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UTown@UBC Nature Club: Vascular Plants

May 6, 2023 @ 10:30 am - 1:00 pm

This event is part of the 2023 Celebrate Learning Week, taking place from May 2–9, 2023.

Plants like trees, shrubs, flowers, and ferns are known as vascular plants, which means they have inner structures that transport water, sugar, and nutrients around their bodies. Learn about new and familiar plants while we explore different groups and their features.

We are home to the largest herbarium in Canada, holding more than 650,000 specimens, some dating back as far as 1804. A herbarium is a museum of dried plant specimens. Herbaria provide a permanent record of our changing flora over time, documenting all plant species discovered so far, their variation, and their past and present distributions. These specimens also hold a treasure trove of anatomical, chemical, ethnobotanical, and molecular information, and document the history of plant exploration.

Drop in between 10:30 am – 1:00 pm on the first SATURDAY of the month to enjoy special activities for families plus all of our regular museum programming, Raising Big Blue movie, museum tours, and more! Nature Club is a great way for people to make connections with the UBC Community on campus, and to see your own role in biodiversity!

Everyone is welcome to participate! Thanks to the generous support of Campus and Community Planning, UBC campus families can take part for free! UBC Campus Families are families of anyone who lives at UBC Vancouver or UBC Okanagan or is a staff, faculty, or student on either campus. Other families are welcome to join us, and museum admission rates apply.

These drop-in sessions are designed for children 5-12 years old accompanied by an adult (not suitable for preschool-aged children). All sessions will be held at the Beaty Biodiversity Museum, with experts from the Pacific Museum of Earth and around UBC making guest appearances. Drop-in activities will run between 10:30 am and 1:00 pm.


  • Beaty Biodiversity Museum

Note to Non-UBC Participants:

In order to register for this program, non-UBC faculty, staff, and students will need to create a UBC Basic CWL. To do this, please go to the CWL page and scroll down to the accordion tab that reads “Basic”. Follow the instructions there for creating and activating a Basic CWL, then please return to this page to register for the program.

This event will be hosted in-person on UBC Vancouver Campus.