Our curriculum-based programs allow students of all needs and ages to explore and discuss North Vancouver through hands-on learning and activities.  


North Vancouver: Then and Now

Grades 2 and 3
Classroom Kit

Take the Museum into your classroom! Students work as ‘Photo Detectives’ to analyze historic and modern images and consider the changes that have taken place in their community over time.

Aussi disponible en français.

Port History through Cartoons and Games

Grades 2 to 5

Join Buster Bear in exploring North Vancouver and its harbour. Through games, cartoons, and colouring sheets, find out about Moodyville, our early stevedores and port operations past and present.

The Chief Dan George Story

Grades 3 – 4
Classroom Kit

Explore the life and legacy of səlilwətaɬ (Tsleil-Waututh) Chief Dan George, including the significance of his acting career, activism and efforts to preserve local Indigenous traditions culture.

Climbing to the Clouds: A People’s History of BC Mountaineering

Grades 4 – 9

Through the recordings and photographs of BC mountaineers, this kit explores the unique topic of mountaineering while focusing on related historical, Indigenous, recreation, conservation and arts topics.

Aussi disponible en français.

Indigenous Peoples in North Vancouver

Grades 4 – 7
Classroom Kit

This book and education kit explore significant aspects of traditional and contemporary səlilwətaɬ (Tsleil-Waututh) and Sḵwx̱wú7mesh (Squamish) histories, traditions, and cultures. (Available in French or English)

Squamish Community: Our People and Places

Grades 3, 4 and 5
Classroom Kit or Online

‘A picture is worth a thousand words.’ Using archival photographs featuring Sḵwx̱wú7mesh (Squamish) people and places, students explore this community’s Indigenous history.


Chief Dan George: Actor & Activist

Grade 9 – 12

Students will explore the life and legacy of səlilwətaɬ (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’.

Native – Newcomer Relations: Case Studies in Contact, Colonialism & Resistance

Grades 10 – 12
Classroom Kit

Secondary level students will critically analyze both archival and contemporary newspaper articles relating to Aboriginal rights and land title in British Columbia. This program presents the story of native activism in the mid-twentieth century through the lens of one individual (Maisie Hurley, 1887-1962), founder of the Native Voice newspaper.

Indigenous Peoples in North Vancouver

Grades 8 – 12
Classroom Kit

This book and education kit explore significant aspects of traditional and contemporary səlilwətaɬ (Tsleil-Waututh) and Sḵwx̱wú7mesh (Squamish) histories, traditions, and cultures. (Available in French or English)


  • $30 Kits
  • $60 Virtual Field-trip
  • $100 Classroom Visit – Limited to North Shore
  • Museum and Archives onsite program fees TBD

Covid- 19 Kit Protocol

To pick up kits, teachers should:

  • Schedule drop-off and pick-up times to accommodate safe physical distancing.
  • Wear masks inside the building and keep 2 metres apart.
  • Review kit contents when picking up to avoid excessive handling by staff.

  • Complete a loan form for each kit. (Covid safe paper/pen provided.)
  • Pay by cheque or credit card only. (Refundable damage deposit of $50 and a $30 loan fee. )

Kits are isolated for a minimum of 3 days between uses.

Educator’s Hub

First Lynn Valley School, Church Rd. Opened in 1904. Miss Whiteley, first teacher. NVMA 6648

Our Kids Give Kidoons Two Thumbs Up!

Children and partners of NVMA staff are often our guinea pigs and voluntolds. Thank you family! During covid you have helped empty the old warehouse, tested experiments for upcoming programs, previewed blog posts for us, and more. Most recently, our staff members kids have checked out our Kidoons cartoons and new online activities.
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Out and About: Wood Patterns in the Shipyard

This past winter, if you took a break from skating at North Vancouver’s new outdoor rink at The Shipyard Commons, and wandered inside, you likely saw wooden objects hanging outside the washrooms. Bright and colourful and unusual shapes, but what are they?

Lynn Valley’s First School: A Difficult Start

In 1902-1903 Lynn Valley was mostly forest, loggers, and a mill. There were no streets -- only a wooden tote road (also called a “skid road”) used to carry logs from the Hastings Shingle & Manufacturing Company (by Mill Street) down to Moodyville. Sawmill workers and their families lived not far from the mill, near the tote road which served as their “main street.” By 1903 there were several school-age children, but no school. So in Fall 1903, it was decided to build one.


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