Ed Programs

It’s time to leave your books in the classroom, pack a sense of adventure and set out for an amazing experience at our village where history comes alive!

Choose from the following options or contact our staff to tailor a programming schedule unique to your students needs. The planning is done ahead of time with a complete detailed schedule sent to you beforehand to ensure a successful educational and entertaining old-time experience!

  • Class size: Maximum 30 students 
  • $7.50 per student/day 
Phone 403-627-3684 to book your visit.
Email: edcoordinator.kbpv@gmail.com

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Grade 1 and 2: A Child's Perspective

Immerse yourself and discover what life was like for a child during pioneer times. Dress in our period costumes, eat your lunch from a tin pail, use a slate in the one-room school experience, explore the buildings in an early community, and engage in hands-on heritage activities such as washing clothes on a scrub board, making homemade ice-cream, playing with stilts, creating an autograph book, or learn square dancing. 

Program Length:  Half day to Five days

Grade 3: Sodbusters and Cabin Builders

How did those early prairie dwellers build their first homes?  
Explore archival photos and spend time in a real Soddy and a log cabin. 
Become a homesteader as you make a tin punched lantern, create your own handmade journal, make bannock over the fire, quilt a pincushion, or make a simple wooden craft.

Program Length:  Half day to Two Days

Gr. 4 Wheels, Levers, Gears and Pulleys

Handle artifacts and discover how the simple tools of yesteryear have evolved to become the machines we have today. Participate in a scavenger hunt or a village archaeological dig to find more examples of these simple machines in our museum collection.

Program Length: Half day or Full Day

Gr. 4 and 5: Colorful Characters

Discover the colorful characters that settled and shaped this corner of the province. Participate in hands-on heritage activities such as candle dipping, creating paper bag leather pictographs, playing First Nation hand games, braiding a hat band or making your own journal.

Program Length: Half Day to Three Days

Gr. 6: Small Town Prairie Politics

Discover the issues in an early prairie town as you trade your identity and become an actual citizen of early Pincher Creek. Experience the civic process as you look at the issues, take part in an election day complete with speech making from our balcony.

Program Length: Full Day to Two Days

Additional activity centers & features:

  • Interactive Grounds tours
  • Historical community walking tours
  • Pie socials
  • Pioneer Story time
  • Legends around the campfire
  • Saddle soaping
  • Branding with Tempera paint
  • Paper bag cowboy vests
  • Paper bag Métis vests
  • Family Treasures (show and tell)
  • Homemade lemonade
  • Playing Horseshoes
  • Campfire songs
  • Autograph books
  • Sheep Shearing Demonstration
  • Rope Making
  • Recess with a focus on pioneer-type games and activities
  • A class set of pioneer era metal school lunch pails and costumes are available for your use each day

School Outreach

Our staff will visit your school, and offer historical knowledge in the classroom, through artifacts, stories or direct discussion. As in the Village visits, we will tailor our outreach to your current curriculum lesson or programming. Outreach lessons can also be utilized in conjunction with planned Village visits, or as a follow-up review to a Village visit. Scheduled visits are charged by a per kilometer rate from KBPV to your school, one-way.

Life and Career in the New West

Occupational, industrial and agricultural interests of the late 19th century and 20th century illustrate jobs and careers that are featured in newer additions to the museum that excel beyond the early days exhibited in the Pioneer Village. In the Shell Car Garage, hear about changes in automotive transportation, mechanical service and fuel sales. In the Union Bank, learn about Economics and Banking in a small town, and of Pincher Creek citizens who have excelled professionally to become influential journalists, politicians, lawyers and judges. The Beere Exhibition Hall interprets many aspects of town and country life, including Co-operative Business, the General Store, Clothing and Fashions, Radio Technology, and industrial vehicles that  illustrates community business. The Mounted Police are featured in several of our village buildings, and in the Military Exhibit, which commemorates the contribution of our citizens to Canada’s efforts in war and peace. And gain an insight into the work of the early medical practitioner’s in our Doctor’s Office.

Our staff and volunteers work hard to create flexible curriculum based programming to meet your students learning styles and interests. Thank you for your interest. 

Give Gord a call at 403-627-3684 to start planning your pioneer journey today.