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Program Description & Details

Can’t come to the Fraser River Discovery Centre? No problem! We can come to you! Two FRDC staff will bring all the materials necessary to run some of our most popular River School Programs right in your own classroom!

All materials will be fully sanitized between use, and the staff will wear masks. If there are additional safety protocols we need to follow, please contact us. Please note, small group work is part of each program, with frequent sanitation of touched objects.

Cost: $7 per student, plus $0.59 per kilometer between FRDC and your school.

When: Wednesdays

Programs:

  • Our Bones are Made of Salmon (Grades 4-7)
    • Indigenous people have relied on salmon since the fish became abundant in the Fraser River about 5000-6000 years ago. This program explores the connection between Indigenous people and salmon on the Fraser River. Students get hands-on experience with fishing technology, learn about wind-drying salmon, and discover that salmon is in the hearts of Indigenous people living along the Fraser River today.
  • Taking the Pulse (Grades 6-9)
    • Follow each step of the scientific method to conduct a water quality investigation. Students observe and become curious about the Fraser River, do background research, construct hypotheses, test their hypotheses by doing experiments, analyze their data, draw a conclusion, and report their results.
  • Living Dinosaurs (Grades K-7)
    • Sturgeon are amazing fish that have been around since the time of the dinosaurs. Human influences over the past 150 years have threatened their existence. In this program, students will learn about the sturgeon lifecycle, survival needs, and what we can do to protect this remarkable species.
  • Trading Trail (Grades 4-7)
    • The Fraser River is one of the world’s great rivers not only in its contribution to the environmental, cultural, and historical wealth of British Columbia, but because of its current pivotal role in the economy of BC. We are going to explore how people have used and shared the resources of the Fraser River, focusing on the tumultuous time when First Nations and Fur traders shared the river.

For more information, visit our website or email us. 

Online booking form here

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K, 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7
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No
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A Chinese Garden is so much more than a collection of rocks and plants. Enjoy a Grade-appropriate, interactive tour of the Garden and learn about Ming Dynasty family life, philosophy and arts. This tour lends itself to a variety of curriculum outcomes and our knowledgeable facilitators can adapt the tour to your learning objectives, student age or English language level.

A 30 minute Garden Tour is also available as an add-on to other programs. Contact us for more information. 

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Duration: 
60
For Grades: 
K, 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12
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Offered In French: 
No
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Learn about the objects, stories and lives of Chinese immigrants and those they interacted with in early Vancouver.

This program is a perfect resource for classroom studies on Chinese immigration to Canada. Students will discuss the issues surrounding early Chinese immigration, watch a short video, look through our immigration suitcases and use critical thinking skills to draw conclusions and create a short presentation. 

Add a Chinatown Walking Tour or Garden Tour to this program to futher enrich your learning objectives. Contact us or visit our website for more information. 

City: 
Duration: 
90
For Grades: 
5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12
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Offered In French: 
No
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Find out what life was like in this historic neighbourhood in the past and enjoy the traditional markets, family associations and fascinating places that still exist today. This is a unique opportunity to study Vancouver's Chinatown in place.

This is a popular, highly customizeable program and our expert facilitators are happy to work with you to acheive your learning objectives. Teachers have used this tour for supplementary learning in a range of subjects from Social Studies and English Language Arts to Urban Planning, Tourism and Asian Studies. A shorter version of this tour is available for younger students.

A popular addition to this program is our Crossing Borders program that discusses early Chinese immigration. Contact us or visit our website for more information. 

City: 
Duration: 
90
For Grades: 
K, 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12
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Offered In French: 
No
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Fall is a time of the last harvests, of rainier days and darker nights. See how our farm transitions from summer to winter. You may even get to help our farmers put our farm to bed!

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K, 1, 2, 3
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No
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Can't visit the gallery? The School Art Program has created classroom art kits to bring the exciting world of contemporary art into the classroom or home classroom.  Each kit is a combination of online content plus individually packaged art supplies for each student.  The online content contains videos of our art educators guiding students step by step through 3-5 different art lessons which are all connected by the themes of our gallery exhibitions. Also included are virtual exhibition tours and video interviews with gallery artists and a teacher guide so students can learn about contemporary Canadian Artists and connect their work and experiences to the exhibition artworks.  For more information check out our website.

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K, 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7
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Offered In French: 
No
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Can’t come to the museum? Book one of our award-winning Beaty Boxes; outreach kits with touchable specimens, information about UBC research scientists, and hands-on activities that explore biodiversity. Our outreach kits provide you and your students with the opportunity to connect with the Beaty Biodiversity Museum’s unique biological collections. All Beaty Boxes contain touchable specimens and other scientific objects to stimulate inquiry and discussion within the classroom, enhancing the student learning experience.

Schools, community centres, libraries, home-learners, and other groups are encouraged to book a box and share it with other classes in the school or institutions in their immediate area. This can be a cost-effective way to share resources in the community.

Formore information, please visit: https://beatymuseum.ubc.ca/learn/beaty-boxes/

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K, 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12, Teachers Only
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No
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What animals are hiding within the garden walls? Our Garden is filled with animals, both real and symbolic. Through fun and interactive activities, students will explore the Garden and learn about the cultural significance of certain animals. 

The program ends with the students making an animal-themed craft to take home.

City: 
Duration: 
60
For Grades: 
K, 1, 2, 3
Maximum Students: 
Offered In French: 
No
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Learn about the style of Chinese painting known as ink and wash painting (shuǐ-mò 水墨). This ancient practice, still alive today, is closely related to calligraphy and was one of the Four Arts practised by Chinese scholars.

Using the beauty of our Chinese Garden as inspiration, students will use special brush pens to create their own ink and wash painting to take home. 

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Duration: 
90
For Grades: 
2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12
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Offered In French: 
No
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Join our Tai Chi master in learning a series of movements and stretches that are designed to improve balance and coordination and relive stress. Perfect for students of all ages and fitness levels.

City: 
Duration: 
60
For Grades: 
3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12
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Offered In French: 
No
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Did you know, the very first Dragon Boat race to take place outside Asia happened in Vancouver? The roots of Dragon Boating go back thousands of years. Why not join in the fun!

Dragon Boat paddling is a fun activity that encourages teamwork and is appropriate for all skill levels.

This program is in partnership with Dragon Boat BC and starts from Creekside Community Centre, a short 15 minute walk from our Garden. All equipment and trainers are provided and the program takes place rain or shine.

Land and Sea Combo: Combine this program with our Dragon Tales program to learn about the stories and traditions behind the 2000 year old Dragaon Boat festival. 

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Duration: 
90
For Grades: 
4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12
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Offered In French: 
No
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What do culture and tradition mean to you, your family and your community? In this program, students will ponder that question as they learn about the culture and traditions of our Ming Dynasty family home. Then they will discover the stories and folklore surrounding the 2000 year old Dragon Boat festival and its customs that continue to this day.

Many of the ancient practices surrounding the Dragon Boat Festival are to do with avoiding bad luck: the program ends with students creating their own good luck charm.

Land and Sea Combo: Did you know, the very first Dragon Boat race to take place outside Asia happened in Vancouver? Combine this program with our Dragon Boat Paddle program, run in partnership with Dragon Boat BC.

 

City: 
Duration: 
90
For Grades: 
4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12
Maximum Students: 
Offered In French: 
No
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Chinese New Year is an exciting time! Students will explore its stories and traditions and finish the program by doing a fun scavenger hunt around the Garden OR a take-home craft.

This program only takes place during the 4 weeks around the Chinese New Year festival in late January or early Feburary. Visit our website to find the exact dates and don't delay - spots get booked up quickly!

A popular add-on option is to book a Chinatown Walking Tour along Pender street. Students will see how the shops and businesses are decorated for New Year and learn a little about the history and culture of this fascinating neighbouhood. Contact us or visit our website for more information.

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Duration: 
60
For Grades: 
K, 1, 2, 3, 4, 5
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Offered In French: 
No
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Theme:  

  • Simple machines are the building blocks to complex machines 

  • Complex machines work in tandem to produce products 

  • Everyone and every machine have a part to play 

Description: This unit is divided into three parts that could last over a week. The first part includes an activity with wooden tools to investigate and explore simple machines. The second part is about compound machines and an assembly line (our salmon canning line) introduced through a workshop lead by an interpreter. The last part will be a classroom activity. Using their knowledge of simple and complex machines, students will design and draw their own assembly line. 

This unit includes:  

  • Unit designed entirely with Pre and Post activities, a workshop and a physical kit. 

  • Connection with Social Science   

  • Instructions with the Wooden simple machine toys (included in the physical kit).   

  • An online workshop of one hour with an Interpreter 

  • Multiples activities  

  • Historical photos and videos  

  • Kahoot quiz  

  • Two scavenger hunts  

  • Word search  

  • Support from Gulf of Georgia Cannery Society programs staff

 

City: 
Duration: 
60
For Grades: 
4, 5, 6
Maximum Students: 
Offered In French: 
Yes
Program Description & Details

Bring the joy of discovery into your classroom with one of our brand new Educator’s Kits! It’s all the hands-on learning you expect from the Fraser River Discovery Centre, conveniently packed into one easily transportable package. Our Kits include all the materials you’ll need, as well as detailed lesson plans, for inquiry-based learning about life right here in the Fraser River Basin. The Kits are fully sanitized between uses.

We currently have one on offer, but check-back soon, as more are in development!

138 Reasons We all know that salmon are important for people, both culturally and economically, but did you know that there are 138 other species that rely on salmon for their survival? Learn all about them through hands-on or eyes-on materials, interactive lessons, as well as a scientific experiment!

  • Kit includes:
    • Detailed lesson plans
    • Salmon life-cycle refresher (video or narrated storybook available, based on age)
    • Salmon-arch building sets
    • Replica skulls of some of the 138 species
    • Water quality testing kits, including a Fraser River water sample

For more information, visit our website or email us. 

Online booking form here

 

Want something different in an outreach kit? Please fill in our educator survey to tell us what you need from an outreach kit, or email us your comments to [email protected].

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