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Ukrainian Cultural Heritage Village

Ukrainian Cultural Heritage Village - School Programs 2016-17

School programs

Seasonal Programs
Zhnyva: The Harvest
– Grades: 1-9
Rizdvo – Ukrainian Pioneer Christmas - Grades: 1-9
Velykden' – Ukrainian Pioneer Easter - Grades 1-9
Iordan - Feast of Jordan - Grades 1-12

Fall and Winter Programs (October – April)
Facility Rental - Historic Schoolhouse Rental – Grades: 1-12
Letters from the Past – Grades: 1-9
Children Were Also Pioneers – Pre-K, K
A Community in the Past – Grades 1, 2, 4
Golden Rule Days – Grades 1-6
Emigration Gamble – Grades 6-12
Ukrainian Heritage Foods – Grades 7-12
Past Visions for Today – Grades 10-12, Post-Secondary

2017 Spring Programs (May and June)
School Tours – K-12
Children's Pioneer Day – Grades K-6
Settler Scramble – Grades K-6
Pioneer Classroom – Grades 1-9


Travel back in time for a unique and immersive learning experience at the Ukrainian Cultural Heritage Village!

In the early 20th century, east central Alberta was home to the largest settlement of Ukrainian pioneers in all of Canada!

Our award-winning open-air museum, authentic setting and costumed 'historical characters' bring Alberta's history to life. Dynamic interpreters and an enchanting environment offer a unique opportunity for active and experiential learning.

A range of year-round programs and hands-on historic activities will complement the curriculum and make a lasting impression on children of all ages.

What teachers say:

“The interpretive staff remained in character and my students thought this was unique. Some weren't sure if they actually lived there or not!! This field trip aligns perfectly with our curriculum and the students can see, in real life, what life was like.”

“The staff were fantastic. Their interactions with the students was fun to watch and an awesome learning opportunity.”

”Our students' loved this field trip. Aligns perfectly with our (…) curriculum.”

Book now for 2017!

The Ukrainian Cultural Heritage Village is now taking bookings up to one year in advance! Reserve your spot now by contacting our Bookings team: uchvbookings@gov.ab.ca

Call: 780-662-3640

Zhnyva: The Harvest

Grades: 1-9

The culmination of a year’s work in east central Alberta, the harvest is brought to life by costumed interpreters. Students are immersed in the historic processes of a pre-1930 harvest. They are asked to think critically about the sacrifices that pioneers made to bring in the harvest on time, and are engaged in a variety of hands-on activities that demonstrate the need for hard work and help from the community to prosper in a new land.

Dates available: October 5 - 31, 2016
Program Cost: $10.00 per student
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Rizdvo - Ukrainian Pioneer Christmas

Grades: 1-9

Students experience customs and traditions for the entire Rizdvo or Ukrainian Christmas season as they are brought to life by costumed interpreters. In this full day of activities, groups will help with preparations for Rizdvo, learn how the holiday was celebrated, and experience traditions associated with the New Year and Iordan.

Dates available: November 28 - December 22, 2016
Program Cost: $12.00 per student
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Iordan - Feast of Jordan

Grades 1-12

Share in the rich celebrations and traditions of the Ukrainian Christmas season as they are brought to life. Participate in the church services and celebrations, interact with role-players and partake in hands-on activities.

Dates available: January 19, 2017
Program Cost: $10.00 per student
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Velykden' - Ukrainian Pioneer Easter

VelykdenGrades 1-9

The lifestyles of rural Ukrainian settlers, spring preparations and Velykden' celebrations are brought to life for students by costumed interpreters. Through the program, students see the religious and cultural importance of Easter within the lives of early Ukrainian settlers in east central Alberta. A hands-on session provides students with the opportunity to learn about the symbolism of the traditional pysanky.

Dates available: February 27 - April 13, 2017
Program Cost: $12.00 per student
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Facility Rental - Historic Schoolhouse Rental

Grades 1 - 12 - Currently available in March

Teachers can teach their curriculum in this full-day facility booking while students experience the unique setting of a historic classroom.

Facility Rental Cost: $200 per day up to a maximum of 30 students
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Letters from the Past

Distance Learning - Grades 1 - 9

Help your students experience “distance learning” the old fashioned way! By corresponding with one of our museum characters, students will have an opportunity to inquire and learn about topics of their choice. Teachers will receive character profiles of the individuals students can write to, including suggested topics and questions for each character. Every student will receive a personalized response crafted by our museum interpreters.

Program Cost: $75 per class up to a maximum of 30 students

This program can also be offered in Ukrainian upon request.
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Children Were Also Pioneers

Pre-K, K

A half-day of activities presenting pioneer life through a child’s perspective. Role players in a 1920s interactive setting create experiences where students are given the opportunity to do farm chores, household cleaning, and simple cooking tasks in a farmstead kitchen using a wood-burning stove.

Program Cost: $10.00 per student
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A Community in the Past

Grades 1, 2, 4

Students will discover life in the rural communities and towns of east central Alberta in the 1920s. Visits to a variety of community institutions will help students learn about services available in rural communities in the past, how people contributed to their communities, and how communities enhanced individual lives. Through the stories of our first-person interpreters, students will personally connect with an Alberta community in the past.

Program Cost: $10.00 per student
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Golden Rule Days

Grades 1-6

Centered on our historic schoolhouse restored to represent school life before 1930, students are given a glimpse into a time when being a child was much different than it is for most Albertans today.

Program Cost: $10.00 per student
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Emigration Gamble

Grades 6-12

Following pre-visit readings and activities, students assume roles of prospective European immigrants to North America. Immigration policies and economic issues at the turn of the 20th century are discovered when students debate reasons for leaving their homeland. Living history interaction with costumed interpreters is the research base for learning about pioneer achievements in Alberta.

Program Cost: $10.00 per student
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Ukrainian Heritage Foods

Grades 7-12

Explore traditional Ukrainian-Canadian food patterns and lifestyle. Through preparation of seasonal Ukrainian-Canadian foods, students will discover the customs, practices and development of the Ukrainian-Canadian diet.

Program Cost: $12.00 per student
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Past Visions For Today

Grades 10-12, Post-Secondary

Participate in a customized workshop tailored to meet your learning objectives, followed by optional guided or self-guided tours of the museum. Can include outcomes based not only in history or social studies, but also arts, career and technology studies, tourism, business, agriculture and more.

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School Tours - Guided or Self-Guided

School Tours Grades K-12

Take an immersive trip back in time to our village full of real historic buildings that have been restored and furnished with artifacts from the period. You will complete your time travel experience by meeting real characters representing different phases in the Ukrainian-Canadian settlement of east central Alberta. Two-hour Guided Tours are customized to each grade's curriculum to provide students with the most meaningful and appropriate learning experience. Teachers may also choose to take their students on a Self-Guided Tour where the focus will be more on cultural landscapes and heritage buildings and less on interacting with interpretive role-players.

Dates available: May 23 – June 26, 2017
Times for Guided Tour: 10:00 to 11:45 am, 12:15 to 2:00, 3:00 to 4:45 pm
Program Cost for Guided Tour: $11.00 per student
Program Cost for Self-Guided Tour (K-12): $10.00 per student
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Children's Pioneer Day

Alto AwardKindergarten to Grade 6

Award winning program! (Alberta Museums Association Innovation Award, 2009 & Alberta Tourism Marketing Excellence Award, 2009)

End the school year with a bang by participating in this fun-filled day which helps students experience the lifestyle of the sons and daughters of east central Alberta's Ukrainian pioneers. In self-guided groups led by adult supervisors and teachers, students will visit interpreter-led stations and try a variety of hands-on activities such as butter churning, farm work, historic games and races, and much more.

Dates available: Friday, June 16 and Monday, June 19, 2017
Full Day of Activities: 9:30 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.
Program Cost: $13.00 per student
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Settler Scramble

Grades: K-6

Race to complete a variety of hands-on activities and challenges that will take you to every corner of our museum and teach you about all aspects of pioneer life. All ages will be challenged and entertained by this fun event.

Dates available: June 2, 10, 27, 28 and 29, 2017
Duration/Times: 4 hours, from 10:00 am to 2:00 pm
Program Cost: $12.00 per student
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Pioneer Classroom

Grades: 1-9

Complement your guided tour with a half-day visit to one of our pioneer classrooms! Our teacher will welcome your class into his or her classroom and provide an immersive 1920s schoolroom experience.

Only available as an add-on to a guided or self-guided tour

Dates available: May 23 - June 26, 2017
Duration/Times: 10 - 11:30 a.m. or 12:30 - 2 p.m.
Program Cost: $100/session up to a maximum of 30 students
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Planning Your Visit

  • The Ukrainian Cultural Heritage Village is located 50 kilometers (25 minutes) east of Edmonton along Highway 16. (Click here for location information and a map)
  • Our museum's school programs are offered year round according to a seasonal schedule - please see individual program descriptions for available dates.
  • Program fees are charged at a per person rate. There is a ratio of 1 adult admission exempt for every 8 students; this includes all teachers and parents - additional adults pay an admission fee according to seasonal rates.
  • Payment must be made on arrival by debit, VISA, Mastercard, American Express or cheque made payable to "Government of Alberta."
  • Payments can no longer be accepted via telephone. If the credit card holder will not be present on the date of arrival, schools can now make payment via weblink. If you would like to complete payment via weblink, please send (before the date of arrival) the email address of the individual who will be able to complete the transaction upon the group's arrival.
  • Weather should be considered when planning your visit - there is an outdoor component to all of our programs, even if this just means walking from one historic building to another. Please plan for being outside and dress appropriately.
  • Click here to see weather conditions and forecasts for Elk Island National Park (weather station closest to the Ukrainian Village).
  • A teacher's pre-visit information booklet will be sent by email prior to your visit. Please review this booklet prior to your visit. View the teacher pre-visit information book here:
  • Most school programs at the Ukrainian Cultural Heritage Village include a visit to one of our consecrated churches.
  • Food services are operated by the Friends of the Ukrainian Village Society and are available in May and June. Menus to prebook meals will be available on the Friends of the Ukrainian Village Society website.
  • Please book early to avoid disappointment.
    Note: Programs are subject to change or cancellation.
  • Reservations are required. See Bookings & Inquiries below.

Bookings & Inquiries

Please contact us directly if you'd like to make a booking, or have any questions about our school programs:
Email: uchvbookings@gov.ab.ca
Phone: (780) 662-3640
Fax: (780) 662-3273
Mailing Address: 8820-112 St. Edmonton NW, T6G 2P8

 

Last reviewed/revised: September 23, 2016