Programs at the Okanagan Science Centre

Book a field trip to the Okanagan Science Centre to introduce or reinforce classroom learning, to approach a subject from an exciting new angle, or to celebrate and have fun with your class. Starting from only $6 per student, your class will experience a curriculum-linked program of your choice and an hour of exploration in our exhibit galleries.  Choose from the following programs; the program descriptions and planetarium programs are found below. If you would like to book a field trip on a topic not listed below, please contact us and we will be happy to work with you to develop a suitable program.  All of your programs are tailored to meet the new curriculum science requirements and ADST requirements!

Call us at 250-545-3644 or email at to book a program or for more information.


Programs Available

pre-K: Touchy Feely, Colourful Chemistry

K: Touchy Feely, Insect Mania, Force and Motion

Grade 1: Insect Mania, Light and Sound, Properties of Matter, It's a Small World

Grade 2: Insect Mania, Force and Motion, Properties of Matter, It's a Small World, Water Everywhere

Grade 3: Insect Mania, Properties of Matter, It's a Small World

Grade 4: Properties of Matter, Oil Spill, It's a Small World

Grade 5: Solutions, Solubility, and Mixtures, Simple Machines, Oil Spill, Human Anatomy

Grade 6: Solutions, Solubility, and Mixtures, Newton's Laws

Grade 7: Electrifying Electricity, Electromagnetic Force



Dinos K-3: How big were dinosaurs?  When did they live?  How can we group them?  Learn all about the features and behaviours that helped dinosaurs survive in their environment.

Dinos 4-7: Where does our knowledge of dinosaurs come from?  Learn how fossils form and how we can use them to speculate about the lives of dinosaurs.


Program Descriptions

Colourful Chemistry (pre-K) Use chemistry to mix, create, and explore colours.

Touchy Feely (Pre-K, K) Using our fascinating five senses we will explore and classify the properties of familiar materials.

Insect Mania (K, Gr1, Gr2, Gr3) What are the basic needs of insects?  How do we classify them?  Discover how the features of insects help them survive and adapt to their environments.

Force and Motion (K, Gr2) How can you make an object move?  Does the material it is made out of influence this?  Perform hands-on experiments and challenges to find out!

Light and Sound (Gr1) What are the properties of light and sound?  How are they similar?  How are they different?  Discover this and more with exciting activities!

Properties of Matter (Gr1, Gr2, Gr3, Gr4) What makes the properties of matter useful?  How can the properties change?  What are the phases of matter?  Conduct amazing experiments to find out!

It's a Small World (Gr1, Gr2, Gr3. Gr4) How do organisms interact with their environment?  Prepare microscope slides with pond water to detect protists, animals, plant matter, and bacteria. *We can only offer this program in warmer month when pond water is more readily available.

Water Everywhere (Gr2) Why is water important to all living things? How does it cycle through the environment?  Explore local water issues and construct a filtration device to turn polluted water clear.

Solutions, Solubility, and Mixtures (Gr5, Gr6) What is a homogenous mixture?  What is a heterogeneous mixture?  How are they useful?  Can you separate them?  Mix your own solutions and conduct separations.

Simple Machines (Gr5) How do machines transfer force and energy?  Use simple machines (levers, pulleys, wheels, inclined planes) to complete challenges and solve problems.

Oil Spill (Gr4, Gr5) How can we act as stewards of our environment?  Design, build, and test a pipeline constructed across and around many obstacles.  Create an oil spill and discover different methods for cleanup and restoration.

Human Anatomy (Gr5) Explore human anatomy.  Learn the basic structures and functions of the digestive, respiratory, and circulatory systems.

Electrifying Electricity (Gr7) What is electricity?  How is it generated?  Find out with hands-on experiments and activities!


Planetarium Shows

Skies Above (Gr1-Gr7) Examine the constellations and be entertained by some authentic starry night storytelling.

Native North American Skylore (Gr1-Gr7)  See the constellations that were important to Indigenous groups throughout North America and learn the stories and legends surrounding them. this show will help you interpret the cultural significance of star gazing from an indigenous perspective. 


Call us at 250-545-3644 or email at to book a program or for more information.

The Okanagan Science Centre would like to thank Telus for its generous support of our school programs.