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Glass Sponges
Dive into the world of ancient deep-sea biodiversity hotspots called glass sponge reefs.

BC’s Mountain Dinosaur
Almost 50 years ago a geologist found dinosaur fossils in northern BC. Today those fossils are in the Royal BC Museum collection. Curator of palaeontology Dr. Victoria Arbour studies those fossils. Find out about her exciting discoveries!

Hannah Maynard

Hannah Maynard

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Hannah Maynard was an early expert in experimental photography. In the mid-1800s, she started capturing portraits of Victoria’s early settlers and Indigenous communities. With explorations of multiple exposures and photo sculpting, she experimented with surrealism years before its time.

Simple Machines

Simple Machines

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Explore simple machines at the Royal BC Museum! Find examples of simple machines in the museum’s collections and galleries. If you can’t get here in person, you can find Royal BC Museum examples of simple machines here on the Learning Portal.

Great Bear Rainforest

Great Bear Rainforest

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For thousands of years, Indigenous people have shared the Great Bear Rainforest with wolves, eagles, sea otters, salmon and herring, as well as many other animals. It is the only home of BC’s provincial mammal, the Spirit Bear.

Alpine Plants

Alpine Plants

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British Columbia has high mountains. Lots of them. In fact, more than 12 per cent of the province is alpine tundra—land above the trees. The alpine tundra is a land of extremes. Trees can’t grow at such high elevations because of cold temperatures. The growing season is brief, and some areas are covered by snow…

Backyard Exploration

Backyard Exploration

Nature comes in all shapes and sizes. It can be as simple as a backyard or as complex as a mountain range. Take a moment to appreciate your own local green space and native wildlife with these fun activities!

What’s in a Name?

What’s in a Name?

Dinosaur names are carefully constructed from descriptive prefixes (beginning of a word) and suffixes (end of a word). Maybe your favourite dinosaur is the Archaeopteryx or the Triceratops, meaning "Ancient Wing" and "Three-horned Face" respectively. Create your own unique dinosaur by using our Dino Dice activity templates. 

Dr. Tzu-I Chung

Chinese Legacy in BC

Dr. Tzu-I Chung
Dr. Tzu-I Chung explores how gold seekers from many parts of Europe, the Americas and Asia followed the gold trail around the world. The gold rush brought the first major settlement of Chinese people to Canada, and what would later become known as British Columbia.