School Programs 2015-16
At Fort George and Buckingham House Provincial Historic Site we believe history and culture are most easily understood
when grounded in experience. We offer a variety of interactive, hands–on educational programs that give students the
opportunity to experience the past for them selves.
Each program focuses on a particular facet of the story of the people associated with the Forts and is designed to meet
particular curriculum objectives. Key strands and outcomes are identified for each program.
General Tour – Our Story - Grades 3 and Up
The General Tour or Littlies Tour are an essential part of any visit.
Discover the stories of the people who lived worked and traded at the Forts. These forts brought
people of European and Native cultures together for the purpose of trade. Learn the stories of the Native and European
people who lived, worked, and traded at the forts. Your students will learn about the international connections; the
resources involved; the purpose and nature of trade; and the role of culture and community in the fur trade of the 1790's.
Our guided tour takes your students through our modern interpretive gallery, then along a wooded trail to the sites of
the archaeological remains of the two forts. Your students will stand where history really happened.
Economics and Resources; Global connections; Power and authority; The
Land: Places and People
Grade 3 - Quality of Life
Grade 4 - Stories, Histories, and People of the Alberta Government
Grade 5 - Histories and Stories of Ways of Life in Canada; Shaping
an Identity Grade 7 - Towards Confederation
Littlies Tour - Grades ECS-2
Get ready for your students to use their imaginations, sing a song and
dress up as they discover the story of the forts from long ago. Designed
with younger students in mind, this exploration of life in the fur trade
has students feeling the soft furs, getting dressed in historic costumes,
visiting the tipi, discovering the importance of the bison and trying their
hands at trade. The story is captured on an adventure board for those who want to tell it again.
The Land: Places and People - Relationships Between People and the
Grade 1 - My History My Community
Grade 2 - A Community in the Past
Respecting cultural diversity; Appreciating literature, the arts, and
the creative process
Bison Hunt - Grades ECS – 2
Students will learn about the importance
of the bison in everyday life of the native people of the plains and
of the fur traders. Before the arrival of fire arms, hunting bison
required participation and cooperation of the whole community to succeed.
Each student will learn about the uses of the bison and then create
their own stick horse "prairie pony". Then they will participate
in a simulated Bison hunt where they will test their skill and speed
as they cooperatively drive our friendly bison into a traditional hunting
Culture and Community / Economics and Resources
Grade 1 - My history My Community
Grade 2 - A Community in the Past
History of Canada; Understanding the physical world; Respecting cultural
diversity; Active lifestyle; Appreciation for the arts
Fur Factor - Voyageur Skills Competition -
Grade 2 to adult
Here is an opportunity for your students to learn while having fun
discovering if they have what it takes to be a voyageur. Through
participation outdoors in a fun series of team competitions, participants
discover some of the skills and abilities needed at the forts in
Culture and Community
Grade 2 - Community in the Past
Grade 4 - People of Alberta
Grade 5 - Shaping Identity
Grade 7 - Toward Confederation
History and Geography of Canada; Initiative, leadership, flexibility,
and persistence; Active lifestyle
Archaeology - the Puzzle of the Past - Grade 3 - 6
is all about discovering the past and how people lived. Students will work
in teams to excavate, record and solve the puzzle of the past found in our
dig simulation boxes. This program brings the purpose, practices and processes
of archaeology to life.
Time, Continuity and Change
Grade 4 - Alberta: Celebrations and Challenges - Archaeology
Grade 5 - The Land, History and Stories
Demonstrating critical and creative thinking
From the Bounty of the Land - Grades 4 and up
hundred years ago the European fur traders brought few items other than tools
and trade goods to the fur posts and depended on the indigenous people and
the land for what they needed to survive. Your students will learn how the
people of the forts used the plants, animals, and natural resources found in
and around the site for food, medicine, housing, transportation and tools.
The Land: Places and People, Economics and Resources
Grade 4 - Celebrations and Challenges, The Land, Histories and Stories
Grade 5 - Histories and Stories of Ways of Life in Canada
Understanding the physical world, ecology, and diversity of life
Trappers and Trade - Grade 4 to adult
This is our
all-time most popular program and is based on the real historical competition
between the two forts at this site. In this fur trade role-play game, students
become clerk traders representing the forts or trappers representing groups
of people coming to trade. The companies compete for furs while the trappers
bargain and trade for the items they want. Students are immersed into the fur
trade, deal using the Made Beaver standard, and discover for them selves
the power of competition.
Economics and Resources, Power, Authority and Decision-making, Global
Grade 4 - Stories, Histories and People of Alberta, Histories and Stories
of a Way of life in Canada, Shaping an Identity
Grade 7 - Towards Confederation
Grade 9 - Issue for Canadians: Economics
Learning the history and geography of Canada; Understanding Canada's
political and economic systems within a global context; Using mathematics
to solve problems in business; Demonstrating critical and creative
thinking skills in problem-solving and decision-making; Evaluating
your own endeavours; Managing time and resources
This program can also be purchased on CD.
Reserve your May or June Education Program now!
Labour Day through May 15
Phone: (780) 645-6256, or call toll-free by dialling 310 0000 first
Office hours: Monday to Friday 8:15 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
May 15 through Labour Day
Phone: (780) 724-2611, or call toll-free by dialling 310-0000 first
Hours: Open daily from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.
TDD/TTY phone 1 (800) 232-7215
$3 per student, per program (all programs)
No charge for accompanying adults and bus driver (up to a ratio of 1 adult for every 5 students)
Programs run between 10 a.m. and 2 p.m. weekdays from May 15 through Labour Day.
Last reviewed/revised: January 28, 2016