Homeschooler Days


Heritage Park is Perfect for Homeschoolers with Curious Minds

Students enjoying Homeschooler Days

Join us from January – April to experience a variety of curriculum-based school programs that allow children to explore history as close to first hand as possible! Using a variety of activities, our interpreters will lead children through a thoughtful, fun and exciting day they won’t soon forget! Scroll down to discover all of our Homeschooler Days and register today!

Register for Jan. 26

Register for Feb. 28

Register for April 5

Dates: Jan. 26, 2024, Feb. 28, 2024 and April 5, 2024

Price: $56 per student, GST exempt

Check-in: 9:15 am

Program Duration: 9:30 am – 2 pm

Important Additional Information

  • Registrations are for full day only.
  • Younger siblings are not allowed to attend with registered students.
  • All programs run for the same amount of time and have the same price.
  • Each program is limited to 15 participants with a guardian/teacher.
  • Please register early to ensure your spot.
  • On the morning of the field trip, check-in will be in Burn’s Barn.
  • Please refer to your confirmation letter for additional information about this day.

Friday, Jan. 26, 2024

Grade 1 Program

Morning Program: Winter Wonders

Embrace the magic of winter with an adventure filled with fun activities! Come and explore the many wonders of winter. Discover how animals prepare for winter and observe the signs of the season through a nature walk and scavenger hunt. Learn how First Nations people and the Settlers planned for the cold weather and survived a prairie winter. Have some fun playing indoor curling, making maple sugar candy in the snow and creating winter themed crafts. Winter has never been so much fun!

Afternoon Program: Patchwork of the Past

Travel back in time to meet the Prince and Thorpe families – the real people who lived in two of our unique historic homes. Through exploration and comparison of cultural traditions, home life, family roles and responsibilities, students will gain an understanding of how families and communities have changed over time and how they have stayed the same.

Price: $56 per student, GST exempt. Each student is allowed one complimentary guardian.

Winter Wonders Duration: 9:30 am – 11 am

Lunch: 11:30 am – 12 pm

Patchwork of the Past Duration: 12 – 2 pm

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Grade 2-3 Program

Arctic Adventure

This program covers life in the Arctic among Canada’s Inuit communities. An understanding and appreciation of how geography and resources can shape a community is achieved through discussion, activities and artifact examination. Some activities take place outside as students observe snow and ice and try their hand at a few Inuit games.

Price: $56 per student, GST exempt. Each student is allowed one complimentary guardian.

Artic Adventure Duration: 9:30 am – 2 pm

Lunch: 11:30 am – 12 pm

 

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Grade 4-6 Program

Winter Expedition

Put on your explorers’ hat, dress warm, and head off on a learning expedition! Your journey begins by travelling back in time to the days that First Nations, trappers and traders lived in the west. How did these people travel through the frozen terrain? Learn the survival techniques that were developed by First Nations people and taught to the Europeans who came to supply the fur trade. This is a full day of learning through activities, games and crafts.

Price: $56 per student, GST exempt. Each student is allowed one complimentary guardian.

Winter Expedition Duration: 9:30 am – 2 pm

Lunch: 11:30 am – 12 pm

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Wednesday, February 28th, 2024

Grades 1-3 Program

It’s All Around Us

Explore nature in all its wonder – weather, animal life cycles, seasons, and the scientific explanations behind them! Learn about the colour wheel and experiment with water and paint. Visit the Settlement to search for animal tracks and create your own Little Garden on the Prairie craft.

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Grades 4-6 Program

Innovations and Inventions

Take a journey through time to learn about inventions and the mechanical science that helped develop them. Develop and create an old-fashioned toy, visit our windmill and water wheel, and build your own water pump.

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Friday, April 5th, 2024

Grade 1-2 Programs

One Room School House With Livery

If you’ve ever wondered what it would be like to go to school in the olden days, here’s your chance. You will get your “horse” at the Livery Barn and ride to school like the pioneer children of yesteryear.

Once your horse is stabled it will be into the school house to begin your lessons! The “One Room School House” program allows you to soak up the atmosphere of a century old school while your lessons are done with chalk on slate.

Journey Through the Past

While visiting Heritage Park, find out how our little community differs from your neighbourhood. Discover how our village inhabitants, with diverse cultural and linguistic backgrounds, each contributed as individuals and cooperated together to build and develop a strong community.

Price: $56 per student, GST exempt. Each student is allowed one complimentary guardian.

One Room School House With Livery Duration: 9:30 am – 11 am

Lunch: 11:30 am – 12 pm

Journey Through the Past Duration: 12 – 2 pm

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Grade 3-4 Programs

Keys to the Community

What creates a community? This program will engage your students with remarkable individuals who laid the cornerstones of justice and compassion in early Calgary. See the growth of Calgary through historic maps and photographs, from an isolated ‘Mountie’ outpost, to a bustling prairie city. A visit to the Cottage Hospital reveals the story of Jimmie Smith, a humble Chinese immigrant who helped find Calgary’s first hospital.

Building Connections to Our Past

This activity centered program begins with a tour of our 1910 historical village, where students discover how the first settlers built their homes, and embraced new materials, tools, and methods of construction. Afterwards students build model log cabins, design their own personalized quilt block, and use old-fashioned tools to make their own wooden toy to take home.

Price: $56 per student, GST exempt. Each student is allowed one complimentary guardian.

Keys to the Community Duration: 9:30 am – 11 am

Lunch: 11:30 am – 12 pm

Building Connections to Our Past Duration: 12 – 2 pm

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Grade 5-6 Programs

Across the Sea of Grass

Take your students on a journey across Canada to a new home on the “sea of grass.” From the driving of the last spike to the crowded, jostling colonist cars, discover the role the railroad played in bringing people to the Prairies. Explore life on the prairie by visiting a “soddie,” and the Burnside Ranch House. Students will experience farming life by learning how to churn butter and sampling the results!

Coal: A Rich Tapestry

Long before oil dominated the Alberta energy sector, coal was king. This natural resource has encompassed the lives of men, women and children from diverse cultural backgrounds, from the Blackfoot traditional knowledge of coal to those who immigrated to Alberta to toil in coal mines. The history of coal even involved animals, such as pit ponies and canaries. Each group has a unique story to tell. This program tells the stories of the real people and animals who lived and died by coal in Alberta. Through activities and a visit to the coal mine, students will discover how this controversial resource shaped communities, identities, and relationships.

Price: $56 per student, GST exempt. Each student is allowed one complimentary guardian.

Across the Sea of Grass Duration: 9:30 am – 11 am

Lunch: 11:30 am – 12 pm

Coal: A Rich Tapestry Duration: 12 – 2 pm

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