Kelowna Museums education programs class activity Education

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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:



Dig into the world of dinosaurs! Explore real fossils and discover the life of the paleontologist. Read more…


Taking Flight: Okanagan Birds

What features do birds have that help them meet their basic needs? Get up close and personal with our favourite flying friends during this hands-on program. Read more…

Grade 1

Taking Flight: Okanagan Birds

What features do our local birds have that help them survive in their environment? Get up close and personal with our favourite flying friends during this hands-on program. Read more…

Small Animals of BC

A hands-on discovery of local mammals will have students exploring the features and behaviours that help these critters survive in their environment. Read more…

Trees We Eat

From indigenous plants to irrigated fruit orchards, learn how people shape the landscape in the Okanagan. Explore the new Laurel Square and taste local fruit. Read more…

Grade 2

Life in the Hive

Buzz around the museum as we move through the lifecycle of the famous honey bee! Read more…

Pollinators of the Okanagan

Take a deep dive into the world of local pollinators! From the green sweat bee to the giant bumble bee, learn how to identify them and where they live. Students will play a game or do a craft to enhance their pollinator knowledge. Read more…

Living History: The Susan Allison Story

Mrs. Allison will take us back in time to her pioneering days in the Okanagan. Hear the true stories of the daily life of her family and her friendship with the local First Nations community. Read more…

Grade 3

Ethnobotany: Plants And People

With a variety of plant samples, use your senses to examine each specimen while learning about the traditional First Nations uses in celebrations, ceremonies, medicine, food, and more. Read more…

Salmon, Saskatoons And Storytelling: A SD23 Funded Program

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

Hide Tanning

Explore the cultural and technological innovation of hide tanning. Complete with a hands-on activity. Designed to complement Salmon, Saskatoons and Storytelling. Read more…

Grade 4

Nightwings: Whoo’s Out There?

How do owls sense and respond to their environment? Explore the owl world with a fascinating, hands-on experience. Read more…

Fur Trade

The pursuit of natural resources led European fur traders to Canada, forever changing the land and the people. Students will look at the industry from different perspectives and engage in a trading experience. Read more…

Gold Rush Adventure!

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. Students will grab an adventure pack and set off on a unique quest! Read more…

Grade 5

Stories from Kelowna’s Chinatown

How did Canada’s policies and treatment of minority peoples shape communities throughout the country? A timeline, an original building, and primary source letters will bring the past of this community to life. Read more…

Grade 6

Stories from Kelowna’s Chinatown

Why did Kelowna’s Chinatown once exist, and why is it no longer here today? Students will look at a timeline and primary sources to understand this past community’s story. Read more…

Grade 7

Lake Tales: A Walking Tour

Is Okanagan Lake a good home for Ogopogo?  You decide as we explore ancient geology, the syilx perspective of n̓x̌a?x̌?itkw, and how the geography of the area has shaped how people have used land and water. This outdoor walking tour is approx. 1.5km. Read more…

Grade 8

Archive Dive!

Become a historian as you compare and assess primary and secondary sources, using your inquiry skills to explore early Kelowna. Tour the Kelowna Public Archives and learn how you can use this amazing resource. Read more…

Grade 9

Letters Home

See World War 1 through the eyes of Okanagan soldiers and their loved ones at home through an examination of primary source letters and exhibits. Read more…

High School

Secret War: Code Breaking and Espionage

Spies, espionage and information. Explore Canada’s role and the impact of the “Secret War” while breaking codes throughout the museum. Read more…

Kelowna Museums adult programs Education

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New School Programs 2020

Kelowna Museums Society takes special care to develop student centered programming in line with the curriculum guidelines as laid out by the BC Ministry of Education.

How to Register

Email us at education@kelownamuseums.ca, or call 250-868-4836 to book your time.

Costs & Payment: Costs per program, whether presented at your school or in the museums, are listed with the program description. Quoted fees will remain in effect during the 2020 school year.

We acknowledge the financial support of the Province of British Columbia.

Want to Book a full day field trip?

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

Kelowna Art Gallery

Phone: (250) 762-2226
email: info@kelownaartgallery.com
Website: kelownaartgallery.com/programming/school-tours

Memorable Birthday Parties at Kelowna Museums

Looking for a new and funtastic birthday experience? Book your child’s next party with Kelowna Museums for a memorable and entertaining adventure! Our engaging staff will inspire, and unite your crew. Staff-guided parties include fun activities and stories to spark the interest of your age group.

Discover the culture and heritage of the Okanagan by exploring your Kelowna Museums.