Education Programmes

You might have heard that the museum is popular with students interested in our fossil programmes. After all, almost 7 000 pupils from near and far took part in palaeontology classes during the 2015/2016 school year. But did you know that we offer everything from Early Settlement to Courtenay Riverway Walks?

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Summer Day Camps

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The children’s Summer Day Camps are well underway. Days are packed with games, arts and crafts, and making a new friend or two along the way! The kids have really enjoyed making dinosaur eggs and stegosaurus, but most of all they’ve enjoyed learning about dinosaurs and reptiles.

Two different camps are offered this year:

  1. Sea, Sky and Land – Life in the Dinosaur Age
  2. Where’d You Go Dinosaur?

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Fossil Tours

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Can you dig it?

With summer here it’s a great time to go on one of Courtenay Museum’s fossil tours! The tours are a fantastic way to learn about fossils and even to get the chance to dig up one yourself.

Each tour includes a brief lecture about the numerous exhibits in the museum before heading off to one of the fossil sites. Hammers, chisels and other gear are supplied by the museum.

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Summer Programs

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To add to downtown Courtenay’s 2015 summertime fun, the Courtenay and District Museum and Palaeontology Centre is presenting two children’s summer camp programs in alternating weeks throughout July and August. These camps will provide fun and interactive opportunities for kids ages 5-9 to learn about dinosaurs, reptiles, and fossils through activities and crafts that encourage thinking, moving, and creatively exploring the museum’s palaeontology exhibits and collections.

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Kids Summer Camp Program

To add to downtown Courtenay’s 2015 summertime fun, the Courtenay and District Museum and Palaeontology Centre is presenting two childrens’ summer camp programs in alternating weeks throughout July and August. These camps will provide fun and interactive opportunities for kids ages 5-9 to learn about dinosaurs, reptiles, and fossils through activities and crafts that encourage thinking, moving, and creatively exploring the museum’s palaeontology exhibits and collections.

In the first program, Sea, Sky and Land—Life in the Dinosaur Age, camp-goers will learn about the various reptiles and dinosaurs that existed in the dinosaur age, and about the habitats they adapted to. Each day will feature a different habitat; land, ocean, and sky, and explore how reptiles survived in these surroundings and competed with other animals alive at the time. Participants will also be able to see and learn about locally-found fossils from 80 million year old ocean environments.
For ages 5-9, running July 7-10, July 21-24, August 4-7 and August 18-21.

Where’d you go Dinosaur? is the second program and focuses on showing students how dinosaurs came to be millions of years ago. From the dawn of the dinosaurs, through their evolution and eventual extinction 65 million years ago, to discovering why fossils exist now, and what they reveal about these ancient creatures, day-campers experience miniature fossil digs, create volcanoes and make crafts to take home.
For ages 5-9, running July 14-17, July 28-31, August 11-14, and August 25-27.

Both camps $60, Tuesday to Thursday from 9:30 am to 12 pm. Fridays are optional. For an additional $20 a child and one guardian have the opportunity to go on a Fossil tour from 9am to 12pm. They will need their own transportation.

Note: Museum members receive a 15% discount on the programs.

For all of the details please visit our Summer Kids Program page or contact us at 250-334-0686 ext 5

Fun Fossil Discoveries for Spring Break

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Fossil Mould & Cast

In these sessions we’ll look at fossils and talk about what they teach us about the past. These interactive classes will include a hands-on look at fossils, a tour through the exhibits and making moulds and casts of fossils to take home.

Times: 10 am to 12 pm

Days available: Tuesday March 31, Wednesday April 1, Thursday April 2, Tuesday April 7, Wednesday April 8, Thursday April 9, Friday April 10

Cost: $8.00 per youth (ages 6-10)

Parents encouraged to participate. Reservations appreciated.

Fossil Tours

Fossil Tours will be offered in the afternoons on the above dates 1 to 4 pm. Click here for more info about our tours.

Reservations required. 15% discount if “Fossil Mould & Cast” class taken in the morning. Please contact Visitor Services Manager Gillian Miller at 250-334-0686 ext. 5.