Field Trips

We offer a variety of field trip programs that immerse students in discovery at both VanDusen Botanical Garden and Bloedel Conservatory. Ranging from a self-guided program utilizing our customized online curriculum to 90 minute guided programs led by engaging interpreters, our programs encourage students to connect with the natural world.  Download the brochure to explore your options.

Here’s what teachers have to say about our field trips:

“Our instructors were amazing! Very knowledgeable and great with the children!  They learned a lot and I will be back next year.” 

“My students learned a lot through hands on, real life experience. They have only learned about some plants and birds, but this was the first time they actually got a chance to see the real thing.”

“This is the best field trip I’ve been on in 15 years.”

Registration is open for Spring 2019!  Book early – spots fill up quickly. Create an online booking account. It’s free, easy and secure.

Guided Programs

Using inquiry-based activities in alignment with the BC curriculum, students explore plants, animals, soil and water through hands-on experience outdoors.  Learn more about our 45 and 90 minute guided programs, including our new programming at Bloedel Conservatory!

Please note, a visit to VanDusen’s popular Elizabethan Maze is not incorporated into your 90 minute guided program. If you plan to go to the maze, please do so either before or after your program.

Self-guided Program

Browse our selection of self-guided tours, lesson plans, guides and scavenger hunts to design the perfect day for your students at the Garden. A self-guided program allows for customized tours with ample time for a visit to VanDusen’s Elizabethan Maze.

VBGA Education staff will work with teachers before their visit to identify the best resources for their classes. We will greet the group upon arrival for a short orientation and review of the Code of Conduct before you explore the Garden.

Pollinator Days

Explore our buzz-worthy field trip experience for students to learn about pollinators and their relationships with people and ecosystems.

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.

  • +Pre-trip Information

    Download the VanDusen Pre-trip Information Packet or Bloedel Pre-trip Information Packet  to prepare for a successful day in the Garden or Conservatory with your class. The packet includes:

    • Field Trip Policies & Guidelines
    • Code of Conduct
    • Directions

    Be sure to carefully review the information and share it with your students, chaperones, and colleagues as appropriate.

  • +Fees & Payment

    Fees include entry to the Garden or Conservatory for as long as you like before or after your program.

    90 Minute Guided $100 + $5 per student*
    45 Minute Guided $75 + $5 per student*
    Self-guided $25 deposit, $5 per student
    Pollinator Days $100 deposit, $10 per student

    *  Minimum fees are based on 18 students; maximum 30 students

    • Teachers, assistants, and 1 chaperone per 10 students free; additional adults pay student fee
    • VBGA accepts Mastercard, VISA, cheque or cash
    • Payment due before or upon arrival; invoicing subject to $25 fee
    • Cancellations subject to $15 fee; those made less than 30 days in advance will not receive a refund
  • +Financial Support

    We’re pleased to offer limited assistance for teachers and students in support of field trips.

    VBGA offers:

    • Free admission to underserved schools and community groups through our Connecting Urban Youth to Nature program
    • Bus bursaries for up to $300 to cover transportation costs for underserved schools

    Habitat Conservation Trust Foundation offers:

    • Go Grants cover transportation, project materials, or program fees. Visit their website for more information.

    Contact the Field Trip Coordinator for more information or to apply.

  • +Library Teacher Catalogue

    Have you been to the Yosef Wosk Library at VanDusen?  You’ll find it’s an excellent resource for learning and teaching about plants, people, and the places that support them.  Download our Books by Theme Teacher Catalogue to explore titles to help you prepare lessons before or after your trip to the Garden.