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Youth Group, Rec Group & Summer Camp Programs

We offer a variety of programs to youth groups, such as Girl Guides of Canada and Scouts Canada, rec groups and summer camps. The programs can be modified to suit the needs of specific badge requirements so we encourage group leaders to discuss program content with Education staff when booking a group. All programs can include a nature hike, a visit to the flower gardens, and duck feeding at Oxen Pond. These programs are designed to foster a greater understanding of the natural environment and encourage environmental stewardship and respect.

Program Availability: May 1st to November 30th 10 a.m. – 4p.m. daily
Fee: $3.00 per youth with a limited number of group leaders/counsellors admitted free of charge.  This is for a 1 hour program, but extended programs are available on request.
Groups must have a minimum of ten people per booking (or will be charged the equivilent $30.00)
We strongly suggest that programs are pre-booked well ahead of time because last minute bookings often cannot be accommodated
Refreshments: available upon request. Please call the Garden Cafe at 753–0173 for prices and further information on refreshment choice.

Please note: Unfortunately we do not host birthday parties at the Botanical Garden at this time.

Program Selection

Bird-Watching/Friends to Birds

      During a nature walk, children develop an appreciation of wild birds and their habitats. They learn the basics of bird identification including calls and songs, as well as feather structure and function. In addition, children learn about the importance of protecting and conserving bird habitat. Migration patterns, winter safety and biodiversity are also emphasized in this program.


Conservation of Natural Resources

      Children learn about how we can use our natural resources without destroying, damaging, or wasting them. Children learn about the importance of protecting the province’s biodiversity and conserving plant communities in ecosystems such as the boreal forest and wetlands.


Forest Ecology

      Includes a hike along our nature trails to explore the interactions of plants and animals in their natural environment (the web of life). An emphasis is placed on the importance of biodiversity as well as ways of conserving it. Children learn also about the various stages of succession (how ecosystems may change over time). This encourages children to appreciate nature and to learn about biodiversity in ecosystems such as the boreal forest, bog, pond and meadow.


Forestry Program

      Children are given the opportunity to learn about the biodiversity of our forest including the different forest types as well as the kinds of trees and shrubs that inhabit them. The program also examines why forests are important; the impact of human activity on the forest; as well as the importance of conserving our forest resources for future use. This program often overlaps with the Forest Ecology program.


Nature Observer

      Children are encouraged to develop skills in finding, tracking, and observing animals in nature. The listening game is often used to develop these skills. The use of camouflage is also discussed as we look for signs of camouflage along our nature trails.


Bat Buddies

      Children become bat detectives as they learn all about bats, look for bat houses, learn about the Bat Recovery Team and other conservation initiatives, as well as hike the batty bat trail. This program can be incorporated in to the Nature Observer program.


Endangered Species

      The importance of preserving plant and animal species and their habitats is better understood by reviewing terms such as ‘rare’, ‘endangered’, and ‘extinct’. Children learn about plants and animals of Newfoundland and Labrador that are listed as rare, endangered, and/or extinct. Through discussion, children are encouraged to list reasons why plants and animals may be at risk, and offer suggestions for the protection of the province’s biodiversity.



      Children observe Newfoundland wildflowers in various habitats including the forest, wetland (bog), pond edge, and meadow. In doing so, they learn about the importance of biodiversity in various ecosystems. Children are introduced to plant identification, ecology, and conservation measures.