Backyard Biodiversity

Grades 8-12, Post-Secondary, Adults |  60 minutes | Tour

BackyardBioTourFrom 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.

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This is a museum tour, which allows your group to learn more about the stories behind the museum’s exhibits and displays. Plan to be standing and walking on the tour. If you are looking for an activity-focused experience, please look at one of our 75-minute programs, such as One Life to Live (grades 3-7), Sketching (all grades), or Inquiry into Evolution (grades 10-12).

  • Science 8: The theory of plate tectonics is the unifying theory that explains Earth’s geological processes; cells are a basic unit of life
    • Major geological events of local significance
  • Science 9: The biosphere, geosphere, hydrosphere, and atmosphere are interconnected, as matter cycles and energy flows through them
  • Biology 11: All organisms have characteristics that define them as living and interdependent; life can be organized in a functional and structural hierarchy ranging from cells to the biosphere; living things are interdependent; living things are diverse and evolve over time
    • How animals shape their physical environment, living things and their roles in ecosystems

Many of our Educator Resources can support your visit. Here are a few ideas to get you started:

Scavenger Hunts and Museum Activities

We suggest using a scavenger hunt before or after your program to help students explore the museum in a guided way.

  • Urban BiodiverseCity
  • Forest Biodiversity
  • Winter Wonderland
  • Ocean Pair Up

Pre and Post-Visit Resources

  • Extending the Field Trip
  • Nature Guides and Logs
  • Pressing Plants
  • Phylo Game

Please visit our Educator Resources page to download these materials.