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, encompassing Social Studies and other subjects. On this page you will find a description of our current programs, and links to digital resources that can be used in the classroom.
Educational programs and tours can be booked by contacting the Museum at 250-847-5322, or emailing email@example.com. All class tours and programs are by donation.
PROGRAMS AVAILABLE 2021/22:
- Fun with Fossils (Grades K-4): An interactive natural sciences and critical thinking program designed for Kindergarten to Grade 4. Students will learn about how the region now known as the Bulkley Valley developed over 60 million years and how fossils are formed through hands-on activities and handling real fossils. Classes from Grade 2 to Grade 4 also have an opportunity to make their own fossils.
- Tools and Technology (Grades K-4): An interactive Social Studies program designed for Kindergarten to Grade 4. Students will learn about historic tools, gadgets, and technology and how they have evolved over time. In this activity, students have an opportunity to look, at, touch, and engage with numerous artifacts from the Bulkley Valley Museum’s collection related to domestic work, entertainment, and natural resource industries.
- Building our Main Street (Grades K-4): An interactive Social Studies program designed for Kindergarten to Grade 4. Students will learn about the history and evolution of downtown Smithers through an interactive photo exercise and creating a collaborative 3D model of Main Street. Older students also have the opportunity to share their display with other classes.
- Mapping and Storytelling (Grades 5-7): A two-part program involving both social studies and creative elements designed for students in Grades 5-7. The first activity involves mapping Lillian Ailing’s historical journey across North America and the second activity allows students to tell her story using artistic skills, creative writing, or both.
- War Brides (Grades 5-7, Teacher-Led): This teacher-led activity allows students to learn about War Brides, their journeys to Canada, and what life was like in their new homes through the story of Eva Anderson. Students will then use their creative writing skills to fill their own travel trunk as if they were preparing to immigrate to Canada.
- Using Primary Sources (Grades 8-10): Students interact with a variety of “real” primary sources selected from the museum’s collection. Students will learn the benefits and challenges of different primary source mediums, the importance of context and perspective, and how to identify primary and secondary sources. This program is perfect for both classes just learning about primary sources, and those about to undertake more complex research projects.
- Recording Oral History (Grades 10-12): An interactive Social Studies program that introduces students to oral history as a medium for research, tradition, and storytelling. Students will hear examples, learn the basics of conducting interviews, and have the opportunity to record their own. Students will have the option to donate their interviews to the museum’s collections (with parent permission).
Do you want to bring a group to tour the museum, but not do a whole program? Is there a historical topic not listed above you would like your students to learn more about? Please contact to discuss accommodations and other options.
To book our programs contact firstname.lastname@example.org or 250-847-5322.
BV Museum Digital Resources for Teachers
Hands-on History video series
Railroad Lanterns and Signals (Grades K-3). The lantern signals can also be delivered as an in-museum activity for visiting classes.
Become a Curator at Home (Grades K-6). This activity has many connections to the “Positive Personal and Cultural Identity” core competency of the BC Curriculum.
Fossilization (Grades 2-4). This activity is part of our Fun with Fossils program (above).
Our virtual exhibits include local historic photography, the history of the Spanish Flu outbreak in Smithers, and a Google Earth tour of historic buildings and landscapes.
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.