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.

Click here for what's currently happening at the Museum.

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

shutterbug programs

March 11, 2015 - September 6, 2015
Ian Lane

Take a closer look at local insect life in this exhibition of photographs. Enjoy daily hands-on programs about insects and drop-in activities in the gallery.

Included with museum admission or membership.

Bug Hunt

August 29, 2015, 12:30pm
Karen Needham

Join our Assistant Curator of the Spencer Entomological Collection, Karen Needham, for a summertime bug hunt! Discover the fascinating creatures living right under our noses.

Included with museum admission or membership.

Members' Sneak-Peek Bugs & Beer

September 4, 2015, 6:30pm - 9:30pm

Experience the museum after-hours in this exclusive members-only event. Learn about insects as a source of sustainable protein, eat some (if you're brave) and enjoy Grasshopper Wheat Ale generously donated by Big Rock Brewery.

Free with museum membership.

Table of Treasure — Fresh Water Ecology (formerly Ask an Expert)

September 6, 2015, 11:00am - 3:00pm
Danielle Courcelles

Curious about the critters that live in streams? Danielle Courcelles will answer your questions about these fascinating creatures when you drop-in to the museum.

Free for the public.

Seed dispersal is way cool because…

September 6, 2015, 1:00pm
Christopher Kopp

In this interactive Way Cool presentation, we’ll explore how plants have gotten to the far flung places they are found, and how the world in which these plants live has influenced their strategies for getting around.

Included with museum admission or membership.

The 6th Annual Wilf Schofield Bryophyte and Lichen Foray

September 11-13, 2015

The 6th Annual Wilf Schofield Bryophyte and Lichen Foray will be held in Squamish.

Walk of Wonder - ecology (formerly Campus Walk)

September 19, 2015, 10:15am
David Cook

Walk to locations on campus where native plants can be seen in their natural setting with biologist David Cook. Learn about the ecological roles played by each species while strolling around picturesque UBC campus.

Included with museum admission or membership.

Science Literacy Week

September 21- September 27, 2015

The Beaty Biodiversity Museum is part of Science Literacy Week - a coast to coast celebration encompassing over 100 institutions involved in science literacy in nearly 50 cities.

Included with museum admission or membership.

Beaty's Birthday Bash!

October 17, 2015, 10:00am - 3:30pm

You’re invited to the Beaty Biodiversity Museum’s 5th Birthday Party! Join us for cake cutting and birthday wishes at 11:00am as well as drop-in activities all day.


Centennial Cider Celebration

October 17, 2015, 5:30pm - 8:30pm

Celebrate the Beaty Biodiversity Museum’s 5th Birthday and UBC’s Centennial at our Cider Tasting Night! Sip cider and enjoy our new exhibition 100 Years, 100 Treasures.

Free with Museum Membership


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