School Programs

Tours at the Museums


There are many different aspects to focus on when taking a tour of the Museum. Depending on the grade and subject level of your students, we will adjust the level of the material to best suit your students’ needs. School tours include tours of the main museum and 1940’s CPR caboose.
$75 per group (up to 35)/ 1 hour tour

Tours of the museum can offer information and curriculum supplements in the following areas:

Local Maple Ridge History – From the beginning through today

Local and BC Industrial History – Logging, Farming, Fishing, Household Industry, Railroad and CP Train history.

Local First Nations Pre-Contact History – Archaeology and pre-settlement era history of the Katzie and Kwatlen First Nations.

Local Geology – 100 million years of mountain building and river forming.

Multicultural Maple Ridge –  The people who came from all over the world to settle in Maple Ridge throughout our history.

Japanese Settlers and Farmers – a large part of our local history is the settlement of Japanese families.


Tours of Haney House offer a glimpse of what life was like when the house was built in 1883.  Students gain an understanding of how life and technology have changed through the last century and a half.
$75 per group (up to 35)/ 1 hour tour


Presentation at Your School

A staff member from the Maple Ridge Museum can bring our presentations to your classroom.  We have presented in classrooms to one class, multi-purpose rooms to more than one grade level, and gymnasiums to a whole school. Any number of students can attend the presentation, as long as you can provide the necessary space. We will bring a PowerPoint presentation, but will need to be provided with a screen or light-coloured wall or a modern white board with projector.
$75 per visit / 1 hour presentation

We have a large number of topics we have already presented on:

Building Our Community & Going To Work – good for younger students but can work for any grade level. It looks at how and why communities start and grow at particular places where transportation and resources allow. It also looks at how people worked and obtained food and includes an introduction to the idea of barter. It can be coupled with a Neighbourhood Story to cover the area around the school.

Neighbourhood Stories –  these presentations are specific to one of the historic neighbourhoods and highlight their pioneer families, industries and recreations.

Archaeology – there are several options for length and depth based on the excavations at the Pitt River Site done prior to the building of the Mary Hill Bypass.

Our Japanese Citizens – discusses our Japanese population from early immigration to WWII internment. Could be used with any grade from 4 to 12 by modifying depth.

Earth, Air, Fire & Water: Our History By Disaster – covers the challenges faced by early and later communities from weather and fire.

Didn’t This Used to be Haney? – History By The Postal Route – covers the development of Maple Ridge and all of its neighbourhoods based around post offices. It makes sense of all the names and of how “Maple Ridge” came to be the final choice for our postal address.

Strange But True – odd stories and eccentric people of our past.

The Sporting Life – sports and sports equipment of the past

Finding Granny in the Archives – Doing Women’s History – this would be better for older students. It goes into the ups and downs of doing research using original documents and the particular problems of researching women. It includes a lot of images of different kinds of archival documents.

Shopping Through the 20th Century – How did people get what they needed that they couldn’t build or grow on their own? It covers catalog shopping and shipping by train to door-to-door salesmen to modern malls.

Please phone us at 604.463.5311, or contact us here to discuss what other topics you would like to see addressed in your classroom or school, or to schedule a visit.

It has proven to be particularly effective to have a presentation of basic community history for Grades 1 to 4 prior to their visit to the museum for a tour. It exposes them to the concepts of history, some specific local details, and the mysteries of black and white photography so that when they come to the museum, there is less that is completely new to them.

To book a school tour or
presentation in your classroom

Milka and Edith (r) Jackson posed with two horses on their family property in Albion on 102nd Ave in about 1910.
P08685 - 1926
Dyck’s Dinosaur Park, 1970’s.

Research Materials for Teachers

We have a lot of materials that teachers can use in the classroom. Any of the photographs on our Flickr site can be downloaded and reproduced for use in the classroom without any further permission from us.

We have a wide array of other materials that is so vast that it is best to contact us with the topic or topics you have in mind. A few that are likely to be of particular interest are listed below and can be downloaded.

Katzie Seasonal Round

Alma Ward Hampton story