Nature is Our Teacher

Nature is Our Teacher

Garden Educator Elaine Jansen invites teachers to bring their classes to the Centre for a fun, interactive outdoor field trip.  This is a unique opportunity to see where their food comes from and how it grows. Students will learn about plants in the garden, get hands on with red wiggler worms, and learn how composting creates great soil while diverting waste from the landfill.


  • Each field trip is approximately one hour and can be adjusted to accommodate class schedules. The field trip content is easily adapted to various grade levels.
  • As a function of Comox Strathcona Waste Management Services, all field trips are free of charge.
  • Field trips start in May and continue through to the end of September. Garden Education Centre hours: Monday to Thursday from 9:00 am – 2:00 pm
  • As this is an outdoor education centre, students must dress for the weather and wear closed toe shoes. Please email if you have questions.
  • Please reserve ahead as spots fill up quickly.


Comox Strathcona Garden Education Centre
228 South Dogwood Street, Campbell River (Across from Strathcona Gardens Recreation Complex)


Elaine Jansen, Garden Educator
Tel: 250-287-1625

COVID-19 Update: While the Garden Education Centre is normally open late April through to the fall, opening of the centre has been delayed until at least after May 24, 2021. This difficult decision was made after a thorough internal review of health and safety guidelines as they relate to the ongoing pandemic and latest provincial direction.  No new workshops, school programs or tours will be scheduled, and no drop-in visits to the centre will be permitted.