In-Person for Elementary

In-Person Programs

Children participating in the fossil fish activity 

We offer various FREE programs for elementary students that are tailored to Ontario curriculum. Each program consists of a focused presentation on the topic of choice and an interactive activity or two. Field trips are two hours in duration on average, but can be shortened or extended as requested. A description of each program can be found below:

Grade level Program Description Time (min)
Kindergarten and up Dinosaurs and Fossils Learn all about the dinosaurs! Meet Albertosaurus, Parasaurolophus, Tyrannosaurus and the rest of their friends. Students will learn about the full-size skeletons, as well as get to handle a variety of REAL dinosaur fossils! Includes a guided walk around the museum.  90
Grade 2 Groundwater Adventures Discover the hidden world of groundwater with a story featuring the characters Wally the Worm and Deanna Waterdroplet. Learn about where our drinking water comes from in Waterloo! Learn about the water cycle and build a craft to take home. 90
Grade 4 and up Rocks and Minerals Finally understand the difference between rocks and minerals with this hands-on learning experience! Students get to handle 25+ different specimens before getting a tour of our underground mine tunnel. Finish off with a fun geology themed activity. 120
Grade 5 and up Natural Disasters From volcanoes and earthquakes to massive landslides and hurricanes, explore all of earth’s natural hazards by learning what powerful forces on our planet cause these disasters. Then, put your knowledge and building skills to the test with a classroom-wide competition to see who can build a structure that will survive the earthquake table! 120

How to book a program

If you would like to book a program for an elementary school field-trip, please fill out the form below. 

All museum programs are free but transportation costs still exist. The PDAC's Mining Matters program has a field trip subsidy that you can apply for.

Still unable to book a bus? Check out our virtual programs, or inquire about the possibility of an in-school visit.

Information and privacy: questions regarding the collection of information on this form can be directed to the form administrator.

Preferred program date * (required)
Preferred start time * (required)
The number of people expected to attend
(max. 30)
(min. 1)


Feel free to email the Earth Sciences Museum for general inquiries.

Or contact by phone: (519) 888-4567 ext. 35633

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