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. 

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Programs

2020-21
  • 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 7 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

  • 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

  • Animals in the Seasons

    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

  • BC Indigenous History

    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

  • Governance, Self Governance, Treaties and Social Issues

    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

Tours

2020-21
  • First Peoples Gallery Tour

    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

  • Becoming BC 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

  • 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
    • Understand the role of evolution in shaping the extraordinary biodiversity within the province

    Program Length: 30 minutes

    Cost: $75

    Thursdays

  • 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

Additional Offerings

2020-21
  • Bridge visit

    Would you like to make a quick digital visit to the Royal BC Museum with your learners, maybe to explore the mammoth diorama or the streets of Old Town? Is there a particular part of the museum you visit on an annual field trip that you won’t be able to return to this year? 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.

Get in Touch

Liz Crocker
Learning Program Developer

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