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The museum displays the 3 original homes of the Walter family. Students will spend time learning about John, his family and the changes and growth of the River Valley communities. Students will have the opportunity to try activities and practice traditional skills that were required by early Edmontonians in order to survive and thrive.

Programs are cross-curricular in nature, explore Canadian identity and reflect on our relationship with the land around us. If there are specific learning objectives you would like to have included in your program, we are happy to accommodate them.

School/Groups Program Package

Year-Round School Programs

Preschool Pioneers (Preschool - Kindergarten)

Program Length: 1.5 hours
Fee: $160

Pioneer kids had a lot of responsibilities 100 years ago so let’s stoke the fire and fill the wash basin! Students will try on old-fashioned clothes, bake cookies on our wood-burning stove and practice washing socks in our washbasin. To celebrate all our hard work as pioneer kids, we’ll discover old-fashioned toys and play some parlour games. This program takes place in John Walter’s 1901 home. 

Note: For this program, we require 3 adult volunteers to assist with activity stations.

Urban Pioneers (Grades 1-3)

Program Length: 2 hours
Fees: $180 for 30 students maximum, $250 for 40 students maximum

Let’s go back in time and see what life was like for pioneer families over 100 years ago! Students will examine how families took care of each other by baking on the woodburning stove, churning their own butter, dipping candles and problem solving how to build their own home. Find out how communities worked together and shared resources by visiting John Walter’s general store. As we tackle these pioneer activities, we’ll compare them to some of our modern conveniences. This program takes place in John Walter’s 1875 and 1886 homes.

Note: For this program, we require 6 adult volunteers to assist with activity stations.

Meet the Walters (Grades 3-6)

Program Length: 2 hours
Fees: $185

John Walter came from the Orkney Islands to work as a boat builder for Fort Edmonton. Instead of going back, John set up a home, had a family and contributed to the city of Edmonton as we know it today. Students will discover John’s life by exploring maps, writing letters to friends who live far away, figuring out what makes a good boat business and meeting some important friends who worked in Walterdale. This program takes place in John’s 1875 and 1886 homes.

History Immersion (Grades 1-9)

Program Length: Your choice of 1-5 days.
Fees:
1 day: $425
2 days: $625
3 days: $825
4 days: $1025
5 days: $1225

Immerse your students in Edmonton’s history through this customizable program. Our interpreters will plan activities that meet your specific learning objectives. Potential program themes could include discovering the North Saskatchewan river, early Edmonton settlement, the fur trade and how communities change over time. Contact us to see sample schedules. Please note that multiple programming days can be shared between different classes of the same grade.

Seasonal School Programs

Walter Christmas Party (Preschool - Kindergarten)

Program Length: 1.5 hours
Fees: $165
Available: November 12 - December 23

Help the Walter family get ready for a 1920s Christmas morning! Your classroom will discover traditions from the past by baking a holiday snack in our wood-burning stove, creating cards for friends who live far away and sneaking a peek at the Walter family gifts. Compare the treats inside a 1920s stocking to one that could be received today and hear a story that has been shared for almost 200 years.

Note: For this program, we require 3 adult volunteers to assist with activity stations.

Walter Christmas Party (Grades K-6)

Program Length: 2 hours
Fees: $200
Available: November 12 - December 23

Help the Walter family get ready for a 1920s Christmas morning! Your classroom will discover traditions from the past by baking a holiday snack in our wood-burning stove, creating cards for friends who live far away and sneaking a peek at the Walter family gifts. Compare the treats inside a 1920s stocking to one that could be received today and hear a story that has been shared for almost 200 years.

Note: For this program, we require 3 adult volunteers to assist with activity stations.

History River (Grades 4-9)

Program Length: 2 hours
Fees: $155
Available: May-October

The North Saskatchewan River has drawn people to what is now known as Edmonton for thousands of years. With stops at the Fort Edmonton Cemetery / Aboriginal Burial Grounds, an original site of Fort Edmonton, the Alberta Legislature and the High Level Bridge, your students will embark on a journey that explores the historical significance of the River Valley. Together, we’ll bring history to life through hands-on discovery, archival photos and artifacts. This walking tour covers a distance of approximately 3 kilometres and is led by a John Walter Museum interpreter.

Outreach Programs (History In Your Classroom)

Preschool Pioneer Christmas In Your Classroom (Preschool - Kindergarten)

Program Length: 1.5 hours
Fees: $190
Available: November 12 - December 23

The holidays will be here soon and it’s time to get ready! Help our interpreter prepare for a Walter family Christmas by making ornaments for the tree and cards for friends
who live far away. Discover traditions from the past by taking a peek in a Christmas stocking and helping to wrap the Walter family gifts. To celebrate our hard work we’ll play some parlour games and enjoy a story that’s been shared for almost 200 years!

Note: For this program, we require 3 adult volunteers to assist with activity stations.

Pioneer Christmas In Your Classroom (Grade 1-6)

Program Length: 2 hours
Fees: $190
Available: November 12 - December 23

The holidays will be here soon and it’s time to get ready! Help our interpreter prepare for a Walter family Christmas by making ornaments for the tree and cards for friends who live far away. Discover traditions from the past by taking a peek in a Christmas stocking and helping to wrap the Walter family gifts. To celebrate our hard work we’ll play some parlour games and enjoy a story that’s been shared for almost 200 years!

Note: For this program, we require 3 adult volunteers to assist with activity stations.

Pioneer Family Life (Kindergarten - Grade 3)

Program Length: 1.5 hours
Fees: $190 (includes materials)

Pioneer families, including the kids, had to work hard to survive! Your class will discover what daily life was like for families without having to leave your school. Students will examine and try on old-fashioned clothes, wash socks with a simple machine and handle artifacts and food items from a pioneer’s kitchen. Once the chores at home are complete we’ll imagine what school was like and practice on our chalk slates. To celebrate our hard work we’ll play some parlour games.

Note: For this program, we require 3 adult volunteers to assist with activity stations.

Group Programs

Note: schools can book group programs and groups can book school programs! 

Summer in the Valley (Ages 5+)

Fee: $180
Program Length: 2 hours
Available: June - September
Heritage Badge

Join us in the heart of Edmonton’s River Valley for some good ol’ fashioned summertime fun! We’ll head outside to help wash and card the wool, play a lively game of croquet and then churn our own ice cream for a sweet treat!

Summer in the Valley Information Package

Heritage Home Skills (Ages 9-15)

Fee: $180
Program Length: 2 hours
Available: Year-round

Discover what life was like over a century ago! The home of an early Edmonton settler meant no electricity or access to the types of foods we see on grocery store shelves today. Spend time with us as we make a simple jam, churn butter, plant a vegetable and build your own toy.

Heritage Home Skills Information Package

Book Your School or Group Program

(2019/20 School Year)

Booking Checklist

Please be prepared with the following information to make your booking:

  • Program name
  • 2-3 potential program dates
  • School mailing address, including postal code, school telephone number, and fax number
  • Contact name and names of teachers for all classes being booked
  • Email address(es) of teacher(s) booking and attending the program
  • Number of students attending
  • Number of supervisors
  • Special needs / accessibility arrangements

Fees and Payment

The amount owing is shown on your program booking confirmation. Payment is required prior to the program. Invoices are sent out by the City on the first of each month. You will receive your invoice in the same month as your program runs. For example: for a May booking, your invoice will be issued May 1. Payment can be made by cheque, Visa, MasterCard, and American Express. Please have cheques made payable to the City of Edmonton and write your booking confirmation numbers on your cheques.

Credit card payment can be made over phone by calling 311 or 780-442-1442.

Mail cheques to:
Citizen Services Payment Processing
PO Box 2359
19th Floor, Edmonton Tower
Edmonton AB, T5J 2R7

Group Size

Due to the size of the facility, our standard program size is 30 students. A double program may be booked for up to 40 students for the “Urban Pioneers” program only. All other programs exceeding 30 students will be required to book additional programs. Adults are asked to stay with their groups for supervision and to assist in leading the program stations. Adult supervisors are admitted free based on the ratios below. Additional adult supervisors exceeding the required ratios and station requirements may not be able to participate in the program.

  • Pre-school (3-4 years): 1 adult per 3 students
  • Kindergarten - Grade 6: 1 adult per 5 students
  • Grades 7-12: 1 adult per 10 students

Additional adults and students/siblings exceeding these ratios will be asked to pay facility admission fees and tour the facility on their own. Additional participants can rejoin their group after the registered program ends. To ensure a high quality program, we recommend that all students participating are within the age range advertised for the program.

Cancellation and Rescheduling

You are required to submit written notice of cancellation of program(s) via email to cmsschoolbookings@edmonton.ca.

Programs cancelled with 30 days notice or more will not be charged the program fee or a cancellation fee. Programs cancelled with 8-29 days notice are subject to be charged 50% of the program fee, unless the cancellation is filled by a waitlisted group. For programs cancelled with 7 days notice or less, the full program fee will be charged.

Programs run rain or shine. In the event of poor weather, you must call 780-442-1442 or email cmsschoolbookings@edmonton.ca if you are not coming.

Programs cancelled due to severe weather conditions will not be charged a cancellation fee as long as they are rescheduled within the current or upcoming school year fall term (September-November).

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Other School and Group Programs

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For More Information

School/Group Program Reservations Office

9180 Walterdale Hill NW

Located at the bottom of Walterdale and Queen Elizabeth roads, on the north side of the Kinsmen Sport Centre parking lot.

Telephone

780-442-1442

Email cmsschoolbookings@edmonton.ca

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