School Program Introduction

School Programs from the NVMA

The NVMA offers curricula-based Fieldstrips, Programs at Your School and Online Progams for secondary, elementary and kindergarten classes.

The Fieldtrips are offered at both the Museum (in Lower Lonsdale) and at the Archives (Lynn Valley).

To book a program, please contact our Receptionist at (604)990.3700 x 8016 or via email at

At the Museum & Archives

These programs allow students of all ages to explore original materials both artifacts and
archival documents and photographs.

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In Classrooms

The Education Programmer, Carol Ballard, will come to your classroom and provide specialized instruction about a host of subjects.

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Some programs may be accessed online.

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New in 2017

Life is a Highway! Buster Bear Travels to Burrard Inlet’s North Shore. Designed for youngsters, this video features the cartoon character Buster Bear on a quest around the Port of Vancouver. Buster has a blast learning about Moodyville, our early stevedores and port operations past and present.

Exploring Native Newcomer Relations. Exploring Native Newcomer Relations. Secondary level students will critically analyze both archival and contemporary newspaper articles relating to aboriginal rights and title in British Columbia. This program is based upon the exhibition Entwined Histories, which presents the story of native activism in the mid-twentieth century through the lens of one individual (Maisie Hurley, 1887-1962), founder of the Native Voice newspaper

Climbing to the Clouds: A People’s History of BC Mountaineering School Program. For Intermediate and Secondary Level students who will investigate the subject of mountaineering and its history from a variety of perspectives including art, science and technology. This program is based on the virtual exhibit of the same name.

Teachers’ Resources

Teachers and parents should be aware of the North Van History Highlights pages that provide an easy overview of major North Vancouver events and achievers.  These pages are updated frequently with new photos and highlights added.  All of the photos and information were researched in the Archives.  You may wish to visit the Archives yourself!

Teachers and homeschool parents will be interested to learn that we have posted lesson plans and guides for participation on Pinterest.

The NVMA’s virtual exhibits provide tremendous opportunity to explore more of North Vancouver’s story including shipbuilding, mountaineering, the wilderness, and the Lions Gate Bridge.

2016 – 2017 School Poster

Download our  School Programs Poster 2016-2017 and print out a complete list of NVMA’s school programs including fieldtrips, in-class and online programs as well as school kits.  Share with your colleagues!

What to know more?

For further information, please contact our Receptionist at (604)990.3700 x 8016 or via email at