What if a teacher is not able to bring his, or her, students on a field trip to the Musée Héritage Museum in St. Albert? No worries – we’ll bring the field trip to your classroom!
At the Musée, we have been offering outreach programs for years and it is a really important part of what we do. Inviting a programmer to visit your classroom means that teachers and students have the opportunity to look closely at museum objects, learn something new and share their knowledge with a museum professional, all in the comfort of their own classroom space.
Outreach programs are great for the programming team at the Musée, too. We enjoy getting out to visit other places, meet new people, and experience the varied environments at different school. We regularly provide outreach programs in St. Albert schools, Edmonton schools, and even schools in communities further afield, such as Ft. Saskatchewan, Barrhead, Buck Lake, Spruce Grove and Sherwood Park.
In these photos, one of our Aboriginal programmers, Celina, leads the ‘I Belong’ education program with Mrs. Buchanan’s kindergarten students at the Ellerslie Campus in Edmonton. Celina has been doing programs at the Musee for more than five years now, and is definitely one of the best when it comes to working with the pre-school and kindergarten children.
Native drumming is an important part of the ‘I Belong’ program in which children make their own paper drums, and decorate them with important animals of their own choosing. Once the drums are complete the children join our programmer, who uses a traditional hand drum, and the children drum along with their paper ones. The program is a lot of fun for everyone and it helps to teach the children about belonging and about the First Nations and Metis cultures.
For more information about outreach programming with the Musée Héritage Museum please go to our website at museeheritage.ca