Education Groups

Education Groups

2018 Program List:

OVERNIGHT AT THE KOOTENAY POST
Fee $200 per night, per group
Grades K+
70 beds available
Students will have an opportunity to “rough it” just like the Mounties did when they arrived in the East Kootenay in 1887. Sleep on wooden trestle beds with straw mattresses, cook on a wood stove, and perform typical kitchen and clean-up duties of yesteryear.


HOME SWEET HOME
Fee $150 per program
Grades K (2 hrs), 16 students max
Grades 1+ (2 hrs), 30 students max
Gain appreciation for the pioneer domestic life by actively participating in such activities as washing clothes on a scrub board, baking in a wood stove, churning butter, and making ice cream!

SCHOOLHOUSE DAYS
Fee $100 per program
Grades K+ (1.5 hrs)
30 students max
There is definitely no texting allowed in this classroom! Students will learn 1890’s curriculum, write on wooden slates, and made to wear the dunce cap. Students will have never experienced a classroom quite like Miss Bailey’s! Don’t be late when you hear the school bell ring!

GOLD FEVER
$100/program, <15 students
$125/program, 15-30 students
Grades K+
30 students max
Discover the history of the local Kootenay Gold Rush and the science of gold panning. Everyone will have the opportunity to pan through dirt from the famous Wildhorse Creek!  Guaranteed gold is available at an extra cost. Please inquire.

RICHES IN THE ROCKIES - (previously Rocks and Minerals)
Fee $150 per program
Grades 2+ (2 hrs)
30 students max
An extension of our gold panning program, students will learn about other mineral discoveries in the East Kootenay and will discuss good and bad impacts of different types of mining. They will finish up with an hour of gold panning.

LEATHER WORKING
Fee $125 per program
Grades 4+ (2 hrs)
12 students max
Examine the tools and history of this significant trade from a historical view. This is a great hands-on program where the students will make bookmarks, bracelets, key chains or gold pouches.

TINSMITHING
Fee $125 per program
Grades 2+ (2 hrs)
12 students max
Enter the large shop of the local tinsmith and dive into this historical trade. Students will gain a greater understanding of the importance of tin and its influence in the 1890’s. They will also build their own tin whistle or tin icicle.

BLACKSMITHING
Fee $150 per program: Apprenticeship, Grades 6+ (2 hrs)
6 students max (additional pairs of students $20 and 30 extra minutes)
Fee $100 per program: Demonstration only, Grades K+ (1.5 hrs)
24 students max
Professional blacksmiths engage students with interactive discussion of this essential period trade. Observe live demos of coal forge operation and the shaping of hot iron. Students in the Apprenticeship program get to make their own nail to take home.

FISHERVILLE TOURS
Fee $200 per program
Grades 4+ (2 hrs)
30 students max
Take a tour of Fisherville, the actual Gold Rush town up Wildhorse Creek. Walk part of the Dewdney trail, eat an apple by Mr. Griffith’s original apple trees, take a look at the Chinese burial grounds, and view the immense effects of Hydraulic and placer mining. Picnic area is available by Wildhorse creek. (Note: Location is 6km from Fort Steele on dirt road, please inquire for driving information.


ANIMAL HUSBANDRY
Fee $100 per program
Grades K+ (1.5 hrs)
15 students max
Animals were a crucial part of the Victorian era. Students will get to work with Fort Steele`s famous Clydesdale horses and learn the importance of animal care. They will then tour around the entire site to visit all the other animals and learn of their importance to Fort Steele`s past and present.

MOUNTIE LIFE
Fee $100 per program
Grades 2+ (1.5 hrs)
30 students max
Learn the history of why the North West Mounted Police were dispatched to Fort Steele. Through hands-on activities and marching drills students will experience what 1880’s Mountie life might have been like.

ARTIFACT DISCOVERY 
Fee $125 per program
Grades 2 + (2 hrs)
15 students max
Take a behind the scenes tour of Fort Steele and learn the huge job of a Curator. Groups will explore our underground collections to examine and handle the stored artifacts. Then off to the Wasa Hotel for a fun archeological activity to experience a day in the life of a Curator.

WORKING ON THE RAILROAD (previously First Spike)
$100/program, <15 students
$125, 15-30 students
Grades 4+ (2 hours)
Hear about the catastrophic effects on Fort Steele when the town was by-passed by the B.C. Southern Railway and the demanding work of a railway worker. Then the students will build a section of track using authentic railway tools, and finish the program with a pump-cart ride on the tracks.

TRAPPING AND TRADING - (previously David Thompson)
Fee $125 per program
Grades 2+ (2 hrs)
30 students max
Students will work with the currency of the day: animal pelts! They will discuss the value and uses of furs, and learn the basics of wilderness survival.

Call or email us to register:  250-417-6000 or info@fortsteele.bc.ca