Interpretive Programs for Children

Children’s school programs were developed with Beyond the Classroom principles and cover many areas in the curriculum. We offer pre-school and kindergarten programs along with three Grade 4 programs and two Grade 5 programs at the Camrose Heritage Railway Station. Full-day programs run from 9:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. dependent on the distance of travel. We adapt the program and the time to meet the school time requirements. These programs include pre- and post-activities to meet curriculum goals. A complete list of curriculum components will be provided upon registration.

School Contribution for Programs

  • A minimum of one volunteer per four children is recommended. This can include parents, teacher, and assistants arranged by the school.
  • Appropriate clothing for adults and children for weather conditions.
  • One week prior to coming, some programs require a list of the names of children and adults attending, and all programs require a list of any allergies of children.

gingerbreadPre-school and Kindergarten Programs
Experience includes making gingerbread cookies, outdoor experiences in the Children’s Secret Garden, story, song, dance, and crafts. These programs are offered during May and June as half- or full-day programs. Book early to avoid disappointment. Cost is $5 per child per half day or $10 per child for a full-day program. The pre-school program is $4 per child.

Day in the Life of the Station: Grade 4
This program contains numerous curriculum components for Grade 4 Social Studies and English Language Arts. This program requires a list of first names and sex of each child for costume purposes emailed to the Station Coordinator one week prior to the program date. Children and volunteers will be divided into groups and upon arrival children will dress in period clothing. Children will be met by role-playing adults who have taken on cultural roles. Adults and children will work as a team to prepare a pioneer lunch. Following lunch preparation, the ‘new train recruits’ will have an opportunity to work in discovery and problem solving tasks while taking on the roles of the Maintenance Crew, Agent/Operator, Freight Agent, Engineer, Firemen and Conductor. After lunch and a time to revisit pioneer games the children regroup inside for shared learning and cultural experience time. Using artifacts from their discovery tasks, each group gives a description of what they have learned. The life of earlier days is compared to today. Ancestors and their traditions are identified in pre-tasks and explored with story, song and dance. Children watch a safety video followed by final journalling time. Cost is $12.00 per child includes lunch at the Station, chocolate milk at recess and other necessary supplies. Lunch is supplied for teachers and classroom volunteers.

The Green School: Grade 4 and 5
Day One: How Does Your Garden Grow – The Magic of Caring for the Planet 
Day Two: The Perfect Partnership 

Day One: Children will learn how plants grow, and are able to plant their own plant to take home. Using hands-on discovery tasks and games, children will experience and learn about the land as a habitat. Magic of Caring for the Planet is Science based.

Day Two: Students explore how they can save the planet and influence change through empowerment exercises. Children explore the adaptation and interdependence of habitat through games, songs and legends. All 13 heritage gardens on site are utilized during the programs. Both programs include journalling and critical thinking. During the program and using pre- and post- activities the students will meet goals in the Science curriculum 4A: Waste and Our World, 4D: Light and Shadows and 4E: Plant Growth and Changes while using English Language Arts 1.1: Discover and Explore. If children attend Day Two, they will set achievable goals to personally care for the planet. The programs are offered as a half-, one- or two-day program. Children, teachers and classroom volunteers bring their own lunch and snacks. We supply chocolate milk for snack time. Cost is $5.00 for half-day programs, $10.00 per child per full day.


Save Our Earth Day: Grade 4 and 5 – This program will be held ONLY on June 7, 2017.
This unique program takes place on site at the Meeting Creek Station and Elevator Park in Meeting Creek, Alberta. The science-based curriculum covers environment. The program has a strong Aboriginal component which includes Native legends and round dancing. Children use discovery kits for unique hands-on experiences outdoors on the Park Linear Trail. Children become aware of the need for conservation of water and land. Through use of scavenger hunts the program addresses the historical Social Studies component while exploring the 1913 restored station and elevator. Children compare today’s life to how the people of the railway and the pioneers lived. Each class is required to have at least two volunteers. Children and volunteers bring lunch and their own snack. Cost is $4.00 per child for full day program. Time: 9:30 – 3:00 pm dependent on bus time. This program will be held only on June 7, 2017, and is limited to four school classes.

Location and Booking Information
Space for all programs is limited so book early to avoid disappointment. All programs are held at the Camrose Heritage Railway Station and Park located at 44 Street and 47 Avenue, Camrose, Alberta, just off Highway 13, east side of Camrose, with the exception of the Save The Earth Program which is held in Meeting Creek, Alberta, 47 km south of Camrose on Highway 56.

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For more information or to book your Pre-school, Kindergarten, Grade 4 or Grade 5 class for a day of learning, sharing and hands-on nature discovery contact the Station Managing Director by email:
The Camrose Heritage Railway Station and Park is owned and operated by the Canadian Northern Society. The Society is a registered charity, operated by volunteers.