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school toursTour of the permanent exhibit 
The permanent exhibit explores the relationship between people and the land; how human activity has impacted the environment from 9,000 years ago until the present day. Grassland creatures and their habitats, as well as human activity (First Nations, fur traders, Métis, ranchers and homesteaders) are explored. Contemporary issues (sustainable agriculture and energy, biodiversity and endangered species, and water issues) are also examined, providing visitors with an understanding of the ever changing circumstances of the region.

Tours can focus on specific areas (i.e. habitat, endangered species, First Nations andMétis, homesteading). All tours are accompanied by a related activity.

In the Classroom (city schools):

Raptors                                                
Have some mounted owls visit your classroom and learn about their unique adaptations.

World War One
Explores the causes of the “great war”, and the ramifications of newly developed weapons of the period. Includes a focus on Passchendaele and Vimy Ridge, and how these battles affected Canadians.

Other Opportunities:                                                                                                     

Tour of Mount Pleasant cemetery                                                                           
“Meet” some of the earliest pioneers and learn about the contributions they made to the district, and learn about Victorian cemetery tradition and symbols.

Tour of veterans’ cemetery                                                                                         
Mount Pleasant Cemetery has veterans from almost every conflict in which Canadians were engaged, from the Fenian Raids and the Boer War to the Korean War. Learn about some of their contributions and the roles they played while in action, and learn about the veterans who were killed in action at Swift Current. 

Ideal for Remembrance Day (if dressed for the weather), but fascinating any time of the year.

Atlatl workshop (High School)                                                                                 
Students will learn about the First Nations of the region, including hunting traditions and weapons. They will manufacture their own atlatl (spear thrower), learn how to use it, and experience the thrill of the hunt! 

Archaeological “Dig” (Middle School)                                                                        
Learn about how archaeologists interpret artifacts by taking part in a ‘dig’ of your own.

Settler Survival (Middle School)                                                                                               
An engaging game that allows students to get a sense of what life was like for homesteaders of the region as they try to survive their first year on the farm.

For more information on these or other tour opportunities, call Stephanie at 306-778-4812.