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 and also offers grants for books and field trips. Our goals for this program are:

  • 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.
  • 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)

This 28-page document provides context and an overview to VHF’s online resources, approach to heritage places and local history, and includes direct links to excellent online resources and teaching guides created by local organizations and individuals around cultural heritage and history, place-based learning and more!

An updated version will be available in fall 2021. (This document will be edited annually).

Professional Development Opportunities

VHF Places That Matter: mini-mapping your school and neighbourhood

Friday, October 22nd – Zoom morning/afternoon sessions tbc, 1 hour. FREE

Discover VHF’s Heritage Study Guide and School Grants (field trips and book box) and dive into the Places That Matter project to inspire a mini-map project for your school and neighbourhood. One of VHF’s 2021-2022 goals with local schools are to assist in the creation of mini-maps for Vancouver schools and encourage exploration into your school’s archives, communities and historic and future legacies. Join VHF in one of two session offered on Zoom, and if you have any questions please email:

Registration details to come. Email to get on the list!

Previous Pro-D Days have included walking tours, site histories, virtual walks, ways to engage with your school-specific local community and ways of understanding heritage; past, present and future.  VHF has participated in the BCSSTA and VSB Pro-D Events, and hosted virtual events and in-person tours for educators. 

If you are interested in having VHF present to your organization or school  (free for VSB schools), please contact



   VHF supports the Vancouver Heritage Fairs.