The Spruce Grove & District Agricultural Society Presents:
"Origins of Our Community" School Tour
Do you know:
- How communities emerged and changed over time?
- How individuals or groups contributed to the development of the community?
- Why a grain elevator was important in the community?
- Which grains are grown in Alberta and what they are used for?
- How grain goes from the field to your tabletop as bread, pasta, or other foods?
Come and discover how grain was brought to the elevator and shipped by train. Learn how levers, pulleys, and simple gravity eased the workload of the manager who ran the Grain Elevator single-handedly. Look into the gigantic bins that stored locally grown grains. Learn about the diversity of products produced by grains and other agricultural products. Be inspired by the ingenuity and resourcefulness of our pioneer farmers. Interact with household items that were used before electricity, computers, and other technologies of modern times were invented.
Our interactive program can be adapted to fit specific learner needs and can be adapted to fit into specific time constraints. We are available for programs June - September.
Our tours can consist of anywhere between 5 kids and 50. To better serve individual needs, larger groups will be divided into two or more groups. We recommend sub-groups no be bigger than 10 (including supervisors) for each station. Generally, each station rotation requires 20 - 30 minutes and depending on the size of the group, may include up to five stations: Archives if they are over 12 years old, Grain Elevator where they will learn the origins of the community, Museum where they will find relatable and interesting items from the past, the Water Tower on which they can see a mural of Spruce Grove in 1958, and an Education Interactive Station (Where our Bread Comes From). There is also the option to have a half-an-hour lunch on-site inside the Workshop.
The Ag Society is a volunteer-based organization and this is one form of our fundraising. All of the proceeds go towards maintenance for the Elevator and the Water Tower as well as for funding of a new building.
|Time||9:30am-12:00pm (Easily adjustable to suit your group)|
|Cost||$5.00 / student|
|Payment||Cash or Cheque|
|What to Wear||Due to the industrial nature of the site, closed toe-shoes are strongly recommended. The Grain Elevator Museum is always colder than outside, so sweaters or jackets are encouraged, even when it is warm outside.|
|Supervision Requirements||We require 1 supervisor for every 5 children, and recommend more if some students require special care.|
Tuesday – Saturday, 9 AM - 3 PM
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- from Edmonton's Aldergrove School
"Had a great time today at the Elevator Museum. The staff are excellent and they put on a fantastic tour. A++"
- Parent Supervisor from Devon's Holy Spirit Catholic School