To encourage a connection with nature’s wonders during the COVID-19 pandemic, Metro Vancouver has introduced new and adapted in-person and virtual programs. Field trips and public programs have been planned with safety in mind and abide by all current public health orders.
For those who can’t get to regional park locations, Metro Vancouver has two virtual field trip options geared to elementary school children:
- The Salmon Rainforest: Students explore the extraordinary life cycle of salmon and learn how they provide food for the forest and more than 100 animal species, including humans.
- Virtual Pond Peeking: Water striders, giant water bugs and even mosquitos are some of the unusual creatures that live in the underwater world of ponds. Discover more about their fantastic forms, life cycles and how they interact with each other and their environment.
Virtual field trips are offered on Zoom and include a brief technology check, a 30-minute interactive presentation with a park interpreter, followed by 15 minutes of questions and answers. Virtual field trips can be delivered to students in class and include those who log in remotely.
Park interpretation staff will continue to provide nature-based programs, both in-park and virtually, to keep program participants connected to nature during these stressful times.