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UBC Botanical Garden is a "green classroom"; a teaching resource used for students and teachers across the lower mainland from pre-school all the way up to post-secondary and beyond. With a vast array of living collections and green space present at the garden, teachers are able to incorporate classroom learning in plant taxonomy, horticulture, bryology, landscape design, conservation biology, agroecology, biogeography, and more via our educational garden tours.
Public Drop-In Tours
A great introduction to what you can see here at UBC Botanical Garden, all visitors are welcome to participate in a free (with paid admission) guided tour that gives a general overview of the Garden such as our Alpine, Native, and Physics gardens. Tours last approximately 60 minutes, and are held at 1pm on select days.
Please note that there are no tours scheduled at this time. A calendar of tour dates for 2014 will be published in the spring.
Tour Theme: Extremes
This year, we are featuring the theme of Extremes on our garden tours! As humans, we are drawn to the extreme – the gigantic, exciting, adorable, implausible and incredible. Though peaceful and tranquil on the surface, gardens are a place of mystery, intrigue, exploitation, and tremendous extremes. Discover how plants around the world have adapted to climb, defend themselves, attract animals for pollination, and survive extreme weather conditions. From extreme climbers to extremely strange flowers, our new drop-in guided tour is a great way to discover the different gardens while learning about the extremely interesting plants growing at UBC Botanical Garden. This summer, make sure to drop by UBC Botanical Garden for a thrilling journey through the world of extreme plants!
Please note that Greenheart Canopy Walkway tours are offered on the hour from 10am to 4pm. You can also visit the Canopy Walkway on your own, anytime from 10am to 4pm. Between November 16th and March 14th the Greenheart Canopy Walkway is closed and UBC Botanical Garden will not be offering group tours.
Private Guided Group Tours
Groups are invited to join us for a paid guided tour. To book a guided tour please fill out this form. Minimum group size is 10 persons. Groups with fewer than 10 persons will be charged the minimum group size. For Groups with participants with mobility challenges we offer guided tours in electric visitor carts (only available in the summer months, not available in Nitobe Memorial Garden). Groups up to 5 or 10 can be accomodated in our two carts.
Between November 16th and March 14th the Greenheart Canopy Walkway is closed and UBC Botanical Garden will not be offering group tours.
Two weeks notice is required for all reservations. Reservations are based on guide availability.