Spring Break 2022

March 12 – 27, 2022 | Drop-in activities at 12:00 pm daily

Join us this Spring Break for a different activity every day, brought to you by volunteers, staff, curators, and special guests!

From identification tips & tricks to art, games, crafts, and hands-on activities, you’ll be a biodiversity pro in no time. Check out the museum calendar for our full Spring Break and daily program schedules.

Meet under the whale at 12:00 pm unless otherwise noted. Some activities may take place outdoors, dress accordingly! The Beaty Biodiversity Museum reserves the right to change or modify programming as needed. Please note that the Beaty Biodiversity Museum is closed on Mondays and statutory holidays.

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

All activities are open to all ages and are included with membership or museum admission on a drop-in basis, unless otherwise noted. Children under the age of 13 must have adult supervision in the museum at all times. Spring Break will follow all public health orders and UBC guidelines, please click here for the most up-to-date information.


Saturday, March 12, 12:00 – 12:30 pm: Horns, Antlers, and Tusks 

Many mammals adorn their heads with horns, antlers, and tusks. What are these made from and how are they different from each other? Learn about them and make your own horns, antlers, or tusks you can wear on your head!


Sunday, March 13, 12:00 – 12:30 pm: Craft a Coronavirus

COVID-19 has made many of us aware of different viruses and how they impact our everyday life, but how do coronaviruses infect host cells? Learn about virus structure, including RNA, nuclear proteins, and spike proteins. You’ll make your own model to take home! Join Ganna, UBC Postdoctoral Fellow and LEEF volunteer for this interactive lesson and craft. Meet in the Niche Café.


Monday, March 14: museum closed, no session


Tuesday, March 15, 12:00 – 12:30 pm: Window into Biodiversity

Can you imagine being under the sea peering through the portal of your submarine? Or do you picture yourself on dry land looking at lions through the window of a jeep? Whatever your favourite ecosystem, this activity gives you the opportunity to craft your own ‘window into biodiversity’ to look through and take home.


Wednesday, March 16, 12:00 – 12:30 pm: Terrific Tetrapods

Tetrapods include some of the museum’s showiest specimens like mammals, reptiles, and the blue whale! Join Chris from the Cowan Tetrapod Collection to learn about some of the incredible creatures in this collection.


Thursday, March 17, 12:00 – 12:30 pm: Fantastic Fossils 

Paleontologists use clues from the past to learn about ancient life, and you can too!  Our friends from the Pacific Museum of Earth will bring specimens showing a wide variety of fossils. Presented by the Pacific Museum of Earth.


Friday, March 18, 12:00 – 12:30 pm: Open Studio 

Get inspired to draw from amazing museum specimens with the help of Derek, our Digital Producer and the illustrator behind many exhibits in the museum. Art supplies will be available; feel free to bring your sketchbook. Check out our artist policy for information on materials you can bring with you.


Saturday, March 19, 12:00 – 12:30 pm: Bird Sounds

Get to know the calls of different birds from North America and Eurasia. Play a matching game to see how familiar you are with local and non-local birds; including a few surprises!


Sunday, March 20, 12:00 – 12:30 pm: Skeleton Art!

Let’s explore museum specimens to create a unique inside/outside watercolour painting using a “crayon resist technique.” Search for fascinating skulls, bones, and skeletons of animals in the exhibits and touch some bone specimens that we’ll bring out. Or you can also choose any structures under the outer layers of any living thing such as the veins of leaves or parts of invertebrates. We’ll start inside the museum to draw the inside parts in crayon and go to another area to watercolour paint the outside layers. Arrive at 12:00 pm sharp for this activity!
*Weather permitting, a portion may be outside – please dress accordingly.


Monday, March 21: museum closed, no session


Tuesday, March 22, 12:00 – 12:30 pm: Museum Exhibits Takeover!

Have you ever wanted to add your own stories to exhibits and specimens on display in the museum? With the help of museum staff and volunteers, you’ll get to write, draw, and display your own creations in the museum for everyone to enjoy!


Wednesday, March 23, 12:00 – 12:30 pm: Lichens at the Beaty

Join the Herbarium’s Curatorial Assistant, Spencer, to learn about lichens! Lichens are marvellous symbiotic organisms that can be found across the entire planet (even Antarctica). They make their own food, produce brightly coloured compounds for defence, and are connected to forests, deserts, birds, insects, caribou, and even people!


Thursday, March 24, 12:00 – 12:30 pm: Let’s Study Plants!

Discover the plant biodiversity outside of the Beaty Museum by searching for plants, measuring their traits, and estimating their abundance with your own study transects! Help Nathalie, a UBC Postdoctoral Fellow, to set up this mini-field survey and learn how ecologists use these methods to study the effects of climate change on plant communities. *This activity takes place outside, please dress accordingly.


Friday, March 25, 12:00 – 12:30 pm: Pond Poke

Join Karen and Savi from the Spencer Entomological Collection for a springtime pond poke! Peer beneath the water’s surface and discover the fascinating creatures living in the Beaty Museum’s water features. *This activity takes place outside – dress accordingly.


Saturday, March 26, 12:00 – 12:30 pm: Surprise Activity!

Join us for a surprise activity!


Sunday, March 27, 12:00 – 12:30 pm: Plant Exploration

Do all plants have flowers? Can a fern produce seeds? How do I tell these cones apart? Learn how to interpret the plant life around you in this fun outdoor activity. *This activity takes place outside – dress accordingly.