We recognize that the school season looks very different for educators and students than it has in previous years. While the pandemic prevents us from hosting large classes on-site, we will continue to support educators and students with an exciting roster of physically-distant learning opportunities related to our current exhibitions.
About Semá:th Xó:tsa: Sts’ólemeqwelh Sx̱ó:tsa / Great Gramma’s Lake
For millennia, a vast lake existed between Sumas and Vedder mountains in the unceded territory of the Stó:lō people, in what is now known as the Fraser Valley. Teeming with ecological abundance, Semá:th Xó:tsa (Sumas Lake) was central to cultural, spiritual, and physical wellbeing of the Séma:th people (Sumas First Nation) and surrounding Indigenous communities. Between 1919 and 1924, settlers in the region lobbied government to drain the lake, thereby enhancing the agricultural capacity of the region.
The exhibition is a life-sized rendering of a new children’s book to be published by The Reach in fall of 2020. The collaborative book and exhibition recall a time when the lake was thriving, using memory and story to allow the lake to live on today. The project is illustrated by Carrielynn Victor and co-authored by Chris Silver, Carrielynn Victor, Kris Foulds, and Laura Schneider.
Download List of Culture Kit Curricular Competencies
Skwó:wech (Sturgeon) Plush Toy
$5/kit | Kindergarten to Grade 8
In-classroom/at home activity
Keep your students connected to local history and arts-based learning without the hassle of sanitizing art supplies! Our new hands-on Culture Kits contain how-to instructions and all the materials your students will need to create their own plush toy sturgeon inspired by the children’s exhibition Semá:th Xó:tsa: Sts’ólemeqwelh Sx̱ó:tsa (Sumas Lake: Great Gramma’s Lake), based on a children’s book illustrated by Xémontélót Carrielynn Victor and co-authored by Thetáx Chris Silver, Xémontélót Carrielynn Victor, Kris Foulds, and Laura Schneider.
For more information on Semá:th Xó:tsa: Sts’ólemeqwelh Sx̱ó:tsa, and to access a downloadable copy of the book, and video resources click here.
For more information about how to order culture kits, lesson prompts curricular competencies please download this PDF.Culture Kits, Lesson Prompts and Curricular Competencies
Recommended for ages 6-13
In-class/at home/ in-gallery activity
Immerse your students in the ever-changing world of Mitchell Wiebe’s VampSite! Our Culture Kits can be used at home, in your classroom, or as part of a Tour & Try experience at The Reach.
The kit includes all the materials you will need to explore the art of paper-marbling and create a unique mask inspired by Wiebe’s performance-based work and the menagerie of animals in his paintings. Bring your mask to the exhibition to interact with the Vampsite and share your videos with us online!
On-site Class Tour of a Current Exhibition
$3/student | K-12 | In the galleries
Immerse yourself in our exhibitions during a class visit to the gallery. On-site tours may be booked on from Monday to Friday between 10:30 am and 2:30 pm.
For safety reasons, The Reach is currently limiting the number of school visitors in the galleries to 20 at a time and all visitors must wear a mask while in the building. Please note: The Reach’s ability to offer on-site school tours is subject to change, given the evolving public safety recommendations.
Virtual Class Tour of a Current Exhibition
$150 for 40 min Zoom tour | K-12 | In-classroom activity
Skip the school bus and let The Reach bring the exhibitions to you! Take a virtual tour of a current exhibition with a member of our education team. Virtual tours take place over Zoom and last for 40 min. Virtual tours may be booked on Wednesdays and Fridays between 10:30 am and 2:30 pm.
Tour Booking Information
On-site Tour requests must be made 2 weeks in advance of the on-site tour date by submitting an intake form here.
Virtual Tour requests must be made 3 weeks in advance of the virtual tour date by submitting an intake form here
Booking Confirmation & Invoice
An invoice will be emailed to you upon confirmation of booking.
Payment for your on-site tour can be made by mailing a cheque to The Reach Gallery Museum in advance of the tour date, or by Debit, Visa, MasterCard, American Express, or cash. You can also pay over the phone using a credit card (604) 864 8087 x 0. Payment is due on the day of the tour.
Cancellations must be made 10 business days prior to the booking for a full refund, otherwise the full amount of the tour will be charged.