school programs

2023/2024 Workshops

We are excited to invite your class for an outdoor ed-venture here at the Mossom Creek Hatchery and Education Centre. Each workshop provides students with unique hands-on learning opportunities beyond the walls of the classroom; creating exciting shared experiences that bridge curricular content with real-world connections in the natural setting of the Mossom Creek watershed. We seek to inspire students to explore the natural world and understand our roles and responsibilities as members of the ecosystem community. The Mossom Creek experience involves outdoor learning opportunities, so please dress for the weather!

To register for a program, click here.

To meet our program team, click here.

Creature Features

Explore the life cycles of plants and animals as they change throughout their lives and the features that make these organisms unique! We will focus on the salmon species that call Mossom Creek home and we’ll also meet the fish inside the hatchery.

Curriculum connections

K: Plants and animals have observable features
1: Living things have features that help them survive in their environment.
2: Living things have life cycles adapted to their environment.
3: Living things are diverse, can be grouped, and interact in their ecosystems.

Nature Interpreters

Put on your detective’s hat and explore the interactions between plants, animals and their ecosystems. Students will use Mossom’s collection of biofacts; pelts, animal tracks and skulls to become familiar with animal features and behaviours before heading outside to explore the surrounding forest.

Curriculum connections

K: Plants and animals have observable features
1: Living things have features that help them survive in their environment.
2: Living things have life cycles adapted to their environment.
3: Living things are diverse, can be grouped, and interact in their ecosystems.
4: All living things sense and respond to their environment.

Salmon Forests

Uncover the connections between trees, insects, animals, and the air we breathe as we take a look at the incredibly interconnected world of our BC salmon forests. We will focus on the salmon species that call Mossom Creek home and also have an introduction to the hatchery and the work being done to enhance Pacific salmon.

Curriculum connections

3: Living things are diverse, can be grouped, and interact in their ecosystems.
4: All living things sense and respond to their environment.
5: Multicellular organisms have organ systems that enable them to survive and interact with their environment.
6: Multicellular organisms rely on internal systems to survive, reproduce, and interact with their environment.

Water Bug Workshop

Get up close and personal with underwater insects as we explore the stages of their life cycle and uncover how water helps shape the world. This workshop gives students a hands-on opportunity to investigate aquatic invertebrates and their connection to a healthy ecosystem.

Curriculum connections

K: Plants and animals have observable features
1: Living things have features that help them survive in their environment.
2: Living things have life cycles adapted to their environment
2: Water is essential to all living things. Forces influence the motion of an object.
3: Living things are diverse, can be grouped, and interact in their ecosystems.
4: All living things sense and respond to their environment

Ecosystem Explorer

Become part of a food web and experience the struggle to survive as ecosystems, climate, and landscapes change throughout the seasons and over geological time.

Curriculum connections

3: Living things are diverse, can be grouped, and interact in their ecosystems.
4: All living things sense and respond to their environment.
5: Multicellular organisms have organ systems that enable them to survive and interact with their environment.
6: Multicellular organisms rely on internal systems to survive, reproduce, and interact with their environment.

Adaptation Station

Uncover the clues and discover the behaviours and physical adaptations that allow BC wildlife to survive our wild, wet rain forests.

Curriculum connections

3: Living things are diverse, can be grouped, and interact in their ecosystems.
4: All living things sense and respond to their environment.
5: Multicellular organisms have organ systems that enable them to survive and interact with their environment.
6: Multicellular organisms rely on internal systems to survive, reproduce, and interact with their environment.

We strive to respond to emails as soon as possible. Please note that our Education Programs Manager works part-time. We appreciate your understanding and patience with regards to your program booking.

Program Type Program Rates Details
Half Day Program
$280/Group
maximum 30 students, up to 2 hours with one educator. *
Full Day Program
$560/Group
maximum 30 students, up to 5 hours with one educator. *
Overnight Sleepovers
Rental rate is $175 for each 8-hours (self-led)
Up to 30 people. Take your class on an overnight adventure!
Book our education staff to provide programming during your stay (see above for pricing).

*On Tuesdays we can accommodate up to 60 students for a program, with an additional educator. Please contact us for availability.

Ready to register for a school or group program? Click here.

If you need more information about our 2023/2024 offering, please email programs@mossomcreek.org

meet our programs team

Shelley Frick

Program Leader

Lauren Kerley

Program Manager

Register for your outdoor program.

If you are interested in booking an outdoor program with us, you can register below.

Shelley Frick

Program Lead

Shelley is an outdoor educator with 20 years of experience delivering outdoor environmental education programming in North Vancouver and the Tri-Cities. Shelley has a BSc in Biology from SFU and a BSc in Forestry from UBC and has developed and delivered environmental programming across the Lower Mainland, including the “Gently Down the Seymour” program at the Seymour River Hatchery, the Eco Trekkers Program with Metro Vancouver Parks, NCRCC, and the City of Coquitlam, and Watershed Education Programs and Tours in the Coquitlam, Seymour, and Capilano Watersheds. In her spare time, she has participated as a Girl Guide Leader, leads nature programs for her church Sunday School kids, delivers local forest field trips for her daughters’ elementary school, and is helping establish a native plant garden.

Shelley’s programming goals are to get kids immersed in nature so they feel comfortable outside and can learn through experiencing nature firsthand. To Shelley, nature exploration helps kids learn to recognize and understand the many interactions in nature and develop a love for their local environment that will help them make better decisions about them now and in the future.

Lauren Kerley

Program Manager

Lauren Kerley is joining Mossom Hatchery and Education Centre as education program manager. Lauren has completed a BSc majoring in Zoology and Marine Biology and a postgraduate diploma of teaching through the University of Melbourne. Lauren brings years of experience running school programs having worked in the education departments of organizations such as the Calgary Zoo, Bow Habitat Station and Baxter Conservation Area. Passionate about hands-on experiential learning, Lauren is excited to lead education programs at Mossom and share her passion for nature and conservation with students.