Science Literacy Week

B is for Biodiversity

Every year the UBC Okanagan Library participates in Science Literacy Week, an annual event that showcases a theme in Canadian science. This year, the theme is Biodiversity. Whether you are near or far, we invite you to explore some of the activities and information below to learn more about Biodiversity.
Science Literacy Week. Sept. 21-27, 2020. Sponsored by NSERC CRSNG. B for Biodiversity

Researcher spotlight

UBC Okanagan researchers are engaged in a number of activities that attempt to understand Biodiversity, from studying variation within a species to determining the impacts of climate change on diversity. Their research informs us on how to become more conscientious citizens and best plan for the future.

Below is a showcase of four early-career researchers actively engaged in Biodiversity research.

Book and film list

Peruse UBC Library’s curated list of some of the best books and films about Biodiversity and all it has to offer. 


Stack of books on Biodiversity

Scavenger hunt

UBC Okanagan Library and the Okanagan Regional Library have partnered to create a fun and interactive activity for all ages. Explore Biodiversity in your own backyard! Activities include identifying local species, visiting a honey farm, and touring trails and outside spaces. 

Follow us on Instagram, Facebook, or Twitter and share photographs of your activities with us @UBCOLibrary #BiodiversityScavengerHunt


What is the Biodiversity Scavenger Hunt?
An interactive game where the goal is to complete all the activities on the board. 

How do I fill it out?
After you’ve completed an activity, cross off the item on the board. If you would like to showcase your photos, art, or writing, please share them with us on Facebook or Twitter and use the hashtag #BiodiversityScavengerHunt! 

How many items do I need to complete?
At least 50% of the board. You can choose from any of the items. 

When do I have to have this completed by?
Submit your entry by September 30th.

How can I submit my entry?
Please email your completed board to, along with your name. Your name will be entered into a draw to win a prize. The winners will be announced on Friday, October 2nd. 

What is the prize?
Both the UBC Library and the Okanagan Regional Library will draw 1 winner. The winner will have the opportunity to select 1 book on Biodiversity for each respective library. 


Events and Activities from UBC Library

The UBC Library in Vancouver is hosting virtual events and activities.

What is that Wildflower? Monday, September 21, 2020 (6:00pm – 6:30pm)

Citizen Science Tools workshop Wednesday, September 23, 2020 (11:00am – 1:00pm)

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Local programming for all ages

For Science Literacy Week (September 21 to 27), each day, Let’s Talk Science Outreach volunteers will read a story online and lead a related hands-on activity to convey the excitement and influence of STEM in our everyday lives!

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Science Literacy Week events

Science Literacy Week events and activities are hosted online by libraries, museums, science centres, schools, and not-for-profits all across Canada.

Science Literacy Week

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