What's new at the Beaty Biodiversity Museum
What's new at the Beaty Biodiversity Museum
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The past month has been full of change. Spring has arrived, the flowers are blooming and the sun is shining. We have also had to adjust our workplaces, our routines, and as educators, you have had to adjust ways of teaching and connecting with students. As of today, May 01, the museum is still closed to the public, but we have been working from home to develop ways to continue to share our biodiversity resources with you.

This newsletter is a quick summary of some new features and our latest museum blog which gathers together all our online offerings, such as lesson plans, activities, online exhibitions, videos, and favourite resources in one place.

Though you can’t visit in person, we can still connect virtually. Join us live on Wednesday afternoons, we will be livestreaming chats, Q&A sessions, family activities, and more! Find all of our upcoming virtual programming descriptions on our calendar, and join live on our Facebook page. We will do our best to record sessions, but we hope you will join live to ask questions!
What’s the role of illustration in science? Join us live on Zoom or Facebook to draw along with Derek Tan, Digital Media Specialist at the Beaty Biodiversity Museum, and the illustrator behind many of the exhibits
Book a Virtual Field Trip – starting May 5, 2020

Online Museum Collections Tour (ages 5 and up)

60 minutes | Online Tour| Cost $60 tax included

Join us online to virtually explore the six collections that make up the museum: Tetrapods, Marine Invertebrates, Herbarium, Entomology, Fish, and Fossils. Discover stories about BC species, biodiversity research, and different specimens in the collection and how they relate to each other.

This introductory online tour will teach you about some of the different specimens in the collection, and showcase some of our Museum Interpreters’ favourite specimens and stories. After a virtual tour, you will have time to ask questions!

This booking is 60 minutes long. This includes 15-minute tech check with facilitator in advance, plus a 45-minute session - composed of a 30-minute virtual tour followed by 15-minute Q&A with a Museum Interpreter.

Request a booking using our online booking form.
Looking for online professional development and training?

Join us for a tour of our virtual exhibitions and resources, including the History Alive! award-winning Perspectives on Biodiversity - Sturgeon Knowledge Web. On this 60-minute virtual tour and discussion, appropriate for teachers of all subjects, grades and ages, you will explore strategies to utilize First Peoples and Biodiversity-themed museum resources as part of your teaching plan.

Learn about our digital exhibitions, resources, collections, programs, and more! Though we will focus on the Beaty Museum's collection, many of the ideas we explore will apply to other museums and field trip sites. We encourage you to ask lots of questions, and invite you to explore the museum at a later date for no charge with your teacher ID.

This tour is appropriate for educators looking for a group development session and if free of charge. This offering will be available on ZOOM with registration, or as a live video on the Beaty Museum's Facebook page. Target Audience: Educators Grades K-12
Book this virtual  session using our online booking form.
First Peoples, Educators Resources

The Beaty Museum strives to incorporate unappropriated First Peoples’ perspectives and partnerships within our museum collections, exhibits, and activities. The BC curriculum aims to include Indigenous ways of knowing into teaching and learning. We understand the importance of bringing this content into the classroom and therefore have compiled resource materials that facilitate implementation and build greater understanding of First Peoples’ knowledge and perspectives on biodiversity.
Check out all the activities and resources the Beaty Museum offers on our Educator Resources webpage!
In this video, Takuji Usui describes his research on investigating the way in which climate change affects species geographical distribution. 
Have suggestions for our website? Please let us know! If there's something that you think is in the wrong place on our website or if you can't find the content you're looking for, please email beaty.marketing@ubc.ca with your feedback.
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. As Vancouver’s natural history museum, we work to promote a greater sense of collective responsibility for the biodiversity of British Columbia, Canada, and the world. The unique combination of world-class research, paired with beautiful, compelling exhibits, strives to make the research conducted at UBC more accessible to the public.
Explore the university’s spectacular biological collections, with 20,000 square feet of exhibits showcasing over 500 permanent exhibits. Among our two million treasured specimens are a 26-metre-long blue whale skeleton suspended in the atrium, the third-largest fish collection in Canada, and myriad fossils, shells, insects, fungi, mammals, birds, reptiles, amphibians, and plants from around BC and across the world. 

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