The doors have opened at the Glenbow Ranch Provincial Park Schoolhouse to further enhance and expand upon activities offered by the Glenbow Ranch Park Foundation (GRPF).

Funding for the new educational facility was announced in the fall of 2020. Now complete, it hosted its first two events on June 18.

The next week, it was utilized for one of many student groups touring the park. When the weather turned sour during a wetland tour, they were able to go inside and learned a bit about the archaeology of the park.

"The nice thing about the schoolhouse being able to house 50 people at once is we can bring a whole school program or camp right inside lickety-split when the weather decides to change on us," says Monica Beckett, GRPF educational program coordinator.

They've recently completed their spring school tour season where thousands of students participate in their grasslands, archeology, and wetlands programs

"We've also had times when an entire school has spent a day at the park. So everybody arrives and with volunteer support rotate through the stations," says Beckett. "Sometimes we've had up to 370 kids at once, plus the volunteers and parents that come with them. So that's pretty exciting."

To keep up with the programs offered by GRPF, visit here.

Bee citizen scientistA citizen scientist program on bees was also offered at the Schoolhouse on its opening day. (Photo/GRPF)
Glenbow toursThousands of students toured the park this spring. (Photo/GRPF)