Field Trip Destinations

  • Lower Mainland

    • Britannia Mine Museum

      Britannia Beach, BC

      http://www.britanniaminemuseum.ca/

      The BMM is our BC mining industry’s National Historic Site. It is comprised of many restored original buildings that were part of the underground copper mining operation called Britannia Mine. The Museum welcomes students of all ages who are learning about geology, mineral resources and the history of BC, andoffers a variety of programs that support many science and socials topics at all grade levels. The Museum also coordinates tours of the EPCOR Discovery Centre, an educational facility at the water treatment plant that was built to treat acidic drainage emanating from the historical mine workings.


      • Beaty Biodiversity Museum

        Vancouver, BC

        http://www.beatymuseum.ubc.ca/

        The Beaty Biodiversity Museum located on the campus of UBC is a natural history museum dedicated to life on Earth, present and past. It is a special place to support learning about evolution of life over geological time. Programs for elementary and secondary classes and for teachers are available, as are kits that can be borrowed.


        • H.R. MacMillan Space Centre

          Vancouver, BC

          http://www.spacecentre.ca

          This is a fantastic destination for students learning about Earth from the perspective of space. It offers unique learning experiences for students  to support space science and astronomy at all grade levels.


          • Let's Talk Science

            Vancouver, BC

            http://www.letstalkscience.ca

            Let's Talk Science is a nationwide organization that offers free outreach programs delivered by post-secondary student volunteers  who bring hands on science activities to the  classroom. Challenge programs for Grade 6-8 and campus visits are also offered. BC programs are currently offered through UBC, SFU and UVic.


            • Lynn Canyon Ecology Centre

              North Vancouver, BC

              http://www.dnv.org/ecology/

              Lynn Canyon Ecology Centre offers ''Canyon Quest, a guided program for Grade 8-12 students that explores the geological make-up and history of Lynn Canyon.  The hike integrates the rock cycle, the geological history recorded in the canyon, and ongoing natural processes (e.g. erosion, sedimentation, uplift, etc).


              • Pacific Museum of Earth, UBC

                Vancouver, BC

                http://pme.ubc.ca/

                This museum in the Earth and Ocean Sciences department features exhibits of minerals, rocks and fossils, as well as workshops for students of all ages. It also houses the magical OmniGlobe, a spherical display on which can be projected images and animations pf planets, real time weather, ancient ice coverage, plate tectonics and many other things. Guided tours are provided by UBC students. Admission is free. Fees apply to workshops and to guided tours of the museum and Omniglobe.


                • Science World

                  Vancouver, BC

                  http://www.scienceworld.bc.ca/

                  Science and Innovators in the Schools is a free volunteer-based program that helps address British Columbia's need for more scientists, engineers, technologists and technicians to promote students' interest in these areas. The program is offered to Grades K–12 everywhere in BC.


                  • Earth Sciences Lab, SFU

                    Vancouver, BC

                    This Earth Sciences Department opens its lab doors on a limited basis to young students (including K-3) for hands-on learning about rocks and minerals. To enquire about a visit for your calls contact Robbie Donald: 604-291-4925.


  • Vancouver Island

    • Courtenay District Museum and Paleontology Centre, Courtenay

      Courtenay, BC

      http://www.courtenaymuseum.ca/

      This museum offers school groups year-round guided tours of the museum and the Puntledge River Elasmosaur (Late Cretaceous marine reptile) site to collect fossils.


      • Let's Talk Science

        Victoria, BC

        http://www.letstalkscience.ca

        Let's Talk Science is a nationwide organization that offers free outreach programs delivered by post-secondary student volunteers who bring hands on science activities to the  classroom. Challenge programs for Grade 6-8 and campus visits are also offered. BC programs are currently offered through UBC, SFU and UVic.


        • Nanaimo District Museum, Nanaimo

          Nanaimo, BC

          http://www.nanaimomuseum.ca/

          Nanaimo was a coal mining hub for more than 100 years. This museum features an award-winning exhibit on the Coal Mine, a display and information on coal mining in and around Nanaimo that drove immigration, population growth and the industrial revolution.


  • Fraser Valley

    • BC Gem Show, Abbotsford (annual)

      Abbotsford, BC

      http://www.bclapidary.com/gemshow.html

      This annual show at the Central Fraser Valley Fairgrounds, features dealer and club displays with rocks, minerals and gems from across BC, as well as a children's creative workshop.

      Admittance to the show on a Friday is free for students that are accompanied by a teacher and chaperoning adults.


      • Cox Station Quarry, Abbotsford

        Abbotsford, BC

        Each year this crushed granite quarry that provides aggregate to construction projects cross the region welcomes a limited number of classes that are learning about mining for a full tour of the operation.

        Contact Dani Miller: 604-826-4611, local 101.


  • Thompson-Nicola Region

    • Highland Valley Copper Mine, Logan Lake

      Spences Bridge, BC

      Teck Resources’open pit, copper-moly mine provides public tours during summer months and welcomes a limited number of school groups for tours each spring.

      Contact Jacqueline Schneider: 250-523-3737, Jacqui.Schneider@teck.com


  • Okanagan Region

    • Klinker Opal Mine

      https://www.opalscanada.com/dig

      Opal Resources Canada operates the Klinker Opal Mine near Vernon, and offers trips to the mine and opportunities to dig for opals from mid-June to mid-September.


  • Cariboo Region

    • Barkerville Historic Town

      Barkerville, BC

      http://www.barkerville.ca/

      Barkerville Historic Town is a National Historic Site comprised of several restored and reconstructed buildings from this booming mining community during the 1860s Cariboo Gold Rush and featuring costumed actors in the roles of citizens at that time.

      A host of student programs have been developed on a variety of topics, from placer mining technology to pioneer education and frontier justice.


      • Exploration Place, Prince George

        Prince George, BC

        http://www.theexplorationplace.com/

        This museum features a Palaeontology Gallery with exhibits of dinosaurs and large marine reptile fossils of creatures that thrived 100 million years ago. The exhibit includes a slab of dinosaur tracks from the Tumbler Ridge BC area. Exploration Place offers many student programs, including Rock On which supports Earth Science curriculum in Grade 5, 7 and 8.


  • Kootenay Region

    • Chamber of Mines of Eastern BC, Nelson

      Nelson, BC

      http://www.cmebc.com/

      The Chambre office houses a spectacular rock and mineral museum and reference library. A program is offered for classes that are learning about geology or mining in school, and field trips led by Chamber geologists can be arranged for small groups.

      Phone (250) 352-5242.


      • Rossland Historical Museum, Rossland

        Rossland, BC

        http://www.rosslandmuseum.ca/

        This public museum showcase the history of the LeRoi Mine and others in area which dominated in the regional economy and gave birth to one of Canada’s long-lived major mining and smelting company, Cominco. School groups are welcome; curriculum supporting programs are available.

        Phone to book a tour: 250-362-7722