Grade 3 to 7 Exploring the Sanctuary

Last updated on
Friday, June 16th, 2023
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Program Description

Programs for this age group are 1.5 hours long and include a short orientation session in our Lecture Hall with its museum collections, followed by a 1 hr biologist-led walk, during which students will learn the basics of bird identification and the importance of the Sanctuary's biodiversity to migratory birds and other wildlife. The Sanctuary is located in the Fraser River estuary, and trails meader between large treed areas, open ponds and natural tidal mudflats and wetlands. Seasonal highlights in the fall include the arrival of the Lesser Snow Geese from Russia. Winter highlights often include owls and the very friendly Black-capped Chickadees. In spring, the emphasis is on spring migrants and nesting behavior.

Big Ideas
  • Living things are diverse, can be grouped, and interact in their ecosystems.
  • 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: 
    3, 4, 5, 6, 7
    Times Offered: 
    90 minutes unless otherwise stated.
    Maximum Students: 
    Offered In French: 
    Also Offered For: 
    Packages Provided: 
    No Packages Provided
    Fee Details
    Cost Per Student: 
    Cost Per Adult: 
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    Remember to ask if your class qualifies for the group discount (50% off). There are also sometimes sponsorships available which can defray your costs, particularly if you are teaching in an inner city school. For more information on sponsorships, contact


    Additional Notes

    Teachers can supplement the class field trip experience by downloading the Exploring the Sanctuary file from the teacher resource page of our website. Note that the maximum group size of 30 includes teachers and parents as well.