School Program at the Museum
The Cowichan Valley Museum offers school programs that complement school curricula. Using teaching artifacts that allow hands-on learning enriches the educational experience for our visiting students. Trained volunteers deliver a variety of program components and help to provide a fun and memorable visit.
Booking a school program ~ School programming is available in the mornings from 9:30 to 11:00 a.m. (before the Museum opens to the public). Teachers should contact the Museum at 250-746-6612 or email the Museum to book their class for a program.
Grade 3 Pioneer Program ~
Our Pioneer Program uses the ‘Home of 1912’ display to help students experience what life was like in the ‘olden’ days. After a staff member delivers an introductory talk about pioneer life in the Cowichan Valley, students are divided into three groups. Each group will go ‘shopping’ in the Alderlea General Store, handle artifacts and learn about daily life in the Kitchen, and make fun, old-fashioned toys in the craft activity.
Grade 4 First Nations Program ~
Students receive a detailed lesson about First Nations’ tools, materials, artifacts and traditions. This program also includes a tour of the totem poles in the park around the Museum, and a related craft activity, which may include weaving a ‘cedar’ mat or creating a paper totem pole, rounds out this program.
Seasonal Programs ~
The ‘Christmas Pioneer Program’ for Grade 3 offers a spectacular sight: the Museum is decked out in festive decorations, including piles of presents and old-fashioned toys under a 'candle-lit' Christmas Tree in the Parlour. Students learn about the customs of Christmas past.
Special Programs ~
Other school programs are designed to complement the current exhibit and feature components such as ‘A Walk with the Curator’.
Remembrance Day programs are available and will be tailored for the grade level.