Secondary 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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What’s the difference between a program and a tour?

Programs are 75-minute bookings that are an activity-focused experience. Sketching and Inquiry Into Evolution are examples of programs. Select a program if you want your experience centred around a specific activity facilitated by a museum interpreter.

Tours are 60-minute standing and walking experiences focused on the stories behind the museum’s exhibits and displays. Extreme Adaptations and What Is Biodiversity? are examples of tours. Select a tour if you want your experience centred around exploring the museum with a museum interpreter.


Self-Led Visits (all grades)

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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  • 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.

Sketching Program (Kindergarten and up)

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 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.

Earth Experience (Kindergarten and up)

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:

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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:

  • 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
  • Science 8: The theory of plate tectonics is the unifying theory that explains Earth’s geological processes; cells are a basic unit of life
    • Plate tectonic movement, major geological events of local significance, layers in earth
  • Science 9: The biosphere, geosphere, hydrosphere, and atmosphere are interconnected, as matter cycles and energy flows through them.
  • 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

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

Museum Collection Tour (grades 7-12)

60 minutes | Tour

Dive deep into one of the six collections that make up the museum: Tetrapods, Marine Invertebrates, Herbarium, Entomology, Fish, or Fossils. Discover stories about BC species, research, and how organisms in the collection of your choice relate to others.

This introductory tour will teach you about the different specimens in the collection, along with stories about the people that have contributed to it. After a brief tour, your group will head to the Discovery Lab to get hands-on with specimens from the collection.

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  • Science 7: The theory of evolution by natural selection provides an explanation for the diversity and survival of living things
    • Survival needs and interactions between organisms and the environment
  • Science 8: Cells are a basic unit of life
  • Science 9: Cells are derived from cells
    • Asexual and sexual reproduction
  • 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
    • How animals shape their physical environment, living things and their roles in ecosystems
  • Biology 12: Cells are the basic unit of life

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

Pre-Visit Resources

  • 100 Treasures
  • Researchers Revealed

Scavenger Hunts and Museum Activities

  • Classification and Relationships
  • Research Scavenger Hunt
  • Culture at the Centre
  • Ocean Pair Up

Post-Visit Resources

  • Explore the collections online
  • Insects, Birds, Mammals, and Plant guides and logs
  • Pressing Plants
  • Using a Nature Journal year-round
  • Marine Invertebrate Classification

Please visit our Educator Resources page to download these materials.

Extreme Adaptations Tour (grades 7-12)

60 minutes | Tour

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The diversity of life encompass the unfathomably small and incredibly giant, along with everything in between. Size isn’t the only extreme: every organism on our planet has adapted through natural selection to survive and exploit the world around it. There are extreme and fascinating evolutionary examples from every branch on the tree of life. This tour will satisfy your extreme curiosity about the world around you.

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  • Science 7: The theory of evolution by natural selection provides an explanation for the diversity and survival of living things
    • Natural selection through adaptive radiation – a proposed mechanism of the theory of evolution, survival needs and interactions between organisms and the environment.
  • Science 9: Cells are derived from cells
    • Asexual and sexual reproduction
  • 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.

  • Eat or be Eaten
  • Birding Bonanza
  • Winter Wonderland
  • Amazing Evolution
  • Explore Evolution Map

Pre and Post-Visit Resources

  • Explore Evolution Resource Package
  • Extending the Field Trip

Please visit our Educator Resources page to download these materials.

What is Biodiversity? Tour (grades 7-12)

60 minutes | Tour

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Biodiversity can be defined as the variety of life, but it is much more complex than that sounds. On this tour, explore the museum as you touch authentic specimens and hear a variety of stories that highlight what biodiversity is and what makes it so fascinating. Through maintenance and preservation of ecosystems, different species can coexist. Students will understand the relationships between biodiversity and mechanisms that organisms use to thrive in different environments.

Stories focus on the drama of biodiversity, how species change over time (evolution), the human link to biodiversity, and biodiversity of the past and future.

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  • Science 7: The theory of evolution by natural selection provides an explanation for the diversity and survival of living things
    • Survival needs and interactions between organisms and the environment
  • Science 8: 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
    • How animals shape their physical environment, living things and their roles in ecosystems
  • Biology 12: Cells are the basic unit of life

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
  • Wetland Biodiversity
  • Ocean Biodiversity
  • Aquatic Exploration

Pre and Post-Visit Resources

  • Nature Guides and Logs
  • Creating a Nature Table

Please visit our Educator Resources page to download these materials.

Curator Tour (grades 10-12)

Groups requiring specific or technical information regarding a collection may request a private tour with a collection curator. Curator tours are subject to curator availability and additional fees.

Groups looking for more general information on a specific collection should request a Museum Collection Tour.

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Evolution Tour (grades 10-12)

60 minutes | Tour

Evolution_thumbnailEvolution explains how the vast biodiversity around us originated and is arguably the most important theory at the heart of modern-day biology. On this thought-provoking tour, hear stories that reveal how our understanding of biodiversity has changed over time and what these changes tell us about our own heritage.

Learn how organisms have adapted to various environments over time. Topics include natural selection and the Earth’s timeline. Students will be presented with specimens and exhibits, so they can observe features that have helped species survive. Students will think about patterns of evolution and evolutionary change.

Stories focus on biodiversity of the past, how species change and survive over time, evolution in the modern world, and what we know about relationships among living things – including how humans fit in.

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  • 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
    • Agents of evolutionary change (patterns of evolution, tempo/rate of evolutionary change); living things and their roles in ecosystems
  • Biology 12: Cells are the basic unit of life

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.

  • Explore Evolution Map
  • Classification and Relationships
  • Amazing Evolution

Pre and Post-Visit Resources

  • Explore Evolution resource package
  • Speciation Sleuthing Project

Please visit our Educator Resources page to download these materials.

Inquiry Into Evolution Program (grades 10-12)

75 minutes | Program

InquiryIntoEvolutionUncovering the history of evolution is one of the most complex questions that researchers are facing today. In this program, your students will work in small groups to start to unravel the history of groups of organisms we see today, using an inquiry-based approach to learning. Students have the opportunity to explore the collections, asking questions and following their curiosity to help them better understand evolution. At the end of the program, students will have a completed research journal to take their notes back to the classroom.

Each taxonomic group we will look at has a complex evolutionary history. Learning about the evolutionary past of a group will help us better understand it today. Students will feel empowered to research subjects like this at the museum and beyond. Students will increase their overall understanding of the processes of science through scientific inquiry and assessment, as well as develop an appreciation for and interest in biology.

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  • 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
    • Agents of evolutionary change (patterns of evolution, tempo/rate of evolutionary change); living things and their roles in ecosystems
  • Biology 12: Cells are the basic unit of life

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.

  • Explore Evolution Map
  • Classification and Relationships
  • Amazing Evolution
  • Research Scavenger Hunt

Pre and Post-Visit Resources

  • Explore Evolution resource package
  • Speciation Sleuthing Project

Please visit our Educator Resources page to download these materials.

UBC Biodiversity Research Tour (grades 10-12)

60 minutes | Tour

UBC Biodiversity Research_thumbnailWe have learned so much about our world in recent times, yet so much remains to be discovered. On this tour, expand your knowledge of biodiversity and discover how UBC researchers are helping to solve some modern-day mysteries of the natural world. Stories highlight microscopic diversity, how species evolve, how organisms interact in ecosystems, and how our actions can affect future biodiversity.

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  • 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
    • Agents of evolutionary change (patterns of evolution, tempo/rate of evolutionary change); living things and their roles in ecosystems
  • Biology 12: Cells are the basic unit of life

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.

  • Explore Evolution Map
  • Classification and Relationships
  • Amazing Evolution

Pre and Post-Visit Resources

  • Explore Evolution resource package
  • Speciation Sleuthing Project

Please visit our Educator Resources page to download these materials.