VIRTUAL SAFARIS

Former Glenbow Museum educators Cory Gross and Ashley Johnston are now offering virtual "safari" programs tailored to the Alberta Programs of Study. Our information-packed 40-45 minute programs are held on Zoom so that your students may enjoy an engaging, educational, and interactive personal learning experience with safe physical distancing. Our programs include open-ended consultation before and after the program and an information and activity package written by your educators. We pride ourselves on demystifying science and making complicated subjects fun, exciting, and easy to understand.


Virtual Safaris:

Sandstone Prehistoric Safaris Calgary currently offers programs based on the Alberta Programs of Study for:

  • Grade 3 and Grade 7 Science
  • Grade 4 and Grade 5 Social Studies
  • Aboriginal Studies 10


The Rock Cycle Rocks!

Alberta curriculum: 

  • Grade 3 Science, Topic A: Rocks and Minerals
  • Science 7, Unit E: Planet Earth

The Rock Cycle makes the world go 'round! Students will learn about the three different kinds of rock, what they are made of, how they form, and fascinating stories about our "Sandstone City." Together we will look for the clues to identify kinds of rocks, using real samples scoured from across Western Canada (and some bonus rocks from the United States). This virtual program also looks at the five different kinds of fossils and how they are preserved, with samples collected by the educators themselves. 



What’s Under Calgary? Excavating Alberta's Ancient History

Alberta curriculum:  

  • Grade 3 Science, Topic A: Rocks and Minerals
  • Science 7, Unit E: Planet Earth
  • Grades 4 Social Studies, Alberta: A Sense of the Land
  • Grade 5 Social Studies, Physical Geography of Canada
Let’s dig! Using our imaginations, photos, and real specimens of rocks, fossils, and meteorites, we will pretend to excavate beneath the city of Calgary. Participants will learn to read a "table of geological formations" as we investigate what Calgary was like during the Ice Age and the Age of Dinosaurs, learn how Alberta’s vast oil reserves formed, and gaze back to the origins of life and the beginnings of the Earth itself! We will also learn the methods used by scientists to understand the earth’s ancient past, and how they apply to our everyday lives. 



The Canadian Rocky Mountains: A Virtual Geology Field School

Alberta curriculum:  

  • Science 7, Unit E: Planet Earth
  • Grade 3 Science, Topic A: Rocks and Minerals 
What are the Canadian Rocky Mountains? How did they form? And how do we know? In The Canadian Rocky Mountains: A Virtual Geology Field School we will learn about the history of the Canadian Rocky Mountains, how they developed from ancient coral reefs through the end of the last Ice Age, and common geologic features that reveal this fascinating story. Students will come away with a knowledge of the types of rocks and fossils found in the Canadian Rockies (using real samples collected by your educators!), as well as being able to recognize folds, faults, glacier-carved mountains, and other famous formations found throughout Banff and Jasper National Parks, Waterton-Glacier International Peace Park, and Kananaskis Country.   


The Canadian Rocky Mountains: A Natural and Cultural History

Alberta curriculum:  

  • Grades 4 Social Studies, Alberta: A Sense of the Land, The Stories, Histories, and Peoples of Alberta
  • Grade 5 Social Studies, Physical Geography of Canada, Histories and Stories of Ways of Life in Canada 

What are the Canadian Rocky Mountains? How did they form? When did human beings first arrive in them? Explore the natural and cultural history of these majestic Canadian icons in this dynamic presentation. Together we will learn about the geology of the Canadian Rockies, how they developed from ancient coral reefs through the end of the last Ice Age, when the First Nations came to this area and their stories about the mountains, the early European explorers with the fur trade, the building of the Canadian Pacific Railway and the creation of Canada's first National Parks.


Mount Rundle, Banff National Park.


The Age of Dinosaurs: Life in Cretaceous Alberta

Alberta curriculum: 

  • Grade 3 Science, Topic A: Rocks and Minerals
  • Science 7, Unit E: Planet Earth, Unit A: Interactions and Ecosystems
  • Grades 4 Social Studies, Alberta: A Sense of the Land
  • Grade 5 Social Studies, Physical Geography of Canada
  • Can also be applicable to Topic E of the grade 5, Topic D of the grade 6, and Unit E of the grade 8 Science curriculum 
From the biggest dinosaurs to the smallest clam, discover what life in Alberta was like 70 million years ago! Together we will learn how geologists and palaeontologists reconstruct our ancient history - including how to read geological features, stratigraphic charts, and geological maps - and by examining real fossils. By using the same process of investigation as professional scientists, we will build a picture of our province's coastal swamp and shallow inland sea environments during the Late Cretaceous period.


The Story of the First Albertans

Alberta curriculum:  

  • Grades 4 Social Studies, Alberta: A Sense of the Land, The Stories, Histories, and Peoples of Alberta
  • Grade 5 Social Studies, Physical Geography of Canada, Histories and Stories of Ways of Life in Canada
  • Aboriginal Studies 10

This science-based program asks the question of how the ancestors of modern Indigenous peoples first arrived in Alberta and the world they lived in. Using archaeology, palaeontology, linguistics, and Blackfoot oral tradition, we'll reconstruct how the past can be known and the story of how a courageous people migrated into a new land, how their language and culture spread, and how their lives were shaped by the challenges presented by the landscape, climate, and wildlife of prehistoric Alberta.


Ice Age Alberta: A Prehistoric Safari

Alberta curriculum:  

  • Grade 3 Science, Topic A: Rocks and Minerals
  • Science 7, Unit E: Planet Earth, Unit A: Interactions and Ecosystems
  • Grades 4 Social Studies, Alberta: A Sense of the Land, The Stories, Histories, and Peoples of Alberta 
  • Grade 5 Social Studies, Physical Geography of Canada, Histories and Stories of Ways of Life in Canada
  • Aboriginal Studies 10 

Take a safari through Southern Alberta's recent geological past with the author of The Ice Age in Western Canada! In Ice Age Alberta, you will learn about what an Ice Age is, what causes them, what amazing wildlife were here at the end of the most recent Ice Age, what happened to them, and finally, what studying the past can tell us about climate change, extinction, and the environmental impact of human activities in the future. We will not only investigate famous Alberta archaeological sites, but also learn about the methods scientists use to reconstruct our ancient history.


A Brief History of Alberta

Alberta curriculum:  

  • Grades 4 Social Studies, Alberta: A Sense of the Land, The Stories, Histories, and Peoples of Alberta
  • Grade 5 Social Studies, Physical Geography of Canada, Histories and Stories of Ways of Life in Canada
From the formation of planet Earth to ancient Devonian Era reefs, the Age of Dinosaurs, and the Ice Age to the arrival of Indigenous peoples, the fur trade, North West Mounted Police, Canadian Pacific Railway, and the Calgary Stampede. A Brief History of Alberta showcases the events, institutions, and people who shaped the identity of this amazing province, including family stories from your first generation Albertan educators. 


To enquire and register for programs, please contact us through the form to the right! 


The fine print...
Virtual programs last for 40-45 minutes and utilize Zoom. Google Meets is available upon request but not the preferred platform. A link to a scheduled Zoom meeting will be sent to the teacher upon receipt of payment.  A fee up to 100% of program cost may be charged for cancellations with less than 2 weeks notice. Sandstone Prehistoric Safaris Calgary reserves right to cancel programs at any time prior to the scheduled program with full refund, or during the program for just cause with no refund. Just cause may include, but is not limited to: chronic misbehaviour, illegal activity, threats of a verbal or physical nature, etc. Program participation is considered to be agreement to waive liability against Sandstone Prehistoric Safaris Calgary. 

Virtual programs cost $75CAN per class. Only one class per program is permitted to ensure a quality experience for participants. Payment accepted via Interac e-mail money transfer, cheque or cash. Payment is required up to two weeks prior to the first program. To book these tours, please use the "contact form" to the right.