Education

Kelowna Museums education programs class activity Education

Engage students with a fun, hands-on approach to learning.

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The education department of the Kelowna Museums Society takes special care to develop student centered, concept-based programming that is in line with the curriculum guidelines as laid out by the BC Ministry of Education.

Programs are categorized by grade below:

Kindergarten

Dino-Mite: What can fossils teach us about past life on Earth?

Observe the features of a variety of fossils including shells, bones, teeth, and a few surprises! Read more…

Birds of BC: How do the different features of birds help them meet their basic needs?

This program introduces students to the birds of British Columbia with hands-on examinations of a selection of mounted perching birds, water fowl, game birds, and more. Read more…

Grade 1

Birds of BC: How do birds use their features to respond to stimuli in their environments?

This program introduces students to the birds of British Columbia with hands-on examinations of a selection of mounted perching birds, water fowl, game birds, and more. Read more…

Small Animals of BC: Badgers and bats and things in between!

How do these animals depend on their environment? Discover our local mammals through a hands-on exploration of mounted specimens. Read more…

Living History: The Susan Allison Story

Mrs. Allison will share the story of her incredible journey, how the Okanagan environment shaped her new life, and the connections she made with the local First Nations community. Read more…

Trees We Eat: Follow the journey of an Okanagan apple tree

The famous Okanagan orchards have shaped our community since the first apple tree was planted in the 1860s. Meet the people and discover their stories. Read more…

Grade 2

Small Animals of BC: Badgers and bats and things in between!

How are the life cycles of local animals similar and different? Students will learn about mammal physiology, food chains, and life cycles as they get close up with our furry friends. Read more…

What’s The Buzz? Bees!

Buzz around the museum to connect with our favourite friends, the bees! Learn about their importance to our local orchards and how sustainability affects us all around the globe. Read more…

Lady Aberdeen And Her Lasting Okanagan Legacy

Meet the illustrious Lady Aberdeen, whose actions and incentives impacted both the landscape and the people of the Okanagan Valley. Read more…

Grade 3

Night Wings: Whoo’s out there?

How do owls interact within their ecosystems? Explore their place on the food chain and their interconnection with all other local animals. Read more…

Salmon, Saskatoons, And Storytelling

Through hands-on exploration of artifacts and objects, games and stories, students will connect to local First Nations cultures. Read more…

Trading Practices: Appreciating the connection to the land

Activities will highlight how people from diverse cultures and societies share some common experiences and aspects of life. Read more…

Ethnobotany: Plants And People

Using a variety of indigenous plant samples, students will use their senses to examine each specimen while learning about their traditional First Nations uses in celebrations, ceremonies, medicine, food, and more. Read more…

Grade 4

Night Wings: Whoo’s out there?

How do an owl’s physical characteristics, sharp senses and hunting habits combine to make it one of nature’s most efficient predators? This active, hands-on program will reveal how owls use their amazing senses to respond to their environment. Read more…

Conflict And Cooperation: The Fur Trade

The pursuit of natural resources led European fur traders to Canada, forever changing the land and the people. Students will take a fur trade journey of their own, looking at the industry from different perspectives and trading goods along the way. Read more…

Gold Fever: BC’s Unique Path In Becoming A Part Of Canada

The pursuit of gold changed the land, the people, and the communities of Canada, as gold prospectors flocked north in the hopes of striking it rich. Engage in a choose-your-own adventure scavenger hunt to the gold fields of BC. Read more…

Grade 5

Stories from Kelowna’s Chinatown

How did Canada’s policies and treatment of minority peoples, including the head tax placed on Chinese immigrants, shape communities throughout the country? Read more…

Grade 6

Stay tuned

We are currently designing a brand new program for Grade 6! In the meantime, why not book a cultural walking tour? Check our listings below for more details.

Grade 7

Ancient Egypt: The Art Of Mummification

The Ancient Egyptian civilization spanned thousands of years, with intriguing beliefs, rituals, and cultural practices. Explore ancient mummies and Egyptian civilization. Read more…

Grade 8

Stay tuned

We are currently designing a brand new program for Grade 8! In the meantime, why not book a cultural walking tour? Check our listings below for more details.

Grade 9

Oh Canada: A Canadian Journey

Students will walk through a significant time of personal growth for Canada, from a British Colony to an Independent State (1899-1919). Read more…

Contact And Conflict: The Fur Trade, Missionaries, And Early Settlers

Students will examine the effects of European contact and how the disparities in power altered the balance of relationships between societies. Both historic and contemporary issues will be discussed. Read more…

High School

Stay tuned

We are currently designing brand new programs for high school students. In the meantime, why not book a cultural walking tour? Check our listings below for more details.

Kelowna Museums adult programs Education

Inspire lifelong learning with authentic objects, stories, and experiences.

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Costs & Payment: Costs per program, whether presented at your school or in the museums, are listed in the Guide. Most school programs are $4 to $5, and some programs require an additional materials fee. Quoted fees will remain in effect during the 2016 school year.

Want to Book a full day field trip?

School programs are available throughout the Cultural District at the Rotary Centre for the Arts, Bumbershoot Theatre, and the Kelowna Art Gallery. See details below to book.

Performing Art at the Rotary Centre for the Arts (Drama, Dance, First Nations Dance and storytelling)

Dawn Larsen
Phone: (250) 717-5304
Email: [email protected]

Bumbershoot Theatre

Tracy Ross
Phone: (778) 478-0142
Email: [email protected]
Website: www.bumbershoottheatre.com/classes-plus

Kelowna Art Gallery

Phone: (250) 762-2226
email: [email protected]
Website: kelownaartgallery.com/programming/school-tours

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