On a Wildlife & Outdoor Education field trip, your group will be greeted at the base of the Mountain before taking the scenic Skyride to start your program at the Peak of Vancouver. Your day will be fully guided by our experienced education team.
Choose Your Adventure
Full-day Field Trips (9:30am - 2:30pm) include the Skyride plus up to 3 guided sessions.
1 Wildlife & Outdoor Education Session
1 Recreation Activity
1 First Nations Culture Presentation
Looking for a unique schedule? Let us know and we will work with you to build an express or modified day.
Explore the wonders of nature through hands-on learning. These fun sessions are tailored for students by learning level, and align with British Columbia curriculum. You can select a wildlife & outdoor education curriculum session for one of your three guided sessions.
Wildlife & Habitat
+ Bears of North America (Grade K-12)
Students will learn the similarities and differences between the three species of North American bears through interactive activities. Visit the grizzly bear habitat as your adventure activity to complete your day! Read more
+ Thrive & Survive (Grade K-3)
Discover what wildlife need to survive and thrive. Students will explore the differences between living from non-living things, identify their needs, and learn about local plants and animals in the Grouse Mountain sub-alpine ecosystem.
Explore how wildlife adapt to their environments. Through hands-on activities, students will learn about some of Grouse Mountain’s most fascinating animals and how they adapt to escape predators, find food, and survive the changing seasons.
Discover how organisms interact and depend on each other. Students will explore food webs, producers and consumers, and ecosystem levels. With hands-on activities, students will discover how local plants and animals are connected, explore what sustains a healthy sub-alpine ecosystem, and learn how human actions cause positive or negative impacts.
Learn about one of the most endangered species of BC, the Northern Spotted Owl, while discussing the impacts and consequences of extinction. Students will learn about current rehabilitation efforts and our own personal responsibilities in maintaining species diversity will be emphasized. This program pairs with a visit with one of the resident owls at Grouse Mountain’s Refuge for Endangered Wildlife.
Learn about the province of British Columbia’s major natural resources. Guided by our education team, students will participate in an interactive mapping activity, and discuss sustainability, renewable and non-renewable resources, and carbon footprints.
+ Sustainability in Motion (Grade 8-Post-secondary)
with Eye of the Wind add-on
What does sustainability mean and how can we make small changes to make a big impact? Students will discuss renewable energy and carbon footprints, and get a close-up view of sustainability in motion from the observation deck of Vancouver’s first wind turbine. Using Grouse Mountain’s sustainability efforts as an example, students will learn about their environment, surrounding wildlife, and the many things they can do to sustain and support both.
Experience leadership and teamwork development activities in the stunning natural setting of Grouse Mountain. Facilitated by our education team, students will participate in fun exercises focusing on cooperation, communication, problem-solving, and overcoming challenges as a team.
Vancouver’s tourism industry is growing rapidly, opening countless opportunities for ambassadors of our beautiful city. On this program, students will get a unique, behind-the-scenes glimpse through a day at Grouse Mountain.
Explore the mountain with recreation activities — from Guided Eco-walks in the summer, to snowshoeing in the winter, and more. You can select adventure activities for one, two, or all three of your field trip sessions.
Grizzly Bear Habitat Visit - Visit the refuge’s grizzly bear habitat, and learn about the two orphaned grizzly bears, Grinder & Coola. Recommended when the bears are out of hibernation
(May-November, season dependent) Owl Visit with Wildlife Ranger - Learn with a 15 minute private visit with one of the wildlife refuge’s resident owls
Theatre in the Sky - Watch ‘Extremely Wild’ and learn more about the two orphaned grizzly bears
Birds in Motion Demonstration - Witness the incredible hunting and flying skills of birds of prey (May-August)
+ Green Season Adventure
Eco-walk - Explore local flora and fauna as you take a guided walking tour through our beautiful West Coast forest
Lumberjack Show - Watch the antics of our ever popular World-Famous Lumberjack Show (May-August)
Scenic Chairlift Ride - Take the Peak Chairlift to the top of Grouse Mountain for a stunning view of Vancouver
+ Snow Season Adventure
Snowshoe* - Discover the mountain through a scenic guided snowshoe tour
Ice Skating* - Experience skating on the mountaintop ice rink
Sliding Zone* - Enjoy sledding in our sliding zone
Snow Play - Have fun with time to play in the snow
Peak of Christmas - Experience the magic of the holiday season: peek at Santa in his Workshop, visit Santa’s reindeer, and more! This program is offered during the Peak of Christmas season at Grouse Mountain. Dates announced annually.
All activities are weather and conditions permitting *Rentals are included in your field trip admission for one activity — snowshoeing, skating, or sliding
Mountain Adventure - Add-on Experiences
Special rates are available to add Ziplining, Mountain Ropes Adventure™, Kids Tree Canopy Adventure™, and the Eye of the Wind® to your education visit. Let us know when you book!
First Nations Presentation
45 Minute Presentation
Led by a Squamish First Nation Elder, students will interactively discover traditional First Nations customs, legends, dances and rich history in the hiwus Feasthouse, an authentic Pacific Northwest Coastal Longhouse. The Elder will present a song and a story for your group. Please let us know if you have a preference when you book. You can select a First Nations presentation for one of your three guided sessions.
Chief Dan George Song - a prayer song given to the Coast Salish First Nations people to use
Sea Lion Song - generosity, sharing of natural resources and the resolving of negative situations without doing harm
Bear Song - owned by Kwel-a-a-nexw (Willie), shows respect to this powerful creature
Snowbird Song - Sung by Willie's great grandmother, healing song
Owl Song - an exit song, imparting peace, goodwill and positive feelings
Cedar Basket Story - learning, listening to one's elders, patience, friendship, sharing our own special gifts
Seagull Story - sharing, generosity, doing one's best, caring for one another
Sea Lion Story - the use of earned powers of a medicine man or Indian doctor
Captain George Vancouver - welcoming, first meeting with Europeans Floating Island - a story of how a ship was mistaken for a floating island, sharing of gifts