All School Group visits must be booked through our online booking form
All Groups must read carefully our Code of Conduct and bring a signed copy of it the day of the visit.
Signup for our Educator Email Updates
6804 Southwest Marine Dr.
Vancouver, BC, V6T 1Z4
Between November 16th and March 14th the Greenheart Canopy Walkway is closed and UBC Botanical Garden will not be offering group tours.
All School Group visits must be booked through our online booking form.
Note: we are currently booking guided school group tours on Tuesday and Thursdays. Non-profits and school groups of 10 or more qualify for a 15% discount off regular admission to UBC Botanical Garden, Nitobe Memorial Garden and the Greenheart Canopy Walkway.
Minimum group size is 10 persons. Groups with fewer than 10 persons will be charged the minimum group size.
Click here to be redirected to Group Tours options for adults.
1. Guided Garden Tour
There are four seasonally themed garden tours for school and youth groups. Tours last approximately 1 hour to 1½ hours. Your group can plan for students to bring a snack or lunch to be enjoyed indoors following the tour (depends on availability, please ask when booking). Tours are adapted to the specific age group.
Autumn colours (September to October)
Don't be sad, summer is over, but fall is the season of plenty! During this tour, students learn about the treasures an autumn garden has to offer. They will explore our extensive and fascinating Asian Garden, discover the different edible parts of plants and even taste some of them! Students are also introduced to beautiful autumn foliage and other changes that prepare plants for winter.
Spring surprises (March to June)
Spring has sprung, and there are lots of new and exciting marvels growing in the garden. Students are invited to walk through the garden to discover the many beautiful flowers awakened by springtime conditions. They will learn about the surprising tricks plants use to attract insects and the invaluable role of pollinators. A tour for all the senses, with spectacular smells, dazzling colours, stimulating textures and intriguing sounds...
The Circle of Life (July to August)
Summer is finally here! Plants are growing, birds are chirping, and fruits are ripening. Life is filled with cycles, and the garden is the perfect place to witness many of these natural cycles. Explore the garden and see creatures that turn decomposing leaves into nutrients for the soil; learn how precious an old log is to the survival of the forest, and how humans depend on the circle of life in numerous ways. Join the Botanical Garden Summer tour, walk through beautiful, ever-changing gardens, and discover the interconnectedness of the natural world.
2. Guided Nitobe Memorial Garden Tour
For a unique cultural experience, consider a visit to Nitobe Memorial Garden, an authentic Japanese garden, regarded as among the top five outside of Japan. Students will learn about the Japanese tea ceremony, and a story of life evoked by Garden symbols that conveys much about traditional Japanese culture. This tour takes approximately 45 minutes. We recommend planning your visit for 1½ hoursto ensure that you have adequate time.
3. Canopy Walkway Tour
The canopy walkway is 308 metres long and 17.5 metres tall at its highest point. Groups receive a one-hour fully guided tour during which they learn about BC forests, the environment, first nations
, and more, on an exciting aerial adventure. Kids of all ages leave with smiles and interesting new knowledge. . The vocabulary and specific content of the tour can be altered to accommodate any age range. The tour takes approximately 45 minutes; to ensure that you have adequate time, plan your visit for approximately 1.5 hours. You can also choose to do a self-led visit of the Canopy Walkway, anytime from 10am to 4pm.
4. Garden and Canopy Walkway Tour
A combination of either Option 1 (Botanical Garden tour) or 2 (Nitobe tour) combined with a canopy tour. Approximately 2.5 Hours. Please note: the post-tour activity and room are only available with standalone option.
5. Custom options
Would you like to bring your group for a visit, but don’t see a tour option that matches your group’s curriculum? Contact us for more information.
Teachers get free admission. Teachers are welcome
d to come and visit the garden prior to their date of booking. Just bring an official document showing you are a teacher from a recognized school and you will get free admission for yourself and one guest.
THE FINE PRINT: All school group visits must be booked through our online booking form. Minimum 10 participant charge per tours and self-led visits; these fees cover program delivery and staffing costs. Already discounted family rates and our UBC Attractions Passport excluded. Children under five years old receiving a guided tour will be charged the child rate to cover program delivery and staffing costs. One adult (includes teachers and chaperones) free for every 10 students; additional adult guests may join your group at the rate listed above. Educational programs and experiences are subject to change. UBC Botanical Garden reserves the right to cancel, change or reschedule a booking due to unforeseen circumstances, such as staffing issues.