Nature Education Programs

HCP School Programs and Teacher Workshops

Welcome to schools programs at HCP! We are excited to offer diverse and engaging nature programs to classes from preschool to grade 7. Our aim is to create and provide community-based nature and gardening experiences and education for children and youth in our community. Through these outdoor educational programs, we believe that we can promote individual, community and environmental health. During all of our programs, we will use the gardens and surrounding forests as our classroom and as an educational tool to cultivate joy, wonder and meaningful connections to plants and the natural world. All programs are aligned with the BC Science Curriculum. Check out our new programs below!

School Programs offered February to June

Sensing the Seasons (Preschool to Grade 2)

Explore the gardens with your senses! Smell flowers, see bees, listen to the birds, touch the soil, and maybe even taste something delicious! No matter the season, there is always something to discover in the garden!

Garden Creatures (Preschool to Grade 2)

Worms, snails, birds and snakes! Join us in the garden to discover all the animals that call this place home. Together, we will learn about who they are, what they need to survive, and how we can help their habitat.

Worms Aren’t The Only Ones! (Preschool to Grade 5)

Worms aren’t the only hard workers in the garden! Come explore the other animals, bacteria, and fungi that are breaking down organic matter and turning it into soil! Get ready to get your hands dirty!

School Gardens 101 (Preschool to Grade 7, Teacher workshops available)

Does your school garden have you stumped? Wondering what to plant and when? Come explore our educational garden or invite us to yours to learn about growing food for you, flowers for pollinators, and habitat for garden animals!

Water, Water Everywhere! (Grade 2 to Grade 7)

Do you ever wonder about water? How do plants drink with their roots? Where does water go after it rains? How does dirty water become clean? Come learn about the vital role of water in the gardens, the nearby wetlands, and the watersheds we live in!

Programs offered March to June

All You Seed is Love (Preschool to Grade 5)

In this engaging hand-on program, students will learn about the plant life cycle through seed starting techniques, transplanting, and the basics of plant propagation. Each student will have the opportunity to get their hands dirty in the soil and take home their planted seeds!

Ethnobotany Explorations (Grade 2 – Grade 7)

Join us in W̱SÁNEĆ territory to learn about the cultural and ecological importance of native plants and ecosystems. Together, we will walk the Ethnobotany Trail, learn about the indigenous names and uses of plants, and discuss the importance of native ecosystems as we navigate our climate crisis.

Program Details

Programs are 1 hour for preschool to grade 2 and 1.5 hours for Grade 3 – 7. Each program has an optional 30 minute self guided activity in the gardens for an additional fee. Preschool to Grade 2 programs are $90 and Grade 3-7 programs are $115. The optional 30 minute self guided activity is $25. Program fees include entrance into the gardens.

Currently booking for the 2021/2022 school year. To book a school program for your group or answer any inquiries, contact Erica, our School Programs Coordinator at [email protected]

HCP Home Learners Program – Garden Science Series 

Ever wonder about how plants grow or how they decompose? What is soil and do all plants need it? In this Home Learner series, we will discover the science at work in the garden from the ground up! Through hands-on activities, games, crafts, and experiments, we will learn about soil, photosynthesis, water, pollination and more! We are excited to offer two sessions of this series designed for different age groups. Please note, this is a drop-off program. See you at The Gardens!

Dates: Fridays for 4 Weeks: April 1, 8, 22, and 29, 2022
Time: 9:30am to 11:30am
Age: 5  to 7 years old
Fee: $80 for members, $100 for non-members (price is for full series)
Register: HERE or Phone (250) 479-6162

 Fridays for 4 Weeks: April 1, 8, 22, and 29, 2022
Time: 1:00pm to 3:00pm
Age: 8  to 12 years old
Fee: $80 for members, $100 for non-members (price is for full series)
Register: HERE or Phone (250) 479-6162

Virtual Classroom Program

The Virtual Classroom is a classroom presentation and kit. The classroom presentation includes lesson plans, all the materials to offer a hands on classroom gardening activities and HCP facilitation (currently virtual). Designed for teachers and their classes, the virtual classroom program will engage students in an enriched plant-centric experience in their own classroom and support their teachers along the way. To book a Virtual Classroom Program for your class or to learn more information, contact the School Programs Coordinator at [email protected].


Growing a Salad Garden

  • Provide a how to session with materials
  • Include further support/guidance and maintenance schedule
  • Optional follow up
  • Take home container garden

Seed Starting, Planting and Propagation

  • Includes take home container, activity or sample
  • Introduction to seed starting techniques
  • Choosing the best transplants
  • Basics of plant propagation
  • Take home container with samples

Introduction to Herbs

  • Plant ID using 5 herbs
  • How to harvest and store
  • Crafting with herbs for self care
  • Take home samples

To book a tour, school program or workshop for your group, contact Erica, our School Programs Coordinator at [email protected]