VanDusen Botanical Garden

Our Trips

Students journey along the water’s edge, between volcanic walls, and among forest groves where they meet iconic native and exotic species. These budding naturalists will connect with their environment, use their senses to develop observational skills, understand the role of humans - including First Peoples - in ecosystems, and participate in storytelling and interactive games.

buzz-worthy field trip experience for students to learn about pollinators and the environments that support them.

As flowers bloom around VanDusen, bring your class to explore the special relationships between plants, pollinators, and people.  Over three days in June, our facilitators will promote curiosity and stewardship through fun, hands-on activities at stations throughout the Garden. 

Our diverse activities encourage new discoveries while aligning with the BC curriculum, and include:

  • Observing pollinator biodiversity up close with microscopes
  • Tasting different types of honey and visiting active beehives
  • Learning about bee life cycles and pollen collection
  • Finding nectar like bees with art using special paint and black lights
  • Identifying and monitoring native species as citizen scientists
  • Snapping away in a photo booth with plenty of pollinator props
  • Plus other exciting games!

Groups receive a map outlining activity stations and may explore at their own pace during the day. Join us alongside Environmental Youth Alliance and other community partners for this special three day event.

Self-guided field trips are suitable for students of all ages and are available year-round. Browse our menu of self-guided tours, lesson plans, guides and scavenger hunts to design the perfect day for your students at the Garden. Self-guided programs allow for customized tours with ample time for a visit to VanDusen’s Elizabethan Maze.

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