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Educational programming for schools

NOTE: In line with the Province of Alberta's Restriction Exemption Program we require that all of our participants, including students, teachers, and adult supervisors over the age of 12 be fully vaccinated and be able to provide proof of vaccination upon arrival at The Military Museums for your program. Those that cannot provide proof of vaccination must provide proof of a privately-paid negative rapid test result taken within 72 hours or have documentation of a medical exception. 

Those that cannot provide this will not be able to participate in programming at this time

All of our school programming at The Military Museums Foundation (TMMF) is designed to be interactive. We offer three main activity formats: 45-minute programs, 90-minute programs, and tours. A day of programming can mix any of the three to best suit your needs, whether that be hitting curriculum points, or highlighting class interests. If you are unsure of what programs may best suit your group, please contact the Education Coordinator at bookings@themilitarymuseums.ca.

*Booking form at the bottom of this page*


Pricing and Group Sizes

The minimum group size for a day of programming is 15 participants. Under present public health guidelines, we cannot accommodate more than one class at a time at our facility, however this is subject to change as guidelines are updated.

For a half day of programming (3 hours or below), we charge $12.50 per student participant.

For a full day of programming (3+ hours), we charge $15.00 per student participant.

Our pricing for adult supervisors is based on ratio. For students under 10 years of age, one adult will be free for every 8 students. For students aged 11+, one adult will be free for every 10 students. All additional adults outside of this ratio will be charged $6.00.


How to Book a Day

First, decide if a half day or a full day of programming would better suit your needs. 

For a half day, please plan for 3 hours between arrival and departure. This allows time for 3 blocks of programming and a snack break. 

For a full day, please plan for 5 hours between arrival and departure. This allows time for 5 blocks of programming, a snack break, and a lunch break.

Next, read through the program descriptions below. Most of our programs are aimed at a particular grade range, using age-appropriate vocabulary, and pulling from the Alberta curriculum for these grades. However, to meet the variety of abilities and interests a group may have, existing programming can be altered upon request. To discuss this accommodation, please contact our Education Coordinator at bookings@themilitarymuseums.ca. 

Finally, fill in the Google form found below the program descriptions. Our Education Coordinator will draft a sample schedule for you, and upon your approval, will send you a letter of confirmation for your booking. Using one of your program blocks for free time in the galleries (“Time to Explore”) is highly recommended, however it is not required if you feel that it would not suit your group. We look forward to hosting you!

*Due to COVID-19 limitations, our response times may be slightly delayed. We will get back to you as soon as possible. We appreciate your patience.

Sample Bookings

Half day for grade 2

Group A

Group B

9:00-9:15 (15 mins)

Arrival, introduction

Arrival, introduction

9:15-10:00 (45 mins)

Artefact Handling

Boats, Bells, and Banners

(craft)

10:00-10:10 (10 mins)

Snack break

Snack break

10:10-10:55 (45 mins)

Boats, Bells, and Banners

(craft)

Boats, Bells, and Banners

(activity)

10:55-11:00 (5 mins)

Rotation time

Rotation time

11:00-11:45 (45 minutes)

Boats, Bells, and Banners 

(activity)

Artefact Handling

11:45-12:00 (15 mins)

Wrap-up, farewell

Wrap-up, farewell


Full day for grade 7

Group A

Group B

9:00-9:15 (15 mins)

Arrival, introduction

Arrival, introduction

9:15-10:00 (45 mins)

Shaping Our Nation: The War of 1812

(presentation)

Tour of the Regiments

10:00-10:10 (10 mins)

Snack break

Snack break

10:10-10:55 (45 mins)

Shaping Our Nation: The War of 1812 

(board game)

Artefact Handling

10:55-11:00 (5 mins)

Rotation time

Rotation time

11:00-11:45 (45 mins)

Artefact Handling

Shaping Our Nation: The War of 1812

(presentation)

11:45-12:15 (30 mins)

Lunch break

Lunch Break

12:15-1:00 (45 mins)

Tour of the Regiments

Shaping Our Nation: The War of 1812 

(board game)

1:00-1:05 (5 mins)

Rotation time

Rotation time

1:05-1:50 (45 mins)

Time to Explore

Time to Explore

1:50-2:00 (10 mins) 

Wrap-up, farewell

Wrap-up, farewell




45-Minute Programs

These programs fill one schedule block each. They include a variety of presentation, tour, and activity elements.

Armistice
Recommended for: all grades

This is our quintessential Remembrance program. From the moment the guns fell silent on 11 November 1918, to the way that we embody memory today, students will explore the legacy of the Great War in Canada. Includes the opportunity to write letters to Canadian veterans.


Artefact Handling
Recommended for: all grades

Please touch the artefacts! Students will be lent a pair of white curatorial gloves and instructed in safe handling methods before being given a chance to interact with artefacts ranging in period from the Great War to Afghanistan. 


Explosive Threats

Recommended for: grades 7-9

Long after wars end, minefields remain a deadly threat in their place. This program explores the consequences of landmine use and the methods employed to mitigate them. Students will discover landmine types, detection and diffusion techniques, and education campaigns in a global context.


Juno Beach

Recommended for: grades 7-12

“We shall fight on the beaches..!” Discover Canadian contributions to the events of D-Day, from the Tehran Conference to the taking of the Elm Line. Students will explore the operation’s effects on public consciousness, national myth-building, and Canada’s reputation abroad.


Peacekeeping
Recommended for: grades 7-9

Peacekeeping is a Canadian invention! Learn about the creation of the United Nations and the role that Canada has played in peacekeeping operations since the 1950s. Students will explore the Suez Crisis, the story of Lester B. Pearson, and the differences between peacekeeping, peacemaking and peacebuilding. Includes both presentation and tour elements.


Passages of Vimy
Recommended for: grades 10-12

Is the story of Vimy Ridge Canada's foundational myth? From the rolling barrage to the Vimy memorial, explore this battle and its repercussions and decide for yourself. Includes both presentation and tour elements.


Time to Explore
Strongly recommended for all classes

After a day of structured programming, students may wish to go back to areas and artefacts that they only saw in passing. Time to Explore offers a free block of good old fashioned museum wandering to the end of your schedule. Scavenger hunts are available upon request.


War on the Home Front, Hell on the Battlefield: Jewish Canadian Experiences in the Second World War
Recommended for: grades 7-12

The tragedies of Holocaust still haunt us today, but they were only one aspect of the Jewish experience in the 1930s and ‘40s. This program focuses on the various ways that Jewish Canadians were involved in the Second World War. Students will learn about specific battles in which Jewish Canadians fought as well as the antisemitism they faced in both the military and in everyday life here at home.

90-MINUTE PROGRAMS

These programs fill two schedule blocks each. One block includes a variety of presentation, tour, and activity elements. The second block is a more in-depth, hands-on activity.

Boats, Bells, and Banners
Recommended for: grades 1-3

Ahoy! This program explores a variety of naval technologies. Students will dive into the science of buoyancy to understand how massive metal ships stay afloat. Then, they will learn about communication before computers, turning international maritime signal flags into a personalised craft to take home.

Canada and the Great War
Recommended for: grades 7-12

Explore Canada’s contributions to the “War to End All Wars.” Students will learn about the technological advancement, the battles, the politics, and the patriotism that made this war unlike any the world had ever seen. These concepts will then be played out in our interactive Great War Board Game.


Comics and Conflict
Recommended for: grades 7-12

A picture is worth a thousand words. This program explores political cartoons and the methods their artists use to pack symbolism, satire, and topical political commentary into pithy images. Students will then use these methods to write their own cartoon.

Indigenous Veterans
Recommended for: grades 5-9

From Treaty 7 peacemakers to Second World War paratroopers, this program highlights notable Indigenous veterans throughout Canadian history, and places them in context. Discover stories of sacrifice, glory, tragedy, and strength often overlooked in the mainstream military narrative. Students will get up-close and personal with a uniquely Plains war memoir, and have a chance to see their own lives in a similar fashion.

Posters and Propaganda
Recommended for: grades 4-6

From jumping on the bandwagon to recognising celebrity endorsements, students will engage with historical examples of propaganda and learn how the methods they employed still apply to our lives today. This program culminates with a cooperative poster making activity to reinforce the methods covered.

Shaping Our Nation: The War of 1812
Recommended for: grades 7-9 (curriculum specific to grade 7)

Explore the battles and personalities of the War of 1812 and the ways they shaped our nation 50 years before Confederation. Students will discover concepts such as manifest destiny, the two Canadas, naval blockades, and the Napoleonic Wars. Then, they will play out what they have learned in the War of 1812 Board Game.

TOURS

These programs fill one schedule block each. For a half day, we recommend no more than one tour. For a full day, we recommend no more than two. They can be adapted for any age group.

Air Force Tour

A guided tour of the Air Force Museum of Alberta, from the earliest days of aviation to modern search and rescue.


Army Tour

A guided tour of the Army Museum of Alberta, from the signing of the treaties to Canadian comforts in Kandahar.


Naval Tour

A guided tour of the Naval Museum of Alberta, from Napoleon’s surrender on the HMS Bellerophon to stealthy, unpiloted crafts.


Air Force Hangars Tour

A tour of the Air Force Hangars, led by one of our knowledgeable Air Force veteran volunteers.

*This is only available before 16:00, and is also dependent on the availability of a volunteer. With the COVID-19 pandemic, the safety of these volunteers is our first priority. In the event that this tour is not possible, our Education Coordinator will contact you to arrange an alternative.


Tour of the Regiments

A guided tour of the four regimental galleries at The Military Museums: Princess Patricia’s Canadian Light Infantry, The Calgary Highlanders, The King’s Own Calgary Regiment, and Lord Strathcona’s Horse (Royal Canadians).


Women in War Tour

A multi-gallery tour exploring the history of Canadian women’s involvement in war efforts from 1899 until 2017.


Interpreter’s Choice

Our interpreters are just as excited to be here as you are! Let your guide for the day show you their favourite spots in our seven permanent galleries and various rotating exhibits. You might just learn something you wouldn’t on another tour.


*For specific curriculum connections, please email the Senior Education Coordinator at bookings@themilitarymuseums.ca*

Fill out the form Below To Start Your Request

Payment and Cancellation Policy

Payment is accepted either upon confirmation of booking, or upon entrance to the Museums. Groups will be required to make a single payment that includes admission for all attending students, as well as any extra adults attending outside of ratio. In-person payments are accepted in cash, debit, credit or cheque formats. In any other case, an invoice will be sent. All cheques must be made out to “The Military Museums Foundation.” Emailed receipts will be issued upon request.

Email notice concerning booking changes, cancellation, or rescheduling must be given one week [7 days] before the date of your scheduled visit; changes made within the week will result in a $35 administrative charge. Please direct any change requests to our Education Coordinator at bookings@themilitarymuseums.ca. Please note that without appropriate notification your group will be charged the full program cost with original attendance numbers. Upon arrival at the Museums, if the total number of your group is >20% lower than the original number on the booking request, then the interpreters will charge for the original number, as this is what we have staffed for. Thank you for your consideration.

**Due to the current worldwide pandemic, any changes or cancellations made to a booking as a result of public health regulations will not result in any penalties for bookings. In any other case, the original booking policy is still in effect.


Frequently Asked Questions

Making A Reservation

How far in advance should I make a school program booking?

1-2 months is generally enough time to book in advance. We can try to accommodate last minute booking requests, but cannot guarantee your preferred date as indicated on the booking request form.

If you would like to request programming for the Remembrance period, please make your booking request during the summer months. The month of November is very popular and availability is often full by the beginning of the school year.

How do I know which programs to request?

Every program comes posted with a recommended age range, and some are designed to suit students of any age. If your students have a variety of abilities, want to meet special interests, or will be at a relevant point in their curriculum, we are happy to discuss specifics with you to ensure that your programming for the day meets your needs. Please direct any inquiries to the Education Coordinator at bookings@themilitarymuseums.ca.

Do you offer programming on evenings or weekends?

We do! If you would like to book for a Saturday or Sunday, simply pick that as your preferred date on the booking form (the Education Coordinator may follow up on this just to confirm.)

If you are an extracurricular group leader, evening programs are also available. You have two options. First, visit the "Evening Programs" tab to see if any of our special programming for youth groups meets your needs. Otherwise, you are welcome to use the booking form and programs on this page (the main difference being that we recommend filling only two blocks of programming). With either choice, the cost for this is $10 per participant.

How do I know my booking has gone through?
You will receive an email from the Education Department to finalise the booking process. Once any outstanding questions are answered, the Education Coordinator will send you a sample schedule of your visit. After this schedule is agreed upon, an official confirmation letter will be emailed to you. This letter will outline the price, programs, and rules of your agreement. This agreement is final and subject the policies noted therein. Any changes must be made more than a week before the booking date to avoid fees.

I have not received an email confirmation in response to my booking request. What should I do?

If you have not received a confirmation of your booking request via email within ten days of submitting it, please contact our education department at bookings@themilitarymuseums.ca

Please note that during COVID-19 our response times may be longer than usual. We appreciate your patience.

What time of day should I book for?
The Museums do not open until 9:00 a.m. Beyond this, the start time is flexible. For a full day of school programming, we recommend starting as close to 9:00am as possible. For a half day, we recommend starting either around 9:00am or immediately after lunch.

Group Sizes and Volunteers

How many students can I bring in at one time?

Due to current public health guidelines, we cannot invite more than one class at a time to our facility. TMMF is committed to providing a safe and engaging environment for learning and this includes our COVID-19 response. Please contact us if you have any questions regarding this policy.

How many adult supervisors should we bring with our group?

For students aged 10 and younger, we ask that there is one adult leader for every six students. For older students, one adult for every ten students is recommended. These adults will be allowed free entry; all additional adults will be charged $6.00.

What role do teachers and adult supervisors play during programming?
All adult leaders are expected to help direct and actively supervise the participating students assigned to them. Especially with younger grades, they may also be asked to help facilitate any activities (crafts, artwork, etc.) During Time to Explore periods, students’ behaviour and safety is the direct responsibility of all supervisory adults.

Museum Facilities

Do you have a cafeteria?
We do not have a cafeteria on-site. We do have a vending area and an education classroom, both of which may be used as an eating area for students. If weather permits, students are also welcome to eat outdoors. Please note that we do not have a microwave, and we are unable to supply cutlery. Students should be advised to bring cold lunches and their own utensils.

Is there a spot to leave coats and bags?

We have a coat room where visitors are welcome to leave their coats and backpacks. While we do our best to maintain a secure environment, items left in the coat room remain the responsibility of their owners. In the event that two schools are visiting at once, the coat room will be labeled to keep belongings separate. 

How wheelchair accessible are the Museums?

There is a ramp leading up to the main entrance of the Museums, as well as an elevator to the lower level of the Navy Museum, and ramps leading to Cooper-Key Hall. The only area we have that is inaccessible is the Fall of ‘44, below our entryway. If we know we are expecting a guest that finds stairs inaccessible, no activities will be scheduled in this exhibit. Please do not hesitate to inform us of any accessibility needs.

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