Species at Risk Mini-Museums

About the kits

Most people don’t realize that British Columbia has the richest biodiversity of any province or territory in Canada. Biodiversity can be measured in many ways, but the simplest way to measure it is by species richness—the number of species present. Within our species-rich territory, there are many species at risk, and in most cases, human activity is responsible for the decline of wildlife populations.

How to order

The kits are available for loan to BC schools, libraries, clubs, museums and associations. There is no cost to borrow them, but the shipment of the mini museums is at your own expense. Due to their unusual size, if you request shipping, we can only send a maximum of two . A limited number of kits are available, so plan accordingly.

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What’s in the kit?

There are four Species at Risk Mini-Museums. Each Mini-Museum focuses on one species at risk—the Vancouver Island Marmot, the Northern Abalone, the Great Basin Spadefoot Toad and the Yellow-breasted Chat.  In addition to a specimen, each kit includes information about a species, its habitat and the risks it faces.

Every kit contains a unique hands-on activity to engage learners:

Vancouver Island Marmot: Lay out marmot bones on the provided template.
Northern Abalone: Explore shell diversity with a collection of snail shells.
Great Basin Spadefoot Toad: Learn how to mould your own replicas.
Yellow-breasted Chat: Try to identify the egg belonging to the chat.

An included tablet provides access to online content.

Participants will learn:

  • About species at risk in British Columbia
  • Which species are unique to British Columbia
  • Why it is important to care
  • What they can do to help

Before you use the kit

Visit the Royal BC Museum’s Learning Portal Pathway on Species at Risk to learn more about the animals featured. Learn more about other species at risk by visiting websites such as the BC Species and Ecosystems Explorer and COSEWIC or by taking part in a nature program in your community.

Using the kit

These kits are best used on a solid, flat surface, such as a tabletop or the floor. Open up the kit and let participants explore the contents in small groups, so everyone gets a chance to see.  If the kit arrives damaged or is damaged while you’re using it, please don’t hesitate to get in touch with us: we expect some wear and tear, and we can attend to it better if you let us know.


For information about the kits described above please contact Kim Gough.

If you live in the Kootenays, please contact the Rossland Museum & Discovery Centre. They have four  Mini-Museum kits featuring different species: the Kruckeberg’s Hollyfern, the Common Pitcher Plant, the Rocky Mountain Ridged Mussel and the Western Bumble Bee. Contact Lana Jamieson at info@rosslandmuseum.ca for more information.

Get in Touch

Kim Gough
Learning Program Developer

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