School Outreach Programs
School Outreach Programs are education programs that are brought to
your school, right into your very own classroom.
Trappers and Trade
A participatory fur trade re-enactment game in your classroom.
Offered December through February
Fort George and Buckingham House Provincial Historic
Site offers to bring to your classroom our participatory fur trade re-enactment game, based on real competition in this region
between the Hudson's Bay Company and the North West Company in the
The game is led by a historically costumed interpreter who sets the
context by discussing the goods to be traded, the characters
in the game and the Made Beaver Standard. The game itself has students
playing various roles and requires students to move around and work
in groups. As the groups compete for furs and trade goods at certain
times noise levels in the classroom may reach a dull roar.
- A minimum of a one hour block of time with 1.5 hours preferred
(required for larger groups)
- A classroom with moveable desks or tables
- A minimum of 12 students
- A maximum of 40 students
- Assistance of a teacher with simple tasks
Purchase Trappers and Trade on CD
The popular Trappers and Trade outreach program is also available on your computer.
This exciting participatory fur trade re-enactment game is uniquely
designed to recreate the competition between Fort George and Buckingham
House, rival forts of the North West and Hudson’s Bay companies in
Play Trappers and Trade to discover:
- the differences between specific
native groups coming to trade
- their motivation for trade
- the experience of trade
- the products traded
- the impact of competition on trade
The game: Requires up to 1.5 hours
to complete and must have a minimum of 12 participants.
Instructions: Contains instructions and all sheets, forms, and playing pieces
ready to be printed off. The CD also includes background information
on the forts, trade and life in the forts. This package is intended
to create one complete game and to produce spare parts should any get
lost or damaged.
Trappers and Trade requires some additional materials such as dice,
protective sheet covers, hard candies and wipe off pens. Complete materials
list and assembly instructions are included.
The CD is intended for the production of a single version of the game.
Please purchase a second CD if you want to make a second copy. This
game is copyrighted. All proceeds go towards programming and improving Fort George and
Buckingham House Provincial Historic Site.
Please send a cheque or money order made out to the Government of Alberta for $25 along with mailing instructions to:
Fort George and Buckingham House
#318 5025-49th Ave.
St Paul, Alberta
A Day in the Life
Hear it, see it, do it - history comes alive in your classroom!
December through February
Discover the people and events of a day in the 1888s from Victoria
Settlement. This "scripted participation" program has students
acting out the parts of real historical characters in a set of scenes
that reveal many of the economic and social relationships as well as
the nature of change in the Northwest of that time. This program is
both humorous and serious and is best suited to students in grade three
and up. Lead by a historically costumed interpreter, the session—if
there is time—finishes with the students making their own button
spinner or learning the archaic skill of neck tie tying.
- A minimum of a 50 minute block of time with 1.25 hours preferred
for larger groups to do follow-up activity
- A classroom that can be
arranged to create stage area at the front
- A minimum of 14 students
- Assistance of a teacher with handing out
supplies and props
Program costs for classes with 25 or less students
- 1 program costs $110 plus mileage
- 2 programs cost $165 plus mileage
- 3 programs cost $195 plus mileage
- 4 programs cost $210 plus mileage
- An additional fee of $4.40 per student/per program will charged
for student numbers over 25 per program.
- Mileage will be charged at $0.505 per km to and from St Paul, Alberta.
Enquiries or Bookings
Ross Stromberg, Program Coordinator
(780) 645-6256 between 8:15 a.m. and 4:30 p.m., Monday to Friday
Toll-free by first calling 310-0000
Last reviewed/revised: March 18, 2016