Due to COVID-19 we are unable to welcome classes to the museum at this time. We encourage teachers to contact us directly for access to program plans, photos, artifacts, etc. and to discuss how we can help you share local history with your class! Digital resources are available further down the page.
The Bulkley Valley Museum welcomes teachers to book tours and educational programs for their classes. Our programming is formatted to meet Curricular Content areas, Big Ideas and Core Competencies across all grade K-12 and encompassing Social Studies, Science, Culinary Arts, Graphic Design, ADST, Geography, Textiles and Language Arts.
Educational programs and tours can be booked by contacting the Museum at 250-847-5322, or emailing firstname.lastname@example.org. At this time all class tours and programs are by donation.
CURRENT PROGRAM THEMES OFFERED BY THE MUSEUM INCLUDE:
- Tools and Gadgets: designed for Grades K – 4, this lesson includes an introduction to antique tools and gadgets, including hands-on learning with artifacts.
- Fossils: designed for Grade K – 4, this lesson includes hands-on learning about fossils and how they are formed. When delivered in class and/or groups of students sized 15 or less, our programming can include a fossil making add-on.
- Grand Trunk Pacific Railway/Transportation: We have a multitude of lessons designed from Kindergarten to grade 12. For Grades K – 3, we have a 15-minute train signal exercise that can be paired with our museum scavenger hunt. For grades 5 – 12 we have several creative writing projects, students can research the history of the railway, and create posters, travel brochures and even persuasive essays on the ways the railroad was advertised in the past. Contact us for lesson plans and ideas.
- Building Our Main Street: this in-classroom exercise, uses the museum’s photographic collection to take a look at how our Main Street has changed. Teachers guide students through analyzing the photos from past and present. Students can then imagine and create a futuristic main street using their artistic skills and imagination. Please contact us for the lesson plan.
- Creative Writing: our creative writing programs are best suited for secondary school grades. Students can use their creativity and critical thinking skills to analyze, discuss, describe and persuade their readers on a number of historical topics such as WW II War Brides and historical posters advertising the railroad.
- Culinary Arts: this in-classroom exercise will examine some of the baking and cooking tools used in the past in comparison to the modern kitchen tools we use today. It can then extend into asking students to choose one of our archived recipes kept in the museum and preparing the dish in a classroom setting.
*we continue to develop a variety of programs to meet curricular content across all grades and look forward to working with you.
*several of these Programs have 1-3 potential accompanying activities to choose from, or combine together, and most can be adapted to most grades K-12.
BV Museum Digital Resources for Teachers
The Museum’s “Hands on History” video series can be found on our Youtube channel.
Our virtual exhibit, Influenza: The Spanish Flu in Smithers is available on our Virtual BVM website.
Our virtual tour of historic buildings and landscapes in Smithers can be found on Google Earth.
The Museum also welcomes teachers to deliver their own lesson plans within the Museum, or to discuss programming ideas with staff. Teachers also have full access to our Collections Online web portal, featuring over 8000 images, as well as digitized primary source documents and artifact photographs freely available for in-classroom use.
Other Online Educational Resources
Check out the Hazelton Arc GeoTour as part of the Below BC Virtual Museum. Mineral samples from the collections of the Smithers Exploration Group and BV Museum were used to create this virtual resource.
The Museum gratefully acknowledges support for its Educational Programmer position from the Wetzin’kwa Community Forest Corporation grant program.