Field Trip Programs
Making educational curriculum programs come alive!
The Grouse Mountain Refuge for Endangered Wildlife offers leading edge educational programs that are so much more than a typical field trip. Bring your class for a wide variety of dynamic and interactive mountain adventures that include science, social studies, and recreational components. These field trip programs help teachers meet BC curriculum objectives while providing students with hands-on, motivating and fun experiences. Programs offered include First Nations cultural experiences, summer programs, and recreational activities including ski and snowboard lessons, outdoor ice skating, nature hikes, guided snowshoe tours and Peak of Christmas festivities.
Sample Schedule & Timing
9:30am Arrive at the Base of Grouse Mountain
9:45am-10:15am Skyride to Alpine Station
10:30am-11:15am Wildlife Curriculum Session
11:30am-12:15pm híwus First Nations Presentation
12:30pm-1:00 pm Lunch break
1:15pm-2:00pm Mountain Adventure: Guided Eco-Walk or Snowshoeing*
2:15pm Skyride to Base
2:30pm Depart Grouse Mountain
*Activity dependent on season or program choice. During winter Grizzly bear hibernation, enjoy guided snowshoeing. Mountaintop ice-skating also available in winter.
Program Time 9:30am-2:30pm. Express schedule available.
Plan Your Class' Adventure
Step 1: Choose Your Curriculum
Select a grade specific BC curriculum session from the list below. Programs can be modified wherever possible, to adapt to ESL groups, French language or grade level. Click on the 'See Learning Outcomes' buttons below for more details including Prescribed Learning Outcomes for each program.
Comparing Plants & Animals (K)
Explore the characteristics of plants and animals, what they need to survive and what distinguishes living from non-living things.
Bears of North America
An interactive experience all about bears with bear artifacts, stories, and a meeting with two orphaned Grizzly Bears (spring through fall). Students will learn the similarities and differences between the three species of North American bears.
Staying Alive (Gr. 1)
Students will learn to distinguish living from non-living things, the needs of different plants and animals, and how those needs are met in their environment.
Animals in Their Environment (Gr. 2)
Local animals have developed a variety of fascinating characteristics that enable them to stay alive and reproduce. Students will identify some of BC’s most interesting wildlife and discover how they meet the challenges they face.
Plants Are Important Too
Students will investigate different categories of plants and learn to distinguish their specific characteristics. They will discover an appreciation for BC native flora by learning their link within the ecosystem as well as traditional First Nations use of plants.
Living Organisms (Gr. 4)
This program uses innovative activities to highlight the different plant and animal life found on Grouse Mountain. Students will learn about the delicate balance of the food webs found within the various ecosystems of an alpine environment.
Owls of Grouse Mountain (Gr. 5-8)
Take a close look at one of the most endangered species of BC - the Northern Spotted Owl - while also discussing the impacts and consequences of extinction. This program includes an educational session with a Barn Owl and teaches about the plight of all endangered animals.
Adaptations Among the Kingdoms (Gr. 6)
Using our local animals as ambassadors of the animal kingdom, students will uncover the vast variety of fascinating adaptations that enable these species to forage, defend themselves, co-exist and reproduce.
Survival Within the Ecosystem (Gr. 7)
Students will learn how the species of our sub-alpine ecosystem interact and depend upon each other for survival. From producer and consumer to food webs , we’ll look at what sustains a healthy ecosystem and how our actions affect them.
Step 2: hiwus Feasthouse Presentation
In keeping with the cultural component of our program, enjoy our 45 minute híwus presentation in an authentic Pacific Northwest Coast Longhouse.
Join us for a unique First Nations experience. During this 45 minute presentation, led by an elder of the Squamish Nation, students will interactively discover the ancient customs, legends, dances and rich history of our First nation people.
Full day híwus First Nations Cultural Program also available.
Step 3: Choose an Afternoon Mountaintop Activity
With your Adventures in Education program booking, the Mountain is yours to discover. Add one of our many activities to your day.
- Theatre in the Sky
- Guided Snowshoe Tours
- Ice Skating (helmets and skates provided)
- Snow Play: snow tag; snowball target practice; snowman building
- Snow Class: snow flea discovery; scavenger hunt; tracking; science of snowballs
- Lumberjack Show
- Birds in Motion Demonstration
- Grizzly Bear Habitat
- Eco-Walk Wildlife Interpretive Session
- Scenic Chairlift rides
Pricing and Booking
All Grades $21.33 per student + $1.07 GST ($22.40 total) with a minimum of 15 participating students required. (híwus First Nations Cultural Program requires a minimum of 25 participating students at $39.40 per student including tax).
The Habitat Conservation Trust Foundation provides grants of up to $600 through the Conservation Education Assistance Fund for K-12 classes to support small outdoor field experiences such as ours. Visit hctf.ca for more information.
Book your program today by calling 604.980.9311 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.