Bring your group and connect to the natural world at UBC Botanical Garden. Choose from a variety of tours that feature plants, people and pollinators. Situated at the University of British Columbia on the bluffs of the Pacific Ocean, our Garden sparks curiosity in learners of all ages. Using our Garden as a green classroom, teachers can enrich their curriculum and share the beauty of biodiversity.
We offer tours for schools, community groups, businesses, camps, tourism groups, garden lovers, UBC community members and more. Our online booking form is the first step to get started on booking your tour.
Botanical Garden & TreeWalk Tour
Combine our seasonal garden tour with a TreeWalk tour for an enhanced experience.
This popular 120-minute experience is ideal for larger groups that want to explore the treetop canopy of the temperate rainforest and seasonal highlights of the Garden. Students learn about the importance of forests, biomes and biodiversity. They explore the interconnectedness of plants and people and see the variety of ways that people rely on plants for air, food and medicines.
Topics: Biodiversity • Botany & Plant Science • Ecology • First Peoples & Indigenous Plants • Food Gardens & Edible Plants • Forests • Medicinal plants • Native Bees, Honey Bees & Pollinators • Rainforest Ecosystems • Sustainability & Climate Change • Forest Biomes • Tree Identification • Rainforest Ecology
Botanical Garden Tour
Enjoy a walking plant adventure through our Asian garden, Garry Oak Meadow, Food Garden and Medieval Physic Garden.
Every day is different in the Garden. This 60 minute experience has students explore and learn about seasons, food plants, biodiversity and human uses of plants on this introductory tour.
Topics: Biodiversity • Botany & Plant Science • Ecology • First Peoples & Indigenous Plants • Food Gardens & Edible Plants • Forests • Medicinal plants • Native Bees, Honey Bees & Pollinators • Rainforest Ecosystems • Sustainability & Climate Change
Nitobe Memorial Garden Tour
Discover our authentic Japanese garden and experience a tranquil oasis in the heart of UBC’s Point Grey Campus.
This world-renowned garden was created in the memory of Inazo Nitobe (1862-1933). Students explore seasonal highlights of maple trees, cherry trees and majestic mosses while learning about Japanese culture and the historic life work of Nitobe who dedicated his life to bridging Japanese and Western cultures.
Topics: Japanese Culture • Inazo Nitobe • Plants from Japan
Explore our 300+ meter long unique aerial adventure and observe plants and animals from 18 meters above the forest floor!
This popular experience takes students high in the forest canopy where they observe the forest through a birds-eye view. High up in the forest canopy, students learn about forests, biomes and biodiversity. They explore the interconnectedness of plants and people and see the variety of ways that people rely on plants for air, food and medicines.
Topics: Forest Biomes • Tree Identification • Rainforest Ecology
|Botanical Garden & Greenheart TreeWalk Tour||$13||$18||$23|
|Botanical Garden Tour||$7||$9||$11|
|Nitobe Memorial Garden Tour||$7||$9||$11|
|Greenheart TreeWalk Tour||$12||$17||$22|
Rates are per person. Prices include GST.
Concession = Youth (13-17), UNA Residents, UBC Students, UBC Faculty, UBC Staff, Students and Seniors (65+).
How to Book
- Pick your tour type.
- Know your group size.
- Identify preferred dates and times.
- Fill out an online request form.
- Minimum 10 participants for all tours
- One free adult chaperone required for every 8 students—additional adults pay tour rates
- Tour rates cannot be combined with other discounts
- One organizer per group and one payment due on the day of your tour
- Cancellation fees: $50 per program will be charged if a cancellation notice is received less than two weeks prior to your scheduled program
- UBC Botanical Garden reserves the right to cancel, change or reschedule a booking due to unforeseen circumstances, such as staffing issues or inclement weather
Code of Conduct
We have a scientifically significant collection of plants and require all groups to abide by our Code of Conduct.
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