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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

FOSSIL CASTING
In this popular program, each student creates a cast of a Museum fossil to take home - complete with details about the fossil's age and where it was found. Students also learn how moulds and casts are made at the Museum, and get "hands-on" with some real fossils. Students in grades 2 - 12 examine the chemical reaction involved in the casting process.

Warning: silicone moulds are used during the making of casts.

SEVEN WONDERS OF THE BADLANDS

Rocks that come alive, trees that tell stories, and the mysterious popcorn rock are just a few of the wonders that you discover on this hike through the badlands. With expert guidance, students unlock the ancient secrets of this mysterious landscape.

Hike information – This is a one kilometer guided hike along a gravel path; easy trail with a few hills. For the safety and comfort of the participants, we strongly recommend sturdy outdoor footwear (running shoes, hiking boots or hiking sandals). Students should also bring a water bottle and dress appropriately for the weather. In case of rain, we will attempt to offer an alternate program or provide a refund.

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 the 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.

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

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