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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

Partner Programs (Fall 2017- Winter 2018)

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 in Fall
Time(s): 9:15am, 11:00am, or 1:00pm
Booking contact: Chris Hamming (604-937-3503)

For the Birds (Grades 2-7)
Birdwatching is a lifelong activity that enriches children’s lives by encouraging them to spend time in nature. Explore big ideas including migration, ecosystems, bird habitats, lifecycles, and adaptations through a classroom presentation and an outdoor experience. Teacher resource kit available for loan. Hosted by the Friends of Semiahmoo Bay Society.
Cost: By donation ($3-$5 recommended per student)
Date(s): Flexible
Time(s): Flexible
Booking contact: edoutreach@birdsonthebay.ca

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 nsobreedingprogram@gmail.com)

Honeybee Centre Visits (Grades K-12)
Visit our recently renovated classroom for an educational experience that aligns with the new BC Curriculum! This program focuses on bees, pollination, beekeeping, and civic duty and incorporates interactive stations so that students can learn, explore, and experience the lessons with all of their senses! Hosted by Honeybee Centre.
Cost: $160 plus tax for up to 20 students, $8 plus tax per additional student
Date(s) and time(s): Tuesdays (9:30am - 11:00am or 10:00am - 11:30am) or Thursdays (9:30am - 11:00am, 10:00am - 11:30am, 12:30pm - 2:00pm, or 1:00pm - 2:30pm)
Booking contact: Cassie Gibeau (604-575-2337)

Guided Tour of Sunnyside Acres Urban Forest (Grades K-12)
Explore this incredible forest! Tours focus on native plants and animals, stories, and the history of the area but can also be tailored to meet your individual curriculum and teaching objectives – at the time of booking, let us know what you’re looking for. Dress for the weather! Hosted by the Sunnyside Acres Heritage Society.
Cost: By donation
Date(s): Flexible
Time(s): 1 - 1.5 hours, morning or early afternoon
Booking contact: Dr. Roy Strang (604-535-9288 or roymstrang@gmail.com)

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: canada.kids@arocha.ca

Burns Bog In-Class Workshops (Grades K-9)
Can’t come to Burns Bog? Let us bring the Bog to YOU! These hands-on workshops include interactive displays, activities, and demonstrations. Give your students the chance to discover how Burns Bog works hard for plants and animals, and what it can do for people too! Hosted by the Burns Bog Conservation Society
Cost: $125 per class (30 students max)
Date(s): September - June
Time(s): Flexible
Book online

Fraser Valley Trout Hatchery Programs (Grades K-7)
Learn all about freshwater ecosystems, fish, fishing, and more at the Fraser Valley Trout Hatchery in Abbotsford. All programs are hands-on, dynamic, fun, and tie into the BC school curriculum. Hosted by the Freshwater Fisheries Society of BC
Cost: Varies by program
Date(s): September - June
Time(s): Varies by program
Booking contact: Fraser Valley Trout Hatchery (604-504-4716 or visit.fraservalley@gofishbc.com)

Regional Parks Field Trips (Grades K-12)
​From towering forests to sandy seashores, regional parks are filled with hands-on learning environments. Park interpreters engage students in discovery, activities and games related to the topic. Our programs meet various curricula, from science to physical activity and more. Tell us 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): 1.5 - 2 hours, depending on program
Book online

Forest Lab Science Programs (Grades K-7)
What do tree rings tell us about seasonal changes? How do local animals adapt to survive winter? Do the different forms of bird and bat wings affect their function? Get your lab coat on and prepare for hands-on discovery in a newly updated Forest Lab program this winter. Hosted by the City of Surrey - Surrey Nature Centre
Cost: $129.75 per class
Date(s): Jan 9 - Mar 13 (Tuesday - Friday)
Time(s): 10:00am - 12:00pm
Booking contact: Surrey Nature Centre (604-502-6065 or naturecentre@surrey.ca)

Surrey 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. Hosted by the City of Surrey - Park Partnerships. 
Cost: Free
Date(s): Flexible
Time(s): Flexible
Booking contact: Shannon Cressey (604-501-5164 or secressey@surrey.ca)