Self-Led Visits

All grades and ages |  Flexible length

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Explore the museum’s six collections at your own pace and with your own focus. Our collections include fungi, moss, plants, marine invertebrates, mammals, birds, reptiles, fishes, insects, and more! Teachers are welcome to design and lead their own lessons or to take advantage of the museum’s ongoing and featured activities.

This type of visit is appropriate for all grades and most group sizes. Self-led visits are available Tuesday through Sunday throughout the year.

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  • Kindergarten: Plants and animals have observable features, daily and seasonal changes affect all living things
  • Science 1: Living things have features and behaviours that help them survive in their environment
  • Science 2: All things have a life cycle; water is essential to all living things and it cycles through the environment
  • Science 3: Living things are diverse, can be grouped, and interact in their ecosystems
  • Science 4: All living things and their environment are interdependent
  • Science 5: Multicellular organisms have organ systems that enable them to survive and interact within their environment; humans use earth materials as natural resources
  • Science 6: Multicellular organisms rely on internal systems to survive, reproduce, and interact with their environment
  • Science 7: The theory of evolution by natural selection provides an explanation for the diversity and survival of living things; Earth and its climate have changed over geological time
  • 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: The biosphere, geosphere, hydrosphere, and atmosphere are interconnected, as matter cycles and energy flows through them; 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. 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
  • Biology 12: Cells are the basic unit of life

We encourage you to visit the museum before your class or group does, and look deeper into the collections for cross-curricular inspiration, including mathematics, English language arts, social studies, arts education, and science.

Use our calendar to help select programming to fit your day.

Many of our Educator Resources can support your visit.