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Format: The kit is entirely online at https://nvma.ca/cdg-online-program/

Students will explore the life and legacy of Tsleil-Waututh Chief Dan George through video, primary source texts and archival images. The lesson plans will allow for a critical assessment of his historical significance as well as a discussion of modern perspectives of his ‘Lament for Confederation’.

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9, 10, 11, 12
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Offered In French: 
No
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This large-format, illustrated book and Teacher's Package look at the history, traditions and culture of the Squamish and Tsleil-Waututh peoples. Written by Squamish language teacher Khelsilem, the book highlights significant aspects of traditional and contemporary cultures.

The Kit includes lesson plans for intermediate or secondary levels that encourage discussion and critical thinking at all grade levels. Also available in French: Le livre des peuples autochtones a Vancouver Nord.

Format: The Kit comes with one hardcover copy of the book as well as an electrionic copy of it, 22 laminate pages from the book, and lesson plans for intermediate or secondary grades.

Visit https://nvma.ca/education/school-programs/ to view the intermediate and secondary teacher's guides.

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4, 5, 6, 7, 9, 10, 11, 12
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Offered In French: 
Yes
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Through images and activities, students will explore the life and legacy of Tsleil-Waututh Chief Dan George. Themes include the significance of his acting career, activism, and his efforts to preserve local indigenous traditions. The kit includes lesson plans which encourage discussion and critical thinking.

Visit https://nvma.ca/education/school-programs/ to view the teacher's guide.

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3, 4, 5
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No
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The Vancouver Writers Fest is one of the largest, and most prestigious literary festivals in North America. The 2019 Festival takes place October 22-27, 2019. In addition to the programming we offer adults, we also hold events specifically for K-12 students.

Through our youth educational outreach programs, we offer students the opportunity to interact with celebrated writers from across the globe in more than 40 events designed specifically for young people, teachers, schools and student groups. Each year, we reach more than 7,000 students across British Columbia—in the classroom or at the Festival.

Our youth education outreach programming includes:

30+ weekday Festival events featuring presentations and discussions with engaging authors from Canada and around the world, programmed with BC curriculum goals in mind. We offer discounted tickets and bus subsidies for teachers and students for the youth events we organize during the festival. We also have one day of events which are completely free, with the option offered to guests to pay what they can.

6,000 student attendees from the Lower Mainland, the Sunshine Coast and Vancouver Island.

Writers in the Classroom: 20 classroom-based events where writers visit schools across the Lower Mainland to engage students in important conversations.

We welcome teachers, academics and educators to attend the festival with their students for an inspiring and memorable field trip.    

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K, 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12
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No
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On a battlefield full of armoured men, it was difficult to distinguish between your allies and your adversaries. Knights would have their shields emblazoned with their own, personal Coat of Arms in order to recognize one another.

In our interactive heraldry program, students will learn about a time when brand recognition was the difference between life and death. Your students will learn the science of heraldry, create their own coats of arms, and explore both medieval and modern heraldry.

Duration: 
Half Day
For Grades: 
3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12
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Offered In French: 
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Make your next play one your actors and audience won’t soon forget! With Academie Duello you can bring a stage combat class or course to your school.

As the practices that actors use are always improving and changing in film, we use a curriculum that is the most practical and proven in actual performances. We teach how to use distance, timing and targets to make things look real, yet keep the actors and audience safe as we develop an eye and awareness for safety.

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7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12
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Swordplay has a lot to do with physics and mathematics. It relies upon a knowledge of force, angles, geometry and much more.

By exploring concepts such as leverage, trigonometry and geometry through interactive tools such as swords, siege weapons and armour, kids can get excited about science in a way they never have before.

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4, 5, 6, 8
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RPSA has been offering field trips to grades 5-12 during May and June for over 15 years. The program challenges students to work as a team using problem solving skills in a dynamic, inclusive and safe environment while learning the basics of sailing.

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Full Day
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5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12
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Offered In French: 
No
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As classes plant and tend vegetables at local community gardens, students learn about soil and composting, discover the needs of plants, and become environmental stewards.  Throughout the series, they will develop an awareness of environmental issues and social responsibiility as they learn about local food security.  Food grown and harvested is donated to local food banks.

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Duration: 
90
For Grades: 
3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8
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Offered In French: 
No
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Did you know that in Metro Vancouver tens of thousands of kgs of food is discarded every day? Food waste is a big problem.  Through this workshop students will learn the importance of food recycling and practical ways to reduce food waste, as well as glimpsing how families around the world eat.

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Duration: 
75
For Grades: 
5, 6, 7, 8
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Offered In French: 
No
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  • General admission includes:
    • Educational signage about the animals at each exhibit 
    • Keeper Talks
      • A unique and engaging way for guests to connect with Animal Care staff and some of our animals by observing behaviour training and enrichment
    • Areas dedicated to Conservation
      • Wildlife biologists conducting onsite rearing and recovery of local endangered species
    • Observable focus on the 3 R’s (Reduce, Reuse, Recycle)
    • A tour of our behind the scenes compost area upon request
    • Online Animal Library – Information about the Animals at the Zoo
    • Online Teacher Resources with Downloadable Zoo Scavenger Hunts & Educational Activities/Lesson Plans for the Classroom

Please Note: Teachers considering a field trip at the zoo are given a visit free of charge to aid in their lesson planning (identification required)

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K, 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12
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Offered In French: 
Yes
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No one likes garbage.  Learn where our garbage goes and explore waste reduction.  Compete in a recycling relay.  Discover how worms are true recycling heroes.

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Duration: 
75
For Grades: 
2, 3, 4
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Offered In French: 
No
Program Description & Details

Please note: all programs are available in French upon request

Inquiry-based learning is incorporated as a main focus for all age groups (encouraging curiosity and observation)

Preschool/Primary

  • Pre/K: You and the Zoo
    • Full of fun facts, this is an overview of some of the animals at the Greater Vancouver Zoo. Through observation and questioning, students will learn about animal characteristics, the needs of animals and how these needs are met by their environment. This program also introduces the concept of adaptations and the impact of seasonal changes on living things.
  • Grade 1+: Amazing Animal Adaptations
    • Students will use their observation skills to make connections between animals, their unique adaptations and the strategies that facilitate survival, including the impact of seasonal changes, in their different habitats. This program also highlights animal senses and the basic structures and functions of animal body systems.
  • Grade 2+: Life Cycles
    • By observing a variety of wildlife, students will learn that all living things have life cycles adapted to their environment and life history path. This program will highlight the importance of life cycles in maintaining a healthy ecosystem.
  • Grade 3+: The Web of Life
    • Through examination of an ecosystem, students will learn the importance of biodiversity, how animals interact with their environment, and competition within food webs.

Intermediate/Middle School

  • Grade 4+: Animal Super Senses
    • Students will explore various animals and how they use their senses in response to their environment. We will highlight the importance of these adaptations to survival, and how they are connected to all other living things within their ecosystem. This program also discusses how different biomes impact animal responses.
  • Grade 5-7+: Animal Organs at Work
    • Students will learn how the various body systems function within the animal kingdom and how they have become specialized to best suit the various needs of wildlife.

Secondary

  • Grade 11+: Animal Classifications
    • Students will dive into the world of classification using various examples of the kingdom Animalia here at the zoo. Our knowledgeable zoo staff will describe and demonstrate how scientists observe internal and external features to distinguish and classify animals.

Preschool – University

  • Conservation and Endangered Species
    • Learn about the Western Painted Turtle, Oregon Spotted Frog, and Taylor’s Checkerspot Butterfly recovery programs at the Greater Vancouver Zoo and how we’re making a difference. Explore the role of students, accredited zoos, and conservation organizations in protecting species that are threatened with extinction. Students will also learn about the International Union for Conservation of Nature and Natural Resources (IUCN) Red List of Threatened Species and its significance.
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Duration: 
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K, 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12
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Offered In French: 
Yes
Program Description & Details
  • Indoor classroom available on site upon request
  • Safari Express Miniature Train
  • Picnic Area Reservation
  • Educational Activities including crafts, scavenger hunts and conservation themed games are available upon request for all grade levels and abilities

Please contact us at edu@gvzoo.com for all inquiries

For further information and fees please visit our website: https://gvzoo.com/cms-data/depot/depot/Field-Trip-Rates-and-Info-2018-19.pdf

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Duration: 
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For Grades: 
K, 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12
Maximum Students: 
Offered In French: 
Yes
Program Description & Details

A 50-60-minute fun, interactive and educational way to experience the zoo at your location with the use of animal artifacts and live animals. Animals are chosen according to classroom units.

Preschool/Kindergarten

  • You and the Zoo 
    • Full of fun facts, this is an overview of some of the animals at the Greater Vancouver Zoo. Learn about some of their features, basic needs and the important role they play in their environment.
  • The Animal Alphabet
    • From alligator to zebra, let’s work on our ABC’s while learning about some of our animal friends.
  • Animals Moving and Grooving
    • Animals move in different ways – let’s explore animal bodies and why they move the way they do, using interactive play and the help of our animal ambassadors.

 

Elementary/Middle School

  • Amazing Animal Adaptations (Grade 1)
    • Giraffes have long necks, male lions have thick manes, rabbits have big ears, and crocodiles have strong jaws – these are a few of the adaptations that help these animals survive in the wild. Learn about the unique physical features and behaviours that enable animals to adapt to their natural habitats.  
  • Life Cycles (Grade 2)
    • From birth to the end of life, animals go through many different changes throughout their lifespan. This program will cover the various survival strategies and life cycles of different animal species.
  • The Web of Life (Grade 3-4)
    • No animal is an island – they are all interconnected in many ways. Learn about habitats, ecosystems, biodiversity, and why each animal is important to their community’s survival.
  • Super Animal Senses (Grade 4)
    • Did you know grizzly bears can smell food up to 29 kilometers way? Or that bees can find a flower using voltage? Or that some snakes use pits on their face as heat-vision? Those are some big super senses! Let’s learn all about the different ways animals use their super sense to survive in their environments.
  • Animal Organs at Work (Grade 5-6)
    • Animals bodies really do work in wonderful ways: most snakes only have one lung, but they are not out of breath, birds are filled with air sacks throughout their entire bodies, and frogs can breathe through their skin! From respiration to reproduction – all body systems are important for the daily functioning of wildlife. Learn about the different ways these systems work in various animals from all over the world!
  • Wildlife Conservation (Grade 7)
    • In our changing world, many plants and animals are currently threatened with extinction. Learn about the challenges animals face in the wild and explore the roles and responsibilities individuals, accredited zoos and conservation organizations have in protecting species and why these efforts are important.

 

Secondary School

  • Wildlife Careers (Grade 10-12)
    This program will cover the variety of jobs working with wildlife can offer, how to get into them, what working with animals is like and the importance of zoos in conservation efforts today.
  • Classifying the Animal Kingdom (Grade 11)
    What makes a fly an insect, a lion a mammal, and an iguana a reptile? Biologists use many different tools to classify animals into the groups we have today – it is more complicated than it looks! Become a taxonomist and learn how to categorize some of the animal kingdom.
  • Wildlife Conservation (Grade 12)
    In our changing world, many plants and animals are currently threatened with extinction. Learn about the challenges animals face in the wild and explore the roles and responsibilities individuals, accredited zoos and conservation organizations have in protecting species and why these efforts are important.
  • Animal Organs at Work (Grade 12)
    Animals bodies really do work in wonderful ways: most snakes only have one lung, but they are not out of breath, birds are filled with air sacks throughout their entire bodies, and frogs can breathe through their skin! From respiration to reproduction – all body systems are important for the daily functioning of wildlife. Learn about the different ways these systems work in various animals from all over the world!

Cost
Live animals: $180 plus mileage (Additional consecutive programs are $153) plus tax
No live animals: $4/person (minimum of 10) plus tax

City: 
Duration: 
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For Grades: 
K, 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12
Maximum Students: 
Offered In French: 
Yes

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