School Programs

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Travel back in time for a unique learning experience at the Ukrainian Cultural Heritage Village!

A range of year-round programs and hands-on historic activities will complement the curriculum and make a lasting impression on children of all ages.

Our award-winning open-air museum, authentic setting and costumed 'historical characters' bring Alberta's history to life. Dynamic interpreters and an enchanting environment offer a unique opportunity for active and experiential learning.

  • All programs must be booked in advance
  • Program bookings are subject to availability
  • Book early to ensure your selected date is available
  • Program bookings may be made up to one year in advance

Visit our School Visit Planning page to prepare for your trip.

What teachers say:

  • “The interpretive staff remained in character and my students thought this was unique. Some weren't sure if they actually lived there or not!! This field trip aligns perfectly with our curriculum and the students can see, in real life, what life was like.”
  • “The staff were fantastic. Their interactions with the students was fun to watch and an awesome learning opportunity.”
  • ”Our students loved this field trip. Aligns perfectly with our curriculum.”

This calendar will be updated periodically, check back for dates for updates.

Virtual School Programs

Kindergarten In-Person School Programs

Elementary In-Person School Programs

Junior High In-Person School Programs

High School In-Person School Programs

Post-Secondary School Programs

Fall and Winter Programs

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Letters from the Past (Grades 1-9)

Help your students experience “distance learning” the old fashioned way! By corresponding with one of our museum characters, students will have an opportunity to inquire and learn about topics of their choice. Teachers will receive character profiles of the individuals students can write to, including suggested topics and questions for each character. Every student will receive a personalized response crafted by our museum interpreters.

Grades: 1-9

Dates available: October to February (letters must be received prior to the end of February)

Program Cost: $75 per class up to a maximum of 30 students

This program can also be offered in Ukrainian upon request.

Seasonal Programs

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Iordan: Feast of Jordan (Grades 1-12)

Share in the rich celebrations and traditions of the Ukrainian Christmas season as they are brought to life. Participate in the church services and celebrations, interact with role-players, and partake in hands-on activities.

Dates available: Jan. 19 (In the event this is on a weekend, information can be found on our Special Events page. The program will be available for schools to book for Jan. 19, 2022.)

Grades 1-12

Program Cost: $10 per student

Rizdvo: Ukrainian Pioneer Christmas (Grades 1-9)

Students experience customs and traditions for the entire Rizdvo or Ukrainian Christmas season as they are brought to life by costumed interpreters. In this full day of activities, groups will help with preparations for Rizdvo, learn how the holiday was celebrated, and experience traditions associated with the New Year and Iordan.

Dates available: Nov. 16 - 19, 23 - 26, 2021

Virtual Rizdvo also available: Nov. 29 - Dec. 17, 2021 (More information on Virtual programs is available on our Virtual School Programs Page)

Total time: 4 hours

Grades: 1-9

Cost: $12 per student

Intended Outcomes

  • Awareness of and respect for the beliefs and traditions of other groups and communities
  • Understanding of specific Ukrainian cultural and religious traditions related to the Christmas season
  • Knowledge of traditions and customs from the past that continue today
  • Appreciation for the stories and experiences of Ukrainian immigrants to east central Alberta
  • Appreciation for how events of the past relate to and connect families to the present

Program Activities

This school program aims to teach students the meaning and significance of the Christmas season to early Ukrainian-Canadian settlers in east central Alberta. As part of the program activities, religious themes and information will be presented to the students as they pertain to the Ukrainian Christmas traditions and activities students are learning about. This program also includes an educational visit to one of our museum’s consecrated churches. UCHV staff endeavour to create a learning atmosphere that is respectful and inclusive while educating students about these cultural beliefs and traditions. If you have any questions or concerns about the content and activities related to the Rizdvo-Christmas program, please feel free to contact us.

This program patterns Ukrainian pioneer lifestyle as it occurred during the festive season in east central Alberta prior to 1930. The program activities will span the Ukrainian Christmas cycle from the lenten period (pist), to Christmas Eve (Sviatyi Vechir), to post-Christmas celebrations of New Year’s Eve (Malanka) and Epiphany or the Feast of Jordan (Iordan). During the program, students will be involved in home and meal preparation, indoor and outdoor chores, and in learning about special religious customs and traditions like caroling. Through hands-on activities and interactions with costumed interpreters, students will acquire significant information and images of a Ukrainian Pioneer Christmas in Alberta.

Program Duration and Delivery

Rizdvo begins at 10 a.m. and runs to 2 p.m. The program schedule includes a 30-minute lunch break for each group. Teachers will divide students into smaller groups for the program. Each group will have a different schedule to follow but will complete the same activities. 

Velykden': Ukrainian Pioneer Easter (Grades 1-9)

The lifestyles of rural Ukrainian settlers, spring preparations, and Velykden' celebrations are brought to life for students by costumed interpreters. Through the program, students see the religious and cultural importance of Easter within the lives of early Ukrainian settlers in east central Alberta. A hands-on session provides students with the opportunity to learn about the symbolism of the traditional pysanky.

Dates available: March 22 - 25, April 5 - 8, 12 - 14, 2022

Virtual Velykden' also available: March 7 - 18, March 28 - April 1, 2022 (More information on Virtual programs is available on our Virtual School Programs Page)

Total time: 4 hours

Grades: 1-9

Cost: $12 per student

Intended Outcomes

  • Awareness of and respect for the beliefs and traditions of other groups and communities
  • Understanding of specific Ukrainian and Byzantine Rite cultural and religious traditions related to the Easter season
  • Knowledge of traditions and customs from the past that continue today
  • Appreciation for the stories and experiences of Ukrainian immigrants to east central Alberta
  • Appreciation for how events of the past relate to and connect families to the present

Program Activities

This school program aims to teach students the meaning and significance of the Easter season to early Ukrainian-Canadian settlers in east central Alberta. As part of the program activities, religious themes and information will be presented to the students as they pertain to the Ukrainian Easter traditions and activities students are learning about. This program also includes an educational visit to one of our museum’s consecrated churches. UCHV staff endeavour to create a learning atmosphere that is respectful and inclusive while educating students about these religious and cultural beliefs and traditions. If you have any questions or concerns about the content and activities related to the Velykden’-Easter program, please feel free to contact us.

This program patterns Ukrainian pioneer lifestyle as it occurred during the Easter season in east central Alberta prior to 1930. During the program students will be involved in home and meal preparation, indoor and outdoor chores, and in learning about special religious customs and traditions such as making pysanky and preparation of an Easter basket. Through hands-on activities and interactions with costumed interpreters, students will acquire significant information and images of a Ukrainian Pioneer Easter in Alberta.

Program Duration and Delivery

Velykden’: Ukrainian Pioneer Easter begins at 10 a.m. and runs to 2 p.m. The program schedule includes a 30-minute lunch break for each group. Teachers will divide students into smaller groups for the program. Each group will have a different schedule to follow but will complete the same activities. 

Zhnyva: The Harvest (Grades 1-9)

The culmination of a year’s work in east central Alberta, the harvest is brought to life by costumed interpreters. Students are immersed in the historic processes of a pre-1930 harvest. They are asked to think critically about the sacrifices that pioneers made to bring in the harvest on time, and are engaged in a variety of hands-on activities that demonstrate the need for hard work and help from the community to prosper in a new land.

Dates available: Oct. 5 - 8, 12 - 15, 2021

Virtual Zhnyva also available: Oct. 18 - 29, 2021 (More information on Virtual programs is available on our Virtual School Programs Page)

Total time: 4 hours

Grades: 1-9

Cost: $10 per student