Historic Dunvegan

Outreach and Education Programs

Booking for onsite education programs begins February 1 and continues until all spaces are filled.

Booking for outreach education programs begins October and continues through to March.

Education Programs

Make learning fun this spring by booking a school program at Historic Dunvegan. All programs are based on the Alberta curriculum for Social Studies, but you do not have to be a school to book our programs! During the summer months, we book programs for clubs and organizations that are looking for something fun and educational in July and August.

Each program is interactive and allows students to explore different elements of Alberta's history and culture while reinforcing social studies curriculum objectives.

Most programs begin with our 12 minute film, Dunvegan: Where the Trails Cross, but if you would like more time for your program, classes can watch the film before they come to the site! There are six programs available (see below Outreach Programs for detailed descriptions of each of these six):

On-site education programs are available May 15 through Labour Day between 10 a.m. and 2 p.m. Monday to Friday. Please note that depending on group size and grade level, some programs may be restricted - contact us for details and a program schedule that best meets your group's needs.
  • We can accommodate up to 100 students - contact us for details!
  • On-site Programs are approximately 1.5 hours in length
  • Recommended supervisor to student ratio is 1:8
  • If supervisor to student ratio exceeds 1:8, additional admission fees may apply.

 

Outreach Programs

Our outreach programs are educational/interpretive programs that we bring to you during the closed season. They are geared toward schools, but can be adapted for other groups (ex. nursing homes, day care centres, youth groups, etc.). If you are interested in an interpreter coming to your school or facility, please contact us and we can discuss the possibility of creating or adapting a program that will suit your needs. Please refer to our offered programs below.

If you have any questions or would like to book an education or outreach program, please contact us at:

Phone: 780-835-7206 (October - April)
780-835-7150 (May - September)
Email: Stephanie.McLachlan@gov.ab.ca

Program Descriptions and Details

Program Name Age Level Program Offered Description Cost
Little Time Travelers ECS - Gr. 2 May 15 - Labour Day at Historic Dunvegan Provincial Park Curriculum Outcomes: K.2 - I Belong; 1.2 - Moving Forward with the Past: My Family, My History and My Community; 2.2 - A Community in the Past.
What brought indigenous people together as a group? Why did European people come to Dunvegan? How was life both different and similar in the past? Little Time Travelers incorporates elements from the General Tour and Nahata Ga Onlayalay programs to suit the needs and specific curriculum learning of Dunvegan's smallest visitors.

$3/student

NOTE: 1:8 ratio for supervisors to students. Additional admission fees may be charged for additional adults.

Program Name Age Level Program Offered Description Cost
Just for Fun: Voyageur Challenge ECS - Gr. 4 May 15 - Labour Day at Historic Dunvegan Provincial Park Curriculum Outcomes: K.2 - I Belong; 1.2 - Moving Forward with the Past: My Family, My History and My Community; 2.2 - A Community in the Past; 4.2 – The Stories, Histories and Peoples of Alberta.
Do your students have what it takes to be a voyageur? After learning a few things about the voyageur lifestyle and fur trade, students will have the opportunity to try their hand at some "traditional" voyageur activities such as the Beaver Bean Bag Toss and Old-Fashioned Laundry relay.
Option: A traditional bannock bake may be added to this program (open to Grade 2 and older students only).

$3/student

NOTE: 1:8 ratio for supervisors to students. Additional admission fees may be charged for additional adults.

Program Name Age Level Program Offered Description Cost
Nahata ga Onlayalay: Missionaries and the Dunne-za Gr. 2 - 7 May 15 - Labour Day at Historic Dunvegan Provincial Park CurriculumOutcomes: 2.2 - A Community in the Past; 4.2 - The Stories, Histories and People of Alberta and; 5.2 - Histories and Stories of Ways of Life in Canada; 7.1 - Toward Confederation.
This dynamic program provides students with an in-depth look at the relationship between indigenous people and European missionaries at Dunvegan. Discover aspects of traditional Dunne-za life, learn about the role of the Missionaries and explore some of the communication and cultural challenges that faced both groups. A traditional bannock bake will wrap up the program.

$3/student

NOTE: 1:8 ratio for supervisors to students. Additional admission fees may be charged for additional adults.

Program Name Age Level Program Offered Description Cost
Trappers and Traders Gr. 4 - 7 May 15 - Labour Day at Historic Dunvegan Provincial Park CurriculumOutcomes: 4.2 - The Stories, Histories and People of Alberta; and 5.2 - Histories and Stories of Ways of Life in Canada; 7.1 - Toward Confederation.
The fur trade survived for over a hundred years at Fort Dunvegan. Who traded and what for? What trading strategies were used? This program makes the lives of the Trappers and Traders come alive. Students will run their fingers through real furs and see real trade goods in the setting of a restored historic fur trade store. After soaking up all the information on the fur trade, students will try their skills at trading in our role play game that re-enacts how the fur trade worked.

$3/student

NOTE: 1:8 ratio for supervisors to students. Additional admission fees may be charged for additional adults.

Program Name Age Level Program Offered Description Cost
General Tour Gr. 3 and up May 15 - Labour Day at Historic Dunvegan Provincial Park CurriculumOutcomes: 4.2 - The Stories, Histories and People of Alberta and; 5.2 - Histories and Stories of Ways of Life in Canada; 7.1 - Toward Confederation.
Tour Dunvegan’s four fully restored historic buildings: Revillon Frères trading post, St. Charles Mission Church and Rectory, and the Hudson’s Bay Company Factor’s House. The tour introduces the themes of missionary, Native and fur trade life at Dunvegan in the 19th century.
Option: A traditional bannock bake may be added to this program.

$3/student

NOTE: 1:8 ratio for supervisors to students. Additional admission fees may be charged for additional adults.

Program Name Age Level Program Offered Description Cost
Outreach Program, Just for Fun ECS - Gr. 4 October through March

Historic Dunvegan has adapted our Just For Fun program and it can be brought right into your very own classroom! An interpreter will arrive on your school's doorstep bringing furs, trade goods and exciting interactive games that will allow the students in your classroom to explore life as a voyageur.

Requirements:

  • At least a one hour block of time (an hour and a half is preferable)
  • Preferably no less than 10 students and no more than 25 students participating in a program (more than 25 students and there will be an additional charge);
  • An open space with at least three desks or tables (stage or music room), or a classroom with desks that can be moved;
  • The assistance of at least one teacher or adult for classroom management and simple tasks.

1 program: $110

2 programs: $165

3 programs: $195

4 programs: $210

Please Note: A fee of 50¢ per km will be charged in addition to all program fees. Maximum number of students is 25 for this program.

Program Name Age Level Program Offered Description Cost
Outreach Program, Trappers and Traders Gr. 4 - 7 October through March Historic Dunvegan offers a rich, varied and hands-on classroom program that will address many fur trade objectives in the grade 4, 5 and 7 social studies curriculum and it can be brought right into your very own classroom! A historically costumed interpreter will arrive on your school's doorstep bringing furs, trade goods and an exciting interactive game that will allow the students in your classroom to explore how the fur trade worked at Dunvegan.

Requirements:

  • At least a one hour block of time (an hour and a half is preferable)
  • Preferably no less than 10 students and no more than 25 students participating in a program (more than 25 students and there will be an additional charge);
  • An open space with at least three desks or tables (stage or music room), or a classroom with desks that can be moved;
  • The assistance of at least one teacher or adult for classroom management and simple tasks.

1 program: $110

2 programs: $165

3 programs: $195

4 programs: $210

Please Note: A fee of 50¢ per km will be charged in addition to all program fees. Maximum number of students is 25 for this program.

Program Name Age Level Program Offered Description Cost
Outreach Program, Custom Adults October through March

Historic Dunvegan offers a customized program, which can be brought right into you! A historically costumed interpreter will arrive on your doorstep bringing furs, trade goods and an exciting interactive game that will allow the students in your classroom to explore how the fur trade worked at Dunvegan.

Requirements:

  • At least a one hour block of time (an hour and a half is preferable)
  • A desk or table at the front of the room
  • The assistance of at least one person for helping with simple tasks.

To be discussed

Last reviewed/revised: March 18, 2016