Tours & Field Trips

Plan Your Tour or Field Trip

UBC Botanical Garden is located on the traditional and unceded land of the xʷməθkʷəy̓əm Musqueam First Nation. As stewards of plant and biodiversity conservation, our tours are rooted in themes of science, biocultural diversity and experiential outdoor education.

We have a variety of guided tours and activities to accommodate the needs of your group and to spark curiosity and connection to nature for visitors of all ages. Typical groups hosted include schools and teachers, community groups, camps, tourism groups, garden lovers, UBC community members, local residents, and other visitors.

What’s in it for your group?
✓ Observe and identify local plants and animals
✓ Connect with human and ecological history of the land
✓ Explore a deeper understanding and curiosity of plants, biodiversity, and people
✓ Inspire knowledge and action for environmental stewardship
✓ Share and create positive memories in nature

Come explore the wonders of plants and biodiversity with us! Our online form is the first step to get started on booking your group’s visit.

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Choose Your Tour Experience and Theme

View our range of available experiences and tour themes by clicking below.

Our most popular tour combines our Garden tour with a TreeWalk tour for an enhanced experience. This experience is ideal for larger groups that want to explore the treetop canopy of the temperate rainforest and experience highlights of the Garden.

Tour Themes
✓ People, Place & Plants
✓ Trees, Please
✓ Botany & Biodiversity
✓ Incredible Edibles

Rate per person: Child (5-12) $15, Concession* $20, Adult $30
*Concession = Youth (13-17), UBC or Non-UBC Student, Senior (65+), persons with disabilities

Discover the living plant collections and many unique gardens of UBC Botanical Garden. Guests of all ages enjoy an interactive walking adventure of the wonders of plants, biodiversity, and people-plant connections.

Tour Themes
✓ People, Place & Plants
✓ Trees, Please
✓ Botany & Biodiversity
✓ Incredible Edibles

Rate per person: Child (5-12) $8, Concession*$10, Adult $12
*Concession = Youth (13-17), UBC or Non-UBC Student, Senior (65+), persons with disabilities


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 the forest biome and biodiversity as they explore the interconnectedness of plants and people and the variety of ways people rely on forests for air, food, and medicines.

Tour Themes
✓ People, Place & Plants
✓ Trees, Please
✓ Botany & Biodiversity

Rate per person: Child (5-12) $13, Concession* $19, Adult $25
*Concession = Youth (13-17), UBC or Non-UBC Student, Senior (65+), persons with disabilities

Discover Japanese plants, culture and traditions in a tranquil, authentic Japanese Garden in the heart of UBC Vancouver's Campus. Explore seasonal highlights of maple trees, cherry trees and majestic mosses while learning the historic work of Inazo Nitobe who dedicated his life to bridging Japanese and Western cultures.

Rate per person: Child (5-12) $8, Concession* $10, Adult $12
*Concession = Youth (13-17), UBC or Non-UBC Student, Senior (65+), persons with disabilities

Resources for Teachers

Our tours are designed to align to B.C.'s current curriculum learning standards.

Personalized and Place-Based Learning
Teachers can use our Garden as a ‘green classroom’ to enrich their curriculum and share the discovery of nature with students. UBC Botanical Garden believes teaching and engaging in an outdoor environment inspires thoughtful exploration and critical thinking, creates memorable learning experiences, and encourages environmental stewardship. Your class will explore the forest biome, observe the interdependence of living things and their environments, and construct new understandings of ecology through active learning.  Choose a focus theme to personalize your tour to complement current in-class curriculum.

Sustainability Science: Ecology and the Environment
As part of the Faculty of Science, UBC Botanical Garden strives to deliver a representation of ecology and environmental learning grounded in science and place-based learning. Concepts of sustainability and climate change are connected to content in all tours.

Indigenous Perspectives and Traditional Knowledge
Indigenous culture and perspectives are integrated throughout all tours. Tour content highlights First Peoples perspectives and knowledge of the natural world and aboriginal concepts of interconnectedness in the environment.

People, Place & Plants
Explore people-plant connections between First Peoples of this land, Indigenous use of plants, and native and medicinal plants.
✓ Plants in the local environment and First Peoples’ uses
✓ Aboriginal knowledge of ecosystems
✓ Understanding of the people, places, and plants that shape our world

Trees, Please
Learn about our forest biome, the trees and plants within it, forest ecosystem interactions, and the importance of forests for biodiversity and our lives.
✓ Features of local trees and forest biomes
✓ Natural selection and adaptation of trees and the environment
✓ The water cycle and connections to forests

Botany & Biodiversity
Discover the botany and science behind plants and learn about ecology, biodiversity, and the many benefits our ecosystems afford us.
✓ Observable patterns and cycles in the environment
✓ Classification of living and non-living things
✓ Biodiversity in the local environment

Incredible Edibles
Learn about edible plants, plant based diets, food systems, and much more focused in our food demonstration garden.
✓ Sustainable practices in food production and information to support your own school garden
✓ Climate, weather, and seasonal changes affect food plant growth and adaptations
✓ Understanding how plant and animal biodiversity is essential to healthy food systems

Japanese Gardens & Culture
Discover the beauty of Japanese Culture and plants, the intricacies of Japanese garden style, and the wonder that is Nitobe Memorial Garden.
✓ Japanese gardens' connections to culture, spiritualism, literature, and art
✓ Learn about Inazo Nitobe's influence in bridging Japanese and Western cultures

Booking Considerations

✓ Minimum 10 participants for all tours
✓ One complementary adult chaperone for every 8 students—additional adults pay tour rates
✓ Draft invoices are sent when your booking is confirmed and one payment is due on the day of your tour
✓ Tour rates cannot be combined with other discounts
✓ Tours proceed rain or shine
✓ 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.
✓ Tour will end at originally arranged time, despite groups arriving for their tour late
✓ All bookings must be completed via the appropriate online request form. Please note that the form is an online request only and is NOT a confirmed booking

We have a scientifically significant collection of plants and require all groups to abide by our Code of Conduct.

The Botanical Garden is a teaching resource for children and adults and a refuge from the hurried pace of the city, where visitors can expect a quiet visit exploring biodiversity and the Garden’s beauty. For the safety and enjoyment of all visitors, each group supervisor is responsible for the appropriate behaviour of their group. Supervisors must remain with children of all ages at all times and the children/chaperone ratio must meet your organization guidelines for day trips. Group supervisors and teachers, please share the following guidelines with your group.

The following rules are here to ensure the protection of our scientifically significant collection of plants and the animals and habitats in the garden. They also ensure that you can enjoy your visit safely.
• Enjoy flowers and plants with your eyes. Do not collect or remove seeds, flowers, fruits and vegetables, plant labels, etc. from the Garden
• Be respectful of other visitors, the facilities, and the gardens, and obey any directions given by Garden staff
• Stay on pathways and mowed lawn areas to avoid trampling any plants
• Dispose of waste in appropriate bins
• Respect the Garden Guide as you would your supervisor or teacher

As a supervisor or chaperone of a group, you agree to enforce and for your group to abide by the UBC Botanical Garden Code of Conduct guidelines during their visit to the Garden.

✓ Review our code of conduct with your group before your visit.
✓ Our tours are walking tours. Plan for the weather and advise your group to dress accordingly with appropriate sun cover, rain gear, or warm layers, and footwear suitable for all terrains. We also suggest participants bring a bottle of water on warm summer days.
✓ Brief your chaperones on the Garden's code of conduct and chaperone expectations. Chaperones are expected to support the guide by ensuring participants follow the Garden code of conduct guidelines and keeping the group together
✓ Plan to arrive for your tour 10 minutes early. Upon your arrival, make contact with your Garden Guide in the courtyard at the Garden entrance and invite your group to visit the washrooms.
✓ Your Garden Guide will confirm your group numbers and direct you to Gatehouse Admissions to process your payment. We accept cash, cheque, credit or debit as payment.

When can I arrange for my group to come to the Garden?
The Garden is beautiful year-round and there is always something to learn. View our current hours of operation. The Greenheart TreeWalk is open from April 1 – October 31st. Group tours start on the hour and typically occur on Tuesdays and Thursdays, but bookings on other days may be accommodated subject to availability. From September through June, there are no tours on Wednesday mornings.

Is there a place for lunch?
We have limited sites for students to eat a packed lunch. Our Taylor Plaza in the Food Garden is a covered area with tables and seats to accommodate up to 25 people. Student groups will also eat on the slope adjacent to our parking lot at UBC Botanical Garden, but this depends on facility bookings. Please enquire to the availability of a lunch space in your booking request form. We are a zero waste operation and encourage ‘pack it in, pack it out’ for any lunch waste. There are no places for lunch at Nitobe Memorial Garden.

How do I pay for my tour?
You pay for your tour when you arrive. Make contact with your Garden Guide to check-in and ensure accurate participant numbers. Payment is handled at the Gatehouse Admissions window near the entrance to the Garden, located in the same building as the Shop in the Garden. The Gatehouse admissions staff will adjust for any changes in participants, process your invoice, and provide you with a receipt. In the off-season (November 1-March 31), the administrators in the front office of the Campbell Building accept payment. We accept cash, cheque, debit or credit card as payment.

Can we do a self-guided tour or activities?
We encourage an interactive tour with our Garden Guides who can lead you through our many gardens. We have a scientifically significant collection of plants and require all groups to abide by our Code of Conduct. For a self-guided tour please review the following:

• Maximum 20 participants per group for self-guided tours in UBC Botanical Garden or Nitobe Memorial Garden
• Adult chaperones are required at a rate of 1:8 for children/youth tours
Admission rates apply for self-guided tours
• Please fill out a tour request form and indicate 'self-guided' in the additional information section
• When you arrive for your self-guided tour proceed to the Gatehouse Admissions window to process your payment. We accept cash, cheque, credit or debit as payment

We encourage organizers to visit the Garden before your tour to explore routes and consider cross-curricular inspiration. Our Garden Explorer database is an excellent tool to help you plan your route and find plants in the collection.

Where are you located?
UBC Botanical Garden is located on the west end of UBC's campus at 6804 SW Marine Drive. Nitobe Memorial Garden is located just north of the Botanical Garden at 1895 Lower Mall. You can find directions to the UBC Botanical Garden and Nitobe Memorial Garden here.

Is there parking for cars or a bus?
UBC Botanical Garden's parking lot includes 3-hours free parking for garden visitors, provided you enter your licence plate at the meter. School bus drop-off and pick up is at the drop-off loop in front of the Garden entrance and bus parking is available. There is no parking at Nitobe Memorial Garden. Paid parking is available nearby at Fraser River Parkade at 6440 Memorial Rd, Vancouver, BC V6T 1Z2.

It’s pouring rain, can I rebook my tour at the last minute?
Tours go ahead rain or shine. Our knowledgeable volunteers and student staff are scheduled according to our booked tours. A cancellation fee of $50 applies if your group does not show up on the day of your tour. You will receive a confirmation booking the week prior to your visit. If there are significant changes, please let us know a week ahead of time so that we can prepare for your visit.

Can we do all three tours in one day?
The Garden and TreeWalk tour is a 2-hour experience at the Botanical Garden. Nitobe Memorial Garden is a 15-minute walk north of the main garden. Due to the distance and logistics of moving from the Botanical Garden to Nitobe Memorial Garden, we do not offer a combo tour for both. Often tours that enjoy Nitobe Memorial Garden pair up with the nearby Museum of Anthropology if they want a full day experience.

How can the Garden and Greenheart TreeWalk accommodate participants with mobility challenges?
Much of UBC Botanical Garden is accessible by wheelchair or motorized cart for guests with accessibility and mobility challenges. However, due to the nature of our garden some pathways are irregularly graded and topped with wood chips or loose gravel. Strollers, canes, walkers, and/or wheelchairs are not permitted on the TreeWalk. 

Do you offer team building experiences for groups?
Our team building tours are designed for youth and adults. We offer several experiences based on your needs. To learn more visit our team building page.

Can I book a facility?
We have indoor facilities with audio/video equipment, tables and chairs. These can be booked by contacting garden.bookings@ubc.ca. If you have a conference or company function, you may want to consider our team building experiences.

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