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 students will remember for years to come!

 

To book a tour, please fill out the booking request form, or e-mail tours@wanuskewin.com with:

  • Three choices for programming dates
  • How many people, and what ages will be coming
  • what time you will be arriving and departing
  • if you will be bringing your own lunch, or want to do a pre-order

And we will work to get you booked in as a guided or self-guided group for the day!

View our Tour Booking Request Form

 

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*SPRING SPECIALIZED PROGRAMMING OPTIONS 2018:

 May 7-11, 2018 – Survival Training (Grades 5 and up, $5.50/student – limited spaces available!)

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 surviving in the great outdoors!

Fun and interactive training will include learning about common plants for survival, practicing archery techniques, and playing traditional games to develop hunting skills and physical stamina.

 


May 15-19, 2018
 – Amazing Race Tour (Grades 5 and up, $7.00/student – limited spaces available!)

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, The Amazing Race! 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 the 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 with the quickest time will be the winner!

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*Regularly Offered Tours for Group Bookings:

Guided Walks:

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 – Year Round – 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 – May – Oct – 45 minutes – 1 hour – All Ages

Opimihaw Walk – 2 hours – Specialty Program (*NEW)

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 –  2 hours – All Ages

Regular Programs (1 hr):

Tipi Raising

Enjoy one of Wanuskewin’s most popular programs! Learn how the Plains Cree traditionally set up their homes with a 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 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 – 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 year round – 45 minutes – 1 hour – Suited for Grade 4 – Adult

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 year round – 45 minutes – 1 hour – Pre-K – Grade 3 (Adaptable for All Ages)

 Specialty Programs (2 hrs – counts as 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 – Oct – 2 hours – Suited for Grade 5 – Adult

Archaeology (*NEW)

Did you know that Wanuskewin has Canada’s longest-running archaeological dig? The area is rich in sites that tell the stories of early life in the Opimihaw Creek Valley, with finds in the area taking us as far back as 6,000 years. Explore archaeology, and some of the things that have been learned about this amazing site by looking to the past.

*Indoors and Outdoors – Available by SPECIAL REQUEST – 2 hours – All Ages

Opimihaw Walk (*NEW)

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 –  2 hours – All Ages

*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 year round –  1.5 hours  – Grade 5 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 year round – 1 hour –  Pre-K to Grade 4, but suitable for all ages  ($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 year round – 1 hour – All Ages  ($3.00 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 year round – 1 hour –  Grade 3 to Adult  ($3.75 per person for material fee)

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

Explore Opimihaw Valley

Over 6 km of hiking trails crisscross 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 as well as 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 Métis artists. The art changes over every few months, with new shows through the year. More information on the current exhibits can be found here.

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 pow wow style dance performance at 2:00 p.m. for visitors to enjoy.

 

View our Tour Booking Request Form

 

*OUTREACH PROGRAMS: Winter Offsite Programs – Let us come to you November to March!

Offsite program cost: $75.00 per program,  or 4 for $245.00 (mileage is additional for programs booked outside of Saskatoon)

Puppet Tales *Available Winter Only: November – March *Suited for Pre-K – Grade 4 *Maximum 30 students per session

Voyageur Games (see description and info above) *Available Winter Only – weather permitting *Suited for Grade 5  and up *Maximum 30 students

Centre of Life Tipi Craft (see description and info above; $2.50 per person material fee additional)

First Nations Technology: The Bison (descriptions in regular programming above)

Traditional Games (descriptions in regular programming above)

 

View our Tour Booking Request Form