School Field Trips

Select Your Program Type:

  Explorama School Program
Cost per student (minimum charge of $50.00) $3.00/student $4.00/student
Length of Time 90 minutes in galleries 45 to 60-minute program, 30 minutes in galleries
Special features
  • Semi-guided tour with a gallery staff member
  • Animal visit in the Biome
  • Self-directed play & discovery in the Children’s Gallery
  • Interactive programming with clear curriculum links
  • Animal visit in the Biome
  • Teacher’s pick of which gallery the tour will focus on


Making Your Booking:

To book an Explorama or a School Program, please fill out the online booking form here.

We will send you a confirmation email & invoice to confirm your booking. Please review the field trip details and reply to the initial email to confirm that the details are correct.


Plan ahead! Please book your field trip at least 3 weeks in advance and at least 6 weeks in advance during May and June. Bookings are made on a first-come, first-served basis.

Please contact Christie Mason, Public Programs Coordinator, for any questions regarding program bookings, Exploramas, or School Programs.
250-562-1612 ext. 224

 Program Descriptions


Bear Necessities

Discover the bears that live in our backyard! Compare and contrast their characteristics. Students will then investigate their eating habits.

Curriculum Links: Life Science, Process of Science, Characteristics of Living Things


Historic School House (May, June, Sept)

Learn about what life was like as a student in 1910. What did they learn? Who taught the students? What were the norms of the time and how have things changes for students?

Curriculum Links: Local history & Canadian History, early 20th century


Keva Blocks for Primaries

Demonstrate curiosity and a sense of wonder about the world as we observe objects and events in familiar contexts. Together we ask simple questions about familiar objects and events and safely manipulate materials and make simple measurements using non-standard units.

Curriculum Links: Humans interact with matter every day through familiar materials and the motion of objects, depending on their properties.


Amazing Amphibians & Radical Reptiles

Investigate the unique characteristics that allow animals to adapt to extreme wet and dry environments. Observe the appearance of live amphibians and reptiles.

Curriculum Links: Animal growth & change, characteristics


Attracted to Magnets

Humans use magnets everyday. Through hands-on experiments and engaging demonstrations, students investigate the behaviour, strength and applications of magnetism.

Curriculum Links: Physical science, processes of science


Comparing Senses

Students learn about animal adaptations in comparison to human senses. They will come to understand the role of sensing abilities for an animal’s survival.

Curriculum Links: observable features, species survival, diversity of life


Dinosaur Clues

Dinosaurs are extinct but they have left us many clues! Learn how fossils are formed and the stories they tell. Discover the size and unique attributes that characterize dinosaurs.

Curriculum Links: Characteristics of living things, processes of science


Go Buggy!

Get up close and personal with bugs & insects! Investigate what makes insects unique from bugs and examine their life cycle. Students will have the opportunity to observe and touch live insects.

Curriculum Links: Characteristics of living things, processes of science


Green by Design

Explore the way our homes and communities impact the environment and learn about different ways we can make our communities greener. Students will work together in planning their own sustainable communities.

Curriculum Links: Processes of science, Earth & Space Science, Life Science



Dina DNA

Examine the intricacies of DNA and how it might have determined what dinosaurs once looked like! Students will have the opportunity to create their own fossils using molds & plaster.

Curriculum Links: living things are diverse, multi-cellular organisms relying on internal systems to survive, evolution by natural selection explains diversity


Gearing Up with Simple Machines

Simple machines give you the mechanical advantage! Using Lego Techniques, students will work in pairs to build, manipulate and design simple and compound machines.

Curriculum Links: Newton’s laws of motion, machines are devices that transfer force and energy, energy can be transformed by design & engineering


It’s Electric

Experiment with electricity! Students will test current electricity, create circuits and see exciting demonstrations of static electricity with the Van de Graff generator.

Curriculum Links: Electromagnetic force produces both electricity and magnetism, electrical energy can be transformed as heat, light, motion and chemical activity


Keva Blocks for Intermediates

Demonstrate curiosity & creativity as we practice basic building techniques and discuss their applicability to the world around us. The class will take on various building challenges as they explore and manipulate materials.

Curriculum Links: Newton’s laws of motion, machines are devices that transfer force and energy, energy can be transformed through design & engineering


Under Pressure – Hydraulics in Action

Students will be introduced to how hydraulics work and what we use them for in our everyday lives. Students will have the opportunity to build their own hydraulic powered machines through creative free play and set challenges.

Curriculum Links: Newton’s laws of motion, machines are devices that transfer forces and energy, energy can be transformed by design & engineering

Notes on Planning your Exploration Place Field Trip:

Teacher/Student Ratios

The Exploration Place is an extension of your classroom, and teacher supervision is required at all times. We also require additional adult supervisors. Teachers and supervisors are admitted FREE for both School Programs and Exploramas.  Please note that additional supervisors above the supervisor/child ratio will be charged a reduced rate of $7.00 each.

Supervisors are responsible for classroom management and behavior guidance and must remain with their students at all times.

Supervisor/child rations required are:

1 adult / 5 students Kindergarten-Grade 3  

1 adult / 10 students for Grades 4 – 7 

Payment, Fees & Cancellation

Payment is due on arrival at The Exploration Place. Please refer to your booking form & invoice.

No deposit is required to book however, a fee will be charged for cancellations with less than 2-weeks-notice

A late cancellation fee of $25.00 will be charged to the school if proper notice is not given

All prices and policies are subject to change without notice


Please arrive approximately 10 minutes before your program is scheduled to begin. Out of respect for the group arriving after you, we are unable to extend the programming time for groups arriving late.

Check all details on your booking confirmation form are correct

Consider a pre-visit to The Exploration Place. This can help you in planning your field trip and is FREE upon presentation of your Ministry of Education Teacher Card

Organize your students into groups, each with an assigned adult supervisor before you arrive at The Exploration Place

Review behavior expectations for the field trip with your students and supervisors


Thank you so much for your interest in The Exploration Place’s field trips! Our wide variety of programs offer your class an abundance of opportunities for learning linked to British Columbia’s latest curriculum.
Through our continued strategic partnership with Science World, we are offering three renewed school programs, Comparing Senses, Green by Design, and Building with KEVA.



For the remainder of the 2019/2020 school year, we will continue to offer the Tech Up Bursary Program. Click here for more information.