Experiential Learning

Gain authentic knowledge from the Plains First Nations perspective and world-view.

Please fill out a Tour Booking Request Form, or contact our Tour Coordinator for more information at tours@wanuskewin.com

Specialized Programming for the Spring:

 

 

May 8-12 – Apocalypse Survival Training (Grades 5 and up, $5.50/student)

10 a.m. – 2 p.m. with Daily Dance Performance at 2 p.m.

Our interpretive guides will teach participants what they need to know to prepare for any disaster, whether it’s a natural catastrophe or the zombie apocalypse.

Fun and interactive training will include common plants for survival, practicing archery skills and developing some physical skills through playing traditional games to develop hunting skills and physical stamina.

 

May 15-19 – Amazing Race Tour (Grades 5 and up, $7.00 per student)

10 a.m. – 2 p.m. with Daily Dance Performance at 2 p.m.

In the summer of 2015 we had the honor of being one of the host locations to one of Canada’s most popular tv shows. Join us at the park for a special program that offers a similar experience but with added pit stops and challenges that include hunting games, archaeology, and medicines found in Opimihaw Valley.

Specific Outcomes:  Fun and competition, roles and diversity, efficient team work, focus, lateral thinking, problem solving, goal setting, improving communication, boost camaraderie while learning about First Nations Cultures. The team that has the quickest time will be the winners.

The day will end with a Hoop Dance Performance

 

(FULL)  – June 7-9 Waskimisiwin – Cultural Awareness & Mother Earth Walk (Grades Pre-K – 3, $5.50 per student)

10 a.m. – 2 p.m. with Daily Dance Performance at 2 p.m.

This series explores Plains First Nation culture and how they interact with their environment through stories and hands on activities. The tour will include a garden tour to visit the compost and learn the story of the 7 Sisters. Students will also visit the Indigenous Pollinator Garden and take part in a walk as they learn the story of how the plants have come to help the humans with illness.

Learn about First Nations peoples and culture through storytelling, music, pow wow dancing, and hands-on activities. Students will learn Pow Wow dances and their meanings. This program discusses Plains First Nation worldviews, their social and cultural activities, and how they interacted with their environment.

 

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Regularly Offered Tours:

A Step Back in Time Walk

Step back in time with one of our interpretive guides on the Path of the People. This walk incorporates the archaeological story of Wanuskewin and will give you a glimpse of what life was like on the prairie long ago.

*Outdoors Spring, Summer, Fall All Ages 45 minutes – 1 hour All Ages

Medicine Walk

Imagine having all the medicine you needed right outside of your tipi door! This trail walk introduces participants to the medicines of First Nations people. From medicine that gave relief to the common cold or acted as a bug repellent. The Opimihaw Valley has it all!

*Outdoors Spring, Summer All Ages 45 minutes – 1 hour All Ages

Tipi Raising

Enjoy one of Wanuskewin’s most popular programs! Learn how Cree people had traditionally set up their homes with an indoor 8 foot tipi demonstration. This hands-on program discusses the practical purpose of each tipi pole and the associated meanings that each pole represents for each stage of life. Come and try it yourself!

*Indoors Available all Year 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 cultivating physical skills and encouraging social development.

*Indoors and Outdoors Available all year 45 minutes – 1 hour Adaptable for all ages

First Nations Technology: The Bison

Millions of bison once roamed the Central and Northern Plains, and First Nations peoples depended upon them for survival. Learn about the bison, its place in the centre of Plains cultures, and how it was processed for food. 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 all year 45 minutes – 1 hour Suited for Grade 4 – Adult

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 experience the thrill and skill that accompanied a hunt as they try their hand at using the atlatl (spear-thrower) and the bow and arrow.

*Outdoors Available all year 45 minutes – 1 hour Suited for Grade 5 – 8

Cultural Awareness

Learn about First Nations peoples and culture through storytelling, dancing, and hands-on activities. Students will learn some Cree words and their meanings. This program discusses Plains First Nation worldviews, their social and cultural activities, and how they interacted with their environment.

*Indoors Available all year 45 minutes – 1 hour Pre-K – Grade 3

CRAFTS & Other Programs:

Dream Catcher Craft – Pawamitasoh

Experience one of the gifts given to the Ojibway People, adopted by many nations around the world. Learn the purpose and legend of the dream catcher while learning how to fashion its intriguing design. Take your very own design home as a gift for yourself or someone close to you.

*Indoors –  Available all year round –  1 hour  – Grade 3 to Adult $3.50 per person for material fee

Centre of Life Tipi Craft – Mikiwap Pimahacīsowin

A home is the centre of all life. Create an ornamental canvas tipi while learning about this iconic Plains First Nations home. Discover the tipi’s history and its importance, how it was made and transported, and learn about the contributions men and women made to create a healthy, happy home.

*Indoors –  Available all year round – 1 hour –  Kindergarten to Grade 3 –  $2.50 per person for material fee

Pottery – Asiskīwiyīkanihkē

This program is designed to illustrate the history of pottery and its use by Northern Plains First
Nations peoples. Participants will learn how pots were made, why they were made the way they
were and how they were used. The information will be presented informally while the students
are making their pots.

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

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.

*Outdoors – Available all year round – 1 hour –  Grade 3 to Adult – $3.50 per person for material fee

 

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Additional Activities for Teachers to do with their class self-guided:

Archaeological Dig

During the months of May – June students from the University of Saskatchewan participate in an archaeological excavation here at Wanuskewin. We are home to the longest running dig site in Canada – with over 6,000 years of history waiting to be discovered you never know what you might witness! Dig sites are closed during rainy or disruptive weather.

Explore Opimihaw Valley

Over 6km of hiking trails criss-cross the Opimihaw Valley. On your journey you can discover 19 unique points of interest along the way. The trail includes a bison pound, two buffalo jumps, Opimihaw Creek and the world’s most northerly Medicine Wheel. The valley is also home to numerous animals such as deer, muskrat, beaver and over 140 different species of birds. Ask the visitor services desk for a copy of the indoor and outdoor scavenger hunts, and a detailed trail map. Teachers can make this exploration extra special with a journal project that is sure to inspire and engage students.

Art Galleries

Within the Interpretive Centre, Wanuskewin boasts two art galleries that host a mixture of contemporary and traditional First Nations and Metis artists.

Video Library

View the new Thundering Ahead short films, and a variety of educational vignettes in our theatre, located at the entrance of the interpretive centre.

Dance Performance

Beginning after the May long weekend – September long weekend Wanuskewin has a daily dance performance at 2:00pm for visitors.

 

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Winter Offsite Programs – Let us come to you!

Offsite program cost: $75.00 per program,  or 4 for $245.00

Beaver Tales

A traditional story of how the beaver got his flat tail told through a puppet performance incorporating the Cree language with song and hands on programming tools.

*Available Winter Only *Suited for Pre-K – Grade 3 *Maximum per session 30 students

Voyageur Games

Learn all about the fur trade and how the First Nations and Metis people traded and survived in the wilderness. This educational session ends with a fun and exciting relay race that turns you into the Voyageur!

*Available Winter Only *Suited for Grade 5 – 8 *Maximum 30 students

 Dream Catcher Craft ($3.50 per person material fee) & First Nations Technology: The Bison (descriptions in regular programming above)

 

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