National Geographic Live Student Events

Royal OnStage is pleased to present National Geographic Live at the Royal Theatre. National Geographic Live presentations offer students a rare opportunity to experience explorers, photographers, filmmakers, and scientists as they share their personal stories of conservation, exploration, and adventure. This is an opportunity to engage students in real-life topics connected to BC’s curriculum.

National Geographic Live Student Presentations feature:

  • A unique learning experience with high-definition photos and video hosted by a National Geographic Explorer
  • An introduction to the majestic Royal Theatre
  • An hour long presentation that includes an engaging Q & A with a National Geographic Explorer
  • Online learning materials

Ticket Details

Each event begins at 10:00am at the Royal Theatre and is expected to end at 11:00am. Tickets are $8.00 per participant. All students welcome.  The suggested grade range for each speaker can be found below under the Event Information section. 

Please download, fill out and send back your registration form to secure your tickets.  The completed form can be faxed, scanned and emailed or mailed to:

The Royal and McPherson Theatres
Attention: Melissa O'Shea
P.O. Box 1000, 625 Fisgard Street. Victoria, BC V8W 2S6
Fax: 250.361.0805
Phone: 250.361.0808

Please find the registration form links and curriculum connections links located below.  There is a form to be filled out per event.

Event Information

NASA Engineer, Kobie Boykins - Exploring Mars (Recommended for Grades 3-9)
Wednesday, May 8, 2019 at 10:00am
Royal Theatre

In 2004, the successful deployment of the Mars Exploration Rover Spirit and Opportunity launched a new era of scientific investigation of our nearest planetary neighbour. NASA engineer Kobie Boykins helped design and build the solar arrays that enabled the rovers to keep roving. Today Boykins is also still exploring, as the supervisor of the mobility and remote sensing mast teams for the Mars Science Laboratory, better known as Curiosity rover. 

Registration Form

Curriculum Connections

Make it a Day of Learning

On May 8, 2019, our friends at the Royal BC Museum are offering afternoon gallery-based activity stations exclusively for students registered for the morning National Geographic Live student presentation. Facilitated by Royal BC Museum staff and volunteers, these hands-on stations will provide an extension to the topics and themes explored in the morning presentation.

Registration with the Royal BC Museum required prior to visit. Cost: $50 per class (up to 30 students); 1 chaperone per 5 students required.

Email Chris O'Connor,, at the Royal BC Museum to book your spot today! 

Frequently Asked Questions

Do chaperones, attendants and teachers need to purchase a ticket?

Yes, each attendee requires a ticket.

How many chaperones are required?

One chaperone per ten students is required. If you have a special circumstance or would like more information about this please contact or give us a call at 250.361.0800.

Posted recommended grades - can other grade levels attend?

Yes. All students are welcome though the presentations will be most relevant for the recommended grades that are posted for each speaker. 

How does one register a class?

Download and print the registration form for the speakers that you’re interested in and follow the instructions on the form.

Can homeschool students register?

Yes, homeschool students are welcome. 

Can I register a class for more than one speaker at a time?

Yes, but a separate registration form is required for each speaker.

Where and when are the presentations?

Each presentation begins at 10:00am at the Royal Theatre and is expected to conclude at 11:00am – 805 Broughton Street, Victoria.

Where do buses unload at the Royal Theatre?

Buses can unload at the front doors of the theatre at 805 Broughton Street. Theatre staff will be on hand to direct traffic and to let drivers know when and where to pick up students. There is no parking for buses, however, so a bus needs to leave the theatre and then return to load. 

Are seats reserved or general admission?

Seats are reserved once we have received the completed order form and payment. Your seat row and number will be printed on your ticket, please make sure all members of your group sit in their reserved seat. If you have opted to have your tickets mailed, please distribute your tickets in advance to each student to make getting into the theatre more expedient. 

What time should students arrive at the theatre?

Presentations start promptly at 10:00am so it’s recommended that school groups arrive at 9:30am. 

Can we bring food and drinks in the theatre?

Please feel free to use the lobby space for snacks, but no food is allowed inside the theatre.

Is there somewhere to have lunch after the presentation?

Yes, after the presentation the lobby will be open until noon for students to eat their lunch. 

Who is in charge of organizing transportation to and from the presentations?

Each school is responsible for arranging transportation for their students.

Questions and Feedback

If you have any questions or would like to provide feedback regarding the National Geographic Live Student Events please do not hesitate to contact us!  We would love to hear from you. Please contact Ainslee Jessiman at or give us a call at 250.361.0800. 

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