Pre and Post Workshops

A number of Pre and Post workshop options are available as stand-alone workshops, or as an add-on to your Spring Training.

Workshop Descriptions are outlined below.

Feb 27 Workshop: Trees, Bees & UBC Botanical Garden

Resiliency from the Ground UP: Future Strategies for Trees and Bees, and UBC Botanical Garden  |  Douglas Justice, Egan Davis, and Dr. Tara Moreau

9 am — 4 pm | Lunch included

Rates: $89 (until Dec 20); $99 (Dec 21 to Jan 29); $109 (Jan 29 to Feb 27)

UBC Botanical Garden, 6804 SW Marine Dr, Vancouver, BC

In this day-long workshop at UBC Botanical Garden, participants will gain a better understanding of how UBC Botanical Garden is approaching sustainable horticulture and climate change adaptation. Participants will learn about resiliency strategies for supporting trees and bees, and will participate in the Field School where they will learn about local sustainability to support biodiversity and bee conservation, sustainable food systems, and connections between urban forests and water resources. Following lunch, garden curators will share their approaches to managing diverse ecosystems such as Alpine, Asian, Native, and Japanese gardens. The day will close with a guided tree tour.

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Feb 27 workshop: Facility Tours

Facility Tours: Penzer Park, Kwantlen University, NATS Nursery

8:30 am — 4 pm | lunch included

Rates: $89 (until Dec 20); $99 (Dec 21 to Jan 29); $109 (Jan 29 to Feb 27)

meet at Coast Hotel & Convention Centre, 20393 Fraser Hwy, Langley, BC

Join this tour of local urban ecosystems, and learn about the unique spaces of Penzer Park, Kwantlen University’s horticulture spaces, and NATS Nursery.

Facility Tour 1  Penzer Park: Take a tour with Troy Wilson from the City of Langley, and learn about the development process of Penzer Park, the largest outdoor Parkour facility in Canada, which integrates parkspace, wetlands, gardens, and more.
Kpu Langley Hortfarm Kwantlen University Horticulture Spaces: Visit KPU Langley for a tour of Canada’s only Bachelor’s of Horticulture Science in Urban Ecosystems and Plant Health program spaces. The tour will include a visit to the shallow soil green roof research garden, the vertical and large scale rain gardens, a labyrinth, and a small-scale aquaponics system.
Nats House 1 R NATS Nursery: Check out the inventory of one of BC’s largest growers of native plants for parks, urban forests and reclamation of disturbed sites. Learn about seed processing and propagation of starter plants to 20 gallon containers, and field stock, including unique Integrated Pest Management (IPM) solutions. Experience first-hand, the production and simple installation of LiveRoof, the leading modular green roof system, and a growing trend on urban buildings.

March 2 Workshop: Playground Safety Awareness Course

Playground Safety Awareness | Chris Revitt

8:30 am — 4 pm | Lunch included

Rates: BCRPA Member - $185; Non-Member - $195; BCRPA Student Member - $175

Timms Community Centre, 20399 Douglas Crescent, Langley, BC


This full-day course is for those who need an introduction or refresher on playground safety and the Canadian Standards Association’s (CSA) Children’s Playspaces and Equipment Standards. This course introduces and reviews the skills and knowledge required to detect hazards and non-CSA compliant installations. Participants will learn the theory necessary to conduct a practical on-site playground inspection in class.

A certificate of completion is provided following the session.

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Chris Revitt

Chris Revitt has worked in the City of Burnaby's Parks and Recreation Department for the past 20 years. Chris holds a Canadian Playground Inspector Certificate and has extensive knowledge in building, repairing, maintaining and inspecting playgrounds.