Lindsay Epp

I am a new teacher with a passion for teaching and learning. I am always working to expand my knowledge base, make new connections and help my students do the same!


Species at Risk

Species at Risk

In British Columbia, 36% of distinct animal species are labelled "at risk". The first step to conserving our native species and ecosystems is to educate ourselves on these species and the reasons behind their endangerment. Once we know why a species has become endangered, we can begin to take the steps necessary to protect threatened…

Predator and Prey

Predator and Prey

Ecosystems have a natural food chain that maintains balance in nature. Within each food chain there are predators and there are prey. What factors decide who will be the hunter and who will be hunted?

Continuity and Change in B.C.’s Natural History

Continuity and Change in B.C.’s Natural History

In the process of studying events in history, it is tempting to view them as disconnected or isolated. In reality continuity and patterns of change flow through all of history - the natural history of this province is no exception. It is important to think critically about B.C.'s past and present, so that we can create…


Making Observations
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A student from Lochside Elementary making observations in Beacon Hill Park. How many different species can you find there?

Garry Oak Ecosystems
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Garry Oak ecosystems once covered much of Vancouver Islands southeastern coast. Now, only 5% of these ecosystems remain. What does this mean for the hundreds of species that call this ecosystem home? Learn more from the Garry Oak Ecosystems Recovery Team at

The Last Dragons (video)
This short film (click here to view) illustrates the immediate danger many species around the world are facing. Eastern Hellbenders rely on the health of the streams they live in to survive. This video by Freshwater Illustrated shows that small actions can have a huge impact on ecosystems and the species that rely on them.

The Woolly Mammoth
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Woolly mammoths: predators or prey? Think about their main features: their fur, their size, their tusks. The answer might surprise you!

Predator versus Prey – Trailhead Tour Guide
Students who participate in this program will explore the Natural History Gallery in search of B.C.'s natural predators and prey. Students will be encouraged to ask questions and look closely at the different animals to determine the qualities that help these animals survive, including a hands-on look at animal skulls from our collections. 

British Columbia’s Changing Landscape – Trailhead Tour Guide
Students who participate in this program will explore the Natural History Gallery of the museum through the lens of change. Students will be encouraged to ask questions and think critically about how British Columbia has changed over the years and what our province's future will look like.

Why Grow Horns?
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There are many different kinds of animals that have horns. This picture shows just a few of the horns in the museum's collections. What might an animal use horns for? 

Now You See Me…
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Can you spot the insect in this picture? Why would animals want to blend in with their environment? 

Natural Predators: Wild Dogs
This full-length episode of Nat Geo Wild highlights the predatory skills of wild dogs. What skills do these dogs have that make them great hunters? 

Tiny Bunny Outsmarts a Weasel
Animals that are preyed on have developed many skills to help them survive. What skills does this bunny have that help it escape from the cunning weasel? 

Dry Summers Invite Wildfires
Interior B.C. has had its fair share of wildfires in past years, and with the temperatures rising and forests drying out, wildfire risk has only increased. This particular photo was taken in 2012 near Peachland. (Photo: Jeff Basset, Canadian Press) 

Forests of the Coast
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When walking through the Forests of the Coast exhibit, try to imagine what these forests might look like in the future. Will our forests be the same in 50 years? 100 years? 

White Sturgeon
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White sturgeon used to be plentiful in the Fraser River Delta. Now, due to over-fishing and local industrial projects, the white sturgeon population is declining. 

The Warmer the Better?
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Some species, such as magpies, gopher snakes, badgers, and black widows, will become more common in B.C. as temperatures rise and they are able to move further north. What effects might there be on existing species when these roaming species spread into their habitat?  (Image credit: Jerry Kirkhart) 

Alien Invaders
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No, not that kind of alien. Alien species are plants and animals that are foreign to an ecosystem, usually brought by humans whether intentionally or unintentionally. Alien species affect the balance of the ecosystem and can be harmful to the lifestyle of native species. Scotch Broom (pictured) is an example of an alien species in B.C.

Preserving Garry Oak Ecosystems
Garry Oak Ecosystems have declined to 5% of their pre-contact size. These ecosystems are home to an amazing diversity of life. However, as the ecosystem has been depleted, the native species have suffered. Remaining Garry Oak Ecosystems are home to over 100 species at risk. Click below to learn more about this delicate system.

Earth is heating up, but why?
Global warming is a very real threat to the environment. Dramatic temperature changes have happened naturally in the past (for example, the Ice Age) but these changes occurred over thousands of years. The warming we are experiencing now has happened drastically in the past few decades. National Geographic offers many resources to learn more.

Decades of Prejudice: Vancouver Anti-Asian Riots, 1907
This image depicts damage done to a storefront in Japantown during the 1907 Anti-Asiant Riots in Vancouver. These riots help to illustrate that racial injustice was nothing new to Japanese-Canadians at the time of internment. (Historica Canada Library and Archives)

Forced To Close
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Japanese-Canadian business owners were forced to surrender their businesses and properties to the Canadian Government. Here Yamato Silks tries to clear out inventory with a sale advertisement (Vancouver Sun)

“By Turns Poetic”
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Roy Miki, prominent Canadian poet and scholar (currently a professor emeritus at Simon Fraser University) describes the long process of redress in "By Turns Poetic". 

From Cultivating Canada: Reconciliation Through the Lens of Cultural Diversity. Edited by Ashok Mathur, Jonathan Dewar, and Mike DeGagne. Ottawa: Aboriginal Healing Foundation, 2011.

David Suzuki talks about his family’s internment in WWII
David Suzuki is one of Canada's prominent Japanese-Canadians that was forced into internment during WWII. He has spoken about the long-term effects that this period has on himself and his family. This NFB clip shows him visiting the Slocan Valley internment camp where he was interned at six years of age.

Preserving Garry Oak Ecosystems
The Garry Oak and associated ecosystem has been in decline since colonists settled the south-west coast of Canada. Garry Oak ecosystems are hubs of biological diversity. With the destruction of these ecosystems, one hundred of the species that call these ecosystems home are now deemed "at risk". 

For more information, visit GOERT

Dawson’s Caribou
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The Dawson's Caribou is one of many species that roamed British Columbia in the past but is now extinct (and likely has been since 1935). Read more about the Dawson's Caribou here.
Lindsay Epp
Lindsay Epp