The Pioneer Museum's Education Program is twofold with one side focusing on children and the other side on adults.

Children’s Education

Our grade school program currently includes:

GRADE 1: Living in the Past

Walking Tour of our Museum Village to give students a sense of life in the past. Highlights include 1895, 1905, and 1915 houses, one room school, church, and livery.

Typically about one hour in duration.

GRADE 2: Founding Cultures

An interactive presentation in our one room school illustrating local founding cultures: First Nations, German, Scottish. Children will enjoy a “visit” from Israel Umbach and Dr. Oatway, Cornelia Wood, and others.

Typically about two hours.

GRADE 2: Crawling Insects

A presentation involving a bee hive (no live bees!) taking it apart and reassembling it. Students will learn about the life cycle, environment, and sustainability of bees and other insects.

Typically about an hour in duration.

GRADE 5: Depression Era "Making Do With What You Have"

Our programs are curriculum based and approved by Parkland Public and Separate School boards as well as Edmonton Public and Separate School Boards. Other programs will be developed as interest is expressed. For more information please contact us at or phone 780-963-1234 10:00am to 4:00pm, Monday to Friday.

Grade 5 Program: FRENCH or ENGLISH

The Stony Plain and Parkland Pioneer Museum continues to offer an interactive day long program focusing on the Depression Era Unit, based on the Grade 5 Social Studies Curriculum. This program was developed around Alberta Education’s Program of Studies for Grade Five Social Studies General Outcome 5.2 and 5.3 (5.3.4).

Using the museum’s facilities, historic buildings and artifacts, the museum presenters will give the students an experience of life during the depression era of the ‘30’s. With our stations set up, the museum can accommodate either one or two classes broken into groups of approximately 15. Focusing on the depression and its effect on people and culture and how they coped. Some of the information covered is on home life, school, church, artifacts & tools, cooking & crafts. Programming is flexible depending on class size, available presenters, and weather.  A modified program will be available during the winter. A student activity booklet will be provided, as well as a teacher edition.

The fee is $10.00 per student

If teachers require specific information to be given our presenters can accommodate them, with enough prior notice, and half days can also be arranged. Teachers are invited to preview the program.

School requirements:

Teachers & parents, one for every six students

Teachers & parents are responsible for group management & supervision

Students must bring their own lunches

Curriculum Fit:

This program was developed around Alberta Education’s Program of Studies for Grade Five Social Studies General Outcome 5.2 and 5.3 (5.3.4).

5.2 Histories and Stories of Ways of Life in Canada:

“Students will demonstrate an understanding of the people and the stories of Canada and their ways of life over time, and appreciate the diversity of Canada’s heritage.

5.3 Canada: Shaping an Identity:

“Students will demonstrate an understanding of the events and factors that have changed the ways of life in Canada over time and appreciate the impact of these changes on citizenship and identity.”

5.3.4 “assess critically, how economic booms and crashes affected ways of life by exploring and reflecting upon the following questions and issues:”

“In what ways did the Great Depression of the 1930’s affect ways of life in urban and rural communities? (ER, LPP, TCC)”

Our program is conducted in four (4) venues reflective of the lives of people in urban and rural settings and focuses on the affect of the Great Depression with comparison to present circumstances and how we might cope with future economic downturns. Our title, “Making Do with What You Have”, has our presenters exposing students to the tools and materials that people had available to them and how they “made do”, inventing and repairing and doing without as need be. The sessions include having presenters and/or seniors sharing stories of lives and events of the period.

Click here for a copy of the student activity booklet.

Adult Education

We offer history and cultural based lectures every year. In addition, the Stony Plain & District Woodcarvers Club meets every Monday afternoon at the Museum and offers carving classes of its own. All offerings will be posted on the website and in the local newspaper.  © The Pioneer Museum