MAG School Programs - Your Partner in Education


Looking for a unique, extra-curricular learning experience? Take a field trip to the MAG.

The Red Deer Museum + Art Gallery provides unique, multi-sensory  learning experiences for all kinds of learners. MAG school programs complement and integrate with the Alberta curriculum with hands-on, minds-on activities that bring cultural history and art to life, provoke discussion, and explore the context of this place, this moment, and our shared future.

Guided or self-guided options are available. Experienced educators and working artists are ready to make your school’s visit memorable and enjoyable. Call us to discuss arrangements so that your visit suits your schedule and your curriculum learning needs.

Guided Gallery Visit: Pre-plan your visit with a MAG programmer to discuss your curriculum focus and learning objectives - history, art, community, etc. Gallery interpreters will take the group through the exhibition(s), and experienced artists will lead a hands-on activity in the Stewart Discovery Studio. For a full-day, add a Red Deer Historical Walking Tour.

 Max:  1 class / booking

Time:  2.0 hrs (4.0 hrs with Walking Tour)

Cost:   $4.50 / student

              $8.00 / student for full day experience

Profit and Ambition: The Canadian Fur Trade, 1719 – 1821

A travelling exhibition produced by the Canadian Museum of Civilization

Lead by ambitious and ruthless partners, this extraordinary consortium brought together Scottish explorers and businessman, French Canadian voyageurs, Métis bison hunters, as well as Aboriginal trappers and country wives. The North West  Company pushed the fur trade to the Pacific. Students will come to appreciate the complexity and context of the Canadian Fur Trade and how it shaped pre and post confederation Canada. 

Students will make personal connections with the Fur Trade as they try on voyageur coats, learn about the working conditions and fi nd out if they qualify to be a voyageur. With a hands-on model, students will come to appreciate First Nations craftsmanship in the design of the canoe — how important it was to the North West Company.

Image: Shooting the Rapids, Frances Anne Hopkins, 1879, Library and Archives Canada


 David Thompson + Charlotte Small Story

Joseph B.Tyrrell called him the greatest geographer who ever lived. Ross MacDonald with Parks Canada has called him a “God fearing GPS unit”. After 13 years with the Hudson’s Bay Company, David Thompson walked 80 miles (130 kms) to join the North West Company. He travelled and surveyed more than 90,000 kms by canoe, horse or on foot; his wife Charlotte Small was along for at least 22,000 of those kms. Two hundred years ago he returned to Montreal to serve in the War of 1812 and to make his incredible map. In his 80’s he wrote his narrative.

Students will learn of Thompson’s story and grapple with some of the dilemmas he faced.

"What would they do? What did Thompson do?"

Students will learn about Canadian geography when rivers and lakes were the highways.

Teachers are welcome to bring a class on their own but we ask that you book with us.

Cost is $2.00 / student (admission).
When: October 10 to December 9, 2012
Grade: 4, 5 + 7 (not limited to these grades)
Max: 2 Classes/booking
Time: 2 hours
Cost: $4.50 / student


The Log School in Heritage Square + Stewart Discovery Studio

A Prairie (Parkland) Community in the Past: Grade 2 – (but not limited to Grade 2)

The Log School in Heritage Square & Stewart Discovery Studio, Hands-on Inquiry
Experience a class in Red Deer’s first Log School in Heritage Square (1887). What was school like back then? George W. Smith or Mrs. Ester Sutherland will put students through the drills.

In the MAG’s Stewart Discovery Studio we will pull a selection of study artifacts for students to ponder, grapple with and discuss – from a community in the past.

This year marks the 125th anniversary of Public Schools in Red Deer.

Photo: Grant Woodcock, as G.W.Smith, welcomes students to the Log School


Red Deer Historical Walking Tours or Red Deer Cemetery Walking Tour

Students visit historical buildings, learn about the Bronze Ghosts and hear stories about early Red Deerians. Select a tour or theme and we’ll arrange a tour to suit you.
The Red Deer Cemetery is another excellent way to learn about Red Deer – and not just the famous are featured.

When: Fall and spring
Grade: 2 and up
Max: 1 Class/educator
Time: 1.5 hours
Cost: $3.50/student


Self-Guided Gallery Visit: Pre-plan your visit with the assistance from a MAG programmer. We will send you information and ideas in advance to help you prepare your class for the visit.

 Max:   1 class / booking

Time:  .5 hour visit is advised

Cost:   $2.00 / student

Call 403-309-8405 for more details. Be sure to review the Important Info, then download and complete the registration form. Fax the completed form to 403-343-6644, or Email to

Heritage School Fairs Project

An ideal inquiry process for Grades 4 through 9 — those grades looking at Canadian History. Students present their work using the format of their choice then perform it, build it, write it (poetry essays and scripts), draw it, digitize and any combination thereof.

Students can interview community elders and utilize community resources like Museums, Libraries and Archives, to conduct their research. Students then present their history project at school or a parent evening. A selection will be exhibited at the Red Deer Museum and Art Gallery May 2 & 3.


A "Day @ the Mag" Visit

This half-day or full day program can  be customized to suit your needs and objectives. Special sessions will be arranged with Museum staff so that groups learn the “ins and outs” of a working museum. Students will tale a ‘behind the scenes’ collections tour, then learn proper care and handling of artifacts, and present a small exhibit.

Max:   1 class / booking

Time:  5 hours

Cost:   $8.00 / student


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