School Programs

Hands on Heritage - The Museum is widely recognized for quality educational programs developed in collaboration with teachers. Interactive and engaging programs are offered at three sites: the Community Museum, McLean Mill National Historic Site and the Maritime Discovery Centre. Opportunities to discover Port Alberni and Provincial History, from First Nations Culture and Pioneer experiences to Forestry and Maritime heritage our programs address many of the prescribed learning outcomes of the Social Studies Curriculum for grades Kindergarten through to Grade 12. Our series of core programs is offered each year, all year, so teachers can incorporate them into long term lesson planning. In addition, each year we offer seasonal school programs which interpret our temporary exhibits or relate to seasonal themes. The grade levels and curriculum links of these programs will vary with the changing themes of the exhibits. 

     The Beta Sigma Phi Legacy Fund connects our students with the museum by providing the funds to cover the program fee for all Alberni Valley classes attending museum programs. In recognition of the sorority's 60th Anniversary local chapters formed this fund to enable Port Alberni youth to learn about their history and heritage.

   To discuss your program needs, please contact the Museum's Education Curator at 250-720-2523 or

All programs must be booked in advance by contacting the Booking Clerk at Echo Centre 250-723-2181 or

Core School Programs

Dinosaur Discovery (Grade K-3) Lets your students discover the work of Palaeontologists. 

Travel Ways (Grade K-2) Explore the Museum and the history of transportation in this fun and active program.

Museum Discovery (Grade 1-2) Explore the Museum and discover what goes on behind the scenes. Some fun activities have been added to this program.

Pioneer Family (Grade 3) Travel back in time and discover Port Alberni life in the 1890's. 

Grasses and Cedarbark (Grade 4) Discover traditional Nuu-Chah-Nulth culture through activities that explore cedar technology, woodworking, basket making and utilizes the Museum's ethnology collection.

Maritime Matters - Grade Five
Explore the history of lighthouses, west coast exploration and navigation.

Stone Tools to Sawmills - Grade Five to Eight
Trough activity and analysis students will explore Nuu Chah Nulth culture, the exploration era, immigration and early industry.

Archaeology (Grade 7) Provides an opportunity for your students to discover the work of Archaeologists.

Local History Study (Grade 8-12) A multi visit program that allows your students an opportunity to utilize the research resources of the Museum and Archives and discover some of the history of the Alberni Valley.

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