Field Trips Program Bursaries

BMSC offers two bursaries to help support the cost of visiting BMSC on a field trip for your school. Bursaries are available for whole groups and for individual students.

Wendy and Leslie Rebanks Bursary

Through the W. Garfield Weston Foundation, this bursary  supports classes of school-aged children up to grade 8 from BC or Alberta to attend a BMSC field trip.  Bursaries are intended to allow students and teachers from under-served schools the opportunity to experience and understand Canada’s Marine environment through field trips, boat excursions, and science experiments in hopes that the students will be excited to learn more about their country, the oceans, and marine biology.

Eligibility: Classes from kindergarten up to grade 8 from BC and Alberta are eligible to apply. Preference will be given to groups from rural/remote areas, and groups that include: Aboriginal youth, youth from low-income backgrounds, youth with disabilities, and visible minorities.

BMSC Field Trips Bursary

These awards are intended to support school-age children to attend a BMSC field trip. Bursaries can be requested for the whole class, or for individual students.

Eligibility: Classes (and individual students) from kindergarten up to grade 12 from anywhere in Canada are eligible to apply. Preference will be given to: Aboriginal youth, youth living in rural and/or remote areas, youth from low-income backgrounds, youth with disabilities, visible minorities.

How to Apply: Please send a letter to the Field Trips Coordinator ( indicating: a) which bursary (or bursaries) you are applying for, b) how you meet the eligibility criteria, and c) clear evidence of the financial need.The Field Trip Coordinators can help in calculating the trip cost to aid in your demonstration of financial need.

Application deadlines: Your bursary application is due at the same time as your deposit payment. The deposit deadline/bursary application deadline is June 10th for fall season field trips, and October 31st for spring field trips. However, you can always submit it sooner. (If you require a decision on your bursary request prior to submitting a deposit, please indicate that in your letter, and submit your bursary application at least one month before the deposit deadline). Applications are forwarded to our bursary committee for review; decisions are normally made within 1 month of the application deadline.

Other grant opportunities

Go Grants provides financial assistance to K-12 schools for transportation project materials and program fees that support outdoor learning experiences about BC’s environment. Go Grants provide students opportunities to connect with nature and engage in dynamic and memorable learning experiences.

Phone: 250-728-3301 ext. 226