All grades and ages  |  75 minutes | Program


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.

There is no need to bring drawing materials, but if your class has a current sketching practice, please encourage them to bring sketching pads, pencils, and other materials that they wish to work with. If you bring in paper or pads, ensure that students have sufficient room to make many sketches on blank paper. Let us know your class’ comfort level with sketching – all levels are welcome!

Please review the museum’s policy on artists in the museum for more information.

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This is an educational program, which is an activity-focused experience. If you are looking for a museum tour, which will allow your group to learn more about the stories behind the museum’s exhibitions and displays, please look at our selections of 60-minutes tours, such as To Eat or Be Eaten or What is Biodiversity?.

  • Arts Education K-1: Develop processes and technical skills in a variety of art forms to nurture motivation, development, and imagination
  • Arts Education 2: Develop processes and technical skills in a variety of art forms to refine artistic abilities, reflect on creative processes and make connections to other experiences
  • Arts Education 3-5: Connect knowledge and skills from other areas of learning in planning, creating, and interpreting works for art
  • Arts Education 6-7: Demonstrate an understanding and appreciation of personal, social, cultural, historical, and environmental contexts in relation to the arts; interpret creative works using knowledge and skills from various areas of learning
  • Arts Education 8-12: A variety of content links can be explored during this program.

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

Pre-Visit Resources

  • Colouring sheets
  • Origami
  • Crossword
  • How to Draw a Blue Whale
  • How to Draw Krill
  • Word Search

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.

  • What’s in each collection?
  • Describing and Drawing Organisms

Post-Visit Resources

  • Adaptation Creation
  • Extending the Field Trip

Please visit our Educator Resources page to download these materials.