Lynn Canyon Ecology Centre NatureKids Club

Leader: Tricia Edgar   

Email:  NorthVancouver@naturekidsbc.ca

Click Lynn Canyon Ecology Center Family Events for
a complete listing of programs at the Lynn Canyon Ecology Centre!  

**Please RSVP in advance to ensure your spot for Explorer Days**

Scroll down to NatureKids Club section for our Explorer Days for members. 

Join the Lynn Canyon Ecology Centre’s own group of nature explorers!  We meet once per month usually on a Sunday from 1 to 2:30pm. Guest scientists, we call Nature Mentors, will share their love of nature with us.

The Lynn Canyon Ecology Centre has several enthusiastic leaders for our NatureKids Club programs. Tricia is the head emailer, and she’ll sign you up for the club and let you know about other NatureKids events. Kate, Megan, Jen, and Rachael all have a background in outdoor education. Kate and Jen focused on biology, while Rachael’s focus is on outdoor recreation and Megan’s is on sustainable business. They’re all keen to help you get to know our local temperate rainforests and to connect with engaging presenters who’ve made ecology their life’s work. And of course, we’re all certified slug enthuasiasts who love to stomp around in the muddy rainforest!

Upcoming Explorer Days in 2015/2016
 For Ages 5 to 13 with an adult.

**Please RSVP for events HERE. If you can’t get into an event that you would like, email Tricia at the club email and she will try to find space for you!**


Handmade Nature Journals
Sunday January 22nd, 2017

By observing nature, creating drawings, and reflecting on what you’ve seen, you get to know our local plants and animals. Join Carabeth Rudelsheim to needle felt a cover for a nature journal, then head outside to observe and record the plants and animals of the rainforest.

Home Tweet Home
Sunday February 5th, 2017

Do you love birds? Join Ecology Centre staff to create a homemade bird house to add habitat to your garden, or donate the bird house to a local habitat project.

Bird Language
Sunday March 19th

Learn how to speak bird! Join Stephanie McKay of Souring Eagle Nature School to discover what the birds are talking about and how they can tell you what’s going on in the forest.

Magnifcent Moss and Lovely Lichen
Sunday April 23rd

What’s growing on right under your feet? Mosses and lichens may be small, but they’re also fascinating. Join Brian Herrin to explore the miniature world of mosses and lichens.

Maplemood Mudflats Shoreline Cleanup
Sunday May 28th

Visit Maplewood Mudflats, a unique intertidal mudflat on the North Shore. Learn about its shoreline life and its importance as stop-off for migratory birds; then help keep the Mudflats clean.

Bird Banding
Sunday June 29th

What do you know about migratory birds? Join the Vancouver Avian Research Centre for a morning of learning about the science behind bird banding. Watch them as they band the migratory birds at Colony Farm. Please note: We will meet at the banding station at Colony Farm

Past Explorer Days


Monday, November 14
Bee Houses & Oil Spills 
(with NatureKids TriCities)

Located at Burnaby Campus

9:30-10:30 Bee Houses
10:30-11 break
11-12 Oil Spill

Bee Houses – 60 minutes
Solitary bees make homes in hollow, tube-like structures that can be naturally occurring or created by humans. The naturally occurring ones are disappearing from the Lower Mainland, but we can help! Learn about bees while making structures for leaf cutter bees to lay eggs in and hide from predators. This workshop is in partnership with Science in Action and is designed for students from K – Grade 7.

Oil Spill – 60 minutes
When oil leaks from a supertanker at sea or a pipe on land, the impact on the surrounding environment is severe and complex. After learning about what happens at ground zero, we’ll test out a number of the different clean-up methods used by rescue workers and engineers. This workshop is in partnership with Science in Action and is designed for students from Grades 4-7. 



Oddball Edibles
Sunday, June 12th, 1-2:30 


You can eat what? Go beyond berries to learn about the oddball edible plants of the temperate rainforest.



Bird Banding
Saturday, May 7th 7-9:30 am (May 8th rain date)

Visit the Vancouver Avian Research Centre’s bird banding program at Colony Farm, where we’ll learn how banding helps scientists study local and migratory bird species. We’ll have the opportunity to observe the collection and banding process and release some of the birds.



Fly Into Spring
Sunday, April 10th, 1-2:30 pm


Tweet! Tweet! What’s that racket? It’s spring and birds are nesting. Learn about spring birds, nests, and nesting behaviour with biologist Hana Hermanek.



Ivy Weaving
Sunday, March 20th, 1-3 pm


Ivy is an invasive species, but it can also be incredibly useful! Join local craftsperson Rebecca Graham to learn basic weaving skills and turn this unwanted species into a wonderful weaving. Please bring an $8 materials fee to class.




We Love Lynn Canyon
Saturday, February 20th 1-3:30 pm


This February, show Lynn Canyon you love it! We’ll plant trees and shrubs and learn about native plant restoration with Graham Knell from the District of North Vancouver’s Parks Department. 


Hop to It!
Sunday, January 24th, 1-2:30


Meet a frog and discover the nature and needs of these amazing amphibians. David Wong is Vancouver’s Frog Guy, and he runs programs that help restore urban tree frog populations in Vancouver.

Roars and Growls
Sunday, December 6th, 1-2:30 pm


If you love cats and want to help wildlife, join Darren Colello of the Northwest Wildlife Preservation Society to learn about Canada’s wild cats and how you can help protect them.


Land Art
Sunday, November 22nd, 1-2:30 pm


Nature is a constantly shifting palette of artistic possibility. Join artist Lori Stringer to create art from items that you find in the landscape around you.

Marvellous Mushrooms
Sunday, November 1st, 1-2:30 pm


What’s growing on in the forest this fall? Enjoy learning about elfin saddles, witches’ butter and more as you join mycologist Mary Berbee for a walk in Lynn Canyon Park.





Something Fishy
Sunday, September 20th, 1-3:30 pm

Visit
the Morten Creek salmon hatchery in lower Lynn Creek to learn about
fish, enjoy a tour with the North Shore Streamkeepers, and help salmon
by planting native plants. We will meet at Morten Creek.

Saturday, June 27, 2015

7 AM Colony Farm
Bird Banding
Take off on our annual visit to Colony Farm Regional Park in Coquitlam to band birds with the Vancouver Avian Research Centre. We’ll learn about bird research and keep our wings crossed in the hopes of seeing many resident and migratory species.



Winged Wonders
Sunday, May 24th
1 pm to 2:30 pm

Who’s that buzzing around your garden? Bees are about much more than honey. Both honey bees and native species are an integral part of the plant life cycle. Local beekeeper Lianne Shyry will guide you through the world of bumblebees, mason bees, honey bees, and more.

Tasty Trees
Sunday, June 7th
1 pm to 2:30

Munch, crunch, let’s eat some forest greens for lunch! Forest tea and edible berries. Learn what’s in season in the temperate rain forest as spring turns into summer.

Bird Banding At Colony Farm
Saturday, June 27
7 am

Take off on our annual visit to Colony Farm Regional Park in Coquitlam to band birds with the Vancouver Avian Research Centre. We’ll learn about bird research and keep our wings crossed in the hopes of seeing many resident and migratory species. Please bring a donation for VARC.

Bird Banding At Colony Farm
Saturday, April 27 (rescheduled from April 12)

7 am
Take off on our annual visit to Colony Farm Regional Park in Coquitlam to band birds with the Vancouver Avian Research Centre. We’ll learn about bird research and keep our wings crossed in the hopes of seeing many resident and migratory species. Please bring a donation for VARC.


Howl 
Sunday, March 22nd
1 pm to 2:30 pm
Walk on the wild side with Jenna Rudolph from Soaring Eagle Nature School. Jenna is an experienced tracker who will talk about tracking some of the temperate forest’s most fascinating creatures: wolves and coyotes. You’ll get to practice your tracking skills as we venture outside to search for animal tracks and signs.


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