave with a greater understanding of the importance of saving Burns Bog and other local ecosystems. We hope that they become eco-warriors within their own community, and take individual steps to leave a positive impact on the environment.

​Burns Bog Field Trips are aligned with the BC K-12 curricular competencies

All tours can be customized to meet the needs of your class.

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  • Trip Details
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    K, 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12
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    Fee Details
    Fee Notes: 

    Field Trips are $150.00 per group with a maximum of 30 students per group.
    There is no additional cost for educators or adult chaperones.

    All registered teachers will be emailed a Welcome Package beginning two weeks prior to their Field Trip booking. Welcome packages include directions to the Delta Nature Reserve, cancellation policy, FAQ’s and important contact information. Welcome Packages also include Acknowledgement of Risk, Consent and Release forms.

    Completed Release forms are to be signed by parents/guardians of all participating students and returned to teachers prior to the start of the Field Trip. Society staff will collect completed forms from attending teachers.

    Release forms are mandatory for participation in all Burns Bog Field Trips.

    Additional Notes

     Are you looking for lessons full of information and engaging activities that will satisfy your students and your curriculum content for grades K to 7? Want to bring part of Burns Bog back to your school to incorporate your Field Trip into in-class learning? The Burns Bog Conservation Society has two educator's guides available for purchase online at the time of booking.

    For Peat’s Sake: A Complete Classroom Study on Burns Bog and other Peatlands explores the plants, animals and science of Canada’s most important ecosystems  -  Burns Bog. This teaching resource contains Canadian content, lesson plan suggestions and tips, photocopiable reading materials and cross-curriculum activities, kid-friendly illustrations, and reference pages. 

    A Crane's Eye View explores the habitat, behaviours, diet, and characteristics of the Sandhill Crane and the role they play in important ecosystems like Burns Bog. This teaching resource contains local content, lesson plan suggestions and tips, experiment guides, project ideas, photocopiable reading materials and worksheets, kid-friendly illustrations.