6 days

Program Overview

Experience the majestic mountains, beautiful rainforests and sustainability efforts of British Columbia in Vancouver and Whistler. Start with a FlyOver Canada experience, as the whole class sits in flight-simulating seats while watching a film of iconic Canadian views. Explore Vancouver’s neighborhoods and parks. See how the University of British Columbia (UBC) leads the way on green building on a walking tour and learn from a sustainability lecture on campus. At the Beaty Biodiversity Museum, choose from 500 phenomenal exhibits to see the breadth of biology. Encounter a wind turbine from up on Grouse Mountain in a sustainability workshop. Travel to Whistler for the day to enjoy nature’s wonderland, full of fantastic waterfalls. Float through the air from the safety of a gondola on a Sea to Sky Gondola ride. Gain ecological enlightenment in an immersive educational program in the Maple Ridge woods. Before leaving for home, let loose with team games in Stanley Park, the rainforest within the city of Vancouver.

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Destination Highlights

In our Vancouver STEAM program, develop a deeper understanding of sustainability, from the busy city to the natural wonderlands. Explore the international charm and thriving history of Vancouver’s neighborhoods, where they weave along the water’s edge. Celebrate Canada with the locals and visitors alike in Canada Place neighborhood, where students go on the FlyOver Canada film experience. From there, students tour the former shipyard of Coal Harbour, Vancouver’s oldest neighborhood of Gastown, the international center of Robson Street and the Zero Waste Island, Granville Island. Enjoy the architecture of Vancouver on a walking tour of Chinatown, Yaletown, Downtown, Gastown, West End and Strathcona. Stanley Park is an excellent example of cities working with the environment and setting up recreation space for plants and people to flourish alongside one another.

Leaders of sustainability, the University of British Columbia (UBC) considers their campus a living laboratory. Learn more about making a positive impact on people and the planet in a UBC Sustainability Lecture. On a UBC Sustainability Walking Tour, stop by seven green buildings to see what sustainability looks like in practice. At the Beaty Biodiversity Museum on the UBC campus, choose from 500 jaw-dropping exhibits to experience, from 82-foot long blue whale skeletons to dinosaur trackways as well as 2.1 million other biological specimens.

The largest alternative energy source in British Columbia is at the top of Grouse Mountain. Ascend 187 feet above the peak to stand secure in a glass viewing area within 7 feet of the blades of the wind turbine. Students are encouraged to think critically about how small changes they make can build up to big differences in the world. Review environmental awareness topics, including ecology, biodegradable substances, wildlife conservation, renewable resources and more. 

Connect the science of sustainability with the study of the earth, dedicating time to exploring natural landscapes. On a day trip to Whistler, travel along the Sea to Sky Highway and look out the window for majestic mountain views and phenomenal waterfalls. Ride the Sea to Sky Gondola, floating through the air from the safety of the gondola cabin with a bird’s-eye view of the natural wonderland below. Immerse in the forest wilderness near Vancouver in a full-day outdoor workshop. Practice wilderness survival skills, adapting to the environment and enhancing ecological understanding. Analyze the human impact on ecosystems and apply that knowledge to developing ideas to improve resource management.

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Learning Outcomes

The Vancouver STEAM program teaches students about environmental sustainability through a lecture, tour, workshop and immersive learning. A UBC Sustainability Lecture and Walking Tour gives students the opportunity to learn about UBC green innovations. The Beaty Biodiversity Museum introduces students to millions of preserved biological specimens. Learn about alternative energy sources, specifically a wind turbine, on a Grouse Mountain Sustainability Workshop. Immerse in forest ecology education for a day and gain hands-on outdoor instruction in wilderness survival, ecosystems, connect to the environment and learn the importance of resource management. Exploration of the natural wonderlands in and around Vancouver are all beneficial.

Services Included

Transportation

Private transportation provided throughout the program.

Activities

All scheduled activities and experiences are included in the cost.

Tours and Site Visits

Tailored educational experiences, tours and site visits.

Housing

Local hotel (quad occupancy) accommodations, with a night chaperone to ensure security.

Meals

Two meals are provided daily: breakfast and dinner.

Education

Interactive learning experiences designed to expand educational and career goals.

Technology

Advanced student security software that integrates geofencing, logistics, communication and more optimized safety features.

Support

Dedicated 24/7 staff availability, supporting students every step of the way.

People

Program guides create a fun and engaging learning experience for students.