Education

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

Group Field Trips

Fill out the FIELD TRIP BOOKING INQUIRY below to arrange trips.

RIDING WITH CHANGE!: HISTORY PERFORMED!

Ages: 10+
Museum Field Trip

This 20 minute one-person show is ideal for groups of youth and adults. Through this exciting and thoughtful show, explore MONOVA’s centrepiece installation, Streetcar #153.

After the play, the actor-interpreter will engage in post-show dialogue and share some archival images.

Minimum 10 people per group

GUIDED GALLERY EXPERIENCE

All Age Groups
Museum Field Trip

Have one of MONOVA’s education staff provide a guided tour through our Permanent Gallery, highlighting stories, objects, belongings, and photographs from communities on the North Shore.

Minimum 10 people per group

All Aboard Streetcar 153!

Grades Preschool to Grade 1
Museum Field Trip

Time travel is possible onboard Streetcar #153! Discover how streetcars worked, built our municipalities, and helped residents meet their day-to-day needs. Everyone rode the streetcars and now you can too!

Coast Salish Wool Weaving

Grades 3 to Adult
Virtual Field Trip or Museum Field Trip

MONOVA’s Indigenous Cultural Programmer, Tsawasiya Spukwus or Senaqwila Wyss from the Sḵwx̱wú7mesh (Squamish) Nation will lead participants through an interactive online workshop about Coast Salish wool weaving. Learn to weave a simple yet beautiful wool bracelet in the Coast Salish style.

Time Travel

Grades: 4 – 6
Archives Field Trip

North Vancouver has been home to many noteworthy individuals and historic sites. While uncovering the stories behind these people and places, students will learn to use the Archives and work with original documents and photos. They will investigate significant people such as Harry and Valerie Jerome, Sḵwx̱wú7mesh (Squamish) Chief Mathias Joe Capilano and local sites such as the Lions Gate Bridge.

Archives 101

Grades: 7 – 12
Archives Field Trip

Introduce your students to a world of research beyond the reaches of Google and Wikipedia. Working with archival resources such as photographs, maps, plans and more, students will analyze primary source evidence. This program is perfect for teaching students the tools needed to start their own research project.

Science Shows:
Tree Talks

Grades: 3 – 7
Museum Field Trip

This 30 minute show will give you a whole new perspective on the trees in your neighbourhood. Tree Talks covers tree identification, the history of logging on the North Shore and its technology, how trees are linked to the city’s water supply, and the importance of protecting our old growth forests.

Science Shows:
Amazing Animals

Grades: 2 – 7
Museum Field Trip

Experience firsthand how animals have adapted to the local environment and how a changing climate impacts these incredible creatures. Get to know the diverse wildlife found in North Vancouver with identification tips and even a poop matching game! 30 minutes.

Science Shows:
Making Mountains

Grades: 3 – 7
Museum Field Trip

The North Shore Mountains are the result of forces happening deep under the ground. This landscape was once covered in glaciers which created many of the shapes we see in the mountains today. Come along to see science in action and discover how the landscape is changing. 30 minutes.

Field Trip Booking Inquiry

Elementary kits and online programs

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
Online

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
Online

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.

Secondary kits and online programs

Chief Dan George: Actor & Activist

Grade 9 – 12
Online

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)

Pricing

  • Kits: $30
  • Virtual Field Trips: $60
  • Archives Field Trips: $100
  • Classroom Visit: $150 – (limited to North Shore)
  • Museum Field Trips: $8 per child, (minimum charge of 10 students per group. Adult supervisors receive complimentary admission.)

Order Physical Kits

  • Complete a loan form, at the Archives, for each physical kit.
  • Pay by cheque or credit card only. (Refundable damage deposit of $50 and a $30 loan fee. )

Covid- 19 Kit Protocol

Masks are optional, but recommended, when picking up and dropping off kits.

Education Online Exhibits

Educator’s Hub

Program Coordinator and now children's author Carol Ballard showing off her new book inside Streetcar 153. Photo: Alison Boulier
The Museum of North Vancouver’s Sensory Friendly Mornings will run once a month from 9:00am to 11:00am, two hours before our regular opening time. Photo: Alison Boulier
This weekend, Indigenous Cultural Programmer Tsawaysia Spukwus (Alice Guss) will share her knowledge of Coast Salish Wool Weaving and lead guided tours around the Museum gallery. Photo: Alison Boulier
First Lynn Valley School, Church Rd. Opened in 1904. Miss Whiteley, first teacher. NVMA 6648
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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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