Sunday Farewell Excursions

About our Farewell Excursions


Registrants will be provided driving directions to these field trips. If you need a ride please let us know when you register for the conference. Carpooling will be arranged to the Stanley Park Field Trip. The last outing on this page, the Museum of Vancouver Curator-led Behind-the-Scenes tour, starts later in the morning and is accessible from UBC by both car and local transit. Other trips are at a greater distance away and are seen as stops on the way home from the conference.  

Photo taken by Sheila Byers

Stanley Park Intertidal Beach Walk [ MODERATE ]


To carpool:  If you require a carpool to Stanley Park, please advise the volunteers at the Field Trip table or at the Registration Desk to arrange a pickup at Ponderosa Commons.

Travelling on your own: plan to meet the leader at 9:15 am at the benches by the Children's Water Park at Stanley Park’s Lumberman's Arch. The trip will end about 12 noon.  Expect some slippery areas in the rocky, kelp-covered sections. A walking pole is handy to have with you. Note: All parking in Stanley Park is pay parking. Carpooling is suggested to reduce costs.  As an alternative, the #19 bus comes directly into Stanley Park from Pender Street in the downtown core. Signage will direct you from the bus loop on the short walk to Lumberman’s Arch. Also, dress for the weather - hat, jacket, sunscreen, sunglasses - and wear rubber boots, dive booties or water shoes. Bring water, a snack and an eagerness to explore. Trip will proceed rain or shine. 

Field Trip Leader: Joan Lopez with assistance from members of Nature Vancouver’s Marine Biology Section. A welcome will be provided by Alyx Couylter, Outreach Coordinator with the Stanley Park Ecology Society.  

Field Trip Description

This walk begins at 9:15 am, at the benches by the Children's Water Park at Stanley Park’s Lumberman's Arch.  The north shoreline of Stanley Park hosts a surprising diversity of marine organisms. A varied habitat plus numerous species of seaweeds shelter everything from arthropods to mollusks, sponges to sea stars.  After a quick briefing at the meeting location, the group will descend a short ramp to the beach, move slowly exploring a rocky area to the east.  The low tide is at 11:15 am, allowing us approximately 2 hours to explore and then a have short walk back to the meeting place. On return, the group is welcome to visit the Stanley Park Nature House, located on the south-east shore of Lost Lagoon and under the viewing plaza at the north end of Alberni Street.  

About the Leader

Joan Lopez is a marine biologist, currently employed as a marine wildlife guide.  She was previously employed as the invertebrate education coordinator/caretaker at the Vancouver Aquarium.  She is also on the Board of Directors for Nature Vancouver and is the coordinator for the Marine Biology Section.

9:00 am - Maplewood Flats Conservation Area and Birds [ EASY ]

Meet at Maplewood Flats entrance, 2645 Dollarton Highway in North Vancouver. OK to park in the Environment Canada parking area. 

Field Trip Length:  About 2 km along level walking trails. Trip duration is about 2.5 hours in length. 

Field Trip Leaders: Jude and Al Grass 

Field Trip Description

The sanctuary, located on Burrard Inlet, on the Lower Mainland’s North Shore, features a variety of habitats, including Tidal Flats, Salt Marsh, Marine and forest. Nature Vancouver (Vancouver Natural History Society) played a leading role in securing its establishment. The sanctuary is managed by the Wild Bird Trust of British Columbia. It covers an area of approximately 126 hectares and features a network of trails to different habitats and viewpoints. The bird checklist for Maplewood lists approximately 245 species. The walk will begin with an introduction in the Corrigan Nature House. May is a lovely time at the sanctuary with the return of Ospreys, Purple Martins, and migrants such as vireos, warblers, Western Tanagers, and flycatchers.  There should be lots of song from both resident birds and migrant birds – Pacific Wren, Spotted Towhee, Chestnut-backed Chickadee, Purple Finch, Anna’s and Rufous Hummingbirds. Local raptors include Cooper’s Hawk, Peregrine Falcon, Merlin, and Barred Owl. For more information see this website: 

About the Leaders

Jude and Al Grass are life-time career naturalists, well known to many. They are long term members of Nature Vancouver and the Langley Field Naturalists.      

--FULL--9:00 am - Reifel Refuge Birding [ EASY ]

This destination must be accessed by car; no public transit available.  The location is about 13 km west from Ladner in the Municipality of Delta. 

Address is:  5191 Robertson Rd, Delta, BC V4K 3N2 

Meet your Nature Vancouver trip leader, Istvan Orosi, at the Reifel Entrance Gate at 9:00am.  Entrance fee payable at the gate is: $5 for an adult and $3 for seniors. 

Trails at the Sanctuary are mostly level walking. Your loop tour will be about 2 km and the duration will be about 2.5 hours.  

Field Trip Description

Reifel Migratory Bird Sanctuary is an internationally recognized bird sanctuary on Canadian Wildlife Service land and is managed by the non-profit organization, The British Columbia Waterfowl Society. It is one of 92 federal Migratory Bird Sanctuaries in Canada.  The Sanctuary consists of nearly 300 hectares (850 acres) of managed wetlands, natural marshes and low dykes in the heart of the Fraser River Estuary.  For the millions of birds seeking feeding and resting areas during their annual migrations along the Pacific Coast, the Sanctuary is ideally located. It is a place where wildlife and their habitats are protected from harm, and it lies next to miles of flat marshland and the farmland of Westham Island. The Fraser River Important Bird Area includes the Reifel Sanctuary. The Sanctuary is also part of a Ramsar Convention site and the Western Hemispheric Shorebird Reserve Network. Read more about Reifel at: Read more about Ramsar (The Convention on Wetlands, called the Ramsar Convention, is the intergovernmental treaty that provides the framework for the conservation and wise use of wetlands and their resources.) at 

About Your Leader

Istvan B. Orosi has over 20 years of birding experience. Istvan is widely using bird sound - songs and calls - recognition for finding and identifying birds. Istvan notes that the northbound migration will be taking place during the visit and so there is a chance to hear and see numerous migrants in their breeding plumage. Both passerines and shorebirds regularly visit the Sanctuary. Our walk will travel through partially forested and wetland habitats, increasing our chance to see a wide variety of species. One spotting scope will be provided.

English Bluffs at Cypress (Bill Kinkaid photo)

9:00 am Strenuous Hike on the North Shore [ MODERATELY STRENUOUS ]


Meeting Time and Location: 9:00 am. The destination for this hike will be determined dependent on spring trail and snow conditions. Location will be in West or North Vancouver, with possibilities of: Capilano Canyon, Lower Hollyburn, Lynn Headwaters, or sections of the Baden-Powell trail.  

Hike Co-Leaders: Bill Kinkaid and Lynette Grants 

Hike Description

Expect a hike of 5 to 10 kilometres with elevation gain/loss of up to 500 metres. The trails are mostly clear and well-graded, but hiking boots are mandatory and poles are recommended. Pack lunch and water. Hike will be around 5 hours in length. 

About the Leaders

 Bill Kinkaid is President of Nature Vancouver and, while leading hikes and backpacking trips since 2003, is still looking for new trails to explore. He combines a lifelong love of hiking and exploring the mountains with a strong interest in birding, botany and other phenomena of the natural world.  

Lynette Grants is President of Friends of Cypress Provincial Park, an avid weekly hiker on the North Shore, and a Nature Vancouver member. 

11:00 am: Museum of Vancouver: Behind-the-Scenes tour, Curator-led (preregister $12)

 Note; An additional date has been added for this tour: Tuesday May 15, starting at 1:00pm. Contact Helen at or 604-787-4883.

Meet your tour guides at 11:00 am at the entrance to the Museum of Vancouver, 1100 Chestnut Street. 

Transit and Driving Directions at

 Tour Length: The behind-the-scenes tour is 1.5 hours long. Your fee includes museum admission so plan extra time  after your experience to explore and enjoy the museum at your own pace.   

Tour Description

 Ever wonder how a museum exhibition is developed? Does goal supersede content or content shape goal? Where do topic ideas come from? What can be achieved with an exhibition? Here is your opportunity to learn about the process behind a co-production between Nature Vancouver and the Museum of Vancouver (MOV) entitled: Wild Things: The Power of Nature in Our Lives. Join Museum of Vancouver Curator, Viviane Gosselin, Co-curator Lee Beavington, and Nature Vancouver member Elena Klein, on a look at the inner workings of the exhibition and of the museum itself. Included in the tour will be a look at the MOV collections. Wild Things: The Power of Nature in Our Lives will open to the public on June 27, 2018. Our behind-the-scenes tour will see the exhibition in development.  

About the Tour Guides


Viviane Gosselin is a museum curator and researcher. She is passionate about urbanity, material culture, and the changing role of museums. Viviane is Curator of Contemporary Culture and Director of Collections and Exhibitions at the Museum of Vancouver. In her work, she seeks to expand the museum’s role as city resource, cultural hub, laboratory and catalyst for learning, social interactions and civic engagement. Viviane serves on the boards of ICOM-Canada (the national body of the International Council of Museums). She is the author of several publications and co-editor of the Museums and the Past: Constructing Historical Consciousness (UBC Press). She led several exhibition projects that received national and international recognition by the Canadian Museum Association, Canadian Historical Association, the Governor General, and the American Anthropological Association. 

Lee Beavington is a SSHRC (Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council) scholar and doctoral candidate in Philosophy of Education at SFU. He is also an author, photographer, and instructor for Kwantlen Polytechnic University’s Amazon Field School, and teaches Ecology, Genetics, and Marine Biology in the lab and field. As well, he recently co-designed a new course, highlighted by Maclean’s magazine, called Creativity, Ecology and Nature Experience. His interdisciplinary research explores wonder in science education, arts-based learning, and nature as teacher. Find Lee reflecting in the forest, mesmerized by ferns, and always following the river. More about Lee at: Lee was the recipient of the 2016 Nature Vancouver scholarship. 

Elena Klein is a former Nature Vancouver director, corporate instructor, hiker and nature enthusiast. She and Bev Ramey, form the MOV exhibit committee with the vital support of many volunteers. She obtained a Master of Science in Plant Ecology, in 1995, at the University of Alberta. During the nine years she worked in research she spent a lot of time nearly alone in the forest and bush. Elena cherishes the restorative qualities of being in nature and is inspired by gentle people quietly doing good things.