Feature: Education Out There- Fun Field Trips

 by Jodi Iverson

A day of learning outside the walls of a classroom is a refreshing way to get kids active and engaged while learning in a new environment. The Lower Mainland offers a wide variety of experiences, and we have curated a selection for every subject!

Britannia Mine Museum
Offering programming for K-12 Britannia Mine Museum has a hands-on learning experience for all ages! Hosting over 10,000 students a year, they have it down to an…earth science! Students will love learning about mining, sustainability, as well as social and environmental impact while exploring the legendary mine tunnel at the former industrial and National Historic Site. Booking is simple and easy with their online process that helps you choose the perfect day out for your group. Educated staff also give fantastic tours. www.britanniaminemuseum.ca

Dairy Innovations
What city kid doesn’t want to spend a day on the farm? Located on 80 acres of farmland, Eco Dairy offers an authentic and hands-on learning experience that’s simply moovellous! Visiting students will enjoy learning about agricultural science and technology, farming and food supply, all while while exploring the dairy barn. The most fun of all is getting hands on and discovering how to milk a cow and even enjoying a milk tasting! Highly interactive displays developed in partnership with Telus Science World will keep visitors of all ages engaged and intrigued with farming. www.ecodairy.ca

Evergreen Cultural Centre
Art is a vital element of exploring the world, which means the subject plays a vital role in education. Evergreen Cultural Centre has developed an education program that aims to educate students in various forms of visual and performing arts, as well as language and social sciences. Offering workshops, labs and matinee performances suitable for students of all ages and abilities, choose from half or full day programs perfectly suited to your group. Making it even more appealing, Evergreen Cultural centre is easily accessible by the new Evergreen SkyTrain that stops right at their front door! www.evergreenculturalcentre.ca

Green Thumb Theatre
Want to bring the field trip to you? Green Thumb Theatre has been entertaining and inspiring students by touring original productions to schools across British Columbia since 1975. That means most of us moms and dads who attended school in the area have probably seen a show or two ourselves! Green Thumb goes deep, exploring relevant social topics that affect kids, encouraging discussion on a level they can relate to. There are even study guides supplied to help keep the conversation going even after the show has ended. www.greenthumb.bc.ca

Appleseed Children’s Playcentre
Appleseed Children’s Playcentre offers customised field trip programming to schools and daycare centres for children ages one to eight. Conveniently located in Lansdowne Centre, this indoor edu-playground features five distinctively designed play structures, each stimulating creativity and physicality. Visitors will test their speed, balance and agility while learning through play. www.playatappleseed.com

Bill Reid Gallery of Northwest Coast Art
The Bill Reid Gallery of Northwest Coast Art offers unique and flexible education programming for students K-12. The transformative power of cultural treasures and Indigenous knowledge will engage students to cultivate a greater awareness of the interconnectedness of all things while the talented staff and dedicated volunteers will guide each group through storytelling and inquiry based learning. Don’t miss a visit to the gallery to learn how we are all connected through nature and art. www.billreidgallery.ca 

Phoenix Gymnastics
Teachers can support their PE curriculum with a visit to Phoenix gym for an hour, or for a series of classes. Watch as your children experience the excitement of participating via fun games, interactive circuits, trampoline bouncing and the ever-popular foam pit. Children will work with qualified coaches and be challenged on vault, bar, beam and floor, all with safety in mind. Suitable for all school ages, Phoenix Gymnastics teaches fitness and the fundamentals of gymnastics in a fun and interactive field trip. www.phoenixgymnastics.com

STEM is entrenched in education these days, and teachers are always looking for unique ways to get students involved in science. Kids can get curious and creative at TRIUMF, a high-tech physics lab and home to the world’s largest cyclotron particle accelerator, energetic isotope beams, and a host of nuclear health facilities. Guests are taken on top of the cyclotron and through experimental buildings by real students and researchers. Expect to get an inside look at what the lab is really like! Tours last 60-90 minutes, and photography is encouraged. www.triumf.ca

Orphaned Wildlife Rescue
Orphaned Wildlife Rescue, or OWL, lives up to their name of helping to rehabilitate injured birds. Their facility is home to birds of prey and other interesting animals, and field trips are welcome to learn all about how these amazing creatures fit into the ecosystem. Kids also get to see live birds in the outdoor portion of the trip, take part in activities and snap photos. Students will also be taught about different owl sizes, biology and so much more. Teachers are also provided with informative information to help carry the education on at home. www.owlcanada.org