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!

Stay tuned for new programs each month!

  • +May 16: Preschool Wonder Walk - Every Bird Needs A Nest

    May 16, 10:00am – 11:30am

    May Theme: Every Bird Needs A Nest

    May is Vancouver Bird Celebration month! Take a close look at bird nests & discover how they’re made. On our Garden walk, we’ll look and listen for nesting birds, and explore the life cycle of a bird from cozy egg, to chirping hatchling, to the day they finally stretch their wings and fly!

    This is a guided preschool program for children ages 3-5 and their parents/caregivers. Registration must be purchased for each child for admission to the program. Parent/caregiver attendance is free.

    Register now!

  • +May 22: (FREE) Preschool Storytime - Our Feathered Friends

    May 22, 10:00am – 10:45am

    Free

    May Theme: Our Feathered Friends

    Together we will learn about the important role of birds in nature through stories, songs, and creating a craft of a momma bird and her eggs in a nest.

    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.

    Learn more & Register

  • +May 23: A Visit with O.W.L. (Orphaned Wildlife Rehabilitation Society) SOLD OUT

    Thursday, May 23, 3:00pm – 4:00pm

    This is your chance for a meet and greet with some of nature’s most beautiful birds, offered through the Orphaned Wildlife Rehabilitation Society (O.W.L).

    O.W.L specializes in the rescue and rehabilitation of injured and orphaned raptors from all over B.C. Learn about how the birds find their way to O.W.L., how they are cared for, and eventually released back into nature. Participants will also meet the teaching birds up close.  Photo ops are available (no flash please).

    Learn more & Register!

  • +May 25: Discover Birds at Bloedel

    Saturday, May 25, 1:00pm – 2:00pm

    Join a member of our Education team for this all-ages program to celebrate our feathered friends. Meet the birds of Blodel and discover the biodiversity hidden under the Conservatory dome through a mini-tour and activity!

    Learn more & Register!

  • +June 20: Preschool Wonder Walk - Bugs and Blooms

    June 20, 10:00am – 11:30am

    June  Theme: Bugs and Blooms

    Come meet the pollinators of VanDusen in action – honeybees, native bumblebees, butterflies and hummingbirds galore! Investigate the parts of a flower up close, and explore the colours of this season’s blooms through interactive play-based activities.

    Register now!

  • +June 26: (FREE) Preschool Storytime - Blooming June

    June 26, 10:00am – 10:45am

    Free

    June Theme: Blooming June

    Let’s explore the beauty and colour of flowers through stories, songs, and creating floral etchings 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.

    Learn more & Register!