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Heritage in Schools

Our program includes a Heritage Study Guide, Field Trip Grants, and Professional Development support for educators

Support this Program

Vancouver Heritage Foundation’s Heritage in Schools Program includes our Heritage Study Guide that is full of helpful resources for teaching about local heritage, our popular Field Trip Grants, and Professional Development support for educators.

The Heritage in Schools Program aims to:

  • Increase students’ and educators’ awareness and knowledge of local heritage places and history by providing learning opportunities inside and outside the classroom.
  • Encourage students and teachers to engage with Vancouver’s diverse heritage places, and contribute to meaningful discussions around their histories and future legacies.
  • Support the professional development of educators in order to promote place-based heritage education in Vancouver public schools.  We do this by collaborating with educators and students to develop accessible resources and self-directed inquiry-based projects, and through support of Vancouver Heritage Fairs.

Thank You to Our Project Partners

Andrew Mahon Foundation

Laura Saimoto

Shigeo Saimoto

GMR Foundation

Friends of VHF

Field Trip Grants

Our popular Field Trip Grants application deadline has now passed for the 2022-23 school year.

If you have any inquiries, please contact jessica@vancouver

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Professional Development Support

As part of our Heritage in Schools Program, we provide professional development support to educators by offering a variety of in-person and virtual sessions as part of organized professional development days.

2022-23 Pro-D for Teachers Sessions

  • October 21st: Hastings Park- Japanese Canadian Hastings Park Interpretive Centre Society, Nikkei National Museum, John Atkin
  • January 16th: Virtual Heritage Study Guide Session
  • February 17th: Vietnamese-Canadian stories: family and food (Ba Le, Anh and Chi, Your Choice Optical, Royal BC Museum portal, Andy Pham)
  • April 24th: Kuwentuhan (storytelling) on Fraser Street’s Filipino Connections

If you wish to invite VHF to present to your staff, arrange a walking tour of your school and neighbourhood, or to be on the Professional Development Days email list, please contact:

Vancouver Heritage Fairs

VHF is proud to support the Vancouver Heritage Fairs. The Heritage Fairs Society is a non-profit organization that promotes the education of Canadian history amongst BC Students. Every year, the society plans fairs across the province in which students showcase their projects on a certain aspect of our past.

The Heritage Fairs Society is always looking for volunteers. They are currently looking for English and French speaking adjudicators who are interested in history and heritage and enjoy working with children (for virtual and in-person fairs).

If you wish to participate, please contact:

A student in front of her Heritage Fairs project at Heritage Hall in May 2022