Digital Field Trips

Can’t get here in person? No problem. If you have access to a computer with a camera, a wired high-speed internet connection, a large screen and sound, we can deliver a Digital Field Trip to you and your learners! Digital Field Trips are live, two-way, interactive virtual learning experiences. We can see and hear you, and you can see and hear us.

Digital Field Trips are inquiry based and staff led. All Digital Field Trips include pre- and post-visit support. We can adapt Digital Field Trips for different grade ranges, home learners, or for adult, senior, community-group or post-secondary audiences. Contact Liz Crocker for more information. 

Museum Snapshots

NEW! April to June 2021

Join us digitally this year for field trip season. Connect with a museum educator in one of our galleries for a 20 minute digital dive! Eight subjects to choose from.

Wednesdays to Fridays, depending on staff availability, from April to June 2021. Each session will not exceed 20 minutes.

Program cost: $50

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45 Minute Programs

2020-21 Season
  • Animals in the Seasons - SOLD OUT *

    Join Leslie McGarry from the Kwakwa̱ka̱’wakw – Kwagiulth First Nation at the Royal BC Museum. Explore the cultural significance of animals and the seasons.

    Grades K to 3

    Learning Outcomes

    The learner will:

    • Virtually explore the First Peoples galleries
    • Listen to Indigenous stories about animals 
    • Observe animals in Indigenous art and objects

    Program Length: 45 minutes

    Program Cost: $120

    Mondays

    *This program is sold out until June 2021. Please email learning@royalbcmuseum.bc.ca for summer and fall booking information.

  • BC Indigenous History - SOLD OUT *

    Join Leslie McGarry from the Kwakwa̱ka̱’wakw – Kwagiulth First Nation at the Royal BC Museum. Explore the pre- and post-contact histories represented in the First Peoples gallery and the cultural diversity of Indigenous peoples in BC.

    Grades 4 to 7

    Learning Outcomes

    The learner will:

    • Appreciate the antiquity and diversity of Indigenous cultures in BC
    • Observe differences in Indigenous culture before and after contact 
    • Identify examples of different cultures adapting uniquely to their environments

    Program Length: 45 minutes

    Cost: $120

    Mondays

    *This program is sold out until June 2021. Please email learning@royalbcmuseum.bc.ca for summer and fall booking information.

  • Governance, Self Governance, Treaties and Social Issues - SOLD OUT *

    Join Leslie McGarry from the Kwakwa̱ka̱’wakw – Kwagiulth First Nation at the Royal BC Museum. Explore governance, self-government, treaty and social issues as represented in the First Peoples gallery.

    Grades 8 to12

    Learning Outcomes

    The learner will:

    • Appreciate the antiquity, diversity and self-determination of Indigenous cultures in BC
    • Examine objects that illustrate Indigenous governance 
    • Understand the impact of contact, including smallpox and racist views on Indigenous populations

    Program Length: 45 minutes

    Cost: $120

    Mondays

    *This program is sold out until June 2021. Please email learning@royalbcmuseum.bc.ca for summer and fall booking information.

  • Museum Career Exploration

    Big museums require a big staff, from carpenters and conservators to writers, scientists and historians. Explore twenty-first century job skills and different career paths with staff at the Royal BC Museum. Time for Q&A included.

    Grades 6 to 9

    Learning Outcomes

    The learner will:

    • Appreciate the range and variety of careers within a large museum (cultural sector)
    • Virtually visit at least three different work environments at the museum
    • Consider the training and education required for these jobs

    Program Length: 45 minutes

    Cost: $120

    Tuesdays, Wednesdays, Thursdays

  • Orcas

    Learn more about the culture and behaviour or orcas with author Mark Leiren-Young in a Q&A style presentation and then brainstorm a list of actions you can take to help protect orcas and the oceans.

    Target audience (adaptable to any grade)

    The learner will:

    • Learn about the behaviours and life cycles of orcas
    • Consider social, ethical and environmental implications on orcas and the ocean

    Program Length: 45 minutes

    Cost: $120

    Tuesdays

  • Think Like an Archaeologist

    Archaeology is a field that includes many disciplines, including history and science. Archaeologists working in Canada must also address reconciliation with Indigenous peoples and the legacies of colonialism. This virtual interactive learning program with a museum educator explores how archaeologists think and work in the field, and work with landowners and descendent communities such as the Cowichan First Nations on Vancouver Island. 

    Grades 9 to 12 Social Studies

    Learning Outcomes

    The learner will:

    • Recognize signs of human activity in a landscape
    • Identify how the legacy of colonialism influences archaeology
    • Appreciate the antiquity and diversity of Indigenous cultures in BC

    Program Length: 45 minutes

    Cost: $120

    Tuesdays

30 Minute Programs

2020-21 Season
  • BC History Gallery Tour

    Walk aboard Captain Vancouver’s ship Discovery, see a Cornish Water Wheel and learn about BC’s gold rush before taking a trip to Old Town during this 30 minute tour of the Becoming BC gallery at the Royal BC Museum. Learn about some of the fascinating events and places in the history of vast, diverse and unique British Columbia. 

    Social Studies / Grade 4 (can be adapted for other audiences)

    Learning Outcomes

    The learner will: 

    • Explore British Columbia’s path to becoming part of Canada
    • Learn about the role of the gold rush
    • Consider the growth of communities and why they develop where they do

    Program Length: 30 minutes

    Cost: $75

    Wednesdays

  • Behind the Scenes Tours

    There are more than seven million objects, specimens and belongings within the Royal BC Museum and BC Archives collections, but only a small percentage of these are on public display. The rest are behind the scenes. Join museum staff for an adventure within the labs, collection areas and archives, to explore the hidden and surprising aspects of museum research and exhibits. Themes of these tours include marine invertebrates, exhibit arts, botany and more.  

    Grades K to 12

    Learning Outcomes

    The learner will

    • Virtually peek behind the scenes at the Royal BC Museum
    • Appreciate the significance, size and diversity of the museum collections

    Program Length: 30 minutes

    Cost: $75

    Tuesdays, Wednesdays, Thursdays

  • First Peoples Gallery Tour - SOLD OUT *

    Join Leslie McGarry from the Kwakwa̱ka̱’wakw – Kwagiulth First Nation for a tour of the First Peoples gallery. 

    Grades K-12 

    Learning Outcomes

    The Learner will:

    • Virtually walk through the First Peoples galleries
    • Compare lifestyles and cultural expressions between the coast and interior of BC 

    Program Length: 30 minutes

    Cost: $75

    Mondays

    *This program is sold out until June 2021. Please email learning@royalbcmuseum.bc.ca for summer and fall booking information.

  • Natural History Gallery Tour

    BC is vast, and the diversity of plants and animals that live in this part of the world is equally vast. This 30 minute tour of the natural history gallery at the Royal BC Museum will travel back in time to meet woolly mammoths and leap forward to examine how our landscapes will shift as a result of a changing climate. But mostly we’ll look at the weird and wild things living within our oceans, forests and even backyards. 

    Grades K to 8 Science 

    Learning Outcomes

    Depending on grade level, the learner will

    • Learn about observable features and behaviours of plants and animals
    • Discover the life cycles of diverse living things in BC and how they respond to their environment
    • Appreciate the extraordinary biodiversity within the province

    Program Length: 30 minutes

    Cost: $75

    Thursdays

  • Orcas: Our Shared Future Tour

    Explore our new feature exhibition and learn all about orcas with orca enthusiast, and writer Mark Leiren-Young. Meet some members of J-Pod, visit the science lab, learn about captivity and find out more about what you can do to protect orcas and our oceans.

    Learning Outcomes:

    Target audience grades 4 -6 (adaptable to any grade)

    The learner will:

    • Learn about the behaviours and life cycles of orcas
    • Consider social, ethical and environmental implications on orcas and the ocean
    • Develop an understanding of the interaction between humans and the environment and the impact of humans on the environment
    • Appreciate that we are all connected to the ocean in many ways and have a responsibility to protect it for the future

    Program Length: 30 minutes

    Cost: $75

    Tuesdays

20 Minute Programs

2020-21 Season

NEW! April to June 2021

Join us digitally this year for field trip season. Connect with a museum educator in one of our galleries for a 20 minute digital dive! Eight subjects to choose from.

Wednesdays to Fridays, depending on staff availability, from April to June 2021. Each session will not exceed 20 minutes.

Choose from these Museum Snapshot themes:

  • Amazing Adaptations

    Plants and animals have features and behaviours that help them survive. Learn about some BC plants and animals and the amazing ways they survive and thrive in our local environments through this visit to the natural history gallery.

    Grades K-3 (Science) but adaptable to other grades

    The Learner will:

    • Practice observation skills
    • Be able to describe at least three examples of adaptations

    Program cost: $50

    Program length: 20 minutes

  • Climate!

    Scientists tell us we’re in a global climate emergency. Emergencies call for action. But what can we do? Opportunities for climate action are endless, the important thing is to begin. We’ll explore some climate change basics in the climate gallery then look at some directions for action. (Warning: contributing to solutions may lead to hope.)

    Grade 7 (Science) but adaptable to other grades

    The learner will:

    • Be able explain how humans are impacting climate
    • Be inspired to take at least one sustainable action in their daily life

    Program cost: $50

    Program length: 20 minutes

  • Diving Deep: Mammals of the Deep Blue Sea

    If we dive deep into the waters off the coast of BC, we’ll find a world of sea mammals: whales, seals, sea lions, otters and dolphins. These intelligent and often social animals can tell us a lot about the ocean. In this tour, we will explore how they live, how they interact with each other, and what we can do to help keep their environment healthy. The tour will include an up-close look at the Seashore Diorama of the Natural History gallery, along with fascinating specimens to investigate as a class.

    Adaptable to any grade

    The Learner will:

    • Understand the diversity of marine mammals
    • Practice observation skills with museum specimens
    • Develop greater awareness of the importance of ocean health

    For an additional cost this tour can be paired with a classroom screening of the IMAX films Dolphins or Humpback Whales.

    Program cost: $50

    Program length: 20 minutes

  • Gold Rush

    Grab your pan and bring your spirit of adventure to learn more about BC’s gold rushes and the people who came here to make their fortunes. 

    Grade 5 (Social Studies) but adaptable to any grade

    The learner will:

    • Understand causes and consequences of the Fraser and Cariboo gold rushes on BC
    • Consider why immigrants came to the Gold Rush

    Program cost: $50

    Program length: 20 minutes

  • Good Idea: Innovation and Design in BC

    The things we use in everyday life, from cellphones to backpacks, all were ideas that were imagined and refined over time. Innovation and design, the process of people coming up with good ideas, testing those ideas out, and then sharing with the world, is crucial to understanding the world around us. This tour will take place in the human history galleries of the Royal BC Museum, and showcase examples of innovative design ideas in BC history, and will include a quick activity where we try to creatively solve a problem through a rapid design challenge.

    Grades 6 to 8

    The Learner will:

    • Understand the importance of design in our everyday life
    • Be able to identify particular BC innovations in history
    • Begin to understand the process of problem solving

    For an additional cost this tour can be paired with a classroom screening of the IMAX film Dream Big.

    Program cost: $50

    Program length: 20 minutes

  • Home and Community

    British Colombia is home to people from diverse cultures, backgrounds and perspectives. From farms to cities, people have adapted and developed communities to best fit their needs and wants. Journey back in time to see the different ways people’s homes and communities looked and how they compare to today.

    Grades K to 3 (Social Studies)

    The learner will:

    • Compare different ways communities met their needs and wants
    • Recognize diverse communities in BC
    • Identify characteristic of creating a home  

    Program cost: $50

    Program length: 20 minutes

  • Meet the Mammoth

    Visit the Ice Age and learn more about the Woolly Mammoths who lived there and how they were especially suited to live in that cold environment.

    Grades 1, 3 and 4 (Science)

    The learner will:

    • Describe conditions of the Ice Age in British Columbia
    • Observe features that help mammoths survive in the Ice Age
    • Consider how all living things sense and respond to their environment

    Program cost: $50

    Program length: 20 minutes

  • Simple Machines

    Humans have used simple machines for thousands of years. From chopping wood to hunting and cooking, we use simple machines to reduce our workload. During this virtual interactive learning program, help search for these machines and explore how these tools helped shape British Columbia. How many can you spot?

    Grade 5 (Science and Social Studies) can be adapted for grades 4 to 7

    The learners will:

    • Identify the 6 types of simple machines
    • Discover how simple machines have been used in shaping BC

    Program cost: $50

    Program length: 20 minutes

Additional Offerings

2020-21
  • Bridge visit (similar to a self-guided visit)

    If you are missing bringing your class to the museum for a self-guided visit, and would like to have a short digital visit to particular parts of the galleries, this is the program for you. Let us be your bridge. You tell us where to go, and we’ll go there. You’re the guide for this visit, and we’ll add in some fun facts and intriguing questions for your learners along the way. These sessions will not exceed 30 minutes, and they can take place in the Natural History gallery, Becoming BC gallery, First Peoples gallery, Helmcken House or St. Ann’s Schoolhouse.

    Grades K to 12

    Learning Outcomes are up to you. You are the lead educator for this visit—we just help make it happen.

    Program Length: 20–30 minutes

    Cost: $30

    Mondays through Fridays

  • Distance Learning Information Sessions

    New to distance learning? In this information session, we highlight some of our interactive, virtual live programs, answer your questions about video-conferencing, and help you decide which of our programs best suits your learners’ interests and abilities. We'll also demonstrate the technology needed for this program.

    Please note that these information sessions are for educators and videoconference coordinators only. 

    Program Length: 15–20 minutes

    Cost: Free

    Available Upon Request

  • Post-secondary

    Distance programs for post-secondary classes are also available. 

    Program Length: 45–60 minutes

    Cost: $175

    Contact Liz Crocker for more information.

  • Webinar Add-On

    For large groups and/or when learners are joining from their homes we offer a webinar version for most digital field trips. Webinar format allows for interaction with learners through a chat window, rather than through videoconferencing (with some exceptions). This makes facilitating large groups in a digital space manageable.

    Webinar Add-on cost is $50 in addition to the cost of the Digital Field Trip

Get in Touch

Liz Crocker
Learning Program Developer

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