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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

 


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.
 


November 2021- Gasoline Alley Day

November programs will be delivered in Gasoline Alley Museum

Dates: November 19 or November 26 

Grade 1 & 2

People in the Neighbourhood

Who are the people in your neighbourhood? What jobs do they do? What sorts of tools and vehicles do they need to do their jobs well? Are the jobs of the 21st century the same as those 75 or even 100 years ago? This interactive role-playing program allows students to explore, discover and imagine how they would have worked in the past, and how that work was valued by the community. Students will also be invited to reflect upon how jobs and roles in the community have changed between the early 20th century and today.

 

Sensational Discovery

Explore the Gasoline Alley Museum using your senses! Try to identify different parts of our vehicles through touch alone. Create a grocery list using your nose. Listen and identify the sounds on a busy street. Join us for a whole series of activities designed to let you investigate our collection using your five senses.

 

Grades 3 & 4

Simple Machines and Assembly Line

Think about how many cars you see on the road every day. Were Calgary’s roads always so crowded? Not at all. One hundred years ago, automobile manufacturing was revolutionized by techniques developed by Henry Ford. Learn all about the time-saving, cost-reducing manufacturing process called the assembly line in this interactive program. Visit our Lower Showroom and Husky Station to find out more about these mass-produced cars and the conglomeration of simple machines that make them tick.

 

Auto Motion

In Auto Motion, your students will work in small groups to design, build and race their own rubber-band vehicles. Students will have the opportunity to see how different materials, construction methods, and ideas come together with a variety of results. Observations of vehicle performance will enable them to propose inferences, generalizations, and predictions. Observations of vehicle performance will enable them to propose inferences, generalizations, and predictions.

 

Grades 5 & 6

Aerodynamics and the Automobile

Cars and airplanes both move through the air. In this thought-provoking program, students will apply what they've been learning about airplanes to our spectacular collection of vintage vehicles to see whether the same principles of aerodynamics hold true. Do cars need to be as aerodynamic as airplanes? Are they really aerodynamic, or do they just look like it? Why don't they make minivans look like Lamborghinis - what is the balance between form and function?  How does a new design go from concept car to production vehicle? With a little practice, students will be able to analyze a car's aerodynamic qualities, suggest modifications and predict future trends.

 

Identifying Initiative

Have you ever wondered what it would be like if women didn’t have the same rights as men? Luckily, thanks to the Famous 5, we don’t have to ponder upon that. Have your students step back in time and explore who the Famous 5 were, the factors that made these five women want to affect change, and what that change meant for all others who followed.


December- Christmas Day! 

Dates: December 10 & 17

Grade 1 & 2

A Schoolhouse Christmas

This popular program unites songs, stories, and homespun crafts with the pageantry of a prairie school concert. Wholesome fun and seasonal charm take centre stage, highlighting community fellowship regardless of religious or cultural background.

 

Christmas Party Celebration

Join us as we decorate the room, explore some crafts, sip some hot chocolate, and learn all about how people in the past would spend their Christmas season!

 

Grade 3 & 4

Special Delivery: The History of Mail Delivery

Learn about the history of mail delivery in Western Canada, how to write a letter to Santa, how to properly address and mail a letter, and how to sort and deliver mail in our historical village!

Nellie’s Christmas

Come step back in time and observe the Christmas traditions of the Roaring Twenties — the Christmas trees, lights, feasts, and elaborate decorations creating a magical atmosphere in Nellie's home. Then learn about the contrast of the ’30s and ’40s when rationing was introduced. See how the emphasis shifted and was placed more on family and friends and far less on things. You will also learn to make a traditional 1940s soup, play old-fashioned games, and finish off your visit with an old-time dance.

 

Grade 5,6 & 7

Home for the Holidays

Compare Christmas in the 20’s/30’s/40’s and 50’s with today’s celebrations. Changing world situations like the great depression, World War II and socio-economic factors can influence the way we live, even on holidays like Christmas. These effects will be observed through a look at fashion, food, decorations and traditions. You will tour the village to discover some aspects of it and will create an ornament from that time period.

 

Winter 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