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Groups & Tours
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
Thursday and Friday each week at 1 p.m.
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. * Due to group size limitations - groups on professionally-operated tours are asked to book a guided group tour for their group.
Guided ‘drop-in’ tours at the UBC Botanical Garden are back starting Friday, July 4th at 1pm. Available a few times a week; our exciting 60-minute tours include an introduction to our Asian, Food and Physics gardens. Tours are available with the prize of admission and are led by staff and trained volunteer garden guides.
With over 12,000 plants covering 78 acres (31.5 hectares), the UBC Botanical Garden cultivates and displays significant plant groups set within the backdrop of a lush temperate forest. Come learn more about our history, or collection and our community!
• Pre-registration is not required.
• Please dress for the weather and wear comfortable walking shoes.
• Tours for groups are available by appointment only.
Greenheart Canopy Walkway Tours
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.
Groups are invited to join us for a paid guided tour - we are finalizing our pricing for 2014 so please call us to confirm rates for your group (604.822.4208). To book a guided tour please fill out this form and our admissions staff will be in touch 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.