Heritage Study Guide for Schools

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

Vancouver Heritage Foundation has developed a Heritage Study Guide, offers grants for books and field trips and professional development opportunities for educators. Our goals for this program are:

  • To increase students’ and educators’ 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.
  • To support further connections of place-based heritage education in Vancouver public schools by collaborating with educators and students in developing accessible resources and self-directed inquiry-based projects.

Thank You to Our Project Partners

Andrew Mahon Foundation

GMR Foundation

VHF’s Heritage Study Guide for Schools 2019 (PDF)


Discover what heritage means in Vancouver, and the diverse online resources, place-based history and neighbourhood sites to engage with, inside and outside the classroom.

28 page resource guide

Revised Edition Coming Fall 2022

Professional Development Opportunities

Pro-D for teachers walking tour.  Photo credit: Clara Conrado.

2022-23: Talks and tours can be arranged for your classroom or school staff. Previous Pro-D Days have included walking tours, site histories, virtual walks, and guest speakers. VHF has participated in the BCSSTA and VSB Pro-D events.

Please contact:



VHF supports the Vancouver Heritage Fairs. If you wish to participate, please contact:

volunteers wanted: English and French speaking adjudicators who are interested in history and heritage and enjoy working with children (for virtual and in-person fairs)

2022 Vancouver Regional Fairs in-person on May 23rd at Heritage Hall on Main Street, by invitation.