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Royal Tyrrell Museum

Royal Tyrrell Museum
Highway 838 Midland Provincial Park Drumheller, AB T0J 0Y0
Phone : (403) 823-7707
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Region

South (Drumheller)

School year/Age

Grade 2 to 12

Language level

French as a First Language
French immersion
French as a Second Language

School subject (primary)

Sciences

School subjects (secondary)

Social studies
Mathematics

Links with the curriculum

Our school programs are interactive and engaging, and have strong links to the Alberta curriculum. Students will experience the badlands on a guided hike, make a fossil cast, discover how fossils are found, and learn about the early history of palaeontology in Alberta.

The curriculum connections are listed on the Royal Tyrrell Museum website under each of the French programs.

Requirements

1 supervisor per 8 students. 

Availability

Our programs run from mid-September to the end of June annually. Museum hours are listed on our website.

Hours of operation:

September 1 - 30
10:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.
Open seven days a week,

October 1 - May 14
10:00 a. m. - 5:00 p.m.
Open Tuesday through Sunday, closed Mondays

May 15 - August 31
9:00 a.m. – 9:00 p.m.
Open seven days a week, including holidays

*Closed Dec. 24, & 25 and Jan. 1

 

Number of participants

Up to 30 students

Duration

1 hour

Cost

Fossil Casting - $10/student
Seven Wonders of the Badlands - $6/student
Secrets of the Lost Quarry - $6/student
Badlands, Goodlands - $6/student

Description

Badlands, Goodlands

Bad or good? It depends on your perspective. The badlands posed many challenges to early explorers. However, for palaeontologists, they hold the mysteries of ancient life. Discover how the Alberta badlands came to be. Learn the secrets of sedimentation, erosion, fossilization, and glaciation through an interactive reader's theatre and a competitive game of "Geopardy."

Fossil Casting

By using simple chemical reactions, we can create a cast of an original fossil for display. In this popular program, students create a replica of a Museum fossil to take home, complete with details about the fossil's age, and where it was found. Participants also learn how molds and casts are made, and examine real fossils. 

Secrets of the Lost Quarry

In the early 20th century, fossil hunters did not always document their excavation sites, and key information was often lost. With students' help, we locate and uncover one of these lost quarries. During this interactive, multi-media program, participants experience the badlands and discover how scientists find fossils.

Seven Wonders of the Badlands

Discover the wonders of the Alberta badlands through a guided hike in Midland Provincial Park. The badlands tell the story of Alberta's changing environments, from the temperate climate of the Cretaceous Period, to today's arid conditions. With expert guidance, students unlock the ancient secrets of this mysterious landscape. In case of inclement weather, we offer an alternate program or a refund.

 

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