Let the Museum come to you

​Outreach presentations wherever you are!

You and your group would like to experience the museum, but can't come in person? No worries, we've got you covered!

Invite one of our trained bilingual educators to your school, library, home-school, after school groups or community center to give an interactive,  hands-on science presentation.

Outreach activities are

  • Appropriate for ages 4 and up, for all levels of learning from preschool to secondary levels

  • Offered to groups of maximum 30 participants. Additional fees may apply for groups larger than 30 participants

  • Available for reservation from Monday to Friday between 10:00am and 3:00pm.

  • Offered in French or English

  • Duration: 1 hour

Content and themes

Each session includes:

  • A one-hour PowerPoint presentation on one of our many themes.
  • Specimens and handling materials from the museum’s collection.
  • The option to have a craft for participants to create at the end of the presentation

Themes

subject what is it about? craft option
Ancient Egypt an mummies Learn about Ancient Egypt, the process of mummification and hieroglyphics All ages: Make a hieroglyphic bookmark on real papyrus
Bees Learn about the important role of bees for pollination and agriculture in Quebec  All ages: Make a rolled candle with bee's wax sheets
Butterflies Learn about the important role and life cycle of Quebec butterflies such as the Monarch and the Painted Lady  All ages: Make a simple butterfly model with vegetable dyes and filter paper
Dinosaurs and fossils Learn about Canadian dinosaurs like Gorgosaurus and Triceratops by examining real dinosaur bones and trace fossils.  8-12 years old: Fold a simple origami snapping dinosaur head
Rocks and minerals (Ages 9 and up) Learn about the world of mineralogy and the properties of 10 different minerals from Quebec by examining a suite of minerals and rocks such as calcite, quartz, sulfur and pyrite  9 and up: Create a classification and identification chart of the minerals of Quebec
Samurais and armors Learn about armored animals such as turtles and the way armor was used by Japanese Samurai.  All ages: Make a samurai mask with a mustache
Shells and marine life Learn about shells such as sea snails and cowries by examining a selection of mollusks such as conches, clams, drupes and tritons  All ages: Make a sea shell scene
Skeletons Learn about bones, how to identify them and how they work together in the skeletal system All ages: Make a skeleton with toothpicks, Q-tips and pipe cleaners
Skulls and Hominid evolution Learn about the structure of the human skull and how it evolved  All ages: Make a simple sugar skull
Spiders Find out how spiders work and why they are important in nature by examining tarantula and scorpion carapaces  All ages: Make a spider web with your handprint spider inside it
Volcanoes Learn about volcanoes, earthquakes and volcanic eruptions by examining samples such as lava, pumice and even a volcanic bomb!  All ages: Mold a volcano model from clay and find out how to simulate a safe "eruption"

Find out what other types of Science Outreach McGill and its partner groups offer.

Costs

Please contact us by redpath.museum [at] mcgill.ca (subject: Request%20for%20Outreach%20activities) (email) or at at 514-398-4986 ext. 00402 to request a quote for an activity or for more details on:

  • A suite of more than three (3) activities on the same day
  • If you are interested in more than one subject
  • If you are located outside the 70km radius 

Required for the presentation

We suggest the following be ready upon the arrival of the educator:

  • Dedicated room or area with enough tables and chairs for all participants
  • A computer, projector and screen for the PowerPoint presentation. For smaller children, there may not be a presentation, this information can be discussed with the coordinator during the reservation process.
  • A side table for the educator to place props and materials.
  • If you have a craft included, the educator will bring the necessary material. 

Cancelation Policy

Please ensure to read thoroughly our cancelation policy as it contains important information on delays and fees associated to them.

PDF icon Cancelation Policy - Politique d'annulation

Land Acknowledgement

McGill University is located on land which has long served as a site of meeting and exchange amongst Indigenous peoples, including the Haudenosaunee and Anishinabeg nations. McGill honours, recognizes and respects these nations as the traditional stewards of the lands and waters on which we meet today.

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