Nature Club: Magnificent Mammals

Visit the Cowan Tetrapod collection at the Beaty Museum to see mammals – as well as reptiles, birds, and amphibians. With over 40,000 specimens representing over 2,500 species, the collection is the second-largest scientific collection of birds, mammals, reptiles, and amphibians in British Columbia.

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 to identify some local mammals using this guide.
  • Complement your museum visit and encourage the use of deductive reasoning to determine the feeding habits of some of the museum’s skull specimens using this activity package. Included are printable templates, diagrams, a vocabulary list, as well as an additional collaborative, research-based project.
  • The hidden hipbones of whales reveal an amazing relationship. All the diversity that we see among living organisms today is the result of evolution. Explore relationships between mammals and other groups of organisms with this activity sheet.
  • 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 mammals and ask questions of our museum team? Join us online on April 4.


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.