Post-Secondary

University of British Columbia Classes

UBC students, faculty, and staff receive free admission to the Beaty Biodiversity Museum with a valid UBCcard. We encourage UBC classes to use the museum as an alternative place of learning. Please fill out our form to book your museum visit. Museum Tours are available for your UBC class for free. If you are looking to contact a curator directly, please see Collections Experience below.

All Other Post-Secondary Classes

We have a multitute of programs for your course to select from. Please take a look at our programs and select the one that best suits your needs. When booking please indicate the class type and insistution you are coming from so we understand your background level of knowledge on the topic.

Note: Please arrive at least 15 minutes before your program time, so you can check in, visit the washrooms, and begin exploring the museum.

Self-Led Visit

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Flexible length

Tuesday-Sunday year-round; additionally on Mondays between Victoria Day and Thanksgiving Day, inclusive

10:30 a.m., 11:30 a.m., 1:30 p.m., 2:30 p.m., and 3:30 p.m.

Explore our six collections at your own pace with your own focus. You design and lead your own lesson or take advantage of our on-going and featured activities. The duration of your visit is flexible to best suit your needs.

What is Biodiversity?

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1 hour

Biodiversity can be defined as the variety of life, but it is much more complex than that sounds. On this tour, explore the museum as you get hands on with specimens and hear a variety of stories that highlight what biodiversity is and what makes it so fascinating. Stories focus on the drama of biodiversity, how species change over time, the human link to biodiversity, and biodiversity of the past and future.

To Eat or Be Eaten

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1 hour

Without food to eat, most organisms could not survive. And surviving those who are on the hunt for food is no easy task! All species of plants and animals, fungi and microbes have come up with ways to eat and ways to avoid being eaten. On this interactive museum tour, explore the diverse relationships that we see in nature that are based on food, get hands-on with museum specimens and discover amazing stories of survival.

Extreme Adaptations

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1 hour

The diversity of life encompass the unfathomably small and incredibly giant, along with everything in between. Size isn’t the only extreme: every organism on our planet is adapted to survive and exploit the world around it. There are extreme and fascinating examples from every branch on the tree of life. This tour will satisfy your extreme curiosity about the world around you.

Evolution

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1 hour

Evolution explains how the vast biodiversity around us originated and is arguably the most important theory at the heart of modern-day biology. On this thought-provoking tour, hear stories that reveal how our understanding of biodiversity has changed over time and what these changes tell us about our own heritage. Stories focus on biodiversity of the past, how species change and survive over time, evolution in the modern world, and what we know about relationships among living things – including how humans fit in.

UBC Biodiversity Research

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1 hour

We have learned so much about our world in recent times, yet so much remains to be discovered. On this tour, expand your knowledge of biodiversity and discover how UBC researchers are helping to solve some modern-day mysteries of the natural world. Stories highlight microscopic diversity, how species evolve, how organisms interact in ecosystems, and how our actions can affect future biodiversity.

Backyard Biodiversity

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1 hour

From oceans to mountains, desert to rainforest, and every ecosystem between, British Columbia is filled with varied niches and organisms, ranging from the familiar to the fantastic. By looking closely at the life around us, we can further appreciate and understand biodiversity. On this tour, you will explore the museum’s collections while discovering rare, cryptic, and genetic diversity in our incredible provincial backyard.

Sketching

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1.5 hours

Life is diverse, exciting, and incredibly beautiful. During this program, your class will have the opportunity to touch and observe museum specimens while practicing sketching and drawing skills. We will pull out specimens and stories focused on BC Biodiversity, including familiar neighbours from the lower mainland.

Museum Tour with a Curator

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1 hour

Experience  a collections-specific tour of the Beaty Biodiversity Museum with a curator showcasing their area of expertise. Explore the museum with a new lens, and gain a new insight on your favourite collection. Plan extra time before and after your tour to explore the rest of the museum.

Collections Experience

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1 hour

Behind the cabinets and doors of the Beaty Biodiversity Museum are the people and specimens that make it tick. Unveil the stories and process that supports the museum, and get behind-the-scenes access with a curator. Plan extra time before and after your experience to explore and enjoy the museum.