Team Building in Nature

Team Building Experiences

Employee Engagement in the Garden

Immerse your team in an outdoor experience that promotes teamwork, creativity and fun in the beautiful UBC Botanical Garden. Our expert guides will lead your employees through hands-on, interactive activities along the TreeWalk Canopy, Alpine Garden, Food Garden, and forested meadows.

What’s in it for your employees?
✓ Enhance collaboration between colleagues
✓ Green your team’s knowledge of sustainability
✓ Foster team resilience
✓ Heighten awareness through mindfulness
✓ Enhance trust, communication, and fun

Come grow your team with us and enjoy a fun-filled experience that will leave your employees feeling inspired, energized, and connected.

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Choose your team building experience

View our range of available options by clicking below.

 

Book your corporate retreat at the Garden Reception Centre and let us start you off with a quick set of fun, hands-on activities designed to reenergize your hard-working team!

Activities

Team building experiences may include the following:

✓ “Grounded in Nature” Mindfulness Activity
✓ “The Sky’s the Limit” Canopy Treewalk Aerial Adventure
✓ “Sweet Tweets” Collaborative Bird Identification Activity

Agenda
Welcome to UBC Botanical Garden and Land Acknowledgement
Canopy TreeWalk Adventure
Final Closing Activity

Cost per person: Concession (Youth 13-17 and UBC groups) $19, Adult $25

Fuel your team’s creativity and productivity as they collaborate and problem solve on an adventure through the Garden and TreeWalk.

Activities
Team building experiences may include the following:

✓ “Grounded in Nature” Mindfulness Activity
✓ “The Sky’s the Limit” Canopy TreeWalk Aerial Adventure
✓ “Fill It, Don’t Spill It” Water Can Conservation Obstacle Course
✓ “Sweet Tweets” Collaborative Bird Identification Activity

Agenda
Welcome to UBC Botanical Garden and Land Acknowledgement
Canopy TreeWalk Adventure
Shared Snack and Team Photo
Food Garden and Garry Oak Ecosystem
Final Closing Activity

Cost per person: Concession (Youth 13-17 and UBC groups) $20, Adult $30

Combine team building in nature with a relaxing long table lunch. A morning spent in the Garden followed by a fully catered lunch will leave your team feeling energized and connected.

Activities
Team building experiences may include the following:

✓ “Grounded in Nature” Mindfulness Activity
✓ “The Sky’s the Limit” Canopy TreeWalk Aerial Adventure
✓ “Fill It, Don’t Spill It” Water Can Conservation Obstacle Course
✓ “Band on the Run” Team Coordination Activity

Agenda
Welcome to UBC Botanical Garden and Land Acknowledgement
Canopy TreeWalk Adventure
Shared Snack and Team Photo
Food Garden and Garry Oak Ecosystem
Final Closing Activity
Long table light lunch with your team in a beautiful setting

Cost per person:
Concession (Youth 13-17 and UBC groups) $75 per person, Adult $99
(includes organic snacks, catered lunch of sandwiches, vegetable/fruit platters, beverages and desserts and rental of the Garden Reception Centre and outdoor patio)

Make a day of it! Combine Garden-hosted team building activities with a relaxing long table lunch and your choice of planned activities, workshops, or guest speakers in our fully equipped Garden Reception Centre and outdoor patio.

Activities
Team building experiences may include the following:

✓ “Grounded in Nature” Mindfulness Activity
✓ “The Sky’s the Limit” Canopy TreeWalk Aerial Adventure
✓ “Fill It, Don’t Spill It” Water Can Conservation Obstacle Course
✓ “Band on the Run” Team Coordination Activity

Agenda

Morning
Welcome to UBC Botanical Garden and Land Acknowledgement
Canopy TreeWalk Adventure
Shared Snack and Team Photo
Food Garden and Garry Oak Ecosystem
Final Closing Activity

Lunch
Long table light lunch with your team in a beautiful setting

Afternoon
Spend the rest of your day connecting with your team with your own presentations, activities, workshop, or speakers

…Or flip the script to fill the morning with your customized activities and the afternoon with team building in the Garden!

Cost per person for team building and lunch:
Concession (Youth 13-17 and UBC groups) $75 per person, Adult $99
(includes organic snacks, and catered lunch of sandwiches, vegetable/fruit platters, beverages and desserts.)
+ Plus 4 hour Garden Reception Centre and Outdoor Patio: $1250

*Limited Dates - Please Inquire About Availability *

Introducing a retreat to develop your team’s truth and reconciliation awareness, share lunch together and connect in team building activities in the Garden.

Activities
Team building experiences may include the following:

✓ “Grounded in Nature” Mindfulness Activity
✓ “The Sky’s the Limit” Canopy TreeWalk Aerial Adventure
✓ “Fill It, Don’t Spill It” Water Can Conservation Obstacle Course
✓ “Band on the Run” Team Coordination Activity

Agenda

Morning
Truth and Reconciliation Workshop: Spend your morning deepening your intercultural understanding of First Nations in Canada through a Truth and Reconciliation workshop. Instructor Brad Marsden from the Gitksan Nation, British Columbia, creates an open and safe space for groups to learn, listen, understand and discuss the impact of residential schools and colonization.

Lunch
Long table light lunch with your team in a beautiful setting.

Afternoon
Canopy TreeWalk Adventure
Shared Snack and Team Photo
Food Garden and Garry Oak Ecosystem
Final Closing Activity

Cost per person for team building and lunch: Concession (Youth 13-17 and UBC groups) $75 per person, Adult $99
(includes organic snacks, and catered lunch of sandwiches, vegetable/fruit platters, beverages and desserts.)
+ Plus Indigenous Facilitator Fee: $2000

How do I pay for my tour?

The Event Coordinator will confirm your group numbers and direct you to Gatehouse Admissions Desk at the end of the tour to process your payment. In the off-season (November 1-March 31), the administrators in the front office of the Campbell Building will accept payment. We accept cash, cheque, debit or credit card as payment.

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?

Our parking lot includes 3-hours free parking for garden visitors, provided you enter your license plate at the meter. There is a bus drop-off and pick up at the drop-off loop in front of the Garden entrance, and bus parking is available.
Employees who travel sustainably to the Garden (by carpool, public transport, biking or walking) will be entered into a random prize draw at the end of their experience for a free membership to the Garden.

It’s pouring rain, can I rebook my tour at the last minute?

Team Building tours will go ahead rain or shine. We pre-book the number of guides required for your tour. A cancellation fee of $50 applies if your group does not show up on the day of your tour. You will receive a confirmation of your booking with additional details about what to wear and bring one week before your scheduled visit. If there are any changes to your itinerary, please let us know a week ahead of time so that we can make the necessary adjustments for your tour.

How do you 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. Please email garden.fieldschool@ubc.ca if you have any participants with mobility challenges so we can tailor the team building experience accordingly.

Can I book a facility?

We have indoor facilities with audio/video equipment, tables and chairs. These can be booked by contacting garden.fieldschool@ubc.ca at an add-on rate with the team building tour.

How should our employees prepare for our team building experience?

Plan for the weather and advise your group to dress accordingly with appropriate sun cover, rain gear, or warm layers, as applicable and flat, sturdy footwear suitable for all terrains. We also suggest participants bring a bottle of water on hot summer days. A backpack is also recommended to keep hands free for greater balance and stability on the TreeWalk.
Plan to arrive 10 minutes early. A Garden Guide or Event Coordinator will greet you in the courtyard at the Garden entrance and ask you to sign a waiver and photo consent form.

Is it possible to adapt the team building activities with some of our own activities?

We can certainly tailor the team building experience to meet the specific needs of your group. Please contact garden.fieldschool@ubc.ca to discuss how your requirements

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About your guides

Tara Moreau

 Associate Director
UBC Botanical Garden

Oliver Lane

Executive Director
Society Promoting Environmental Conservation

 

 

About the Sustainable Communities Field School

The Field School is presented by UBC Botanical Garden, Society Promoting Environmental Conservation, UBC Psychology and the Institute for Resources, Environment and Sustainability at UBC. The Sustainable Communities Field School Program was made possible through a generous donation to UBC from Paddy Wales. Funding for SPEC was made possible by the Sitka Foundation, and the Gow-Jarrett and Millard Family.

Our interactive team building tours align to the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals and highlight content and activities to inspire a world of change.

Connect with us

Find photos and videos from or program online with the following hashtags: #ubcgardenfieldschool #ubcgrowingteams