Learning from the Past

Fort Calgary is a place to discover who we and learn about the people and cultures that have shaped our city and society. We offer a variety of interdisciplinary programs designed to encourage inquiry-based learning and critical thinking about our history.

Led by our team of facilitators, our programs are designed to support students as they learn about social studies, science. visual arts, and other curriculum courses.

Download our 2018-2019 School Program Brochure for more information on programs, costs, capacities, booking process, and cancellation policies.

Booking Process

Please note that we will not be running programs during the month of June in order to begin work on our exciting expansion project.

Our 2018-2019 School Programs are fully booked! If you would like to join our waitlist, please sign up here.

When you are booked, prepare for our visit by downloading our Teacher Pre-Visit Checklist. We have also created teacher’s guides for each program to provide you with additional details and curriculum connections.

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Teacher’s Guides

Our program curriculum connections and additional details are available in our Teacher’s Guides.

Museum Tour Teacher’s Guide

Meet the Mounties Teacher’s Guide

Building Calgary Teacher’s Guide

Calgary: A Prairie Community Teacher’s Guide

Citizens Calgary Teacher’s Guide

Waste & Our Changing World Teacher’s Guide

Sustainability Teacher’s Guide

The Life & Times of Captain Deane Teacher’s Guide

Mountie Superheros Teacher’s Guide

Archaeology Teacher’s Guide

Settling the West Teacher’s Guide

Settling the West: Theatre Option Teacher’s Guide

Mountie CSI: Part 1 Teacher’s Guide

Mountie CSI: Part 2 Teacher’s Guide

Sketching Teacher’s Guide

The Great March West Teacher’s Guide

Home School

Fort Calgary runs a variety of Museum School days designed for homeschoolers throughout the year. These are full programming days, designed to help support what students are learning in their home classroom. These hands-on days happen in our Learning Centre, sometimes with an outdoor component, and also include an opportunity for students to explore our museum following the program.

To receive emails about our homeschool days and other special programming, please sign up for our mailing list.

2018 Programs

Calgary: a Prairie Community & Building Calgary

Start your school year off with our most popular programs! Calgary: a Prairie Community and Building Calgary are hands-on, interactive programs that teach your students about what life was like in the past in both Calgary and Southern Alberta through the exploration of artifacts, the museum, costumes, and building a log cabin.

Grade 1-3

Date: September 12th, 2018

Time: 9:30 AM – 1:30 PM

Pick-up: 1:30 PM – 2:00 PM

Cost: $25

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Waste and our Changing World & Mounties, Marshes, and Making the Future

Join us for two interdisciplinary programs that combine science and history! In the morning, students will learn about waste in our world through a study of the Fort Calgary site, an in-depth look at how artifacts are made, and the impact materials can have on our world. In the afternoon, students will explore our community wetland and the St. Patrick’s Island wetland. Through their explorations, they learn about these vital ecosystems.

*Outdoor activity is weather dependent*

Grade 4 & 5

Date: September 13th, 2018

Time: 9:30 AM – 1:30 PM

Cost: $25

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The Great March West & Mountie Superheroes

In these two programs, students will learn about the NWMP and the impetus for their formation within a national context and what the NWMP endured to make their way west. They will also learn about the importance of storytelling and create a comic strip based on stories from our past.

Grade: 5 & 6

Date: November 2nd, 2018

Time: 9:30 AM – 1:30 PM

Cost: $25

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Mountie CSI

In our full day Mountie CSI program, students will become NWMP police detectives and investigate a real historic crime from Calgary’s past. Using forensic science, they will log and analyze the evidence thoroughly before thinking critically and deciding on guilt or innocence. Students will then experience early Calgary’s democratic system with a mock trial based on the morning’s discoveries. Costumes and scripts bring the material to life!

Grade: 6

Date: February 1st, 2019

Time: 9:30 AM – 1:30 PM

Cost: $25

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Calgary and the Fur Trade

In this new program, students will learn about the fur trade, its connection to Calgary, and visit two historic HBC buildings that are just across the river from Fort Calgary. It will also look critically at the cost of the arrival of the fur trade to the Blackfoot, Tsuu T’ina, and Iyarhe Nakoda.

*Outdoor activity is weather dependent*

Grade:  7-9

Date: April 12th, 2018

Time: 9:30 AM – 1:30 PM

Cost: $25

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Poetry, Prose & Plants

Enjoy our beautiful 40-acre site and learn about native plants and their growth & changes, trees & their importance in our ecosystem, and learn about how we can observe our world through poetry.

*Outdoor activity is weather dependent*

Grade 4-6

Date: May 24th, 2019

Time: 9:30 AM – 1:30 PM

Cost: $25

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Sketching our World

Students learn basic sketching techniques, observe and sketch our historic property and buildings, and learn about ways that historic sketches and art can help us learn about Calgary’s history.

*Outdoor activity is weather dependent*

Grade: 1-3

Date: May 31st, 2019

Time: 9:30 AM – 1:30 PM

Cost: $25

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Resource Kits

Fort Calgary offers a selection of resource kits for use in classrooms or by community groups. Kits can be booked online and must be picked up and dropped off at the Fort. More details can be found in our 2018-2019 School Program Brochure

To book one of our resource kits click here.

The Buffalo: A Way of Life

This kit offers the opportunity to handle genuine Indigenous artifacts as well as interactive activity ideas and plans that help learn how Indigenous peoples used the natural resources around them.

Mounties on the Move

Learn about the early days of Calgary by exploring the lives of some of our city’s first citizens, the North West Mounted Police. This resource kit includes genuine Mountie artifacts, pictures, stories and clothing, as well as a guide full of fun activities and helpful resources.

Four Countries Celebrate: India, Tunisia, Peru & Ukraine

This kit is designed specifically to support the grade three curriculum’s ‘Four Countries’ unit. This unique kit includes artifacts, costumes, music and a guide full of interactive, fun activities that help educate about India, Tunisia, Peru and Ukraine.