Grades 8-12, Post-Secondary, Adults | 60 minutes
The museum contains a vast collection of specimens totalling over two million specimens. These are categorized into our six collections: Cowan Tetrapod, Marine Invertebrates, Herbarium, Spencer Entomological, Fish, and Fossils.
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.
This is a special tour with limited availability offered on a first-come, first-served basis, and fulfilled on curatorial availability. Please indicate the collection(s) you are most interested in. Requests with lots of notice and some flexibility are more likely to be filled. Maximum group size: 20 people.
Due to the availability of curators, we suggest you choose an alternative tour or program that would fulfil your needs, in case a curator is not available on your selected date. We may be able to extend our suggested grades to younger audiences, please contact us well in advance to inquire.
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), Whale of a Tale (youth groups age 5-12), 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
- Science 9: Cells are derived from cells
- Science 10: Genes are the foundation for the diversity of living things
- Biology 11: All organisms have characteristics that define them as living and interdependent; living things are diverse and evolve over time
- Role played by microorganisms on earth; fungi; plants
- Biology 12: Cells are the basic unit of life
Content links will vary based on the collection you choose.
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.
- Raising Big Blue Writing Activity
- Research Scavenger Hunt
Pre and Post-Visit Resources
- Explore the 100 Years, 100 Treasures website
- Pressing Plants
- Extending the Field Trip
- Nature Guides and Logs
- The Museum's Blog
- Our Collection and Research pages
Please visit our Educator Resources page to download these materials.