New! Family Programs at UBC Botanical Garden


UBC Botanical Garden is Canada’s oldest continuously operating university botanical garden. The original mission of the garden was research into the native flora of British Columbia. Over the past nine decades, our mission has broadened to include research, conservation, teaching and public display of temperate plants from around the world, particularly Asian, alpine and native plants. We’re also home to the Greenheart Canopy Walkway.Come visit us – we’re located at 6804 SW Marine Drive, Vancouver, BC. You can find more info at

Spend a Saturday morning exploring and taking part in creative hands-on learning with our family program leaders. Designed for families with children aged 5-11, these fun sessions offer an opportunity to discover UBC Botanical Garden. Cost includes garden admission so that families can stay and discover the garden at their own pace after the program. Why not pack a lunch and have an adventurous Saturday with us!

Dates: Saturday, July 13, July 27 and/or August 10, 2013
Time: 10:00 am to 11:45 am
Location: Meet at UBC Botanical Garden Reception Center
Cost/Session: $25 per family*, $15 per family* for garden members and UBC students. Applicable taxes and fees included.

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Register here or in person at the gatehouse during regular hours.

Please note: Advance registration required. All children must be accompanied by their parent(s) for the entire session. Most activities take place outside; dress for the weather.

* Cost covers a family up to 2 adults and 4 children, and includes general garden admission.

Program Details

July 13, 2013: Plant Explorers
UBC Botanical Garden is filled with fascinating plants of all shapes and colours! Become a plant explorer for the day – hunt for flowers of different types and leaves of various shapes, then create your own plant press to preserve the treasures you have found. Take home the skills and supplies you need to create your very own pressed plant collection.
July 27, 2013: Precious Water
Water is so precious, for us and for many other creatures. Dive in for an adventure as we discover aquatic organisms by carefully catching and identifying amazing pond inhabitants. We will also create a miniature wetland to test the natural filtration capacity of these habitats.
August 10, 2013: Animal Neighbours
How well do you know your neighbours? No, not the people next door, the wildlife kind! Come learn about our animal friends who live so close to us in forests and parks around Vancouver. Venture into the Garden and find habitats frequently used by our animal neighbours. Learn to recognize their tracks and take home some tracks you will make yourself.