3 The Hidden Life of Trees

John Vaillant
Tuesday, October 18, 2016 - 10:00am to 11:30am
Granville Island Stage*
$17 / $9.50

A walk in the woods will never be the same once you have heard Peter Wohlleben,author of The Hidden Life of Trees.The professional forester from Germany has already sold millions of books in Europe, sharing revelatory information about our forests. Trees can count, learn, remember, nurse sick neighbours and even warn each other of danger by sending electrical signals across a fungal network known as the “Wood Wide Web.” Trees also keep the ancient stumps of long-felled companions alive for centuries by feeding them through their roots. This scientifically rigorous and simultaneously magical event will change the way you look at our woodlands forever.

Note: changes have been made to this event since the program was printed. This event will now take place at Granville Island Stage.

Although this event is sold out, some tickets may be available for purchase at the door.

Suitable for Grades 8-12 and adults. Peter Wohlleben's appearance is made possible by the Goethe-Institut. Generously supported by The Rix Foundation.


  • The Hidden Life of Trees, Peter Wohlleben

Curriculum Connections:

  • Environmental Stewardship, writing, science


  1. Students learn the basics of biodiversity by studying the arrangements of fauna and flora in a field investigation of the schoolyard.
  2. Divide students into teams which will visit three assigned "habitat" sites and record living and non-living components. After discussing results, students are asked to create a poem or story about living in one of the habitat sites.