Field Trips

With 55-acres of beautiful green space in the middle of Vancouver, VanDusen Botanical Garden represents a safe and interactive learning experience for school and community groups looking for local field trip opportunities! Scroll down to explore your options and email learn@vandusen.org with any questions.

To register please click here.

If you don’t already have one, create an online booking account. It’s free, easy and secure.

Programs Cost
Self-Guided

$150 for 30 participants

$300 for 60 participants

$5 for every participant over 30

 

  • +Booking Instructions
    • Select which type of program you prefer (you will choose themes later). A new page will open which describes the program and shows a calendar with up-to-date booking availability.
    • Scroll through the calendar to find your preferred booking time and date, and click on the blue square to select an open time slot. If you don’t already have an Amilia account, you will be prompted to create one.
    • Next, you’ll be asked for information about your group and program theme as well as directed to make payment.

Self-guided Programs

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.

Register now!

  • +Cancellation Policy

    Payment due within 4 weeks of booking. Cancellations prior to 4 weeks of program receive 50% refund. No refund for cancellations within 4 weeks of program date.

    Please reach out to learn@vandusen.org with any questions about Field Trips.

  • +F.A.Q.

    Q. How long can we stay in the Garden? Can we stay after our tour is over?
    Classes attending either Guided or Self-guided Field Trip Programs can remain in the garden until closing time.

    Q. Can we eat lunch or snacks in the Garden?
    Yes! There are picnic tables, benches, and some seating spread throughout the Garden. Feel free to ask your VBGA staff representative for lunch location suggestions upon arrival.  Please ensure that your class packs out their garbage.

    Q. Are there washrooms in the Garden?
    There are washrooms available in the Visitor Centre, as well as portable toilets and hand sanitizer in the Garden.

    Q. Are masks required in the Garden?
    Masks are not required while out in the Garden or inside the Visitor Centre. You are welcome to wear a masks depending on your level of comfort.

Teacher Testimonies

“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.”