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Do-It-Yourself Tours

Design your own visit to the museum!

Use our activity sheets to guide your group's exploration of our galleries.

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Arctic

Arctic Explorers
Ontario: grade 4
Quebec: elementary cycles 2 and 3

Curious minds will go on an exciting search for Arctic specimens that are found throughout our exhibitions. Discover cool facts as you become an Arctic explorer.
Suggested duration: 1 to 2 hours

Birds

What Is a Bird?
Ontario: grades 1–2
Quebec: elementary cycle 1

On a self-guided visit, teachers, students and adult chaperones will discover our Bird Gallery, which features more than 500 bird specimens. Equipped with travel notebooks, the students will compare their height and weight to those of birds and use binoculars to discover feet and beaks, as well as a multitude of coloured feathers. After the self-guided visit, we invite students to visit the kids' area inside the gallery. Young students will have the opportunity to play while learning how to care for injured birds.
Suggested duration: 45 to 60 minutes
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Fossils

The Fossil Challenge!
Ontario: grades 6–8
Quebec: elementary cycle 3, secondary cycle 1

For this challenge, students work in small groups, exploring our fossil gallery. Using hints on their self-guided sheets, they unscramble letters to discover a true fact about our fossil collection. Students are exposed to a wide variety of fossils and creatures that lived long ago. Adding to the fun, student groups are encouraged to take photos with their favourite fossil. Following this adventure, students can regroup in the Extinction Theatre for an exhilarating conclusion to their visit.
Suggested duration: 30 minutes

Fossils and Their Secrets
Ontario: grades 4–8
Quebec: elementary cycles 2 and 3, secondary cycle 1

Find out whether mammals and dinosaurs ever co-existed, discover the link between flowers and dinosaurs and decide the outcome of a life-sized showdown between a meat-eating dinosaur and its potential prey! These are but a few of the surprises awaiting students as they unravel fossil secrets on this self-guided scavenger hunt though our fossil gallery. Following this adventure, students can regroup in the Extinction Theatre for an exhilarating conclusion to their visit!
Suggested duration: 1 hour
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Fossil Hot Topics
Ontario: grades 9–12
Quebec: secondary cycles 1 and 2

Is there an evolutionary link between birds and dinosaurs? Was North America ever divided by a large inland sea? Were there ever crocodiles in the Arctic? Find answers to these and many other questions in this self-guided scavenger hunt through our fossil gallery. Students will sharpen their pencils and their minds as they dig though some of the hottest topics in palaeontology! Following this adventure, students can regroup in the Extinction Theatre for an exhilarating conclusion to their visit!
Suggested duration: 1 hour
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The Nature Trek app.

Gallery Treks

Nature Trek: Web App for Mobile Devices
Ontario: all grades
Quebec: all grades

"Show and tell" videos from our researchers and educators lead you through our galleries, featuring particular specimens, live animals and interactives. Take a tour of the Gross, the Bizarre and the Ugly on display. Let us share Our Favourite Things. Learn something new from Did You Know?

Nature Trek is a web-based application, so it will work on most mobile devices, as long as you have an Internet connection. There is free Wi-Fi throughout the museum.
Suggested duration: 1 hour
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Glashan Scavenger Hunt
Ontario: grades 7–10
Quebec: secondary cycles 1 and 2

This self-guided tour prepared by a Glashan Public School teacher will bring you to some main highlights of the museum. The pictures in the document provide clues to the answers. Time this challenge with your class and have fun exploring the galleries.

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