High school teachers


We welcome your interest in tours for your class! We offer various programs that we have tailored to Ontario curriculums. For secondary level students, what our tours usually consist of is a focused presentation on the topic of your choice, as well as an opportunity to explore the museum as a whole. Our programs are able to be offered to all grades, but are most suited to Grades 9 and 12 due to the specific curriculums for those levels. Below you can see a description of each program along with the curriculum specific topics it addresses:

Grade level/ course Program Brief description



The Energy Game

This action packed game teaches students about Canada’s energy: type, transportation, and use. You will want to play it more than once! (90 minutes.)



WATER-loo conservation: Exploring surface and groundwater in the region

Waterloo Region is the largest community in Canada that is reliant on groundwater for drinking water. We show where the water is stored in our region, how to protect it and why it is important to us. Interactive components include core-logging, water taste testing and a groundwater model. (120 minutes.)



Groundwater: Explore, Understand, and Protect A full-day program focused on Groundwater taking place in the field at one of the Waterloo Regional Outdoor Education Centres and in the lab at the University of Waterloo. Students will use seepage meters, conduct a stream study, log a soil core and examine a groundwater model. Document package is included.  (Full-day program)



Rocks, Minerals and Microscopes A hands-on, noses-in, wide-eyed survey of minerals and their unique chemical structures and properties. Use your five senses to determine the identity of minerals view minerals through powerful microscopes, and learn about their unique chemical structures. (90-120 minutes.)



Geology of Ontario

Touring the replica mine tunnel and the Peter Russell Rock Garden, learn about the Geology of Ontario, the variety of minerals that are found in this province, and the history of mining and how it has shaped the communities in northern Ontario. (60 minutes.)

How to book a tour

If you would like to book a tour please fill out the form below.

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

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

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

For directions to the museum: Visit Us

Museum hours

Conestoga Rovers Learning Centre (the “Dino pit”) open Monday to Friday from 8:30 am to 4:30 pm.

The museum’s main atrium, mining tunnel, Great Lakes fountain and stunning mineral exhibits open all day Monday to Friday and weekends from 9:00 am to 4:00 pm.

Peter Russell Rock Garden (located outdoors) open to the public year round. Self-guided tours are available.

Admission is free! For more information, see Visit Us.

Scavenger hunts for kids ages 6 to 12+