2020 Virtual Field Trip Program

Introduction

Barkerville Historic Town & Park has been welcoming fields trips from schools across British Columbia and beyond for decades, but with the onset of the onset of the COVID-19 State of Emergency, those field trips in 2020 have been cancelled. We know that this has left a hole in the hearts of many students, parents, and educators. As our schools work hard to adapt to the COVID-19 State of Emergency, we’ve been working hard to adapt as well!

We are very pleased to announce Barkerville’s new 2020 Virtual Field Program. This program simulates the experience of a real field trip to Barkerville from the safety and comfort of students’ home computers. Classrooms now have an opportunity to connect live and in real-time with our historic interpreters and join in on the engaging, entertaining, and educational presentations on a variety of gold rush subjects, including mining, justice, daily life, and Indigenous perspectives.

We’ve made over 175 individual field trip session available to schools across Canada at no cost to participants. We hope you and your students will join us for this high-quality and innovative virtual field trip season!

How it Works

Barkerville is offering virtual interactive fields trips every weekday from May 19 to June 5, 2020. These virtual field trips can be booked at no cost by Canadian teachers for classroom use. Using the Zoom online videoconferencing platform, teachers and their students can connect with Barkerville historic interpreters live and in real-time. Up to 14 sessions are available daily.

Step 1) Ensure your students have a good internet connection and a device with a camera and microphone. If they have not joined a Zoom meeting before, we recommend you orient them to the software before their session.

Step 2) Contact our Booking Officer Judy Mooring to confirm whether the sessions and dates you are interested in are available: judy.mooring@barkerville.ca or toll free at 1-888-994-3332 ex. 29. See the programs descriptions at the end of this document for offerings and availability.

Step 3) Once Judy has confirmed your booking, you will receive a confirmation email will the Zoom participation link and instructions

Step 4) Share the Zoom participation link with your students and remind them to log on when their session is about to start.

Step 5) Enjoy the show!

Program Descriptions

A Virtual Tour of Barkerville Historic Town – LIVE!

Gain an in-depth understanding of the gold rush history, Barkerville, and the colourful characters of years past by participating in our enlightening and entertaining town tour. Join Mrs. Hodgkinson as she escorts your class virtually through our historic town. This session is only available to one classroom at a time, so your students can gather virtually to ask questions and interact with our hosts in real-time.

Duration: 60 minutes.
Recommended classroom size: 5-25 students.
Availability: Every weekday at 9:30 am PST and 1:45 pm PST

The Virtual Billy Barker Story – LIVE!

By 1862, the gold rush on Williams Creek is well underway in Richfield but the lower banks of the creek have failed to produce any findings of worth… until Billy Barker and his company of miners strike pay dirt at depths far deeper than any other miner has dug. Hear the story of the English waterman who sparks the creation of a community that grows to be the heart of the great Cariboo Gold Rush: Barkerville! Hosted by Mr. Barker himself, this session is only available to one classroom at a time, so your students can gather virtually to ask questions and interact with our town’s namesake in real-time.

Duration: 45 minutes.
Recommended classroom size: 5-25 students.
Availability: Every weekday at 11:15 am PST and 3:15 pm PST

Man in miner's hatAmazing Tales from the Gold Rush Trail – LIVE!

A truly amazing historical overview of British Columbia’s Gold Rush. Your class can now join us virtually from Barkerville’s Government Assay Office to learn about the people who prospected their way to Williams Creek and how they followed the geological indicators to the fabulous riches of the Cariboo Gold Fields. Hosted by a cast of engaging characters, this session is only available to one classroom at a time, so your students can ask questions and interact with your hosts virtually in real-time. A must-see for anyone with gold fever.

Duration: 45 minutes.
Recommended classroom size: 5-25 students.
Availability: Every weekday at 9:30 am PST and 1:45 pm PST

Knight vs. Pierce: a virtual courthouse trial – LIVE!

In 1868, James Knight accuses Jesse Pierce of assault, but when the case is heard in the courtroom, Pierce has his own story to tell. Your class can now join us virtually in that courtroom to witness a re-enactment of this historic trial. Students can hear the testimony of the witnesses and maybe even be selected as a member of the jury. Will justice prevail? The classroom decides in this interactive courtroom drama hosted by historic figures of British Columbia’s colonial justice system. 

Duration: 60 minutes.
Recommended classroom size: 5-25 students.
Availability: Every weekday at 11:15 am PST and 3:15 pm PST

Barkerville’s Theatre Royal – LIVE!

Barkerville’s Cariboo Amateur Dramatic Association brings their variety show of music, comedy, and frivolity to your home for the edification of all ages. This virtual performance is available to only one classroom at a time, so students can ask questions of the performers following the show.

Duration: 45 minutes.
Recommended classroom size: 15-35 students.
Availability: Tuesday through Friday at 11:15 am PST and 3:15 pm PST

Barkerville and the Gold Rush: An Original People’s Perspective – LIVE!

Dahooja, Weyt-kp, Hadih! We invite your classroom to join Secwépemc (Shuswap) interpreters live from their home near Mountain House, on the Cariboo Waggon Road, aka the Gold Rush Trail. This session is broadcast from Cmetēm (Deep Creek) in the territory of Xatśūll First Nation (Soda Creek Indian Band). Share in stories and cultural practices. Learn perspectives of the gold rush and beyond from the original peoples of the land. Students can ask questions and participate in discussion of Canada’s path to Reconciliation.

Duration: 45-60 minutes.
Recommended classroom size: 5-25 students.
Availability: Tuesday through Friday at 9:30 am PST, 11:15 am PST, 1:45 pm PST, and 3:15 pm PST

FAQ

What is the cost?

Free for Canadian teachers using the sessions for their classrooms.

I am a teacher. How can I register my class?

Contact Judy Mooring to book your session(s): judy.mooring@barkerville.ca or toll free at 1-888-994-3332 ex. 29. Once Judy confirms your bookings, you will be emailed a participation link.

I am a not teacher. How can I join a session?

Virtual sessions are available to the public for a small fee. Visit https://barkerville.tickit.ca/ after May 10, 2020 to register for the sessions that will be made available to the public.

How do students register?

Students do not register. Teachers will register and receive a participation link that they can share with their students.

How many students can participate at once?

We recommend no less than 5 students and no more than 30 students participate in a session.

Can parents participate?

If you as the teacher allow it, parents are welcome to join their children on the virtual field trip, so long as there no more than 30 Zoom users logged into the session.

Can we share the participation link with other teachers?

We recommend that each teacher book their own sessions unless your classroom is very small and you would like to combine with another teacher to make a larger group. The best interactivity happens with groups of 10-15 people.

Can I book a session for a family event, birthday party, or workplace activity?

Free sessions are only available for classroom use. Virtual sessions are available to the public for a small fee. Visit https://barkerville.tickit.ca/ after May 10, 2020 to register for the sessions that will be made available to the public.

I am a homeschooler. Can I register?

Because the classrooms sessions are designed for groups, we are unable to register homeschool students for classroom sessions, but we are happy to provide a free ticket to homeschooling students for the public sessions. Visit https://barkerville.tickit.ca/ after May 10, 2020 to see a list of the sessions that will be made available to the public. Contact Judy Mooring for  a redemption code that will provide free registration for homeschooling students: judy.mooring@barkerville.ca or toll free at 1-888-994-3332 ex. 29.

Is there a sample of the programming I can see before booking?

There is a sample of some of our recorded programming at www.richinhistory.ca

What ages are appropriate for these field trips?

We typically cater to Grades 4 to 7 but have designed the programs to adapt to anything from K-12. Please let Judy know what grade(s) will be participating when you register.

Will students be called upon by Barkerville interpreters? Can they ask questions?

Yes, and yes. Our fields trips are designed to provide two-way communication. Students will be interacting with our historical interpreters just as the would if they were physically in Barkerville.

How have you managed privacy concerns?

When a you book a session, you are only person aside from our own staff with a participation link. This means that the only people who can join the Zoom room are the people you invite. We have configured our Zoom settings to prevent unwanted visiting, and have moderators hosting each session who can control what’s happening in case of emergency.

Can you record the session so others can watch it later?

No, for privacy reasons and to keep the sessions engaging and interactive, we will not record the sessions. New sessions are available every day.

I use Google Hangout, Microsoft Teams, etc. for my classroom. Can we use my preferred software to connect instead?

No, for simplicity and training purposes, our virtual field trips are currently only available via the Zoom platform.

Can I participate from a different time zone?

Yes. All programs times are all listed in Pacific Standard Time. There are several programs that run in the morning that would be suitable for teachers in eastern provinces.