VARC school field trip visits are a great way to get students out of the classroom!

Thanks again Derek for a great session. It really is great to have someone so passionate about birds sharing their enthusiasm and knowledge with the students!Douglas B. Ransome, Ph.D., R.P.Bio.

Bring your class on an unforgettable field trip to VARC’s Colony Farm Banding Station where students are introduced to the research techniques required for monitoring migratory birds and the population ecology and ecosystem dynamics of wild bird populations, in an age specific way. Students will learn about bird migration; the various habitats and communities they depend on during both spring and fall migration and the breeding season; and the conservation actions required to protect these habitats to ensure the long-term survival of bird species.

Connect with us to arrange a date to visit but, please keep in mind that the station is operational on weekends and selected weekdays from April 1st – October 31st.

Don’t forget to check out our other In-class School program options here! 

Highlights of Visit

  • Re-framing your learning curriculum in an innovative and exciting way
  • Inspires new appreciation and understanding of local wildlife
  • Hold and release opportunities of species under supervision


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Education Testimonials


VARC is a registered charity and is run by volunteers but our programs, equipment and supplies require that we raise money every year.

We, therefore, ask our visitors to help with these costs. We request a minimum of $10 per child with an overall minimum of $350.00

If you would like to book a school field trip – please complete the adjacent inquiry form and payment may be made through the schools field trip payment link on the right.

All payments go directly to our education programs and bird research.

School Field Trip Inquiry:

Visitor Program Inquiry

School Field Trip

School field trip payment:

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