Grade 5 Field Trips

Available Mondays, Tuesdays, and Thursdays.

Planetarium Show

A Rock's Life
Join us for a virtual field trip to explore some of the unique geological features in our own backyard. We travel from Squamish to the Fraser River delta to illustrate what the rock cycle is and why it matters in your life. We will also explore how an understanding of Earth’s geology can take your learning out of this world.

GroundStation Canada Shows 

Rocket Lab
What goes up doesn’t necessarily come down. How do rockets get up there in the first place? Students participate in this live demonstration of the basic principles of Newton’s Laws of Motion and their use in rocketry.

Think like a Geologist
How does a geologist know what they're looking at? How do they test the physical properties of rocks and minerals to help identify them? Students will learn how geologists apply the scientific method to identify rock samples and how that applies to their work.

Hands-on Workshops  

Space Launch Challenge
What do scientists and engineers do to make their ideas a reality? They use their knowledge of scientific concepts and rigorous experimentation. In this workshop, students will apply basic concepts of physics to design, prototype and launch a simple rocket.
NOTE: Students will work together in groups of three and each group is required to supply their own 2-litre plastic pop bottles.

Mining Quest
Using their understanding of the rock cycle and the thought processes geologists use in the field, students will look for clues to locate a potential source for Canadian diamonds.

Cosmic Courtyard Exhibit Space

Visit our space-themed, hands-one exhibit space. Students can enjoy a range of activities like morphing themselves into an alien, touching a Moon rock, trying to lift a meteorite and building a Mars rover. 

Curriculum Connections

Programs are framed around key inquiry questions and provide opportunities for students to apply curricular competencies such as observation and questioning while developing a more in-depth understanding of key content areas. We are committed to a respectful and holistic approach to Indigenous knowledge by acknowledging the First Peoples Principles of Learning.

Earth materials change as they move through the rock cycle and can be used as natural resources.
Machines are devices that transfer force and energy.

The rock cycle.
Local types of earth materials.
The nature of sustainable practices around BC’s resources.

Curricular Competencies include:

Questioning and predicting
 - Demonstrate a sustained curiosity about a scientific topic or problem of personal interest.
Planning and conducting
 - With support, plan appropriate investigations to answer their questions or solve problems they have identified.
Processing and analyzing data and information
 - Demonstrate an openness to new ideas and consideration of alternatives.
 - Demonstrate an understanding and appreciation of evidence.
 - Communicate ideas, explanations, and processes in a variety of ways.

Program Package Options

(Times below include a lunch break.)

Planetarium Show, GroundStation Canada, Workshop & Cosmic Courtyard exhibit space $17.75
- A Rock's Life (Planetarium)
- Rocket Lab or Think like a Geologist (GroundStation Canada)
- Space Launch Challenge or Mining Quest (Workshop)
(approximately 3 hours 30 minutes)

Planetarium Show, GroundStation Canada & Cosmic Courtyard exhibit space $13.40
- A Rock's Life (Planetarium)
- Rocket Lab or Think like a Geologist (GroundStation Canada)
(approximately 2 hours 30 minutes)

Planetarium Show, Workshop & Cosmic Courtyard exhibit space $13.15
-A Rock's Life (Planetarium)
- Space Launch Challenge or Mining Quest (Workshop)
(approximately 3 hours)

GroundStation Canada, Workshop & Cosmic Courtyard exhibit space $10.25
- Rocket Lab or Think like a Geologist (GroundStation Canada)
- Space Launch Challenge or Mining Quest (Workshop)
(approximately 2 hours and 30 minutes,)

Looking for other options?
Contact [email protected] or 604.738.7827 ext. 241 to discuss all options.

All costs are per person (students and adults). One adult admission free with every four students. Additional adults pay the same discounted rate as students.

Group Size
Minimum group size is 15 paid students. Maximum group sizes apply to workshops as space is limited.

Book your program

Email (Please include the name of your school, dates and the programs you are interested in.)
Call:  604.738.7827 ext. 241
Fax:  604.736.5665