Youth Outreach Programs
Are you a school teacher looking for an interactive way to compliment your teaching?
Do you lead a community youth group and are looking to engage your participants in fun activities?
Visit us at the Museum or let us bring the Museum to your class or group with our Mobile Museum Education Programs!
Our programs bring history to life by creating an interactive and fun environment for youth to engage, learn, and explore! Based on the Core Competencies outcomes of the new school curriculum, they are designed to connect and supplement teachers with core learning curriculum objectives. The requirements for various Girl Guides and Scouts badges can also be achieved with our programs. Each program offers interactive talks, a mobile artefact gallery and skill-building activities. We have highlighted which programs best suit various grade levels and ages, but this does not limit you to that program. Our educators are happy to work with you to tailor program content to meet your needs.
Pirates and Privateers: K-4 Social Studies - Ages 4-9
From privateers to pirates, war-time raiders became outright thieves. Why did sailors become pirates and where did they come from? Did you know that there were female pirates too? This program illustrates tactics, lifestyles and the consequences for pirates who were caught, arrrh! Students will explore what “pirate” means in a larger context as they are swayed to the pirate life with hat making, balloon sword forging and a treasure hunt.
EARLY WEST COAST EXPLORATION: CAPTAINS COOK AND VANCOUVER: 4 & 6 SOCIAL STUDIES - AGES 9-12
Presented in the character of Captain Cook in the age of discovery, students will explore the questions: What was the motivation for exploration and discovery of the Northwest Coast? How did interactions between First Nations and the explorers impact and shape the development and history of BC and Canada? What were key innovations in navigation, technology and seafaring? Students will interact with knot tying and artefact exploration activities.
IMMIGRATION TO THE WEST COAST OF BC: 5 & 6 SOCIAL STUDIES - AGES 9-12
Immigration to BC involves many hardships as well as opportunities. From exploration and first contact, to settlement and global migration, the motivation for trade, prosperity and freedom sparked multiple waves of immigration. These journeys forever changed the lives of individuals, families and communications, and built BC as we know it today. Students will become museum detectives with a suitcase exploration activity, delving into the experiences of immigrants and how immigration has built Canadian society.
NAVIGATION: FINDING COASTAL BC: 7 & 8 CROSS CURRICULUM: SOCIAL STUDIES, & APPLIED DESIGN, SKILLS & TECHNOLOGY - AGES 12 +
Learn how to be your own navigator! From the earliest navigation systems to present day Global Positioning Systems (GPS), students will examine the ways of early celestial and coastal navigation in parallel with some of today’s current technologies. What would it have been like to rely on primitive ocean-faring technologies? What would happen today if you were out at sea and your GPS failed? Interactive elements include a hands-on examination of BC’s earliest cartographic materials produced by explorers.
TALES OF WOMEN AT SEA: 8 & 9 SOCIAL STUDIES - AGES 12 +
Not just mermaids or sirens, students will learn about women whose lives were changed by their voyages at sea. Through analysis of documents and artefacts, students will learn how women contributed to maritime history.
Three themes will be covered including the participation of women in exploration, immigration to Vancouver Island, and the part women played in WWII. This program will challenge student’s ideas about the roles of women in society throughout history.
SHIPBUILDING IN VICTORIA AND COASTAL BC: 9 APPLIED DESIGN, SKILLS & TECHNOLOGY - AGES 12 +
As one of the earliest established trades on the west coast, shipbuilding became one of British Columbia’s primary industries. Indigenous peoples of the Northwest Coast are renowned for constructing dugout canoes from a single giant tree. From building the first wooden ship, to the steel shipbuilding industry and gas powered engine technology, this program will include hands-on artefact exploration from our shipbuilding collection and a drafting activity.
THE HUDSON’S BAY COMPANY AND THE FUR TRADE: 9 SOCIAL STUDIES - AGES 12 +
The Hudson’s Bay Company is Canada’s oldest national company. What were its powerful effects on First Nations and how did it play a key role in the development of Fort Victoria and Canada? Students will become curators and examine real otter and beaver pelts, a Hudson’s Bay blanket and other items important to the trade economy. Relations between First Nations and the HBC, and women’s experiences of life inside the fort will also be included.
- $125 for a single booking
- $100 for back to back bookings at the same location
Looking for more information? Want to make a booking? Send us an email or give us a call!
250-385-4222 ext. 105