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Graduate Programs

Master of Museum Education, MMEd at UBC - The Master of Museum Education is a unique graduate degree program focusing on teaching and learning outside of a classroom setting while bringing together museum educators, community-based educators and classroom teachers. The next MMEd program begins September 2018. The application opens September 2017. More details about the September 28 information sesion are available here.

Field Trips for Teachers

BC Field Trips believes that field trips are for teachers too! Check out our list of unique professional development opportunties.

Need Accommodation in Vancouver?

UBC Conferences & Accommodation offers reasonably priced accommodation at the UBC Vancouver campus for groups visiting the Lower Mainland. On campus there are at least six great field trip opportunities that we know of! Consider UBC for your next field trip and group adventure, we offer a wide array of budget rooms, shared apartments and private suites.  There is always something for everyone. Enjoy the many attractions, recreation, activities and food outlets on the UBC campus, all within walking distance from our residences. Please ask for the special BC Schools group rates in May and June, download our brochure for more information.

Organizations

Lower Mainland Museum Educators - The Lower Mainland Museum Educators is a group of community-based educators from the Lower Mainland of British Columbia who meet regularly to network, share experiences, learn about new ideas and discuss issues related to our field. Our meetings are friendly and informal opportunities for professional development and are open to anybody interested in community-based learning environments. Annual membership $20 (individual) / $40 (organization). For more information and to join, email

Environmental Educators Provincial Specialist Association - EEPSA is a dynamic volunteer organization promoting networking, curriculum support, and leadership in environmental education.

BC Heritage Fairs Society - The British Columbia Heritage Fairs Society promotes an understanding and enjoyment of Canadian history and heritage among students and adults. History is the subject but the goal is thoughtful and caring citizens.

Students research and create projects highlighting some aspect of family, local or Canadian history and present it to others in their class or school. Some are then invited to take part in a Regional Fair in their area. At a Regional Fair students present their project to the public, are interviewed by judges, and take part in engaging heritage activities. A number of students are then invited to take their project to the BC Provincial Heritage Fair, a five day history camp held in July.

Links

'Best Practices for Field Days' is an e-newsletter produced by the University of Minesota Extension Department. Register to receive quarterly emails with practical tips to raise the impact of field days and other environmental science education programs. Find out more about subscribing to the e-newsletter and read some recent tips - Best Practices for Field Days.

Association of Science and Technology Centers (ASTC) Elsa Bailey has nicely summarised the research into factors that facilitate the learning experience during school field trips in her article School Group Visits to Museums.

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