Nature Club: Fun with Fossils

Interested in seeing fossils at the museum? The fossil collection was started in 1924 and contains over 20,000 specimens!

As the continued safety and well-being of our visitors, staff and volunteers is our highest priority we are not offering in person tours or activities at this time. The resources below will support your self-led exploration of the collection:

  • Learn more about different types of fossils and how they are formed in this activity package.
  • Geological processes over time have had a significant impact on life on earth. Our friends at the Pacific Museum of Earth share stories from the Department of Earth, Ocean and Atmospheric Sciences at UBC. While they are not open for in person visits at this time, you can explore their museum virtually.
  • While visiting the Beaty be sure to explore the Dinosaur Trackways exhibit.
  • Search through the Fossil, Fish, Marine Invertebrate, and the Cowan Tetrapod Collections to learn about animals and their ancestors that existed during the time of the dinosaurs on this living fossil scavenger hunt.
  • We have an online visitor guide and a printable floor plan map to help you find your way around the museum. You could also check out our virtual and audio tours in preparation for your visit.
  • Share your images and biodiversity stories with us here, each month we will highlight some of the contributions at our ONLINE Nature Club session.

Would you like to learn more about fossils and ask questions of our museum team? Join us online on January 3. 


This self-led exploration of the museum collections is recommended for families with children ages 5-12.

Thanks to our funders we are able to provide complimentary museum admission to campus families on Nature Club weekends. UBC Families can register for this month’s Online Nature Club for your free ticket promocode, other families are welcome to join us by registering in advance, and purchasing a museum admission or using your membership.