The Courtenay and District Museum has received a boost of $5,000 for its earth science programmes from the Vancouver Island Exploration Group (VIX) with the financial assistance of the Association for Mineral Exploration BC (AMEBC).

One of the main goals of the VIX is to promote education and best practices in geology and mineral resources; including exploration and mining on Vancouver Island.

With this in mind, Del Ferguson, Chairman of the VIX Outreach Committee, approached the museum about supporting earth science programmes to youth groups who may not normally have the chance to participate in the museum’s popular earth science programmes.  “With the recent success of bringing Yukon Dan’s Gold Panning in the Classroom to the BC Forest Discovery Centre in September this year, the VIX Group, in conjunction with AMEBC, is looking forward to enabling students to attend the outreach programmes in fossils and geology offered by the Courtenay and District Museum.  This introduction to the ‘world in our backyard’ is sure to open the eyes of and bring smiles to young participants.”    

This opportunity will expand museum programming and support over 800 young people from the Central and North Island to attend geology, fossil and earth science programmes the museum offers throughout the year. 

Museum staff will be contacting groups to provide more details about available programmes.