Teachers, as the 2017/2018 year comes to a close, MineralsEd would like to say thank you for your continued efforts to educate youth and prepare them for the future. Thank you for sharing your gift of teaching with students across BC!
As BC teachers take a break for the summer, students are gearing up for some rockin' summer fun! Take a look at our list of summer activities.
Learn more about mining on a visit to Britannia Mine Museum.
Last century, it was a working mine. Now, it's a national historic site and museum, turning out awe-inspiring sights and memorable family experiences. So much to see and do. Rumble aboard the mine train as it rolls into the dark. Learn from their fantastic tour guides! Pan for gold!
Take a hike and look at the geology along the way.
No matter where you are in the world, you can observe and learn more about the local natural history by looking at the rocks. Go on a hike and bring your handlens so you can look up close at the mountain outcrops along the way as well as the small pebbles beneath your feet.
Soak up some sun while collecting and classifying rocks at the beach.
Explore the wide variety of pebbles you can find along a beach! Use "A Field Guide to the Identification of Pebbles" by Eileen Van der Flier-Keller, found at your local Chapters. This waterproof guide has photos to help identify over 28 different types of rocks.
Go on your own building stone tour.
Take a walk in your neighbourhood or your downtown to explore the rocks used to build or face buildings and walls. If you are in downtown Vancouver, take along a copy of our Downtown Vancouver Geotour Guide.
Highland Valley Copper Mine Tour & Open House
Highland Valley Copper will host a celebration for their 32nd Anniversary on August 6th! This is a family day showcasing the operations, with informational displays and entertainment. All summer long, Highland Valley Copper will have free public mine tours on Wednesdays at 10am.
Collect and recycle home electronics.
Check your cupboards and closets! Your old cellphones, old VHS players, broken hand mixer, and electric razor are all made of minerals from the Earth. Get Earth concious and gather these items up to take to your local recycling depot.
Travel to Barkerville to learn about BC mining!
Learn about life in a thriving mining town in BC’s early days and first gold rush. With a unique streetscape of 125+ heritage buildings, authentic displays, satellite museums, restaurants, shops and accommodations there is so much to explore! Visit the Barkerville website for daily programming and summer events.