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Giant floor maps

Arctic Alive: Explore the natural history of Canada’s Arctic

Unfortunately this resource is no longer touring. If you would like to inquire having this map at your school, at your own expense for shipping, please contact We also encourage you to use the lesson plans below and explore them using our tiled maps.

The Arctic is full of life and comprised of more than fifteen ecosystems, thousands of plant and animal species and is home to more than 100,000 Canadians. Students can explore the natural diversity of Canada’s North through this giant floor map developed in partnership with the Canadian Museum of Nature (CMN). The map and the ten curriculum-linked activities encourage students to challenge and refine their perceptions of nature in the Arctic through the CMN’s four main disciplines: zoology, botany, palaeobiology and mineralogy.

Learn how to introduce this resource to your class with this helpful guide.

Get your students exploring the Arctic before the map arrives with this helpful introduction lesson.

The Giant Floor maps are available on loan for 3-week periods throughout the school year and by special request during the summer.

Floor map dimensions: 

  • Dimensions 10.7 m (35') x 7.9 m (26')
  • Diameter of Shipping tube: 32 cm (13")
  • Trunk: 82 cm (32") x 46 cm (18") x 58 cm (22.5") 

The activity trunk includes: 

  • Teacher’s guide (hard copies of all activities) 
  • All required materials for 10 activities (download activities below)
  • Specimens from the Canadian Museum of Nature
  • Media kit (this will be e-mailed to you upon the completion of your reservation) 
    • A hard copy of a press release and background information
    • A list of suggested ways to get media attention

Arctic Alive giant floor map activities (click to download)

Associated Cards

Defining the Arctic

Exploring Ecozones

Natural History on the Record

Adaptation: The Role of Survival

Great Migrations

In the Field

Areas of High Diversity

Arctic Ice

Beneath the Surface

The Arctic Through the Ages


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