VIU Milner Gardens and Woodland

Shoots with Roots

Milner Gardens & Woodland offers place-based, curriculum-linked nature education to local elementary school students through our Shoots with Roots program. 

An elementary school class at Milner Gardens & Woodland

We believe that a connection to the natural world is an essential part of a healthy childhood, and that children should experience the joy of nature before learning of its loss.  We aim to cultivate children's relationships with nature, and hope to inspire children to understand and protect the natural world.  

We gratefully acknowledge the Qualicum First Nation, on whose traditional lands we teach, learn, play, and share knowledge.

School Programs

We are currently offering in-person field trips with a strict COVID-19 safety plan in place. 

April/May - Pollinators

April showers bring May flowers, and May flowers bring… pollinators!   Your class will learn about the process of pollination, buzz with excitement as they become pollinators while travelling through our spectactular rhododendron garden, discover the diversity of our native bees, and find out how to encourage pollinators in their gardens and yards at home. 
Curriculum links:
K – Plants and animals have observable features
1  - Living things have features and behaviours that help them survive in their environment
2 – Living things have life cycles adapted to their environment
3 – Living things are diverse, can be grouped, and interact in their ecosystems
K-3 – Demonstrate curiosity about the natural world, observe objects and events in familiar contexts, experience and interpret the local environment

Programs are 2.5hrs and include a snack break.  

Thanks to the generosity of our donors, our programs are offered free of charge. 

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Virtual Programming

Looking for inspiration to connect with nature at home?  Our YouTube channel offers a series of short educational videos.  For teachers looking to build their own virtual field trips, or parents searching for resources for homeschooling, our videos all list curriculum links in the descriptions, and many include suggested activities to extend the learning. 

Zoom-based Field Trips 

When in person field trips aren't possible, we offer Zoom-based virtual field trips.  Due to limited staff capacity, these field trips are ONLY available when we aren't offering field trips in person. 

group on a forested trail


We want all children to be able to enjoy our programming safely and comfortably.  Check our accessibility page for more information, and please contact us to discuss any specific concerns.  

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