Elementary Schools

All museum-led school programs complement the BC curriculum and offer students hands-on learning experiences with museum specimens to increase students’ awareness of biodiversity, evolution, ecology, and conservation. School programs focus on conveying the beauty, wonder, and importance of biodiversity.

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


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Self-Led Visits (all 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

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.

Sketching Program (all ages)

75 minutes | Program

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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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  • 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

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.

Earth Experience (all ages)

4+ hours

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Planet Earth is an amazing place, filled with volcanoes, glaciers, minerals, and oceans, along with millions of species of organisms. The Beaty Biodiversity Museum and Pacific Museum of Earth (PME) have joined forces to offer tours and programs to complement your science curriculum. Located less than a 5-minute walk apart, the Beaty and PME are perfect field trip locations to combine for a full-day visit to UBC. By taking part in Earth Experience, students will explore the amazing natural forces that shape the earth and how this has influenced the variety of insects, plants, and animals around us.

This new combined booking option allows your students to explore two great UBC museums, and enjoy two amazing school experiences in one day – for one low cost! Customize the experience to fit the needs of your students by selecting:

  • One of the Beaty’s elementary school programs (75 minutes)

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Free time will be set aside to enjoy your packed lunch outdoors and explore the museums at your own pace.

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This popular program has limited availability. It is only offered on Tuesdays from 10:15 am - 2:00 pm and books up very quickly. Please scroll through the calendar to find upcoming dates that are still available.

The fee for the program is $300 (including tax) which includes entrance for the day to both the Beaty Biodiversity Museum and the Pacific Museum of Earth as well as one museum-led experience at each location. All experiences start at the Beaty Biodiversity Museum. Please meet at the Beaty Museum admission desk and we will escort you to the PME.

Many of our Educator Resources can support your visit.

You can also use the Pacific Museum of Earth's scavenger hunt. Please download and print the scavenger hunt ahead of time for your students. You can choose to do 1, 2, or 3 parts based on your time and your class' interest. We suggest printing one copy for every 1-3 students. Print on both sides of paper to reduce waste.
Download the scavenger hunt answer key.

Dependent on your choice of Beaty Museum program or tour and Pacific Museum of Earth workshop or tour. Science highlights include:

  • Kindergarten: Plants and animals have observable features
  • Science 1: Living things have features and behaviours that help them survive in their environment
  • Science 2: All things have a life cycle
  • Science 3: Living things are diverse, can be grouped, and interact in their ecosystems
    • Observable changes in the local environment caused by erosion and deposition by wind, water, and ice
  • 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
    • The rock cycle
  • 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
    • Fossil records and geological dating

Explore the Beaty Museum’s program pages for additional content links by grade.

Beasts Big and Small Program (K-2)

75 minutes | Program

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Students explore the concept of biodiversity by comparing and contrasting museum specimens, including the blue whale. Using their senses to make observations, they will begin to classify familiar animals according to similarities and differences in appearance, behaviour, and life histories.  Students will examine a variety of specimens, including insects and birds, where they will get hands-on and explore behavioural adaptations.

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  • Kindergarten Science: Plants and animals have observable features
    • Basic needs of plants and animals, features of local plants and animals that help them meet their basic needs.
  • Science 1: Living things have features and behaviours that help them survive in their environment
    • Classification of living or non-living things, structural features of living things in the local environment, behavioural adaptations of animals in the local environment.
  • Science 2: All things have a life cycle
    • Metamorphic and non-metamorphic life cycles of different organisms

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

Pre-Visit Resources

  • Colouring Sheets
  • Origami
  • A Day in the Life of our Classroom Invertebrate

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.

  • Creature Features
  • Describing and Drawing Organisms

Post-Visit Resources

  • Adaptation Exploration: Bird Beaks
  • My Beaty Pet
  • Nature Guides and Logs

Please visit our Educator Resources page to download these materials.

Observing Nature Program (K-4)

75 minutes | Program

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Explore the museum’s collections through activities that will develop observational, recording, and sharing skills. Students will create several nature journal entries, reinforcing the scientific importance of keeping good notes and clear drawings.

If your class is already journaling, please bring your journals to the museum! Ensure that students have sufficient room on blank paper to glue 5.5” x 8.5” templates inside the journal. If not, the museum will supply a small journal for each student.

Note: We recommend planning an extra half hour for journaling and exploration after the lesson.

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  • Kindergarten: Plants and animals have observable features
    • Basic needs of plants and animals, features of local plants and animals that help them meet their basic needs
  • Science 1: Living things have features and behaviours that help them survive in their environment
    • Structural features of living things in the local environment
  • Science 2: All things have a life cycle
    • Metamorphic and non-metamorphic life cycles of different organisms
  • Science 3: Living things are diverse, can be grouped, and interact in their ecosystems
    • Biodiversity in the local environment
  • Science 4: All living things and their environment are interdependent
    • Organisms in ecosystems sense and respond to their environment
  • Arts Education K-1: People connect to others and share ideas through the arts
  • Arts Education 2: Creative expression develops our unique identity and voice
  • Arts Education 3: The arts connect our experiences to the experiences of others
  • Arts Education 3-5: Connect knowledge and skills from other areas of learning in planning, creating, and interpreting works of art
  • English Language Arts K-4: Stories can be told through pictures and words, everyone can be a reader and a writer

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

Pre-Visit Resources

  • A Skeleton Story by Numbers
  • Textures and Rubbings

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.

  • Creature Features
  • Forest Biodiversity
  • Oceans Biodiversity
  • Urban BiodiverseCity
  • Wetland Biodiversity

Post-Visit Resources

  • An Invertebrate’s School Life
  • Creating a Nature Table
  • Entomology Collage
  • Marine Invertebrate Classification
  • Nature Guides and Logs
  • Nature Journal Blank Sheets
  • Nature Journal Observation Pages
  • Pressing Plants
  • Using a Nature Journal Year Round

Crafts and Class Activities

  • Nature Journal Blank Sheets
  • Nature Journal Observation Sheets

Please visit our Educator Resources page to download these materials.

Discovering Plants Program (grades 2-4)

75 minutes | Program

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Plants are all around us and play an essential role in the lives of many living things – including ours! Students will investigate plant parts, life cycles, pollination, and discover the relationships between plants and other living things. Discover what makes a plant, and what common organisms are not actually plants. Focusing on flowering plants, your class will explore the UBC Herbarium exhibits, get hands-on with real museum specimens, share their learning with each other, and get moving with an interactive game.

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  • Science 2: All things have a life cycle
    • Metamorphic and non-metamorphic life cycles of different organisms
  • Science 3: Living things are diverse, can be grouped, and interact in their ecosystems
    • Biodiversity in the local environment
  • Science 4: All living things and their environment are interdependent
    • The ways organisms in ecosystems sense and respond to their environment.

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

Pre-Visit Resources

  • Colouring Pages
  • Origami

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.

  • Forest Biodiversity
  • Parts of a Flower Worksheet
  • What’s in each Collection?

Post-Visit Resources

  • Pressing Plants
  • Nature Guides and Logs (specifically on plants)

Please visit our Educator Resources page to download these materials.

One Life to Live Program (grades 3-7)

75 minutes | Program

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Students will explore biodiversity and the interconnectedness of life by comparing structures and behaviours of local animals and plants in different habitats and communities. Students will participate in hands-on activities and use museum specimens to learn about adaptations and relationships. Students will have the opportunity to discuss and apply their knowledge of concepts such as evolution, natural selection, adaptations, food webs, taxonomy, survival, ecosystems, and biomes.

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  • Science 3: Living things are diverse, can be grouped, and interact in their ecosystems
    • Biodiversity in the local environment
  • Science 4: All living things and their environment are interdependent
    • Features of biomes, organisms in ecosystems sense and respond to their environment
  • Science 5: Multicellular organisms have organ systems that enable them to survive and interact within their environment
  • 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
    • Natural selection through adaptation radiation – a proposed mechanism of the theory of evolution, survival needs and interactions between organisms and the environment
  • Arts Education 3-5: Connect knowledge and skills from other areas of learning in planning, creating, and interpreting works of art

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

Pre-Visit Resources

  • Ecosystem Exploration (focus on Oceans, Tundra, Forest and Ponds)
  • Nature Guides and Logs

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.

  • Amazing Evolution
  • Relationships
  • Birding Bonanza
  • Eat or be Eaten
  • Ocean Pair Up

Post-Visit Resources

  • My Beaty Pet
  • Adaptation Creation

Please visit our Educator Resources page to download these materials.