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Take an Adult Education Class!
The VBGA offers a diversity of courses and workshops. Come learn, make friends, and explore the garden! Register, view our brochure, or click course titles to sign up.

Featured Course
Seaweed Pressing Workshop: Saturday May 25 Morning or Afternoon Classes
Press and preserve gorgeous seaweeds in a variety of colours, textures and sizes. Learn to identify, harvest, and store common West Coast species.

Upcoming Classes

Botany & Ecology*
Sun Jun 15 Bumblebee ID & Nest Building


Gardening & Design*

Sun Jun 2 Water-wise DIY Irrigation Workshop
Sat Jun 19 Drought Tolerant Gardening

*Teachers eligible for many free classes! Apply here.


Plants & People
Tue Jun 4 Herbs for Digestion
Tue Jun 11 Wild, Edible, Medicinal Plant Walk

Botanical Art
Sat May 18 Watercolour Workshop: Nature
Thu May 23 Chigiri-e Paper Art: Orchids
Fri May 24, May 31, Jun 7 Naturalists Journal
Sun Jun 9 Drawing Flowers Intensive
Sat Jun 15 Creative Photography Principles 2
Thu Jun 20 Chigiri-e Paper Art: Lilies
Sun Jun 23 Acrylic Workshop: Water in the Garden


Health & Wellness
Click here to sign up for any of our fitness classes taking place this Summer - through till August!

View our full list of courses

Summer Camp (Ages 5-7) 
Extra Camps Added

Due to popular demand we have added 6 more camps for ages 5-7. With themes such as Aquatic Adventures, Naturally Crafty Kids, and Bugs and Beyond, children will experience a blend of science, exploration, games, and crafts, while learning and playing throughout the beauty of the Garden and the Conservatory. Register here

Camp Bursaries
Camp bursaries for families in financial need are available for all of our camps. Apply here.

We're buzzing with excitement about Pollinator Days!

Pollinator Days
June 12-14

Don't bee late! Limited space remaining for our most buzz-worthy field trip festival event of the year! Students will explore the relationships between plants, pollinators, and people at activity stations throughout the Garden. This year, we're promoting sustainable transit by offering discounted rates.

Learn more or contact to register.

Guided Programs for K-12

Our 45 minute guided programs - Glimpse of the Garden & Natural Heritage Walk - engage elementary and secondary students through observation, storytelling and collaborative learning. These interactive programs stimulate young minds while allowing for plenty of self-guided exploration in the Garden. Register here.

International Debate and Youth Conference
July 8-12

“Young People are key to achieving United Nations Sustainable Development Goal #15 (Life on Land)”

Seeking BC youth (ages 7-17) to meet with youth from around the world to share their unique views and visions on how young people can help to achieve this goal. Join in all or part of this incredible event in Victoria and Vancouver at the Government House, Songhees Longhouse, and VanDusen Botanical Garden. Keynote speakers include David Suzuki, Elizabeth May, and Vicky Husband. With diverse workshops and educational field trips, the International Debate is an opportunity not to be missed!

Act fast! Deadline is May 31 for (short) essay submission and registration.

Learn more, or call 604-257-8669

Free Monthly Bird Walk
Saturday June 8, 9am - 11am

Join local birder Jeremy Gordon for a guided birding exploration in the Garden. Meet in the Visitor Centre Atrium. Event takes place rain or shine. Learn more.

Free for Members or with Garden Admission. 40 participant limit, first come first served. 

Hummingbird Banding Workshops
In partnership with the Vancouver Avian Research Centre (VARC)

A great way to protect our 250 species of local birds is to conduct research to increase our understanding and inform conservation strategies. In partnership with VARC we are conducting Hummingbird Banding Workshops (for VBGA members) and youth workshops at our Summer Camps.

Stay tuned for the June Member News, where registration information for August and September hummingbird banding workshops will be made available. Learn more.

Preschool Storytime at the Library
May 22 Theme - Bees & Other Pollinators

This is a free program, but registration is required.

Learn more or contact to register.
Environmental Youth Alliance is hiring a Native Plants for Birds Program Coordinator
Kids can learn about decomposers like the dung beetle on National Geographic Kids

Get in Touch:

Adult Education: Email or call 604.718.5898
Camps: Email or call 604.257.8443
Field Trips: Email or call 604.257.8423
Community Outreach: Email or call 778.939.3739
Teacher Professional Development: Email or call 604.257.8469
Library: Email or call 604.257.8668
Membership: Email or call 604.257.8675
Development: Email or call 604.257.8677
Volunteering: Email or call 604.257.8674
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Our mailing address is:
5251 Oak Street
Vancouver, BC V6M 4H1