The Spruce Meadows Leg Up Foundation is pleased to announce the continuation of the School Tours Education Program featuring Nutrien, GROWING THE NEXT GENERATION©. The school tours program features highly interactive sessions geared towards the grades 4-6 curriculum that focuses on agriculture, wetland ecosystems, horse anatomy, health & welfare, and the importance of bees to our ecosystem.
Since its inception in the spring of 1976 by Mrs. Southern herself, the 'School Tours' program has educated tens of thousands of Calgary and surrounding area students incorporating the Alberta-based curriculum into the sessions. The interactive sessions are designed to provide students with the knowledge and understanding of the impacts their decisions may make in a fun and engaging manner.
2024 School Tours Education Program Dates
Tuesday, May 21, 2024
Wednesday, May 22, 2024
Thursday, May 23, 2024
Friday, May 24, 2024
Monday, May 27, 2024
Tuesday, May 28, 2024
Wednesday, May 29, 2024
Thursday, May 30, 2024
Friday, May 31, 2024
The day starts upon your school’s arrival at 10:00 am and we will end at 2:00 pm. Participation in program is free. Schools are responsible for arranging and paying for your bus and each child, teacher and chaperone are responsible for bringing their own bagged lunch (microwaves are not available).
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Students will explore interactive stations, coordinated and staffed by experienced educators. The stations are equipped with unique hands-on activities that are designed to engage the young scholars in a memorable and fun way.
Upon completion of your tour at Spruce Meadows, students will be able to:
• Identify the elements that plants need to grow and survive
• Understand the importance of the bee in our world and environment
• Recognize and understand the challenges of the urban/rural interface
• Understand the role that the horse has played in the history of Alberta
• Appreciate the sensitivity and diversity of the wetland ecosystems and the web of life
• Understand the evolution of the horse and its role in ancient times and present day
• Better understand horse care and animal welfare
• Have an appreciation for the sport of show jumping
Spruce Meadows hopes our programs are a continued journey toward a lifelong love of horses, education and the environment.
Seed Survivor will teach students about the importance of agriculture to their daily lives and growing healthy plants with a focus on water, soil, sunlight, and nutrients. Following a presentation, students will explore multimedia games, interactive displays, and a hands on planting station.
ABC Bees will share their excitement for pollinators through a fast-paced pollinator pathway game. Students will learn the social structure of a beehive, interact with bee keeping equipment and learn how to help honeybees and other native pollinators.
Students will have an opportunity to see a model of the inside of a horse's belly and skeleton. They will also learn about how to look after a horse to keep it healthy and minimize the risk of diseases transferred to people.
Stay tuned for exciting changes to this station
This interactive station has students learning about pond dipping, how to make their own pond dipping equipment at home, identification and release of aquatic invertebrates while learning their roles within a wetland ecosystem.