EDUCATION PROGRAMS

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WELCOME, TEACHERS & EDUCATORS!

YOUR ADVENTURE STARTS HERE!

Our education programs, now offered on-site, in your classrooms and online, are sure to connect your students more deeply to our home, the Fraser River Basin. Students will engage with a variety of topics through hands-on, inquiry-based learning, all supporting the three pillars of sustainability: economic, environmental, and socio-cultural. Keep reading to discover which program is right for you!

Are you a community organization, tour operator, seniors’ group, or daycare? Please email us at programs@fraserriverdiscovery.org to find out if our education programs can work for you!

DISCOVER OUR PROGRAMS!

There are many ways that our education team at the FRDC connects with educator’s and facilitates learning about the Fraser River. We offer traditional in-person field trips, educator kits for you to bring into your classroom, outreach programming where our staff brings some of our most popular programming to you, and event online programs!

We currently offer four different kinds of programming through our education department:

  • River School Field Trips– River School programs are place-based, interactive, hands-on programs at the Discovery Centre are designed to encourage students of all ages to feel connected to the Fraser River.
  • Education Kits – It’s all the hands-on learning you expect from the Fraser River Discovery Centre, conveniently packed into one easily transportable package.
  • Outreach Wednesdays – Can’t come to the Fraser River Discovery Centre? No problem! Two FRDC staff will bring all the materials necessary to run some of our most popular River School Programs right in your own classroom!
  • Online Programs– Hosted through video conference software, an FRDC educator will lead your students through a fully interactive program, engaging them with the material by utilizing the latest tools in online and remote education.
  • Online Resources – Free resources developed by the education team, ready for you to use! Check them out here

Want information about the program that would be right for you? We are happy to answer any questions, or to take you on a FREE educator’s tour of the centre! Contact us at programs@fraserriverdiscovery.org or call 604-521-8401

Summer Schedule: As we host summer camps, we are not able to run River School Programs during the months of July and August. However, the Education Kits, Outreach programs and Online Programs are still available.

DISCOVERY STORE

Make sure to check out our Discovery Store for great educational materials! We’ve got a fantastic selection of content-linked picture books, hands-on learning tools, and Indigenous-designed products. Check out our online shop, or visit us in person for the full inventory.

RIVER SCHOOL FIELD TRIPS

All our place-based, interactive, curriculum-connected programs are designed to encourage students of all ages to feel connected to the Fraser River. Our team of fantastic, knowledgeable school program volunteers are ready to make your trip to the Discovery Centre an interactive and memorable experience.

We currently offer eight River School Programs. Click on the arrows to learn more.

COVID-19 Safety Information

The Fraser River Discovery Centre’s health and safety protocols comply with the latest health orders and restrictions from the BC Health Authority. If you have any concerns about visiting the center that are not addressed in the safety plan, please email or call us and we can work together to make sure that your visit is a safe one.

LIVING DINOSAURS (GRADE K-7)

Learn about the sturgeon lifecycle, survival needs, and what we can do to protect this remarkable species.­­­­­­­­­­­

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 life cycle, survival needs, and what we can do to protect this remarkable species.

Grades: K-7                          Length: 1.5 hours               Maximum group size: 30 students

Program Components:

  • Introduction to sturgeon, threats to their survival, and conservation efforts.
  • Explore sturgeon anatomy and life cycle, using models and biological specimens.
  • Play a board game as a sturgeon attempting to reach adulthood.
  • Age-dependant activity
    • Felt Board Habitat (K-2): Using a felt board, represent the many stages of a sturgeon’s life.
    • Water Testing (2-3): Test the turbidity and pH of the Fraser River, to see if it is acceptable for sturgeon.
    • Tagging Lesson (3-7): Perform biological tests on a model sturgeon, such as taking measurements and determining age.

Click here to see how this program supports BC’s New Curriculum.

Click here for pre- and post-trip activities.

OUR BONES ARE MADE OF SALMON (GRADE 4-7)

Explore the connection between Indigenous people and salmon on the Fraser River.

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.

Grade: 4-7                           Length: 1.5 hours                Maximum group size: 30 students

Program Components:

  • Watch and discuss a film, featuring two Indigenous Elders telling stories about how Salmon came to the Fraser River, and their connections to the Fraser River.
  • Explore authentic and replica tools to learn about Indigenous fishing techniques, and create a group presentation.
  • Learn about wind-drying salmon through the replica drying rack, and practice sharpening a kwetsetel (Indigenous slate knife).

Click here to see how this program supports BC’s New Curriculum.

Click here for pre- and post-trip activities.

THE TRADING TRAIL (GRADES 4-7)

Explore how people have used and shared the resources of the Fraser River, with a focus on when First Nations and Fur traders first shared the river.

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 Indigenous peoples and fur traders shared the river.

Grades: 4-7                          Length: 1.5 hours               Maximum group size: 30 students

Program Components:

  • Visual presentation introducing the history of trade on the Fraser River.
  • Learn proper archaeological protocol, excavate archaeological artifacts, and learn what each represents.
  • Keep an archaeologist’s journal, drawing diagrams and answering questions about stone and metal tools.
  • Play a fun and competitive game to understand the value of items traded between First Nations and European traders.

Click here to see how this program supports BC’s New Curriculum.

Click here for pre- and post-trip activities.

TAKING THE PULSE OF THE FRASER (GRADES 6-9)

Follow each step of the scientific method to conduct a water quality investigation. Program is 2 hours long.

Students follow each step of the scientific method to conduct a water quality investigation. During this 2-hour workshop 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.

Grades: 6-9                          Length: 2 hours                   Maximum group size: 30 students

Program Components:

  • Take a sample of the Fraser River and make observations.
  • Conduct background research, using the exhibits as sources, and share with the other groups.
  • Construct a hypothesis about salmon survivability in the Fraser based on turbidity and pH levels.
  • Follow scientific protocol and test the turbidity and the pH level of the Fraser River sample.
  • Compare results to the hypothesis.

Click here to see how this program supports BC’s New Curriculum.

Click here for pre- and post-trip activities.

FROM POLLUTION TO SOLUTION (GRADES 2-5)

Examine different types of pollutants and where they come from, and evaluate how individual actions contribute to the health of the river.

In this program, students learn about pollution by examining different types of pollutants and where they come from. They will then evaluate how individual actions contribute to the health of the river. A slide presentation introduces students to the Fraser River, then the class breaks into smaller groups to explore pollution sources and the way pollution moves through our ecosystems and communities. Student’s also discuss the difference one individual’s actions can make.

Grades: 2-5                          Length: 1.5 hours               Maximum group size: 30 students

Program Components:

  • Visual presentation on point source and non-point source pollution in the Fraser River basin.
  • See the movement of different types of pollutants into the river and ocean using an interactive model.
  • Track the spread of pollution through a terrestrial ecosystem through a fully immersive game.

Click here to see how this program supports BC’s New Curriculum.

Click here for pre- and post-trip activities.

FRASER TRADE BRIGADE (GRADES 5-9)

Explore the role of BC in the global economy through interactive games and activities.

The Fraser River is one of the world’s great rivers, not only in its contribution to the environmental, socio-cultural, and historical wealth of British Columbia, but because of its current pivotal role in the economy of BC.  We are going to explore the role of BC in the global economy through interactive games and activities.

Grades: 5-9                          Length: 1.5 hours               Maximum group size: 30 students

Program Components:

  • Visual introduction to the history of trade along the Fraser River.
  • Play a game to understand the influence of supply and demand on the cost of goods.
  • Calculate the cost of shipping goods through different transportation methods, to decide on the more cost-effective option.
  • Play as a country and make trade deals with other countries, all while reacting to situations like a decrease in global fish stocks or a change in the value of certain goods.

Click here to see how this program supports BC’s New Curriculum.

Click here for pre- and post-trip activities.

WHO’S JOB IS IT, ANYWAY? (GRADES 2-5)

Explore the variety of modern uses of oil and roleplay a spill response drill.

Students learn the process of spill cleanup in the Fraser River and the Burrard Inlet, and how oil is used in our daily lives. During this workshop, students roleplay a spill response drill using equipment from the Oil Spill Containment and Recovery (OSCAR) trailer. Students also engage in a game that introduces them to the variety of ways oil is to maintain the lifestyles we have created.

Grades: 2-5                          Length: 1.5 hours                Maximum group size: 30 students

Program Components:

  • Watch a puppet show introducing the spill response team.
  • Ask descriptive yes/no questions to find someone with the same item as you, then learn about the imported items and animals that rely on the Fraser River.
  • Practice a spill response drill, with each student taking on a different role.
  • Using visual models, learn about common household items made from oil.

Click here to see how this program supports BC’s New Curriculum.

Click here for pre- and post-trip activities.

WELCOMED BY THE WATER (GRADES K-3)

Explore the connection between Indigenous people and life in and around the Fraser River.

Prior to European colonization, Indigenous peoples got what they needed from the land and water around them. Indigenous peoples have relied on salmon since the fish became abundant in the Fraser River about 5000-6000 years ago. They used native plants for food, medicine, building materials and more. This program explores the connection between Indigenous peoples, salmon, and the broader Fraser River Basin. Students experience the movement of salmon, storytelling and oral histories, and the many uses of native plants through an Indigenous perspective.

Grades: K-3                          Length: 1.5 hours                Maximum group size: 30 students

Program Components:

  • Introduction to the First Salmon Ceremony through a storybook and discussion.
  • Understand the stages of a salmon’s life cycle and migration by acting out the story of one salmon’s life.
  • Learn about some of the edible and medicinal native plants in our region, and then create your own plant, including its uses.
  • Hear the story of how sockeye came to the Fraser River from two First Nations elders. View map of the traditional lands of the First Nations people in the Fraser River Basin, and use a visual metaphor to understand how long the First Nations people have lived along the Fraser River.

Click here to see how this program supports BC’s New Curriculum.

Click here for pre- and post-trip activities.

GENERAL RIVER SCHOOL PROGRAM INFORMATION

  • Each program is 90 minutes in length (except where noted)
  • Offered on Wednesdays, Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays at 10:00am or 12:30pm
  • $7.00 per student (minimum charge $84.00+GST); group size between 12 to 30
  • We have an across the board 25% discount on all programs, outreach and kits for inner-city schools.
  • Pre-registration is required at least three weeks in advance.

EDUCATION KITS

Bring the joy of discovery into your classroom with one of our brand-new Educator’s Kits! It is 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 will need, as well as detailed lesson plans, for inquiry-based learning about life right here in the Fraser River Basin.

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

COVID-19 Safety Information

The Kits are fully sanitized between uses.

138 REASONS (GRADES 2-7)

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

Click here to see how this kit supports BC’s New Curriculum.

Click here for our itemized material replacement price list.

GENERAL EDUCATION KIT INFORMATION

  • $50 for three weeks (21 days)
  • Friday/Saturday pick-up and return
  • All broken, misplaced, or damaged items are billed to the school.
  • We have an across the board 25% discount on all programs, outreach and kits for inner-city schools.
  • Pre-registration is required

Want something different in an Education Kit? Feel free to email your comments to us at programs@fraserriverdiscovery.org

GENERAL EDUCATION KIT INFORMATION

  • $50 for three weeks (21 days)
  • Friday/Saturday pick-up and return
  • All broken, misplaced, or damaged items are billed to the school.
  • We have an across the board 25% discount on all programs, outreach and kits for inner-city schools.
  • Pre-registration is required

Want something different in an Education Kit? Feel free to email your comments to us at programs@fraserriverdiscovery.org

OUTREACH PROGRAMS

Can’t come to the Fraser River Discovery Centre? No problem! We can come to you! FRDC staff will bring all the materials necessary to run some of our most popular River School Programs right in your own classroom! Programs are 1.5 hours long.

Don’t allow visitors in your classroom right now? No problem! We can run a 1-hour version two of the programs outside, on your school grounds. All we require is a quiet, covered area.

COVID-19 Safety Information

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.

LIVING DINOSAURS (GRADE K-7)

Learn about the sturgeon lifecycle, survival needs, and what we can do to protect this remarkable species.

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 life cycle, survival needs, and what we can do to protect this remarkable species.

Grades: K-7                          Length: 1.5 hours               Maximum group size: 30 students

Program Components:

  • Introduction to sturgeon, threats to their survival, and conservation efforts.
  • Explore sturgeon anatomy and life cycle, using models and biological specimens.
  • Play an interactive quiz game to test your knowledge on sturgeon survival.
  • Perform biological tests on a model sturgeon, such as taking measurements and determining age.

Outdoor Program: If you can’t allow visitors in your classroom at this time, we can run a 1-hour version of this program outside on your school grounds. All we require is a covered area. The program will include everything except the introductory Power Point presentation.

Click here to see how this program supports BC’s New Curriculum.

Click here for pre- and post-trip activities.

OUR BONES ARE MADE OF SALMON (GRADE 4-7)

Explore the connection between Indigenous people and salmon on the Fraser River.

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.

This program can also be run as a 1-hour program outside, in a quiet, covered area.

Grade: 4-7                           Length: 1.5 or 1 hour(s)                Maximum group size: 30 students

Program Components:

  • Watch and discuss a film, featuring two Indigenous Elders telling stories about how Salmon came to the Fraser River, and their connections to the Fraser River.
  • Explore authentic and replica tools to learn about Indigenous fishing techniques, and create a group presentation.
  • Learn about wind-drying salmon through the replica drying rack, and practice sharpening a kwetsetel (Indigenous slate knife).

Outdoor Program: If you can’t allow visitors in your classroom at this time, we can run a 1-hour version of this program outside on your school grounds. All we require is a covered area. The program will include everything except the introductory film, which you can watch with your students before or after the program.

Click here to see how this program supports BC’s New Curriculum.

Click here for pre- and post-trip activities.

THE TRADING TRAIL (GRADES 2-5)

Explore how people have used and shared the resources of the Fraser River, with a focus on when First Nations and Fur traders first shared the river.

The Fraser River is one of the world’s great rivers not only in its contribution to the environmental, socio-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 Indigenous peoples and Fur traders shared the river.

Grades: 2-5                          Length: 1.5 hours               Maximum group size: 30 students

Program Components:

  • Visual presentation introducing the history of trade on the Fraser River.
  • Read a story about voyageurs and play an interactive quiz game to test your knowledge.
  • Keep an archaeologist’s journal, drawing diagrams and answering questions about stone and metal tools.
  • Play a fun and competitive game to understand the value of items traded between Indigenous peoples and European traders.

Outdoor Program: If you can’t allow visitors in your classroom at this time, we can run a 1-hour version of this program outside on your school grounds. All we require is a covered area. The program will include everything except the introductory Power Point presentation and the quiz game.

Click here to see how this program supports BC’s New Curriculum.

Click here for pre- and post-trip activities.

WELCOMED BY THE WATER (GRADES K-3)

Explore the connection between Indigenous people and life in and around the Fraser River.

Prior to European colonization, Indigenous peoples got what they needed from the land and water around them. Indigenous peoples have relied on salmon since the fish became abundant in the Fraser River about 5000-6000 years ago. They used native plants for food, medicine, building materials and more. This program explores the connection between Indigenous peoples, salmon, and the broader Fraser River Basin. Students experience the movement of salmon, storytelling and oral histories, and the many uses of native plants through an Indigenous perspective.

This program requires a large space, and can ONLY be run outside, in a gymnasium or some other large open space.

Grades: K-3                          Length: 1 hour                Maximum group size: 30 students

Program Components:

  • Introduction to the First Salmon Ceremony through a storybook and discussion.
  • Understand the stages of a salmon’s life cycle and migration by acting out the story of one salmon’s life.
  • Learn about some of the edible and medicinal native plants in our region, and then create your own plant, including its uses.
  • Hear the story of how sockeye came to the Fraser River from two First Nations elders. View map of the traditional lands of the First Nations people in the Fraser River Basin, and use a visual metaphor to understand how long the First Nations people have lived along the Fraser River.

Click here to see how this program supports BC’s New Curriculum.

Click here for pre- and post-trip activities.

GENERAL OUTREACH PROGRAM INFORMATION

  • $7.00 per student (minimum charge $84.00+GST) plus $0.90 per kilometre between FRDC and your school (both ways); group size between 12 to 30
  • We have an across the board 25% discount on all programs, outreach and kits for inner-city schools.
  • Pre-registration is required at least three weeks in advance
  • While at your school, we are happy to deliver the chosen program to multiple classes! Booking can be done as a group, but the program will be delivered one class at a time.

ONLINE PROGRAMS!

FRDC is continuing to support schools during this pandemic with our newest offer: online school programs! Hosted through video conference software, an FRDC educator will lead your students through a fully interactive program, engaging them with the material by utilizing the latest tools in online and remote education.

LET’S DESIGN A CLEANER CITY (3-6)

Identify urban and industrial sources of pollution, and solve real world problems.

Let’s Design a Cleaner City is an online program that empowers students to solve real world problems. In this program, students expand their knowledge of urban challenges by learning about major sources of urban and industrial pollution. Students will then use the design thinking process to imagine and create a cleaner city.

Cost: $80           Grades: 3-6           Length: 1.5 hours           Maximum group size: 30 students

To participate in this program, you will need:

  • A stable internet connection.
  • A device for each student (laptop, chromebook, iPad running iOS 13 or later) with a stable internet connection. They will use this throughout the program for the interactive activities.
  • The ability to join the video conference with the FRDC educator. This can be done one of two ways: the teacher can join the video conference and project it with sound for the whole class to view; or each student can join on their device with headphones.

Curricular connections:

This program supports curricular competencies in the Applied Design, Skills, and Technologies (ADST) curriculum as students ideate or generate ideas, share their designs, create prototypes, and gather peer feedback. This program also supports curricular competencies in Science, as students identify their impact on the environment, contribute to the care of their communities, and apply learning to new scenarios, and problem solve. The interdisciplinary approach to problem solving also aligns with the core competencies in the B.C. curriculum.

Click here to see the technical overview of the program, which outlines all the digital tools students will use.

Click here to see the Program Pre-Assignment.

MEET YOUR NATURE NEIGHBOURS (All Ages!)

Learn how to set up a simple and fun biological survey of your local area. Great for homelearners and people of all ages!

You may know your human neighbours, but do you know which birds live in your local area? Which bugs? Do you know the names of the plants growing on the sidewalk? Do you want to? If you do, then this is the program for you!

First, you’ll join an FRDC educator on Zoom for 1 hour to learn how to set up and conduct a biological survey of your neighbourhood. A survey creates a list of all the species that live in an area. Second, you’ll go out on your own to conduct the survey. Third, you’ll share your findings with the other workshop participants through a invite-only video message board.

A survey can be as simple or as complex as you want it to be, so all ages and levels of experience are welcome. You don’t need any prior knowledge; this workshop will give you all the tools you need to conduct a successful survey!

Cost: $50             All ages!           Length: 1 hours           Maximum group size: 30 participants

To participate in this program, you will need:

  • A stable internet connection.
  • Mobile devices or tablets, to run the Seek app. A data connection for the device is recommended, but not required. Participants can work independently or in groups.
  • The ability to see and hear a video conference with the FRDC educator, on a device separate from the one running Seek.

Curricular connections:

This program fully supports curricular competencies in the science curriculum as students go through the entire scientific process: questioning and predicting, planning and conducting,  processing and analyzing data and information, all the way to communicating. A super scaleable activity, it also has applications at every grade level.

RIVER OF STORIES (COMING SOON)

Journey down the river of stories to learn all about the Fraser River Basin.

Join us as we journey down the river of stories from the headwaters to the mouth of the Fraser. Travelling along an interactive map, students will learn all about the Fraser River Basin through stories from the near and distant past. The program ends with a reflection on our place in this landscape, as students add their own story to the map.

Grades: elementary                      Length: 1-1.5 hours               Maximum group size: 30 students

Curricular connections:

This program supports curricular competencies in English Language Arts as students engage actively as listeners, viewers and readers; create stories to deepen their awareness of self; and use oral storytelling processes. This program also supports competencies in Social Studies as students learn about cultural characteristics and ways of life of local First Peoples, and understand the significance of the Fraser River Basin to individuals and groups. This program incorporates the First Peoples Principles of Learning, specifically that learning is relational; recognizes the role of indigenous knowledge; is embedded in story; and requires exploration of one’s own identity. Further, this program supports students in the process of developing a positive personal and cultural identity.

GENERAL ONLINE PROGRAM INFORMATION

  • Each program’s length and cost is noted in the program description.
  • Offered on Wednesdays, Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays
  • Maximum class size 30 students
  • We have an across the board 25% discount on all programs, outreach and kits for inner-city schools.
  • Pre-registration is required at least three weeks in advance.