Coal: A Rich Tapestry

Long before oil dominated the Alberta energy sector, coal was king.

About the Program

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.

Additional Information

Exploring the Park before or after a school program is NOT permitted. The Village is closed at this time.

Each program is designed for a maximum of 30 students due to space restrictions within the buildings. If you have additional students please call the education team to discuss if this accommodation can be made. The program fee includes 30 students and the adult supervisors within the required ratio. Teachers are included in this ratio. A fee will be charged for any additional students or adults. There is no charge for one-on-one aids. If paying for any additional adults and/or students, no refund will be granted if numbers change the day of the program. The credit card used for payment will be kept on file until the completion of the program.

Please contact us for subsidized rates if needed for your school.

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Program Details



Program Times

9:30 am - 11:30 am

12 pm - 2 pm

Program Dates

Jan. 15-April 26, 2024

Class Size


Age Range

Grade 5

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