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March 1, 2020 @ 11:00 am - 1:00 pm PST

Forest Discoveries 

Vancouver is situated in land area dominated by the coastal temperate forest. On this Explorer Day, we’ll learn about the forest of Pacific Spirit Park with forest educator Laura Cottle. We’ll look at the forest as a big – or macro level – ecosystem and the various mini to micro ecosystems within the forest. Through the use of games, stories and other place-based learning tools, we’ll examine tree and plant species, as well as the animals that call this habitat home. We’ll find signs that tell us something about the history of this forest, and consider what it might look like in the future.
Laura Cottle has formal university education in Forestry and in Education. She is passionate about sharing her knowledge of the forest with others as well as learning from others. She has worked as a Naturalist for many years at the Greenheart TreeWalk located in the UBC Botanical Garden and as a Naturalist leading “ecowalks” for Pacific Spirit Park Society.
Location: Meet at the entrance to Pacific Spirit Park at 4915 W. 16th Ave., Vancouver, at 10:50 AM. We’ll explore the park from 11 AM to 1 PM.
Dress for the weather and wear good shoes that you don’t mind getting dirty or a bit wet.
RSVP here.



March 1, 2020
11:00 am - 1:00 pm PST

Explorer Day Etiquette:

  • Be prepared to HAVE FUN!
  • Pre-registration with your Club Leader is required for most Explorer Days (Friends are welcome if space permits).
  • Please arrive 5-10 minutes before the scheduled start time to ensure enough time for passport stamping and organization. Starting times are firm, and Leaders cannot wait for late-comers!
  • Please stay with the Leader and let them know if you are leaving early.
  • Children must always be accompanied by an adult guardian, who is responsible for their behaviour. Children consistently disrupting the experience of others may be asked to leave.
  • Bring appropriate weather gear, sunscreen, snacks, water, and other useful tools like binoculars, sketch books, cameras, and magnifying glasses.