Program Options for Experiential Learning

Let us help plan an interesting, educational, and fun programming experience for your students or tour group. Whether your group is walking through our beautiful Opimihaw Valley, handling artifacts, or learning a new life skill, we offer an experience that participants will remember for years to come!

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Fall 2020 Bookings – ONLINE OPTIONS coming soon!

 

 

MAIN Guided Tour offerings for Group Bookings:

Guided Walks:

A Step Back in Time Walk

Step back in time with one of our interpretive guides to get a glimpse of what life was like on the plains long ago.

*Outdoors – Year Round – 45 minutes – 1 hour – All Ages

Native Plant Walk

This trail walk introduces participants to the plants used in many ways by Plains Indigenous peoples. From bug repellent to basket making, the Opimihaw Valley has it all!

*Outdoors – May to October – 45 minutes – 1 hour – All Ages

Archaeology Walk

Join one of our Archaeology Guides and explore the Trail of Discovery.  Learn about the formation of the Opimihaw Valley, the history and science behind Archaeology, and see some locations of the dig sites that have been active in past years.

*Outdoors – Year Round – 45 minutes – 1 hour – All Ages

Opimihaw Walk – 2 hours – Specialty Program

Explore more of Wanuskewin’s trails in a full interpretive program that takes you from the sculptures to the medicine wheel. This walk showcases the full Opimihaw Valley in more depth, and the stories the site holds.

*Outdoors – Year Round (weather permitting) –  2 hours – All Ages

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Guided Programs (1 hr):

Tipi Teachings – mîkiwahp

Enjoy one of Wanuskewin’s most popular programs! Gain insight into traditional teachings with this hands-on program discussing the lessons of each tipi pole, and connections to each stage of life. Come and try it yourself!

*Indoors and Outdoors – Available year round – 45 minutes – 1 hour – All Ages

Traditional Games

Traditional games provided the teachings and skill development required for survival on the Northern Plains. The traditional hunter-gatherer lifestyle was incredibly demanding and required superb levels of physical fitness. Come learn how games played an important role in educating the young by developing physical skills and encouraging social development.

*Indoors and Outdoors – Available year round – 45 minutes – 1 hour – All Ages

Northern Plains Technology: The Bison

Millions of bison once roamed the Central and Northern Plains, and Indigenous peoples depended upon them for survival. Learn about the bison, and its place in the centre of Plains cultures. Understand and see examples of how every part of the bison was used to provide food, tools, shelter, weapons, toys, and even glue.

*Indoors and Outdoors – Available year round – 45 minutes – 1 hour – Suited for Grade 4 to Adult

Bannock Bake – pahkwēsikanihkē

Students will be amazed when they learn about the history of bannock, its Scottish roots, and its place in First Nations communities today. Participants will also have the opportunity to try their hand at cooking bannock over a fire. (CANCELED IF A FIRE BAN IN EFFECT)

*Outdoors – Available year round – 1 hour –  Grade 3 to Adult  ($4.25 per person for material fee)

Puppet Tales & Cultural Awareness

An on-site OR outreach program, Puppet Tales tells traditional stories about Plains Indigenous culture. A puppet show presentation will engage children in learning about dancing, animals, traditions, and other stories of the Plains.

*Indoor on-site or outreach program – Available year round – Suited for Pre-K to Grade 4 

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 Specialty Programs (2 hrs – counts as the two programs included with group rate):

Bison Hunt (weather permitting)

Over 200 years ago bison roamed the prairies by the millions and were the single most important animal to First Nations peoples in this area. Students will explore the site, and experience the thrill and skill that accompanied a hunt as they try their hand at using the atlatl (spear-thrower), the bow and arrow, and other techniques.

*Outdoors – May to October – 2 hours – Suited for Grade 5 – Adult

Opimihaw Walk

Explore more of Wanuskewin’s trails in a full interpretive program that takes you from the sculptures to the medicine wheel.  This walk truly showcases the full Opimihaw Valley more in depth, and the stories the site holds.

*Outdoors – Year Round (weather permitting) –  2 hours – All Ages

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Crafts (1 hr):

Centre of Life Tipi Craft

Create a mini canvas tipi while learning about this iconic mobile home used on the Great Plains. Learn about the tipi’s history and importance, how it was a practical housing unit for living on the Plains for the last 2000 years, how it was made and transported, and the Plains Cree tipi poles and their values.

*Indoors –  Available year round – 1 hour –  Pre-K to Grade 4, but suitable for all ages  ($2.75 per person for material fee)

Pottery

This program is designed to illustrate the history of pottery and its use by Northern Plains Indigenous peoples. While making their pots, participants will learn how pots were made, why they were made the way they were, and how they were used.

*Indoors –  Available year round – 1 hour – All Ages  ($3.50 per person for material fee)

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  • Keep posted for our new Spring 2020 programming options we are developing!
    • Ecology Walk
    • Bison Discovery Walk
    • and more!

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OUTREACH PROGRAMS: Offsite Programming

Let us come to you! Now available year-round

Offsite program cost are as follows:

1 program – $125.00

2 programs – $200.00

3 programs – $275.00

4 programs – $350.00

 

Please note: mileage is additional for programs booked outside of Saskatoon. Bookings more than half an hour of travel away from Wanuskewin will be charged $75.00 for travel.

 

Northern Plains Technology: The Bison (description in regular programming above) *Maximum 30 students per session

Traditional Games (description in regular programming above) *Maximum 30 students per session

Puppet Tales (description in regular programming above) *Maximum 30 students per session

If you would like to book a traditional dancer with your program as well, for a 45 minute interactive performance afterward, we can add this to your booking for an additional cost! Let our tour coordinator know when you book your visit!

 

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Email tours@wanuskewin.com for more information and to book your session today!