Wild Things: The Power of Nature in Our Lives

Comments 37 by Rebecca Bollwitt

The Museum of Vancouver (“MOV”) and Nature Vancouver proudly present the illuminating exhibition, Wild Things: The Power of Nature in Our Lives, on display from June 28, 2018 to September 2019.

This exhibition delves into the life stories of local animals and plants—how they relate to each other and how they connect people to nature in the city. Scenic design, videos, taxidermy, crowd-sourcing technologies, and the display of natural specimens breathe life into these tales of co-habitation. The immersive nature of the exhibition, including hands-on activities, encourages visitors to examine their relationship with nature, think about momentarily disconnecting from their devices, and find equilibrium with the natural world around them.

Wild Things: The Power of Nature in Our Lives

Dates: June 28, 2018 through September 2019
Where: Museum of Vancouver (1100 Chestnut St, Vancouver)

Wild Things: The Power of Nature in Our Lives
Jillian Povarchook

The exhibition, designed by architects Daniel Irvine and Chad Manley, features two main experiences: The Encounter Room and The Engagement Room.

The Encounter Room features stories by local nature lovers, designers, and Indigenous knowledge holders that are surprising, unsettling, and strangely beautiful. As the pattern of rain echoes around them, visitors huddle under a tarp and listen to stories about this vital natural element; They eavesdrop on a hunting story, while sitting at a table across from a Roosevelt elk; and they traverse a wildlife corridor of large mammals—some, like the coyote, co-habiting with us today; others, like the wolf, regionally extinct. The Encounter Room also challenges visitors to discover themselves as physical creatures through crawling spaces, a climbing wall, and hidden animals that can only be discovered through peepholes.

The Engagement Room offers a counterpoint where visitors can study and share cultural knowledge about nature. Large interactive learning pods will present natural history specimens (flora and fauna), soundscapes, and short films; the themes shared in the pods were identified by an advisory group of environmental educators, Indigenous cultural workers, public health and forestry researchers, and architects. A crowd-sourced map showing “nature hotspots” in the city and a shadow puppet theatre will ask visitors of all ages to think about their own encounters with nature, while sound stations and matching games will test their knowledge of birds, plants, and animals. Displays point to the loss of local biodiversity associated with urbanization and a call for action to mitigate environmental degradation.

Museum of Vancouver

Wild Things is the first MOV exhibition to physically embody sustainability; therefore, a significant portion is built from reclaimed construction materials. Creating an exhibition within these parameters is the first step toward formalizing a policy that will insist on extensive upcycling of materials in the fabrication of all MOV exhibitions. This effort is supported by the Upcycle Vancouver program, a municipal experiment spearheaded by the Vancouver Economic Commission that aims to create a no-waste city.

Enter to Win Passes

I have a family pack of 4 passes to give away to this fascinating exhibition, here’s how you can enter to win:

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Update The winner is Laura!

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37 Comments  —  Comments Are Closed

  1. Makeesha FisherMonday, July 23rd, 2018 — 10:41am PDT

    MOV is on our things to do this summer list!

  2. ANA MILOSAVICMonday, July 23rd, 2018 — 11:42am PDT

    This looks really cool!

  3. LeahMonday, July 23rd, 2018 — 12:23pm PDT

    This looks amazing! Would love to go.

  4. LindaMonday, July 23rd, 2018 — 1:32pm PDT

    We like to visit the Museum of Vancouver.

  5. Theresa LindaMonday, July 23rd, 2018 — 3:12pm PDT

    I’d love to take my family! I haven’t been to the MOV since last year, it’d be great to go back there soon!

  6. Jason BMonday, July 23rd, 2018 — 4:41pm PDT


  7. Amy LauMonday, July 23rd, 2018 — 5:14pm PDT

    Looks interesting!

  8. Debby FMonday, July 23rd, 2018 — 6:51pm PDT

    Oh wow! This looks cool!

  9. Christine byzitterMonday, July 23rd, 2018 — 6:55pm PDT

    Thats looks Awesome our family would enjoy it every much .

  10. Mei LING LIUMonday, July 23rd, 2018 — 7:20pm PDT

    thanks for the chance

  11. Devona StevensonMonday, July 23rd, 2018 — 8:27pm PDT

    I would love to visit the Museum of Vancouver and share with my children empathy and respect for the natural world.

  12. Shirley SMonday, July 23rd, 2018 — 8:51pm PDT

    I would love to take my family to the Museum of Vancouver!

  13. JohannaMonday, July 23rd, 2018 — 9:51pm PDT

    I’ve been wanting to take my nephew and he would love this!

  14. Grace IsaacMonday, July 23rd, 2018 — 10:12pm PDT

    Would love to go!

  15. JohnathanMonday, July 23rd, 2018 — 10:27pm PDT

    Sounds so cool

  16. Alicia PMonday, July 23rd, 2018 — 11:20pm PDT

    Would love to win never have been there.

  17. TalTuesday, July 24th, 2018 — 11:49am PDT

    I’d take my wife & daughter! MOV always has great exhibits!

  18. KSTuesday, July 24th, 2018 — 12:44pm PDT

    This sounds like a fun educational family day! Thx

  19. AriTuesday, July 24th, 2018 — 12:47pm PDT

    I’d love to take my kiddos here

  20. KarimaTuesday, July 24th, 2018 — 12:48pm PDT

    This sounds like a fun educational family day! Thx

  21. EileenTuesday, July 24th, 2018 — 4:05pm PDT

    Sounds fun!

  22. Angela MWednesday, July 25th, 2018 — 10:16am PDT

    Sounds like an awesome exhibit! I’d love to win & take my friends!

  23. MichelleWednesday, July 25th, 2018 — 1:59pm PDT

    Would love to go!

  24. wenWednesday, July 25th, 2018 — 5:46pm PDT


  25. Pauline WilkinsonWednesday, July 25th, 2018 — 9:52pm PDT

    This looks fun

  26. JessicaWednesday, July 25th, 2018 — 10:53pm PDT

    You’re the best.

  27. Laura LangsThursday, July 26th, 2018 — 7:26am PDT

    Love the MOV!

  28. Steve V.Thursday, July 26th, 2018 — 7:27am PDT

    Could be part of a great summer evening down by Vanier park, we’d love to check out this exhibit.

  29. MeganThursday, July 26th, 2018 — 7:44am PDT

    My family is coming to visit in August and would love to take them to this exhibit! Thanks for the information and opportunity!

  30. SiebrenThursday, July 26th, 2018 — 7:51am PDT

    Looks super interesting, would love to check it out.

  31. SiebrenThursday, July 26th, 2018 — 7:52am PDT

    Looks super interesting, would love to go see it.

  32. SiebrenThursday, July 26th, 2018 — 8:52am PDT

    Look interesting, would love to go.

  33. siebrenThursday, July 26th, 2018 — 9:09am PDT

    Looks super interesting, would love to go.

  34. Trevor MThursday, July 26th, 2018 — 9:55am PDT

    This would be great to go to!

  35. hazelThursday, July 26th, 2018 — 10:23am PDT

    Really fantastic, I can’t wait to visit.

  36. Shelley ishidaThursday, July 26th, 2018 — 10:27am PDT

    Coming from Toronto to spend time with my daughter who lives in Vancouver& son visiting from the United Arab Emerites. Would love to see the museum

  37. WesFriday, August 3rd, 2018 — 12:34pm PDT

    Love the MOV, sounds like a great exhibit!

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