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Happy New Year!

2016 was a busy and exciting year at the museum. We hosted twelve Way Cool lectures on everything from insect-devouring birds to wild mushrooms, we launched a YouTube series to introduce new audiences to the different collections at the museum, we celebrated the 6th anniversary of our opening in October, and we had one of our busiest years ever with 40,000 visitors stopping by. We can't wait to explore biodiversity with you throughout 2017!


Mycorrhizae are way cool because...
Sunday, January 8 | 1:00 - 2:00 pm
Most plant species interact intimately with beneficial root fungi in symbioses, called mycorrhizae. A mycorrhizal fungal network, the ‘wood-wide web’, is like an underground internet for plants. How are humans impacting mycorrhizae, and how can we conserve these important symbioses? Join our discussion led by Laura Super, PhD student in Forest and Conservation Sciences, to learn about the diversity, interactions, and conservation of mycorrhizae.

Included with museum admission or membership.
Beaty Nocturnal: Redshift
Thursday, January 19 | 5:00 - 8:30 pm
Every month, the museum will stay open late with admission by donation between 5:00-8:30 pm, offering family-friendly activities. This month will feature a special musical performance from Redshift Music Society. Curated and performed by Mark McGregor, the programme will explore various cultural ties between Pacific Rim nations through six new pieces for solo flute that correspond to the six collections featured at the Beaty Biodiversity Museum (tetrapods, marine invertebrates, herbarium, insects, fish, and fossils.)
Walk With The Whale
Tuesday, January 24 | 12:30 pm
Experience the museum in a new way! Join UBC Recreation’s “Walk with the Whale” on January 24 at 12:30pm. This free one-hour Tales of Treasure tour is part of their weekly walking series Step It Up. Move more on your lunch break on this walk, which highlights the curators' favourite specimens and tales of founding scientists.



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 
Recycle Your Christmas Tree
Ongoing until January 8
UBC Botanical Garden

Sunday, January 15 | 9:00 am
UBC Farm

Friday, January 20 | 7:00 pm
Campbell Valley Regional Park

Winter Incarnata: Dance and Poetry in the Asian Garden
Saturday, January 21 | 2:00 pm
UBC Botanical Garden

Sunday, January 22 | 10:00 am 
Burnaby Lake Regional Park

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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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