Our Goal

To educate and inspire people of all ages to understand, protect and preserve the wetland environment and its wildlife through fun, engaging and interactive environmental awareness programs.

Booking a program?

  • Each program lasts 1 hour and programs have a 15 minute break between them.  
  • The Environmental Programs are delivered by our knowledgeable Environmental Educators and our Wildlife Art classes are delivered by an engaging local artist.  Try one of both for a fabulous mix of Art and Nature.
  • Booking includes use of picnic Area and/or the  Discovery Annex Classroom for inclement weather.

Available programs include:

Wetlands Diversity

What is so important about a wetland?  Come explore our reserve and learn about this diverse ecosystem through observation and activities. Discussions and observations surrounding the wetland habitat and it’s inhabitants will be the primary focus. This program is appropriate at any time of year. 

Beavers Plus

Learn about the special features that beavers have to help accommodate their watery lifestyle – clear eyelids, webbed feet, and more!  Explore beaver habitat, hunt for beaver clues, and discuss the part they play in creating and maintaining wetland habitats. This program is appropriate at any time of year. 

Pond Prowl

This informative program with dip netting will give students a real field experience as they explore pond ecology.  Learn about the life cycles and habitats of some of the special creatures that make up our pond community.  This program can be booked at any time of year, but is best in the fall and the spring.

Bug Hunt

Compare and contrast spiders, insects, and multi-legged critters (millipedes and centipedes). Come meet them all in this hands on exploratory program which can be booked in the fall and the spring (spiders are particularly abundant in the fall).

Fabulous Frogs

Exploration of amphibian habitat gives and opportunity to see some fabulous frogs, learn some fabulous froggy facts, and hear some fabulous froggy sounds.  Did you know that frogs have teeth?  Best booked in the months of April through June.

Hectic Herons

Get a close up look at hundreds of nesting Pacific Great Blue Heron and observe their unique behaviours.  Learn about their habitat, adaptations, life cycle, and check our what is in a heron’s lunchbox. The best heron viewing is March to May, although they remain on their nests into July.

Salmon Stories

Take a look at the salmon life cycle through storyboards, cooperative activities and observations of our spawning channels from our fabulous salmon observation platform.  Releasing fry in the spring?  Consider a fall/winter trip to the Great Blue Heron Nature Reserve to compliment your classroom salmon experience. The best salmon viewing is in November and December.


Check out the wetland habitat and learn about local Species at Risk.  This fun and interactive program introduces a serious concept.  Students will learn why some animals are at risk and some of the things we can do to help.  This program can be booked in any season.

Wildlife Art

These one hour workshops use a variety of techniques to create works of art depicting wildlife.  Local artists share their expertise & enthusiasm with your students. Three mini art lessons introduce sketching, painting and cartooning. Art projects can be linked to a specific outdoor program (ie frogs, bugs) or  a special interest (ie bats, cougars). 


Sample Schedules for Multiple Classes: Schools Choose Their Own Programs and Start Times

2 classes

  Class 1 Class 2
9:00 to 10:00 Wildlife Art Hectic Herons
10:15 – 11:15 Hectic Herons Wildlife Art


3 classes 

  Class 1 Class 2 Class 3
9:00 to 10:00 Wildlife Art Hectic Herons Free Time
10:15 – 11:15 Free Time Wildlife Art Hectic herons
11:30 – 12:30 Hectic Herons Free Time Wildlife Art


Bringing a class on your own?

  • Let us know so we can coordinate arrivals and departures and let you know where the booked group will be working.
  • There is no indoor space available for groups to eat or gather

 Program Fees

  • $100 per program per class
  • If there are multiple classes booking 2 programs each, a special rate of $150 per class will apply

Notes for Teachers & Group Leaders

  • Please plan your bus to arrive 10 minutes before your start time.
  • Walk your class to the Discovery Annex Classrooms or Outdoor Amphitheatre as directed  in the confirmation email.
  • Discovery Annex Classrooms are a 3 minute walk west of the lower round about & bus parking
  • Programs starting late will still need to be finished on time due to other booked events.
  • Programs run rain or shine so please have students be prepared to be outside!
    • Proper outerwear and footwear is a must.
  • Cancellations are subject to a $50 cancellation fee per class if less than 3 days notice unless exceptional circumstances (not for rain!).
  • Max one class and six supervising parents per program 
  • Please plan to eat snacks and lunches outside.
    • Outdoor picnic tables are located by the Interpretive Centre , next to the Discovery Classrooms and next to the Lower Parking lot.
  • Feel free to bring a pop up shelter for shade or rain.
  • In case of rain students may be able to eat in the classroom if it is not booked for another program.
  • Please have the students clean up the tables, chairs and floor.
  • Pack out your trash
  • Most trails and all facilities are wheelchair-accessible.


  • Bus drop off is in the lower round about, enter from Sumas Prairie Road, go up and over the dyke and down into the parking loop.
  • Additional car parking is to the left, below the dyke, outside the gates.
  • Parking for the disabled is inside the gates, on top of the dyke, near the Rotary Interpretive Centre or in the lower round about.
Questions can be directed to Camille Coray at herons@shawbiz.ca or 604-823-6603