Spring Break 2014: Hands-on Biodiversity

Included with museum admission or membership

During Spring Break, join the Beaty Biodiversity Museum every day at 12:30 p.m. for a different hands-on activity, brought to you by volunteers, staff, curators, and special guests! Meet new friends while exploring different aspects of the biodiversity around us. From identifying your backyard neighbors, to art, games, crafts, and hands-on activities, you’ll be a biodiversity pro in no time.

Check out our daily program calendar for the suite of daily activities we offer in addition to the Spring Break programs below:

  • Saturday, March 15: Dissection Demonstration
    • Join us for a museum-led dissection demonstration.
  • Sunday, March 16: Beautiful Barnacles
    • Barnacles are amazing crustaceans that live in ever-changing environments. How do they make a living? Join us to chat about these cool creatures, and to make a fun barnacle craft.
  • Tuesday, March 18: Learn to play Phylo!
    • Phylo is a card game that celebrates ecosystems in all their awesomeness. Learn how to play this open-source game with Phylo’s creator David Ng. Bring a friend or plan to make one – you may even win a Phylo deck!
  • Wednesday, March 19: Open Studio, followed by a Talk & Tour with Dana Cromie
    • Get inspired to draw from amazing museum specimens with the help of Derek Tan, our digital media specialist. After, meet the artist of our Remnants exhibition, Dana Cromie. Art supplies will be available.
  • Thursday, March 20: Birding for Beginners
    • Learn about our feathered friends living around the Beaty Museum. Head outside for a guided nature walk.
  • Friday, March 21: Art and the Nautilus
    • The nautilus is a magnificent ocean creature. Listen to a poem and get inspired to make a nautilus craft.
  • Saturday, March 22: Digestive Detectives
    • Owl pellets reveal clues to the mystery of an owl’s diet. Join us to examine the contents of a barn owl pellet.
  • Sunday, March 23: Magnificent Microbialites
    • How do nearly invisible microbes create structures that are easily seen with the human eye? Learn about these magnificent rock-like objects with Rick White, a PhD candidate at UBC.
  • Tuesday, March 25: Pond Poke
    • Join our Entomological Curator, Karen Needham, for a springtime pond poke! Peer beneath the water’s surface and discover the fascinating creatures living in the Beaty Museum’s water features.
  • Wednesday, March 26: What is a fruit, really?
    • You might recognize apples as fruit, but what about pumpkins and walnuts? Become a botanist and learn what parts of a plant make up a fruit.
  • Thursday, March 27: Meadow Exploration
    • Curious about what is growing in our garden? Explore the wonderful plants that make a home on the roof of the Beaty Museum.
  • Friday, March 28: Seed Bombs
    • Build and take home a seed bomb! These friendly bombs bring much-needed vegetation to abandoned or inaccessible areas.
  • Saturday, March 29 and Sunday, March 30: The X-Games
    • Can you jump further than a grasshopper? It’s harder than you think! Try out some extreme feats and learn about extreme organisms.

All activities are open to all ages and are included with membership or admission on a drop-in basis. The Beaty Biodiversity Museum reserves the right to change or modify programming as needed.


Are you offering a spring break camp? Check out our children’s program options for private, hands-on, biodiversity experiences suitable for your group.

Children under the age of 13 must have adult supervision in the museum at all times. Please call us for more information at 604-827-4955; press 0 to connect to staff.