Children and youth learn in a hands-on way through exploration and activities in one or more of our 30 Demonstration Gardens including our First People’s Ethnobotany Trail, The Takata Japanese Garden, The Urban Backyard Garden, and many more. Register for a 90-minute class or use the Gardens to reinforce classroom teaching. This year the Gardens at HCP are also offering a number of new and exciting Lessons in the Garden to get your family/students involved in amazing learning opportunities.  With curriculum-based program delivery outdoors in the gardens, we want to work with you to create the best educational opportunities for your family/class.

LESSONS IN THE GARDEN – New for Fall 2020!

Are you looking for an outdoor learning opportunity for your child, your school, your family, or home school network?  Then consider our outdoor classroom delivery model at The Horticulture Centre of the Pacific (HCP), featuring gardens and spaces to explore, learn and grow! Check our website for information about our programs or contact our coordinator at [email protected] .

GARDEN FRIENDS (a series designed for a child and parent)

Children love to explore our gardens while observing and experiencing nature. Together, we will engage in a series of NATURE ACTIVITIES.  Each session will include a garden wander, a sharing circle and story-time (plan to bring along your snack and picnic blanket for story time and dress for the weather?) Limit: 8 children.

DATES:  October 06 – Helpful Bees

October 13 – Curious About Plants

October 20 – My Senses

October 27 – Garden Birds

TIME:    10:00 am – 11:30 am

AGE:      4 – 6 years

FEE:        $60/4 sessions for members or $75/4 sessions for non-members

REGISTRATION:  Online below or by calling 250 479 6162.
Register Online

GARDEN EXPLORERS (designed for K-5 for Distributed Learners and Home School networks)

Nature provides many opportunities to learn through experience. Our gardens include endless hands on examples of habitat, food production, pollination, pond life and native plants. Let us work with you to create the program that best suits your area of study. Suggested topics include, but not limited to:

  • Using the 5 Senses
  • Plant Life Cycles (from edibles to ornamentals)
  • Environmental Interconnectedness (supporting our natural systems)
  • Ethnobotany (Indigenous and native plants)
  • Food Security

DAY:      Tuesdays or Wednesdays

TIME:    1:30 pm – 3:00 pm

AGE:      5 – 12 years

FEE:        $12/session for members or $15/session for non-members

To book a Garden Explorers program for your group (limit: 12), please contact our coordinator at [email protected] to arrange your preferred theme(s) and date(s).