Family Programs

With a variety of programs throughout the year aimed at families looking for hands-on activities and educational experiences at VanDusen Botanical Garden, we’re looking forward to helping you and your children get into nature, together!

  • +September 16: Family Nature Program – Tropical Terrariums Workshop

    Saturday, September 16th – 10:30am – 12:00pm

    Join us for a family-friendly guided walk to discover some of the more tropical plants growing throughout the Garden; some of these species have been on the planet since prehistoric times, when the world was a lot more tropical, and have fascinating adaptations that have helped them survive even the jaws of hungry dinosaurs!

    On our return to the classroom, you’ll be guided through the steps to create a tiny tropical terrarium world for your windowsill at home. Care instuctions for your tropical terrarium will be provided.

    Learn more & Register now!

  • +September 21: Preschool Wonder Walk – Celebrating Cedar Trees

    Thursday, September 21st – 10:00am – 11:30am

    Let’s come together to play & explore in the shade of the beautiful Western Red Cedar Tree! These towering trees are something to behold, and are full of life for animals and humans here on the coast of BC.

    We’ll learn about the many uses of the cedar tree and importance to local First Nations, as well as discover stories about some of the animals and plants that live in community with this epic tree species, all while having fun being led in play-based activities, close observation of the natural world, and a take-home art activity.

    Register now!

  • +September 27: Preschool Storytime – Autumn Harvest, Falling leaves (Free Program)

    Wednesday, September 27th – 10:00am – 10:45am

    Children will explore the beauty of autumn through books, songs and an art project to take home.

    This is an easy-going, early learning program for children ages 3-5 and their parents/caregivers. This program provides participants and their caregivers the opportunity to gather together in the Library (or in the courtyard outside when the weather permits), to engage with nature-themed children’s books, and to explore seasonal topics with age-appropriate activities.

    Register now!