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Shoots with Roots Frequently Asked Questions

PLEASE NOTE: Our COVID19 safety protocols for on site field trips are currently under development - we are offering virtual field trips only until these are in place.  
The COVID19 Safety Protocols for Milner Gardens & Woodland as a whole can be found here.

How do I apply for the lottery for the Five Visit Program?

The Five Visit program is not being offered in the 2020-2021 school year.  Please visit our School Programs page to learn more about the programs we are offering this year. 

What can I expect on a typical program?

Engaging learning activities are balanced with opportunities for independent exploration and discovery, all on a related theme. For instance, a primary grade may learn about pollinators by observing a demonstration using puppets, and then engage in dramatic play as they 'fly' through the garden visiting flowers with pollination tools. Visits are 2.5 hrs long in order to allow time for a snack break and some play time. Your students will be outdoors for the majority of the visit and will be kept quite active.

How do I book a program?

Contact for information.

How do your programs link to curriculum?

All of our programming supports student learning across the curriculum, including science, language arts, and physical education. Time spent in nature has also been shown to increase attention and reduce anxiety in children. If you require a list of specific curriculum links, just ask - there are too many to list here.

Who leads the program?

All programs are led by the program co-ordinator, Pam Murray, who is a BC Certified teacher with 20 years of experience working with school groups in nature. Your group will also be accompanied by a volunteer mentor. All volunteers undergo criminal record checks, are familiar with the Milner Gardens & Woodland site, and have experience working with children.

Where does the funding come from?

Our on site field trips are offered free of charge to local schools by Milner Gardens & Woodland. This is made possible through the support of individual donors as well as local community groups and businesses. Staff and volunteers also undertake various fundraising efforts throughout the year. We do not receive funding from government or local school districts. Additional programs, such as virtual field trips, are offered on a cost-recovery basis.

What if it rains?

Our programs run rain or shine. Please discuss appropriate clothing and footwear with your students. We may cancel a program on the rare occasion that extreme weather such as high winds or heavy snow presents a safety risk.


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