The Greater Vancouver Zoo is dedicated to creating an educational environment that inspires appreciation and concern about wildlife and wild places.
With our special school rate, the zoo is a vital resource for teachers and students, offering programs, animal information and much more. Inspire your students with a visit to the Greater Vancouver Zoo. You may explore on your own, reserve a narrated train tour, experience our newly renovated North American Wilds walk through section or take part in one of our Educational Programs
- All school and group bookings must be ‘pre-registered’ at least 2 weeks in advance and are subject to availability.
- Please complete a registration form and fax/mail/email it back to us.
- A confirmation will be sent out within 5 days.
- Only upon receipt of the confirmation should you assume that your class is booked.
- If you do not receive a confirmation, please contact us.
- Payment is due upon arrival.
Special School Rates available for: Licensed Public and Private Schools, Licensed Preschools and Continuing Education programs, Registered Home School Organizations, Daycares and Day Camps and Non-Profit Organizations.
Minimum Group Size: 10 people
**(new rates effective September 6, 2016)
|Child (3-15 years) / Senior (65+) Admission
|Adult Admission (16-64)
||$2.50/student (in addition to admission; min. $20 charge)
|Narrated Train Tour
||$3.50/person (in addition to admission; min. $30.00 charge)
Parking: $6.00/vehicle; School buses are free
*All prices include the 5% Goods & Services Tax and a $0.25 Conservation
- Show your BCTF card and receive a complimentary pre-field trip zoo visit.
- Free admission for chaperones (see below).
- Free ‘Pre’ and ‘Post’ activities for all educational programs with a confirmation package containing information to get the most out of your field trip.
- School buses park for free (individual vehicles: $6.00 per vehicle per day).
- Preschool to Grade 3: 1 free adults’ admission per 5 paying students (includes teacher)
- Grade 4 and over: 1 free adult admission per 10 paying students (includes teacher)
- Free admission for Special Needs Assistants
ON-SITE EDUCATIONAL PROGRAMS
- All Education programs are based on the B.C. Ministry of Education curriculum and standards.
- Most programs are approximately 45 to 55 minutes in duration (unless otherwise specified).
- Education programs are available to organized groups (minimum group size: 10 people).
- Grade levels are a suggestion only. Most programs can be customized to meet the needs of individual teachers.
- Pre and post activity sheets are available upon arrival, as well as scavenger sheets
You and the Zoo
Preschool and Primary Level
Full of fun facts, this is an overview of some of the animals at the Greater Vancouver Zoo. Learn some of the features, basic needs and importance of each animal in its environment. This program is also available for E.S.L. students.
Amazing Animal Adaptations
Primary, Intermediate and Middle School Level
Discover the unique adaptations that enable animals to fit into and play an integral part in their ecosystem. Look for unique physical features and learn the behaviours that enable animals to survive in their different habitats.
Intermediate and Middle School Level
Many plants and animals are now threatened with extinction. Explore the role of students, zoos and conservation organizations in protecting species that would now be extinct. Learn about the unique characteristics of some endangered species and their roles in the ecosystem.
The Web of Life
Intermediate and Middle School Level
Develop an understanding and appreciation of the checks and balances needed to sustain a healthy ecosystem while learning about the roles specific species play in a food web.
Grades 3+ (Also available in French)
Explore our local community of animals and the role we play in protecting the plants, animals, and resources that we interact with every day. Pictures of on-site plants and animals are used to teach identification.
Learn about classification within the cat family. Our knowledgeable zoo staff will describe and show how scientists use internal and external features to distinguish and classify members of the animal kingdom.
Humans have been fascinated with animals for thousands of years, and have incorporated animals into fables, myths, and legends to teach important values and explain where we came from. You may choose from the Old World Mythology or Native American Mythology programs, or a combination of the two.
Please note: If you have focused on specific animals for any of the above programs, please specify when registering. Also limited group numbers of 15 children and adult chaperones per session. Only available from October through to February
For more information about any of our additional options, check out our What To Do
Narrated Miniature Train Tour
A 12-15 minute narrated tour (advance reservation required).
Interpretive Talks and Special Events
Please see our What To Do
page for our full schedule.
Night in the Wild
Have you and your class experienced a ‘Night in the Wild’ at the Greater Vancouver Zoo? Your evening may include camping under the stars, an evening Educational program or a combination of both. Click here to download our Night in the Wild registration form.
Please note: Minimum group size is 20 people.
We have three beautiful areas within the picnic/park area of the zoo to have your an event or function and you have three options to choose from:
Includes one covered gazebo with water and electricity available. This area is approximately 1500 m2 and is $25 to rent.
Accommodates approximately 30 people.
Includes one covered gazebo with water and electricity available. The area is approximately 2000 m2 and is $50 to rent.
Accommodates approximately 50 people.
This is a very large open space and includes one covered gazebo with water and electricity available. Directly located off Lemur Island.
The area is approximately 2500 m2 and is $50 to rent. Accommodates approximately 50 peoples.
A $50.00 deposit is required upon registration. Picnic areas are booked between 10-3pm or 4-8pm. The picnic/park areas can be reserved in sections or as one large area. If you wish to reserve the whole picnic area (includes tiger, zebra and giraffe gazebo's) the cost is $110.00. For further information please contact 604.856.6825 ext 26 or 28, or via email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Please Note: Gazebos near playground cannot be reserved, please see map or phone for more information.
EDUCATION CONTACT INFORMATION
Greater Vancouver Zoo
Aldergrove, B.C. V4W 1N7
Tel: 604.856.6825 ext. 26