Heritage Study Guide for Schools

A study guide for educators to engage young learners in Vancouver's diverse history and heritage places

Project Goals

To increase students’ awareness and knowledge of local heritage places and history by providing learning opportunities inside and outside the classroom.

To encourage students and teachers to engage with Vancouver’s diverse heritage places, and contribute to meaningful discussions around their histories and future legacies.

PDF of the  VHF Heritage Study Guide 2019

  • Curriculum connections for BC Social Studies Grades 3-5, 8-10
  • What is heritage?
  • Resources: VHF, local Indigenous and cultural heritage
  • Connecting with Heritage in the Classroom (your school’s history)
  • Heritage opportunities for teachers and students, VHF School Grants

We are looking for your experiences in the classroom! Contact us.


2020-2021 School Grants Open!

Apply for a School Grant: Virtual Field Trip or Book Box

If you are a teacher or affiliated with an educational institution in Vancouver (priority is given to Vancouver School Board public schools), you can apply for one of two available grants for 2020-2021. Maximum value of each grant $150. Multiple educators from the same school can apply for collaborative lessons or field trips.

Questions? Email us.

  • 1) A selection of Vancouver-based books or
  • 2) A virtual field trip (local museums or archives, guest speakers), or if in-person field trips allow,
  • One application per teacher per year.
  • Priority will be given to teachers and schools who have not received a grant previously.
  • Feedback is required from applicants which will help shape the Heritage Study Guide and provide valuable insight for educators.

Click to Apply for a  School Grant


Vancouver Heritage Foundation Resources

Places That Matter Community History Resource (100+ places in Vancouver, nominated and selected by the public. Blue oval plaques mark many sites and the website sources history, stories, videos and images)

Heritage Site Finder Interactive Map (over 2200 sites on the City’s heritage register, individual history, architectural details, images, and stories)

  • Research Guide

Vancouver House Styles (Coast Salish Plank House to current styles)

Select Diverse Local Heritage Resources (also in the study guide)


Programming and School Visits

  • VSB Heritage and Archives Committee Meetings (understanding how to support school communities during seismic upgrades, attending anniversaries and events, sharing history and photography)
  • Bayview School “photographing heritage” session with John Atkin and Martin Knowles.
  • Shaughnessy 100, school archives (time capsule reveal) and heritage club
  • VHF presentation on “What is Heritage” and “Exploring Your Neighbourhood” using VHF’s online resources (Elementary and Secondary)
  • Presented at the 2019 BCSSTA Conference, 2020 Field Trip to Vancouver Japanese Language School and Hall (Powell Street history) and Gastown walking tour, 2020 Virtual Full Day Professional Development Session with school heritage video mini- tours and 10 diverse presenters on local heritage sites and history.
  • Developing field trips and virtual field trips for classes (Punjabi Market and Architecture, Sustainability, Seismic)

Project Timeline

  • 2018-2019:  Consultation Phase with classroom visits, research and input.
  • Fall 2019: First version of VHF’s Heritage Study Guide launch – pilot within schools and available online (BCSSTA). School grants open!
  • 2020: Heritage Week, Professional Development Days (Feb and Oct), 19 School Grants disbursed.
  • Grants and outreach to schools and educators ongoing for 2020-2021.

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