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Discovery Days/Homeschoolers

Heritage Park's Discovery Days are where home-schooled students can spend the day exploring, learning, and having fun at Heritage Park.

Students will be in groups of up to 14 with 1 – 2 leaders per group. They will explore different themes throughout the year through curriculum-based programs delivered all around the Park. Students may sign up for a single or multiple days. Registration is available on a first-come, first-served basis; payment must be made online and at the time of registration.  

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Heritage Park's Discovery Days

 

September 2021

September programs will be offered at the Wetlands 

Dates: September 17th or September 24th 
Time: 9:30-2:00

Grade 1-3 | Wetlands Detective
In this program students become wetland “detectives” as they explore the pond and surrounding area of our wetland. The classroom portion called “Create a Critter” gives students an opportunity to thoughtfully design a creature with adaptive features that lives in or around a wetland.

Grade 4-6 | Wetlands and the West
Discover the history and significance of wetland ecosystems during the settlement of the West and the vital functions they perform today. Students are introduced to the flow of water from precipitation to its entrance to the water table, and some of the local flora and fauna found along the way. Your class will investigate invertebrate life by pond dipping in our own Bissett Wetlands. The Learning Labs add another dimension to the discussion on diversity and adaptation. In this portion, you have the option of a hands-on “Build a Bug” activity, where students create their own aquatic creatures or choose the newest social studies component that focuses on how the “water hole” was used by Indigenous groups and the settlers.

Pricing: $25.00


October 2021

October programs will delivered in the Settlement
Dates: October 8th or October 15th 

Grade 1 
   
One Room Schoolhouse
Let’s start your day by a visit to the Barn to settle your horse. Familiarize yourself with the daily routine and lessons of student way back then. During recess experience some old fashions games. 

                        
Livingston's Family
Meet some of Sam Livingston’s family members and friends through storytelling and puppet shows. Play with toys similar to the ones they would have shared. Have a look at their garden and what was grown for the family needs.  

Grade 2-3

Settling Our Prairie Frontier
Discover how the beaver pelt brought First Nations and Europeans together and how communities developed and grew on the prairies. Visit the original log home of Sam Livingston and his wife Jane to compare life then and now. 


Prairie Pumpkins
This program will have both a social studies and science component.  The social studies portion will look at how Halloween was practiced at the turn of the century. We will look at where the traditions came from and how they were brought from the “old country” with new immigrants. The science component will look at bats, snakes, and spiders – all traditionally creepy Halloween critters. Taking the scary out of these animals will be our aim by showing what an important role they play in our local ecosystem. How students can protect these creatures and ensure their survival will also be covered. This program will be done through a combination of stories, artifact demonstrations, and activities.

Grade 4-6

Ways of Life
This program will focus on the lifestyles of the Blackfoot people, Métis, and Voyageurs in Alberta across a broad scope of time. In covering the lifestyles of these diverse groups, we aim to discuss what the population of Alberta once looked like, how it changed, and what prompted those changes. The students will also learn about the relationship each of these groups had with the land.

Grade 7+

Paddlers and Partners
The fur trade was more than jolly voyageurs collecting beaver pelts in their birch bark canoes. However, they were essential to this industry. Would you have what it takes to become a voyageur? Experience the complex interplay of international power politics, high finance, and cross cultural trade. Profits may have driven the world’s oldest surviving corporation, but the trade was only possible by the partnerships that different classes and cultures forged themselves.

Hoots and Shivers on the Homestead
This program will have both a social studies and science component.  The social studies portion will look at how Halloween was practiced at the turn of the century. We will look at where the traditions came from and how they were brought from the “old country” with new immigrants. The science component will look at bats, snakes, and spiders – all traditionally creepy Halloween critters. Taking the scary out of these animals will be our aim by showing what an important role they play in our local ecosystem. How students can protect these creatures and ensure their survival will also be covered. This program will be done through a combination of stories, artifact demonstrations, and activities.
 

Winter 2021-2022 - Tentative Schedule
Programs will be confirmed closer to start dates.  

 

 

Gasoline Alley

November 19th November 26th

Sensational Discovery / People in the Neighbourhood / Simple Machine and Assembly Line/ Automation / Aerodynamics and Automobile

 

Christmas

December 10th & December 17th

 Schoolhouse Christmas / Nellie’s Christmas / Home for the Holidays

 

Snow Days

January 21st

Winter Wonders /Arctic Adventures /Winter Expedition /Winter Outdoor Survival

 

T.C. Camp

February 17th & February 18th

TBD

 

Science Day

March 11th & March 18th

 TBD

 

Village

April 22nd       

Journey Through the Past/Patchwork of the Patch (Grade 1); Keys to the Community / Journey Through the Past  (Grades 2-3)

Across the Sea of Grass / Building Connections to the Past (Grades 4-5); Tears! Toils! And Triumph! (Grade 6+)

May 27th

Living history: self-guided visit and Scavenger Hunts

 

Prospect Ridge

June 17th

TBD

 

 



Refund Policy 

  • All registrations are non-refundable as we are unable to honour any/all cancellations. 

  • Heritage Park reserves the right to cancel programs in the event of low enrollment. In such cases, registration fees will be refunded in full.

  • Transfer of program dates will be considered on a case-by-case basis.
     

Questions?  

Please contact the Education Department at [email protected], by fax at (403) 268-08574 or give us a call at (403) 268-8583 or (403) 268-8616. 

Heritage Park has implemented the Restrictions Exemption Program. For more information visit our COVID-19 Information page