School Programs 2019-2020

The Vancouver Maritime Museum offers a variety of curriculum-based programs for school groups of all ages. Staff and education volunteers lead small groups of students through hands-on and participatory activities designed to stimulate creative and critical thinking. Our guided school programs support the core competencies and connect with big ideas in Social Studies and Science curriculum.

For more information and to book, please EMAIL programs@vanmaritime.com or CALL 604-257-8304.

Download our BC Curriculum Connections document here.

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Grades Preschool to K

Preschool to Kindergarten

10:00-11:00 am or 1:00-2:00 pm

Tugboats may be small but their role in the harbour is big. Discover how the small but mighty tugboats keep the harbour moving, then construct a wooden model tugboat to take home with you!

This program made possible through a generous contribution from Robert Allan Ltd.

AMAZING ARCTIC ANIMALS 

Preschool to Kindergarten

10:00-11:00 am or 1:00-2:00 pm

 

Learn the keys to survival in the Arctic! Look for clues and examine skulls, furs and photos to discover how Arctic animals adapt to life in Canada’s most extreme ecosystem. 

Preschool to Kindergarten

Gr. 1 to  3

10:00-11:00 am or 1:00-2:00 pm; 10:00-11:30 am or 12:30-2:00 pm

 

There is more to a pirate’s life than you see in the theatre or read in books! Learn what life was like aboard a pirate ship as you uncover the stories of some of the most  infamous early seafarers. 

 

Gr. 1 to 3

10:00-11:30 am or 12:30-2:00 pm

 

Discover how skills and teamwork were essential in the development of Canada’s northern communities. Explore the relationships between the Mounties, the Inuit and the animals of the Arctic and gain a deeper understanding of the roles and responsibilities that enabled their survival in the harsh northern climate.

Gr. 4 to 5

10:00-11:30 am or 12:30-2:00 pm

 

Experience what life at sea would have been like over 200 years ago! Step back in time with a visit to the fo’c’sle of an eighteenth century tall ship, then put your navigational skills to the test by charting the museum’s harbour as you assess  the significance of Captain George Vancouver’s voyage along the Pacific Northwest Coast

Gr. 4 to 5

10:00-11:30 am or 12:30-2:00 pm

 

Do you have what it takes to become a successful Arctic explorer? Hear fascinating stories of  seafarers who failed (and those who succeeded), climb aboard the famous RCMP vessel St. Roch to discuss the experiences of Captain Henry Larsen and his crew and learn how the traditional knowledge and lifestyle of the Inuit could improve your chance of survival in the unique and challenging Arctic environment.This program made possible through a generous contribution from TD Bank Group.

Gr. 5 to 7

10:00-11:30 am or 12:30-2:00 pm

 

Discover what it takes to be an extreme explorer in one of the last unexplored frontiers on earth! Learn about the history of deep ocean exploration and how technology can be used to overcome challenging conditions, then use your newfound knowledge to design a submersible inspired by your visit to the PX-15 Ben Franklin.

Gr. 10 to 12

10:00-11:30 am or 12:30-2:00 pm

 

Gain a new perspective as you see the war through the eyes of Canadians who lived through internment, occupation and battle. Learn about the changing nature of warfare and the development of new technologies as you discover Canada’s naval contributions to World War II and the importance of the St. Roch to Canadian sovereignty and the war effort.