Students who visit the precinct as part of the school programs get to connect with the past by experiencing local history.
To add to the existing curriculum, the precinct has programs that allow students to experience the lives of those who lived before them by participating in historical activities.
"It's a way for kids to really engage with the curriculum, so they're not just sitting in a classroom listening or writing notes. We have a historical village here as well as a North West Mounted Police Fort replica so they get to really be in history. They get to do things that kids would have done in that time as well as things that people like surveyors would have done or fur traders," said Sally Scott, program director with the Fort Heritage Precinct.
For most of the school year, the precinct runs two programs for Grade 5 and one program for Grade 4. In May and June, they offer a program called Who Was Here Before Us, that runs for students from kindergarten to Grade 6.
"It's really neat to see the connections kind of forming behind their eyes. One part of our program is that we lay out a quilt on the floor and it's a replica of land in this area, and they get to use surveying chain and measurement tools to survey that area, so they can get a really clear, hands-on understanding of what people would have been doing," Scott said.
While the programs do see many Fort Saskatchewan schools participating, they also have other schools from the Elk Island school districts as well as schools from Sturgeon County and even Edmonton come out to the precinct.
"They get to see what it was like for people who were living or 100 more years ago, they get to go into their houses and really step into their shoes," Scott added.
For this school year, all the program slots at the Fort Heritage Precinct have been filled. To book for next year visit their website.