Educational Programs

The Burgess Shale Geoscience Foundation offers many different educational programs for individuals and groups such as:

World Heritage Site Study Program

Travel through over a half billion years in the story of our planet as displayed by the glorious landscape of the UNESCO Rocky Mountain Parks World Heritage Site in Western Canada.

Remains of ancient tropical equatorial seas, petrified tree trunks that grew at the time of the dinosaurs, remnants of a melting ice sheet which once buried much of North America, continental collisions, the rising of mountain ranges are just few of the features revealed during hikes and road trips and highlighted for you by your guides, all of whom are qualified geologists with the Burgess Shale Geoscience Foundation. Join us and come to know the Earth beneath your feet in a new and exciting way.

Study Tour cost: $2,145.00 CAD includes: escorted field tours by geologists, paleontologists, and all academic lectures, transportation to and from field sites, accommodation, meals and lecture materials.

Registration for this program is done through the College of the Rockies - Golden Campus. For complete details please download the brochure or visit the program page on the College of the Rockies website.

Guided Hikes

The Burgess Shale Geoscience Foundation, in partnership with Yoho National Park offers Earth Science educational hikes to the Walcott Quarry, Mount Stephen Fossil Beds and a hike along the iceline trail that showcases the effects of climate change. All of our guides are experienced in wilderness travel, have current First Aid certifications, and a post-secondary background in Earth Science. Fifty per cent of each hike is spent taking photos and talking about the following:

  1. History of life on earth
  2. Rocks and mountain building
  3. Climate science and landforms
  4. UNESCO World Heritage Site themes on protection, education and interpretation

Download the guided hikes brochure.

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Did you miss your chance to hike to the Burgess Shale or just don't have the time? Join us for this 1.5 hour presentation and 15 minute geo-walk.

Participate in a scientific journey of discovery of what life on earth was like during the Cambrian geological time over half a billion years ago and view the Burgess Shale fossil collection.

When: Geo walks are conducted on every Tuesday & Thursday at 10:00 AM and 2:30 PM (local time) rain or shine as we provide the umbrellas.

Where: Meet at the Parks Canada Visitor Reception Centre in Field, BC.

Fee: $15 single, $20 couple, $25 family

Special tours arranged for groups.

Professional Development Workshop for Teachers

Guided hike portion of the Teacher WorkshopBased in beautiful Yoho National Park, home of the world-famous Burgess Shale Fossils.

Designed for teachers by teachers, the curriculum-based course will not only increase your knowledge of earth science, but will also provide you with classroom resources to enhance your existing science curricula with illustrative Earth Science activities.

The course consists of a mixture of practical classroom sessions, field trips, and field exercises facilitated by professional geo-scientists. Designed with a flexible, modular format, the course includes science-specific workshops (i.e. Chemistry in the Mountains, Biology in the Mountains, Physics in the Mountains) that provide links to pure science curricula. In addition, you will be provided with the skills to create your own geological field trips with your students.

“Our unique, cross-curricular approach involves illustrating scientific principles taught in the classroom with real-world examples from earth science. It makes the theory more relevant to students by relating it to their surroundings.”

    Lisa Holmstrom

Phone 1-800-343-3006 to register