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School Programs

At RBG, the foundation of our programs is inquiry-based and experiential learning. We want students to ask questions and follow their curiosity. Our educational field trip programs use active exploration and activities to engage students, and to immerse them in the natural world.

A Message for Educators: We are working hard to be able to support you this year! For nearly 80 years, Royal Botanical Gardens has been dedicated to creating meaningful learning opportunities for students of all ages. Despite the COVID-19 pandemic, we will continue to offer a variety of programs for school groups, modified to ensure participant safety while remaining as engaging and relevant as ever. Due to regulations and best practices, not all school programs are available for booking and some program elements have been modified to accommodate current health guidelines. All materials that are used in programs are sanitized after use. To ensure the health and wellbeing of everyone involved with our programs RBG will adhere to all regulations as laid out by appropriate governing bodies. As regulations change, we will adapt our programs and practices to be able to continue to provide exceptional experiences. Information about current policies, including masking requirements, will be provided to you preceding the start of your event.

Wake up to Winter in Ontario with Royal Botanical Gardens Continues!

Free live streams for Ontario elementary classes

We’re pleased to be able to offer a block of new programs to extend our Wake up to Winter in Ontario virtual field trips until the end of January.

Embrace the world of nature by taking your class on a virtual outdoor adventure with the nature interpreters from Royal Botanical Gardens!  Livestreaming via YouTube, these 20-minute programs are a great way to engage students from K to grade 4 in learning about nature in their neighbourhood. Whether it’s exploring how animals stay warm in winter or tracking who’s outdoors and active in RBG nature sanctuaries, our award-winning virtual field trips are a great springboard into STEAM activities in the classroom.

Pre-registration is essential to receive your links for YouTube Live and downloadable resources/activities to use with your class afterwards. These programs are available in both English and French.

These programs generously supported by:

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Wake up to Winter Schedule:

Topics Dates Available Description

Riveting Raptors

Tuesday, Jan. 18, 1:00 p.m.

Thursday, Jan. 20, 1:00 p.m.

Hawks, eagles, osprey, oh my! Birds come in all shapes and sizes and play many different roles in our environment. Join us to learn about raptors and what makes these birds of prey unique.
Fascinants rapaces
(en français)
mercredi, 19 jan., 13h00

vendredi, 21 jan., 13h00

Faucons, aigles, balbuzards… Ma foi, les oiseaux existent vraiment sous toutes les formes et toutes les grandeurs possibles! Ils jouent aussi des rôles différents dans notre environnement. Joins-toi à nous pour en apprendre plus au sujet des rapaces et de ce qui rend ces oiseaux de proie si uniques.
Sensational Squirrels
Tuesday, Jan. 25, 1:00 p.m.

Thursday, Jan. 27, 1:00 p.m.

What does a squirrel home look like? How do squirrels hide their food? Answer these questions and more as our nature guides teach us about how squirrels ready themselves for winter.
Épatants écureuils
(en français)
mercredi, 26 jan., 13h00

vendredi, 28 jan., 13h00

À quoi ressemble l’abri d’un écureuil? Comment les écureuils cachent-ils leur nourriture? Ce sont deux des questions auxquelles tu auras des réponses quand nos interprètes de la nature montreront comment les écureuils se préparent pour l’hiver.


Pre-registration is essential to receive your links for YouTube Live and downloadable resources/activities to use with your class afterwards. These programs are available in both English and French.

  • Kids Playing With Water Apparatus Credit
  • Girls Walking Down Boardwalk In Marsh Credit
  • Kids Watching Snapping Turtle In Tank Credit
  • High School Group At Fishway Watching Turtle
  • Adventure Challenge Groups Waiting At Start Credit

Book a Program

Make a booking request through our online form.

Note: This form is a request only. Submission of this form does not imply a reservation / booking. RBG will contact you 3-5 days after your request to finalize your trip.

Virtual Field Trip On Screen In Classroom

Virtual Field Trips

No matter where you are, your class can interact with our educators and scientists and explore topics like biodiversity, conservation, botany, plant ecology and the environment.

Contact Us

Do you have a question or inquiry that you can’t find an answer to? Give us a call at 905-527-1158 or fill out the form below to ask us a question via email!

Looking to book a program? Submit the program inquiry form instead.

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