Discover, Explore, and Investigate with our Education Programs

 

This is for school programs facilitated by Glenbow Ranch Park Foundation. Looking for Field Trips?

Programs at a Glance

Discover Archaeology is a truly unique, one-of-a-kind program in Canada, that has engaged Southern Alberta students in archaeology since 2002.

This program instills a sense of pride and wonder in the human history of Alberta. Students will gain an in-depth understanding of the past peoples and cultures that have helped to shape Alberta. They will also learn what archaeology is and why, where, and how archaeological research and excavations are carried out.

The Discover & Explore Grasslands programs foster good practices of environmental and cultural stewardship while using science-based activities to educate students about one of the most fragile and overexploited ecosystems in the world. During a hands-on, in-class experience or a field trip exploration, students will gain a deeper understanding of the dynamic nature of our grasslands environment. Human interaction, including issues related to management, overgrazing, fragmentation and the intrusion of invasive plants, is discussed. Students will also gain an appreciation for the native grasses, namely rough fescue, that are at the heart of the landscape and support a wide variety of life.


Discover Archaeology

Curriculum Connections

Kindergarten & Division One programs focus on the basic concepts of cultural identity; past, present, and future; and order in archaeology. The programs explore cultural diversity relevant to the curricula studied in each grade (including a variety of Canada’s historical and native peoples, as well as components from the international Grade 3 curriculum).

Division Two programs focus on local and regional cultural identities in Alberta and Canada. Grade 4 students are introduced to 11,000 years of life in Alberta. From native life, to the fur trade and European settlement, station work and excavations provide students with insight into Alberta’s history and ancestry from an archaeologist’s point of view. Through station work and excavations, Grade 5 students examine Canadian history and peoples through archaeology. Grade 6 students explore the science of archaeology. From survey to lab work, they look at how and why archaeologists make the decisions they do.

  • Grade One: 1.2 Moving Forward with the Past
  • Grade Two: 2.1 Canada’s Dynamic Communities
  • Grade Three: 3.1 Communities in the World
  • Grade Four: All outcomes in Alberta: The Land, Histories, and Stories
  • Grade Five: All outcomes in Canada: The Land and Stories
  • Grade Six: 6.2 Historical Models of Democracy: Ancient Athens and the Iroquois Confederacy (and Science Topic D: Evidence and Investigation)

Cost

Kindergarten & Division One – In-class, half day, $175/class*, max 32 students

Division Two – In-class, half day, $175/class*, max 32 students

Discover Grasslands

Curriculum Connections

Let us introduce your class to the diverse world of Alberta’s native grasslands! Together, we’ll find answers to a number of questions.

  • What makes up a grassland?
  • What is fescue and why is it important?
  • What life does a grassland support?
  • Why are our grasslands at risk?
  • What is being done to rehabilitate them?

Through hands-on exploration, students will discover the secrets hidden within Alberta’s grasslands. They will leave armed with a completed workbook and the knowledge to act as stewards for our grasslands.

  • Grade Four Science:
    • Topic A – Waste and Our World
    • Topic E – Plant Growth and Changes
  • Social Studies: 4.1 Alberta: A sense of the land

Costs

Discover Grasslands: An Introduction

Through hands-on exploration, students will discover the secrets hidden within Alberta’s grasslands. They will leave armed with a completed workbook and the knowledge to act as stewards for our grasslands.

Grade 4 – In-class, half day, $175/class*, max 32 students

Explore Grasslands: Field Study

Come visit the Park! Let our program leaders guide your students through activities and studies while immersed in the grasslands environment.

Grade 4 – Field study, $280/class*, max 32 students

*All in-class programs have transportation and set up fees. GST is added to the base price of all programs. Save by booking multiple programs! See below for details.


Custom Programs

Select custom programs are available upon request and have additional charges. Please enquire if you wish to work with a programmer to design a unique experience for your students


Additional Costs

In-School Programs only:

We bring the programs to you! To cover this cost, there is a $75 transportation fee per day, to a maximum of $150 per school when programs are booked on consecutive days.

There is a $50 set up fee per school.

Special deals

Multiple grade/class bookings are encouraged. If you book 5 or more consecutive days we will waive the transportation fee!

Book two half day programs of the same type in one day and pay a discounted rate of $330!


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We bring the programs to you! To cover this cost, there is a $75 transportation fee per day, to a maximum of $150 per school when programs are booked on consecutive days. There is a $50 set-up fee per school. Multiple grade/class bookings are encouraged. If you book five or more consecutive days, we will waive the transportation fee! Book two half-day programs of the same type in one day and pay a discounted rate of $330!
A non-refundable deposit of $50 is required to secure each day booked. The balance is paid following program delivery.
If you have any questions about the programs offered, you may also please contact us at discoverarky@grpf.ca OR (403) 404-9301 discovergrasslands@grpf.ca OR (403) 404-9301
255001 Glenbow Road
Cochrane, Alberta T4C 0B7
Phone: 403-851-9053
Email: experienceglenbow@grpf.ca

Park Hours
The park is open for your enjoyment Sunrise to Sunset every day of the year.

Visitor Information Centre
Open 11:00 am to 3:00 pm* on weekends over the fall and winter pending volunteer availability.

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