Alberta's Provincial Historic Sites, Interpretive Centres and Museums
Oil Sands Discovery Centre

Field Trips

To book a program at the Oil Sands Discovery Centre please email osdc.education@gov.ab.ca.

General Information

  • Programs are offered Tuesday to Friday at the Oil Sands Discovery Centre, as space and staff are available. Mondays are available for booking in June.
  • Programs may be booked from 9:30 am onwards.
  • Programs must be booked in advance on a first come/first serve basis, minimum 2 weeks notice.
  • There is a maximum of 30 students per program to ensure a better quality educational experience.
  • Adult to student ratios for each program must be met in order to run the program.
  • Multiple class bookings may be available; these must be booked at least 1 month in advance and are subject to staff and space availability.
  • All programs cost $3.00 per student.

 

GRADES K 1 2 3 4 5 6 7
Education Programs                
Science Explorers Science Explorers              
Bug World Day Break              
Science 101   Little Scientists            
Floating Fun     Floating Fun          
Junior Geologists       Magnificent Minerals        
Super Structures       Super Structures        
Seashells to Sneakers         Seashells to Sneakers      
Mighty Machines         Mighty Machines      
Kids Chemistry         Kids Chemistry    
Discovery Centre Detectives           Forensic Fun  
Forest Detectives           Forest Detectives  
Up, Up, and Away!           Up, Up and Away!  
Planet Earth             Fossils and Forces

Science Explorers - Kindergarten

Children discover what scientists do and then explore the Exhibit Hall using the Discover Hunt! Children will also make a craft to take home.

1 adult to 5 students ratio, minimum of 3 adults required

Duration: 60 minutes
Learning Areas: Environment and Community Awareness; Creative Expression; Early Numeracy

Bug World - Kindergarten

May and June

What is it like to be an insect? Students will discover what it means to be an insect during the bug hunt, looking at insect homes, building a bug, and lots more “buggy” fun! This program has an outdoor component so please ensure students are dressed appropriately.

1 adult to 5 students ratio, minimum of 3 adults required

Duration: 75 minutes
Learning Area:
Environment and Community Awareness

Science 101 - Grade 1

Students become scientists as they learn the basics by performing different science experiments!

1 adult to 5 students ratio, minimum of 3 adults required

Duration: 75 minutes
Subject:
Science
Curriculum Topic: Senses and Creating Colour after Senses

Floating Fun - Grade 2

Students will discover buoyancy and boats by designing and testing their own boats, experimenting with air bubbles, and much more.

1 adult to 5 students ratio, minimum of 3 adults required

Duration: 75 minutes
Subject:
Science
Curriculum Connection: Buoyancy and Boats

Junior Geologists - Grade 3

Have you ever wondered how geologists discover information about the Earth? Through tests, experiments, and activities, students will learn how these scientists study rocks and minerals. Students will test for hardness, streak, calcite content, transparency, and use their observation skills to find out more about these pieces of the Earth.

1 adult to 5 students ratio, minimum of 3 adults required

Duration: 90 minutes
Subject:
Science
Curriculum Connection: Rocks and Minerals

Super Structures - Grade 3

Students discover important elements of structures through building, testing, and designing structures from different materials. Group projects include a newspaper tower and stick bridges.

1 adult to 5 students ratio, minimum of 3 adults required

Duration: 90 minutes
Subject:
Science
Curriculum Connections: Building with a Variety of Materials; Testing Materials and Designs

Seashells to Sneakers - Grade 4

Students experience the story of the Athabasca oil sands through discussions, games, and hands-on experiments.

1 adult to 5 students ratio, minimum of 3 adults required

Duration: 90 minutes
Subject:
Social Studies
Curriculum Connection: Alberta: A Sense of the Land

Mighty Machines - Grade 4

Through demonstrations, discussion, and hands-on building activities using K'nex, students will discover how important simple machines are in their lives.

1 adult to 5 students ratio, minimum of 3 adults required

Duration: 90 minutes
Subject:
Science
Curriculum Connections: Wheels and Levers; Building Devices and Vehicles that Move

Kids Chemistry - Grade 5

Through discussion and fun experiments, students will discover the chemistry of everyday life. Students will create fountains of foam, non-Newtonian fluid (slime), and see a liquid change colour before their eyes.

1 adult to 7 students ratio, minimum of 2 adults required

Duration: 90 minutes
Subject:
Science
Curriculum Connection: Classroom Chemistry

Discovery Centre Detectives - Grade 6

Students work in groups to examine evidence collected from a crime scene. They will have to use several different investigation methods to solve this mystery!

1 adult to 10 students ratio, minimum of 2 adults required

Duration: 90 minutes
Subject:
Science
Curriculum Topic: Evidence and Investigation

Forest Detectives - Grade 6

May and June

Through discussions, games, and activities, students will discover the forest ecosystem, trees of the boreal forest, and what impacts humans have when developing the land. This program has an outdoor component so please ensure students are dressed appropriately.

1 adult to 10 students ratio, minimum of 2 adults required

Duration: 90 minutes
Subject:
Science
Curriculum Connection: Trees and Forests

Up, Up, and Away! - Grade 6

Students will explore concepts of air and aerodynamics through hands on activities and discussions. Projects include building gliders with simple controls (using Bernoulli's principle), parachutes, boomerangs, and helicopter wings.

1 adult to 8 students ratio, minimum of 3 adults required

Duration: 90 minutes
Subject:
Science
Curriculum Connection: Flight

Planet Earth - Grade 7

This program introduces students to the natural forces that shape the land and the different rocks and minerals that make up the planet. Through discussion, real samples of fossils and minerals, and hands-on science experiments about rock weathering and soil sampling, students will develop a better understanding of the Earth and its changes.

1 adult to 10 students ratio, minimum of 2 adults required

Duration: 90 minutes
Subject:
Science
Curriculum Connection: Planet Earth

 

Last reviewed/revised: October 5, 2017