You can learn something new with every footstep you take in our remarkable coastal rainforests, especially if you do so under the guidance of knowledgeable volunteers and experts. Here are just a few ways the whole family can connect with, and learn about, nature this season:
Guided Nature Walks Around Metro Vancouver
Join guided walks in Surrey’s nature parks this season and learn a little more about the urban forest. These walks are part of the 20th Annual Surrey Environmental Extravaganza, a series of over 100 free nature programs and events happening April 22 to June 11, 2017. Explore Redwood Park, Bose Forest Park, Hawthorne Park, and Godwin Farm Biodiversity Preserve. Drop-in, rain or shine. Parent participation required for children ages 13 and under.
Browse the Stanley Park Ecology Society‘s events calendar for a variety of guided nature walks throughout the year. Register online for a lower program fee. $5 for SPES members, seniors and children, $10 for non-members. In-person registration fees cost $7 for members and $12.50 for non-members. Unless otherwise noted, programs begin at the Stanley Park Nature House below the viewing plaza at the corner of Alberni St. and Chilco St. Walk themes include Birds of a Feather, Indigenous Plant Use, and events during the Big Tree Weekend April 30th.
UBC Botanical Garden
Experience the Pacific temperate rainforest, exploring 80 Acres of rare trees and plants, an intricate system of trails, and a tree top walkway for a squirrel’s eye view. Greenheart TreeWalk staff typically provide hourly tours from 10:00am to 4:00pm daily with paid TreeWalk admission. For groups over 10 guests, pre-booking is required. There are also Segway tours, group tours, and becoming a member of UBC Botanical Garden includes private seasonal tours with garden staff, horticulturalists and world-renowned experts.
Metro Vancouver hosts Watershed Tours, for Capilano and Coquitlam in the winter (by snowshoe) and in the summer. Metro Vancouver manages three protected watersheds to provide 2.5 million residents with a clean, reliable and affordable supply of drinking water Discover the treasures of the watersheds, where ancient trees tower in steep mountain valleys, wildlife abounds and water flows through natural landscapes to our drinking waters supply system. Summer tours run July to September.
There are Burns Bog Public Tours every month. Join knowledgeable tour guides for an interpretive tour of the unique ecosystem that is Burns Bog. Learn about what a bog really is, the story behind the infamous sunken tractor, and what is capable of surviving the harsh conditions of a bog. Meet in front of Planet Ice Delta doors (10388 Nordel Crt, Delta). 10:00am to 12:00pm (check the schedule for which day). Pre-registration $7 per person, drop in (day of) $10 per person. Burns Bog Conservation Society members get a free bog tour. The next tour is April 15, 2017.