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Scientific endeavour at the Canadian Museum of Nature has a strong focus on the Arctic.

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Arctic Public Outreach

The Canadian Museum of Nature reaches out to the public through several channels in order to share information about the Arctic and foster interest in it.

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At the Museum

Activities and Events
The Arctic is a frequent theme of activities and events offered to visitors at the museum.

For Teachers
Arctic-themed activities for school groups at the museum.

Landscapes of Canada Gardens
Arctic tundra is one of the Canadian ecozones represented on the museum grounds; the gardens extend the museum's programming and educational mandate beyond the museum's walls.

New Gallery
The Canada Goose Arctic Gallery will open at the Canadian Museum of Nature on June 21, 2017.

Travelling Exhibitions

Arctic Alive
A giant floor map of Canada for use in schools. Students can explore the natural diversity of Canada's North through zoology, botany, palaeobiology and mineralogy. Coproduced with Canadian Geographic.
http://www.canadiangeographic.ca/educational_products/flora_and_fauna_map.asp

Arctic Voices
Explores the impact of the changing climate in the Arctic through many lenses, including the land, sea and ice. Coproduced with Science North.
https://sciencenorth.ca/internationalsales/index.aspx?id=3894

Flora of the Canadian Arctic
Large framed scans of herbarium sheets that hold attractive and historical plant specimens from the Canadian Arctic. Also available in digital format.

Sila: Clue in to Climate Change
Explores climate change in the Arctic through the lenses of western science and traditional knowledge. Displays on a tabletop and packs into a suitcase.

Arctic Inspiration Prize

The museum holds an Ambassadorship for the Arctic Inspiration Prize. As a promotor of the prize, the ambassador actively seeks and mentors eligible nominees.
http://www.arcticinspirationprize.ca/index.php

Online

Articles in the Museum's Blog
Interesting, personal articles relating to the Arctic by various staff members at the Canadian Museum of Nature.

Expedition Arctic
Join museum experts and Students on Ice to learn about plants, animals and fossils of the Arctic.

Franklin-Expedition Artefacts: Video
See artefacts from the site where the crew of the Franklin expedition perished after they had to abandon ship in Canada's Arctic.

Natural History Notebooks
More than 10% of the animals featured in Natural History Notebooks are Arctic species—living now or prehistoric.

Arctic Colouring Pages
Embellished animals and artfully arranged plants celebrate the Arctic in these free, printable colouring pages.