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FestEVOLVE returns February 11-19
Join us for FestEVOLVE 2017 – the celebration of Charles Darwin and the evolution of life. Join us in celebrating the theories and people who introduced the world to the concepts of evolution. Museum tours and activities will have an evolutionary focus throughout FestEVOLVE.
Stop by on Thursday, February 16 for two featured events: Bake A Cake For Darwin starting at 4:30 pm, followed by our monthly Nocturnal, featuring special guest Dr. Robert Anderson from the Canadian Museum of Nature

Madagascar Hissing Cockroaches are Way Cool because...
Sunday, February 5 | 1:00 - 2:00 pm
They hiss, duel with their horns, and make great pets. Incredibly, these insects have territorial behaviour as complex as many vertebrates! Madagascar hissing cockroaches will shatter the stereotypes many people have about cockroaches. Baapooh Chung, student of UBC’s University Transition Program, will unravel part of the mysteries behind this rarely studied species.

Included with museum admission or membership.
Beaty Nocturnal: FestEVOLVE
Thursday, February 16 | 5:00 - 8:30 pm

This month's by donation event features special guest Robert Anderson from the Canadian Museum of Nature.

  • 5:15 pm: Raising Big Blue showing in the auditorium
  • 6:00 pm: Dr. Anderson's presentation "Scraping the Surface: Hunting beetles in Central America"
  • 7:00 pm: Guided Museum Tour
  • All evening: Hands-on activities where you can learn more about specimens in the museum and our current exhibitions

Drop-in Family Activities
Saturday, February 24 | 10:30 am - 1:00 pm
Explore life on the edge. Through a series of hands-on activities, this month you will learn about the life of alpine zones.

Included with museum admission or membership.

Where do forests come from? Where should they come from? One hundred years ago, most people assumed that humans would never stoop to plant a tree in British Columbia. Life as a tree-planter is hard work, so why are so many modern forests planted by people? The answer to this question can be found in the years just after the First World War. Join David Brownstein to find out what happened. This talk will change the way that you think about forests and what they mean.

Included with museum admission or membership.


Ecosystems In Play: Exploring Biodiversity Through Gaming
September 17, 2016 - September 3, 2017

How can ecologists inspire children to learn about the natural world in a way that is fun and familiar? This exhibition lets you step inside  Phylo - a game that lets you collect, trade, and play with cards based on real-life organisms - and see how life within an ecosystem is connected, and how some environmental events can have damaging effects on life.

Included with museum admission or membership.

100 Years, 100 Treasures
May 28, 2016 - May 28, 2017

After months of speculation, the top ten treasures have been revealed! To mark UBC’s centennial year, 100 Years, 100 Treasures explores the history of the museum collections intertwined with the history of the university. Visitors can hear what the experts have to say about the top specimens in a video installation and share their own favourite treasures in an interactive social media component: #MyBeatyTreasure

Included with museum admission or membership.

Grahame Arnould: Turning Heads
November 17, 2016 - April 2, 2017

This exhibit highlights the work of editorial cartoonist, Grahame Arnould. As an avid outdoorsman, Arnould’s work often focuses on biodiversity and threats to the environment. In the tradition of editorial cartooning, the works in this display attempt to raise awareness of these issues. Visitors can also get involved by writing their own caption for a funny gag cartoon.

Included with museum admission or membership.

Biodiversity Around Town 
Shop in the Garden Winter Sale
February 8 - February 15
UBC Botanical Garden

Saturday, February 11 | 10:00 am
Mount Seymour

For the Love of Nature
Monday, February 13 | 11:00 am
Burnaby Lake Regional Park

Saturday, February 18 | 12:00 pm
Derby Reach Regional Park

Sunday, February 19 | 9:00 am
UBC Farm

Saturday, February 25 | 1:00 pm
UBC Farm

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losed on Mondays and statutory holidays.
The museum is open late on the third Thursday of every month with admission by donation.

A Beaty Biodiversity Museum membership means joining and supporting a lively community of people inspired by biodiversity, engaged with the natural world, and dedicated to conservation. 

About the Museum
The Beaty Biodiversity Museum strives to inspire an understanding of biodiversity, its origins, and importance to humans through collections-based research, education, and outreach.
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