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Environmental Extravaganza for Schools

Boys look up at the tree during a field trip

Bring nature to your classroom or bring your class to nature! The Surrey Environmental Extravaganza’s community partners offer fun school programs all year long - check out all the great opportunities coming up this fall!

Spaces are limited, so book early to avoid disappointment.

"Let nature be your teacher" - William Wordsworth

Fall 2017 Partner Programs

For the Birds (Grades 2-7)
Learn the joys of birdwatching through this two-day program! First, enjoy a classroom presentation all about birds found in the local Boundary Bay ecosystem and follow it up with a birdwatching outing (usually to Elgin Heritage Park). Teacher resource package provided. Hosted by the Friends of Semiahmoo Bay Society.
Cost: By donation ($3-$5 recommended per student)
Date(s): Flexible
Time(s): Flexible
Booking contact:

Stepping into Nature Outdoor Education Festival (Grades 6-7)
Join us for this full-day, outdoor education event! Give your students a chance to connect with their natural environment by taking part in hands-on activities that link core curriculum competencies to outdoor education. Hosted by the Burns Bog Conservation Society.
Cost: $10 per student
Date(s): Tuesday, October 3 - Friday, October 6
Time(s): 9:00am - 2:30pm
Book online

Northern Spotted Owl in the Classroom (Grades K-12)
This one-hour classroom visit aims to teach students about conservation and the role Spotted Owls play in the old growth ecosystem. Students will meet Forrest, our glove trained Barred Owl, and learn about owl behaviour and physical characteristics. Hosted by the Northern Spotted Owl Breeding Program.
Cost: $120, plus a $0.53/km gas fee.
Date(s): Flexible
Time(s): Flexible
Booking contact: Jasmine McCulligh (604-371-4434 or

Tynehead Hatchery Salmon Watch (Grades K-12)
Visit our hatchery and learn about the salmon life cycle, local salmon habitats and our collective responsibility in taking care of the salmon stocks in the Serpentine River. Watch salmon swim upriver to spawn and enjoy a short video and a tour of the hatchery. Hosted by the Tynehead Hatchery.
Cost: $75 per 30 students
Date(s): Wednesdays & Thursdays
Time(s): 9:15am, 11:00am, or 1:00pm
Booking contact: Chris Hamming (604-937-3503)

Field Trip to Burns Bog (Grades K-12)
Join us on an interpretive nature walk through one of the world’s most unique ecosystems - Burns Bog! These tours address grade-specific curricular competencies such as: plants and animals, habitats and ecosystems, biodiversity and species at risk, land history and First Nations, and stewardship. Tours available in English and French! Hosted by the Burns Bog Conservation Society.
Cost: $150 per class
Date(s): Tuesday to Friday, from September to October
Time(s): Flexible
Book online

Brooksdale Environmental Centre Field Trips (Grades K-12)
Start with a short tour of our flagship centre and then break into groups for nature activities related to the new curriculum for each grade. These two-hour programs are held outside, rain or shine. Hosted by A Rocha Canada.
Cost: $190 (Kindergarten), $220 (Grades 1-3), $260 (Grades 4-8), $10 per student (Grades 9-12)
Date(s) and time(s): Tuesdays & Fridays (9:30am - 11:30am or 12:00pm - 2:00pm) or Thursdays (9:30am - 11:30am)
Booking contact:

Regional Parks Field Trips (Grades K-12)
From towering forests to sandy seashores, regional parks are filled with fun, hands-on learning environments. Park interpreters lead field trips outdoors for about 2 hours. Students are engaged in discovery, activities and games related to the topic. Specimens are often brought out to showcase the species that live nearby. Our programs meet various curricula, from science to physical activity and more. Let us know how we can meet your learning objectives when you book. Hosted by Metro Vancouver Regional Parks.
Cost: $70 per 15 students (Gr 1 and up); $70 per 12 students (pre-K and K)
Date(s): Varies by program
Time(s): Varies by program
Book online

Watershed Wonders (Grades K-12)
The SHaRP education team will lead watershed-themed activities to get your students thinking about the local environment and how to make a difference. Pick a creek or park near you and we’ll meet you there! Suitable for grades K-12. Hosted by the Salmon Habitat Restoration Program.
Cost: Free
Date(s): October
Time(s): 2.5 hours, flexible
Booking contact:

Lend-A-Hand (Grades K-12)
Take care of a park near your school! Students will pick up litter at a local park, spending additional time outdoors and learning about social responsibility in their community. An introductory workshop and all equipment are provided.
Cost: Free
Date(s): Flexible
Time(s): Flexible
Booking contact: Shannon Cressey (604-501-5164 or

Surrey Nature Centre
The Surrey Nature Centre hosts a variety of school programs for grades K-7 in the natural setting of Green Timbers Park. Prices and topics vary by season. To learn how to engage your students with nature all year, register for one of their hands-on teacher workshops!
Booking contact: Surrey Nature Centre (604-502-6065 or e-mail