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Join us outdoors or online this fall for programming that inspires and informs.

Children’s Programs

Mad Science Light and Colour workshop


Join the Mad Science scientists for an exciting virtual exploration of the science behind light and colour. Learn how people and animals see colours and what tricks light and colour can play on our senses. Link to program.

Composting Basics Workshop

Join staff from the Compost Education Centre to learn about the compost cycle, see what types of critters live in the soil, and watch a demonstration on how to do some backyard composting! Join on Facebook:

Sketching the Museum

The Royal BC Museum is filled with animal specimens of all kinds – some are big, some are small, some are furry, some are scaly, some have two legs, and some have six! Get your paper and pencil ready for a journey among the wild animals of BC. Program link, here.

Virtual Fall Family Garden Tour

For all ages. Join staff from the Compost Education Centre for an engaging virtual tour of their demonstration gardens and compost systems. Learn about indigenous plants, composters, organic growing, food forests, aquaponics, worm bins, and all the exciting things happening with the plants throughout the fall. Presented by Compost Education Centre.

Orca Storytime with Mark Leiren-Young

Author and filmmaker Mark Leiren-Young will read from his new books for younger readers – Orcas of the Salish Sea and Orcas Everywhere – sharing stories about the endangered southern residents and answering questions about orcas everywhere and anywhere. Presented by Royal BC Museum.

Book Illustration with Ellen Rooney

Meet artist and illustrator Ellen Rooney and learn about the illustration process to make drawings using collage technique, as well as the importance of representing diversity in what we create.

Ask an Astronomer: Rachel Wang

Learn about living in space and discover things you can see from your own backyard. Bring your questions! Hosted by the BCSRC and the H.R. MacMillan Space Centre.

Perseids Meteor Shower

Learn about the Perseids meteor shower and bring your questions! Hosted by the BCSRC and the H.R. MacMillan Space Centre.

Compost Education Centre -Virtual Garden Tour

Learn about indigenous plants, composters, organic growing, food forests, aquaponics, mason bee pollinators and all the exciting things happening with plants throughout the summer. Presented by Compost Education Centre.

Natural Wonders at Swan Lake Christmas Hill Nature Sanctuary

Take a virtual tour and learn about the wonderful animals that live at the Swan Lake Nature house. You will also go on a short virtual walk to see what other amazing discoveries can be found outdoors. Presented by Swan Lake Nature House.

Classical Guitar Workshop

Hear the different tones of the classical guitar and feel the groove of different moods in a virtual mini concert. Presented by Natasha Pashchenko and Shannon Perkins Carr.

Adult Programs

Lifting the Curtain: Stories from Behind the Scenes with Pacific Opera Victoria and the Belfry Theatre


Go backstage with local theatres to learn some of the behind-the-scenes tricks of the trade used to tell great stories on stage. Join our partners at the Belfry Theatre and Pacific Opera Victoria on their Facebook pages to learn how they use their backstage tools to bring stories to life.

If you need more when they’re done, check out some great backstage reads, here!

Deans’ Lecture Series, Fall 2020

Research shapes that way that we live and think. The University of Victoria’s popular Deans’ Lecture Series has moved online. Hear distinguished members of the faculties of UVic through pre-recorded talks and learn about their research interests. Find out more.

Poetry Readings by City of Victoria Poet Laureate John Barton

Listen to John Barton and local poets and writers read from their work.

In Your Hands: Making in a Digital Age

Join the Royal BC Museum, Greater Victoria Public Library, The Maritime Museum of British Columbia and Pacific Opera Victoria for a discussion on the importance of creativity through books, museums and opera during these turbulent times. The session will also include four short workshops with hands-on activities that you can share with your learners. Facebook page link:

Peek-a-boo! Here’s a quote to brighten your day:

“When in doubt, go to the library.” – Hermione Granger