Talks & Events

The Beaty Biodiversity Museum encourages you to attend one of our engaging talks and special events. Most are geared to a general, all-ages audience (unless otherwise specified). We hope to spark your love of biodiversity through interesting and timely topics.

  • Biodiversity Lecture Series: In partnership with the Biodiversity Research Centre (BRC), the Museum presents an ongoing series of lectures exploring our understandings of biodiversity.
  • Guest Speakers and Special Events: Scientists and artists from different corners of the world bring their perspective on biodiversity to the Beaty Biodiversity Museum.

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All events listed below are included with museum admission or membership, unless stated otherwise.

Backyard Biodiversity

Starting May 9, 2014, explore the Beaty Museum through the lens of Backyard Biodiversity – showcasing the native, rare, and common species found in various ecosystems through British Columbia.

Bird Walk

September 20, 2014, 10:15am - 12:15pm
Bev Ramey

Stroll around campus on this birding walk led by Nature Vancouver's Bev Ramey.

Included with museum admission or membership.

Backyard Biodiversity

September 27, 2014, 12:00pm - 3:00pm

On Saturday September 27th help us celebrate the opening of Backyard Biodiversity! Read, write, draw, and discover BC’s nature through the stories and illustrations of BC authors and artists. Book readings start at noon with art making activities until 3pm.

Laysan Island is way cool because…

October 5, 2014, 1:00pm
Ian Thomas

Set in the biggest marine protected area on the planet, Laysan is the largest and most biologically diverse island in the Northwestern Hawiian Archipelago: one of the most remote and spectacular wildernesses on earth.

Included with museum admission or membership

Ask an Expert about Cordage (rope)

October 5, 2014, 11:00am - 3:00pm
Saskia Wolsak

Ever wonder what rope is made of? Ask questions and find out more about how to make rope from sisal, cotton, hemp, flax, manila, jute, and various grasses.

Free for the public.

Native Plants Walk

October 18, 2014, 10:15am - 12:15pm
David Cook

Walk to locations on campus where native plants can be seen in their natural setting. Learn about the taxonomy, ecology and the traditional First Nation uses of each species.

Included with museum admission or membership.

Professional Development Day for Teachers

October 24, 2014, 10:00am - 5:00pm

Come to the museum for a professional development day. Learn how we can support your lessons with curriculum links in our exhibits, activities and programs.

Free for teachers with Teacher Federation or Association ID.

Mushroom Walk

November 1, 2014, 2:15pm
Jaclyn Dee, Ludovic Le Renard, and Mary Berbee

With the fall rains, many BC fungi erupt from the ground to present a spectacular display of mushrooms. If you like mushrooms and want to learn more about them, join us, rain or shine, for an exploration of mushrooms and a walk through the UBC campus.

Included with museum admission or membership.

Berries are way cool because...

November 2, 2014, 1:00pm
Noémie Boulanger-Lapointe

Through a closer look at berries, Noémie Boulanger-Lapointe will take you on a search for the sweet spot in the northern biocultural system.

Included with museum admission or membership

Ask an Expert about Marine Bivalves (shellfish)

November 2, 2014, 11:00am - 3:00pm
Sheila Byers

Find out more about shellfish from the author of Explore the Rocky Shore at Stanley Park (published by Nature Vancouver), Sheila Byers. Bring in photos of your favourite or mystery shellfish.

Free for the public.


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