Did you know many of the exhibits in the new Museum of North Vancouver will be inspired by the wildlife around us? In fact, many familiar items, such as canoes, snowshoes, and paddles have been informed by the features of local wildlife.

Most kids know that trees help fight climate change but do they know that they are really important in preventing erosion?

When we think about ‘history’ we don’t always think about the forests. Yet, here in North Vancouver, there are histories hidden across the myriad of trials that surround us. Recently, I’ve been exploring this history with my children and taking advantage of local trails to inspire my work and their learning.

Children and partners of NVMA staff are often our guinea pigs and voluntolds. Thank you family! During covid you have helped empty the old warehouse, tested experiments for upcoming programs, previewed blog posts for us, and more. Most recently, our staff members kids have checked out our Kidoons cartoons and new online activities.

This past winter, if you took a break from skating at North Vancouver’s new outdoor rink at The Shipyard Commons, and wandered inside, you likely saw wooden objects hanging outside the washrooms. Bright and colourful and unusual shapes, but what are they?

In 1902-1903 Lynn Valley was mostly forest, loggers, and a mill. There were no streets — only a wooden tote road (also called a “skid road”) used to carry logs from the Hastings Shingle & Manufacturing Company (by Mill Street) down to Moodyville. Sawmill workers and their families lived not far from the mill, near the tote road which served as their “main street.” By 1903 there were several school-age children, but no school. So in Fall 1903, it was decided to build one.