School Groups at MacBride Museum

MacBride Museum offers unique educational experiences for your students. These programs are a fun way to engage students in exploring the Yukon’s environment and amazing history.
MacBride Museum’s programs include the 2016 BC curriculum competencies for science and/or social studies, including:

1. Use Social Studies inquiry process and skills to: ask questions; gather, interpret, and analyze ideas; and communicate findings and decisions.
2. Explain the significance of personal or local events, objects, people, and places.
3. Ask questions, make inferences, and draw conclusions about different types of sources (evidence).
4. Sequence objects, images, and events and recognize the positive and negative aspects of continuity and change.

MacBride Museum, Aurore of the Yukon play

Curriculum-Linked School Programs

Download a PDF of our school programs by clicking here.

New! Night at the Museum

Find out whether those animals in the Wild World Gallery actually come to life at night. Bring your class in to have a sleepover at the museum. Choose any two programs from the list below, take a specialized museum tour and watch a movie.
COST: $350/class
*This program is subject to staff availability

Archaeology

Duration: 90 minutes
Grade Level: K-7
Students will act as archaeologists to uncover real bones and artifacts in our dig box. This program also explains how we learn about the past by examining the things people leave behind.
Curriculum Connections
1. Compare how Aboriginal and European cultures met common needs
2. Describe various ways people exchanged goods and services
3. Demonstrate understanding of events as part of a chronological series

All About Bears

Duration: 90 minutes
Grade Level: K-3
Students will walk in the footsteps of these amazing creatures by exploring their habitats, food sources and survival mechanisms. The program also explains how people and bears co-exist safely and why bears can become a nuisance. Students will understand that researching animals is one way to learn about the environment.
Curriculum Connections
1. Differentiate between the bears that live in the Yukon
2. Describe the basic needs of bears
3. Describe ways bears are important to other species and the environment

Yukon Mammals

Duration: 90 minutes
Grade Level: K-7 This program is based on the MacBride Museum’s wildlife collection. It looks at characteristics, adaptations and food sources of animals that live in the Yukon. Pre- and post-program activities are available upon request.
Curriculum Connections
1. Identify common Yukon mammals
2. Describe the basic needs of Yukon mammals
3. Describe how animals are important to other living species and the environment

From Dot-Dot-Dash to L-O-L

Duration: 90 minutes
Grade Level: 5-7
Students will research historical methods of Yukon media communication and explore if different types of media affect our understanding of events. A tour of the Telegraph Office exhibit is part of this program.

Researching Historical Evidence

Duration: 90 minutes
Grade Level: 4-7
Students will be able to explain what a museum does, how to review and question historical documents including photos and how to fit personal and local history into the larger historical picture.

The Fur Trade

Duration: 120 minutes
Grade Level: 4-6
Learn about early trade in the Yukon through an exploration of exhibit items, a hands-on discovery of trade items and a trading activity.

Yukon Gold Rush

Duration: 90 minutes
Grade Level: 4-5
Discover why the Klondike Gold Rush was an important event in the development of the Yukon and Canada. Dress in costume, explore artifacts and archives to get an understanding of who the stampeders were and what their lives were like.

Murder at Gold Bottom

Duration: 1 hour
Grade Level: 4-6
This program focuses on NWMP history in the Yukon, Klondike Gold Rush-era lifestyles and forensics. Students will act as detectives and examine documents and evidence to solve a fictional mystery based on facts (cir. 1896-1930).
Curriculum Connections
1. Identify and clarify a problem, issue or inquiry
2. Gather and record a body of information from a variety of sources
3. Develop alternative interpretations from varied sources
4. Use an outline to organize information into a coherent presentation

End of Steel, Head of Navigation: The Development of Whitehorse

Duration: 2 hours
Grade Level: 3-5
Students build the city of Whitehorse using giant puzzle pieces, and don costumes to act out a play. This program focuses on the development of Whitehorse between 1900 and 1920, when its rail and river traffic peaked.
Curriculum Connections
1. Describe the historical development of Whitehorse
2. Describe how the physical environment influences human activity
3. Identify how matter changes when heated and cooled

Extra! Extra! Klondike Women Make History

Duration: 90 minutes
Grade Level: 6
This program introduces students to the varied experiences of women during the Klondike Gold Rush, and the contributions they made to this extraordinary event in Yukon’s history.
Curriculum Connections
1. Compare individual rights and social responsibilities in various cultures
2. Assess the relationship between cultures and their environments
3. Describe daily life, work, family structures and gender roles in the Yukon




Yukon Kids Series Programs

In partnership with local author Keith Halliday, MacBride Museum has published a series of four books on Yukon history for young readers. Each story focuses on a different event in Yukon history from the Klondike Gold Rush to the Alaska Boundary Dispute to the Dawson City Nugget’s quest for the Stanley Cup.

Aurore of the Yukon

Yukon Gold Fever: Based on Aurore of the Yukon

Duration: 90 minutes
Grade Level: 5
Students create their own play based one the shooting of Soapy Smith while learning about Klondike Gold Rush history through activities based on Aurore of the Yukon.
Curriculum Connections
1. Identify and clarify a problem, issue or inquiry
2. Develop alternative interpretations from varied sources
3. Demonstrate understanding of why immigrants come to Canada, the challenges they face and their contributions to Canada
4. Use an outline to organize information into a coherent presentation

Yukon Secret Agents

Yukon Secret Agents

Duration: 90 minutes
Grade Level: 5
Students crack codes and create ciphers while learning about the Alaska-Canada boundary dispute through activities based on the book, Yukon Secret Agents.
Curriculum Connections
1. Identify and clarify a problem, issue or inquiry
2. Develop alternative interpretations from varied sources
3. Demonstrate understanding of why immigrants come to Canada, the challenges they face and their contributions to Canada
4. Use an outline to organize information into a coherent presentation

Yukon River Ghost

Yukon Ghost Hunters: Based on Yukon River Ghost

Duration: 90 minutes
Grade Level: 5
Students learn about the important people from Whitehorse’s past who are remembered in the museum, the Pioneer Cemetery and all around town. Activities in this camp are based on Yukon River Ghost, a novel for young readers.
Curriculum Connections
1. Identify and clarify a problem, issue or inquiry
2. Develop alternative interpretations from varied sources
3. Demonstrate understanding of why immigrants come to Canada, the challenges they face and their contributions to Canada
4. Use an outline to organize information into a coherent presentation

Game On Yukon!

Game On Yukon!

Duration: 90 minutes
Grade Level: 5
By following the Dawson City Nuggets 1905 challenge for the Stanley Cup, campers learn about geography and what life was like at the turn of the century. Activities in this camp are based on Game On Yukon, a novel for young readers.
Curriculum Connections
1. Identify and clarify a problem, issue or inquiry
2. Develop alternative interpretations from varied sources
3. Demonstrate understanding of why immigrants come to Canada, the challenges they face and their contributions to Canada
4. Use an outline to organize information into a coherent presentation

Book a School Program at MacBride

Program Cost:
$75/class of 30 students or fewer
Gold panning is an additional $5 per person.
MacBride Museum requires 1 parent or teacher supervisor for every 7 students. All programs can be modified for grade-level and duration.

Contact:
For more information or to book a school program at MacBride Museum call 867-667-2709 or email by clicking here

MacBride Museum of Yukon History
1124 Front St. Whitehorse,
Yukon Canada Y1A 1A4
Phone: (867) 667-2709
pcunning@macbridemuseum.com
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May 15 - August 31
Daily 9:30am-5:00pm
(Open until 7:00 pm on Wednesdays and
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