Adventures in Learning for Schools

Book an exciting in-person or virtual learning experience for your class!

Our 21/22  programs are a fun way to connect an engaging museum experience with the BC curriculum.

21/22 Curriculum Programs

Way. Kelowna Museums is committed to a Journey of Reconciliation and aspires to include Indigenous perspective and knowledge in our offerings. In this work we practice the First Peoples Principles of Learning as we develop each learning experience. Immersive museum visits inspire curiosity, exploration and musl’s (the nsyilxcən word for hope). During the 2021-22 school year, all museum experiences are offered both virtually and in-person. In-person field excursions take place in downtown Kelowna at one of our three locations: the Okanagan Heritage Museum, Okanagan Military Museum or Laurel Packinghouse.

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

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Grades K-3

Storytelling and Sn̓k̓lip

Grades K – 3
At the Okanagan Heritage Museum

Sn̓k̓lip (coyote) constantly seems to get into mischief, but is always teaching us about the traditional land of the syilx people. Co-presented with Indigenous Education/SD23, students will hear a captíkwł (creation story) in an immersive setting, explore what they learn from sn̓k̓lip within our galleries, and learn a simple song in nsyilxcən (Okanagan language). This program is available for SD23 classes. For other schools/districts, ask us about a great option for you.

Dinosaur Roar

Pre-K – K
At the Okanagan Heritage Museum

Dinosaurs were HOW BIG? Using real paleontology equipment and fossil exploration, we will imagine a land filled with dinosaurs. How loud can you roar?

Amazing Animals

K – 2
At the Okanagan Heritage Museum

My, what big teeth you have! Get up close to animal skulls, teeth and taxidermy to explore how they live in their environments. First Nations knowledge will help us understand and appreciate these amazing animals.  This is an in-person experience. If it’s virtual you’re after, check out Who Ate My Lunch (below).

Who Ate My Lunch?

Grades 1 – 4
At the Okanagan Heritage Museum (virtual only)

Put on your detective hat and gather clues with us, as we uncover who ate my lunch! Okanagan animals have left behind evidence on what they like to eat and where they live. Only the top detectives will figure out whodunit…and why! This is available as a virtual experience only.

Get Wild with Pollinators 

Grades 1 – 3
At the Laurel Packinghouse

Not all bees live in hives or wear yellow and black stripes. Discover pollinating insects of the Okanagan and appreciate the hard work they do. Take away tips and fun activities that you can do at home to help our wild bee population. Laurel Packinghouse

Okanagan Orchards

Grades 1 – 2
At the Laurel Packinghouse (available starting Jan 2022)

Settlers have re-shaped the local landscape into “the Garden City” with bountiful orchards and farms. Students will explore objects and pictures in the museum gallery to uncover how this came to be. They will encounter the stories of growers and workers and taste the fruit of their labour. Learning how the syilx people actively took care of the land through “natural orchards” will foster appreciation for the First Nations land knowledge.

Grades 4-8

tmixʷ |syilx Land and Culture

Grades 4 – 12
At the Okanagan Heritage Museum

The syilx people have a deep connection to their land and profound knowledge of local ecosystems. tmixʷ is a syilx word that refers to all living things, including the land, water, animals, people, plants, and more. Explore cultural topics, practice an nsyilxcən greeting, and climb the warriors’ ladder.

Waterways

Grades 4 – 8
At the Okanagan Heritage Museum (available Oct 2021 – Jan 2022)

Dr. Jeanette Armstrong is an internationally recognized syilx scholar. She teaches: “We are calling the salmon home and never giving up.” Waterways is an immersive digital exhibition that reveals how integrating Traditional Ecological Knowledge (TEK) and western science offers a new approach to sustaining salmon and healthy waterways. Elders and knowledge-keepers bring a message of resilience. Students will investigate siwɬkʷ (water) in the Okanagan Valley and the Columbia River System by investigating artifacts and learning more about local waterways.

Field of Crosses – Remembering Our Local Soldiers

Grades 6 – 9
At the Okanagan Military Museum (available Nov 2 – 10, 2021)
FREE/Fully Funded by the Rotary Club of Kelowna

The Field of Crosses is a memorial of 240 white crosses in City Park. Each cross represents one person from Kelowna who lost their life in the service of our community. Students will gain a deeper understanding of what this means by participating in a research project, a virtual tour of the Okanagan Military Museum, and a visit to the Field of Crosses. This program is funded by the Rotary Club of Kelowna. Visit kelownafieldofcrosses.com to watch a short video about this project. 

The Un-Learning Project

Grades 4 – 12
At the Okanagan Heritage Museum (available Jan – April 2022)
This immersive museum program is designed to complement Witness Blanket at the Kelowna Art Gallery.

What happened in the Okanagan when residential schools opened? How were traditional ways of knowing disrupted, and why does it matter today? Students will be immersed in syilx captíkwł, traditional wisdom that derives from tmixʷ (land). They will explore objects that demonstrate the importance of intergenerational learning and the disruption caused by the residential school system. Students will hear messages of truth and hope from Elders. To register for this program, please visit this link on the Kelowna Art Gallery’s website, and scroll to The Witness Blanket section. The Un-Learning Project is presented in partnership with KAG.

Kelowna’s Chinatown

Grades 4 – 6
At the Okanagan Heritage Museum

Wait…Kelowna had a Chinatown? Chinatown was built by Chinese residents during a time of social exclusion and anti-Asian laws. Students will explore structures, artifacts and archival material to discover who lived there, why they lived there, and what happened. Students will reflect on perseverance and why learning from the past helps us build a better today and tomorrow.

All About Owls

Grades 4 – 5
At the Okanagan Heritage Museum

It is always thrilling to glimpse a soaring owl and to hear them hooting in the dark. What adaptations make them successful nighttime hunters and what do they eat? How do owls adapt to their environment and connect to the ecosystem? Meet some Okanagan owls and dissect a real owl pellet (trust us, it’s cool).

Grades 9-12

tmixʷ |syilx Land and Culture

Grades 9 – 12
At the Okanagan Heritage Museum

The syilx people have a deep connection to their land and profound knowledge of local ecosystems. tmixʷ is a syilx word that refers to all living things, including the land, water, animals, people, plants, and more. Students will explore cultural topics including discussion on Truth and Reconciliation, practice an nsyilxcən greeting, and climb the warriors’ ladder.

Waterways

Grades 4 – 8
At the Okanagan Heritage Museum (available Oct 2021 – Jan 2022)

Dr. Jeanette Armstrong is an internationally recognized syilx scholar. She teaches: “We are calling the salmon home and never giving up.” Waterways is an immersive digital exhibition that reveals how integrating Traditional Ecological Knowledge (TEK) and western science offers a new approach to sustaining salmon and healthy waterways. Elders and knowledge-keepers bring a message of resilience. Students will investigate siwɬkʷ (water) in the Okanagan Valley and the Columbia River System by investigating artifacts and learning more about local waterways.

Field of Crosses – Remembering Our Local Soldiers

Grades 6 – 9
At the Okanagan Military Museum (available Nov 2 – 10, 2021)
FREE/Fully Funded by the Rotary Club of Kelowna

The Field of Crosses is a memorial of 240 white crosses in City Park. Each cross represents one person from Kelowna who lost their life in the service of our community. Students will gain a deeper understanding of what this means by participating in a research project, a virtual tour of the Okanagan Military Museum, and a visit to the Field of Crosses. This program is funded by the Rotary Club of Kelowna. Visit kelownafieldofcrosses.com to watch a short video about this project. 

The Un-Learning Project

Grades 4 – 12
At the Okanagan Heritage Museum (available Jan – April 2022)
This immersive museum program is designed to complement Witness Blanket at the Kelowna Art Gallery.

What happened in the Okanagan when residential schools opened? How were traditional ways of knowing disrupted, and why does it matter today? Students will be immersed in syilx captíkwł, traditional wisdom that derives from tmixʷ (land). They will explore objects that demonstrate the importance of intergenerational learning and the disruption caused by the residential school system. Students will hear messages of truth and hope from Elders. To register for this program, please visit this link on the Kelowna Art Gallery’s website, and scroll to The Witness Blanket section. The Un-Learning Project is presented in partnership with KAG.

Unpacking Stories of Military History

Grades 9 – 12
At the Okanagan Military Museum 

History lives in objects, images and letters. Students investigate artifacts and archival material and unravel personal and national stories that transpired both on the battlefield and on the home front. They will discover how changing technology impacted the outcomes of events on the world stage and the experience of Okanagan men and women from diverse communities who served. Where did they find identity, courage and hope when they put themselves in harm’s way?

How to Register

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

Costs & Payment: 

The price per virtual program is $75 per class unless otherwise stated. In-person programming is $125 per class unless otherwise stated. If cost is a barrier, please contact us anyway. Your school may qualify for a subsidy or discount!

Virtual programs last 30 minutes unless otherwise stated. In-person programs last 60 minutes unless otherwise stated.

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

Want to book a full-day field trip?

Planning a field trip to Kelowna’s Cultural District? Pair a program at the museum with another cultural facility. See details below to book.

Kelowna Art Gallery

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

Rotary Centre for the Arts

Phone: 250-717-5304 ext. 116
Email: programs@rotarycentreforthearts.com
Website:
rotarycentreforthearts.com/learn/arts-discovery-days-educational-programs/

“The students really enjoyed the story of the 4 chiefs. They also loved the song and seeing the winter home. The lesson fit perfectly with our curriculum. We loved it!”

— Bonnie LaChapelle

Casorso Elementary School | Salmon, Saskatoons and Storytelling

“We had a FABULOUS VFT today with the owl program.  It was so engaging for everyone, and the owl dissection was very interesting.  Thank you for providing such a wonderful program.  I am often reluctant to book virtual field trips, but this one was amazing!”

— Laura McEwen

Mar Jok Elementary School | What a Hoot!

“Allison did a super job on our recent virtual field trip with the museum!  I am all too familiar with the challenges of entertaining students on a virtual learning experience so I can truly appreciate Allison’s efforts.  She was organized, fun and provided wonderful insight on our studies.  Thanks for the lovely beading kits – they were a huge hit with the kids.  Those arrowheads are the best!  The kids really do appreciate making this unique keepsake.”

— Julie Fiorentino

Watson Road Elementary School | tmixʷ | syilx Land and Culture

“The students were so engaged! It was great having them answer questions and be a part of the presentation.”

— Stephanie Turner

A.S. Matheson Elementary School | Amazing Animals