Fort Steele Heritage Town offers 14 grade school programs which are delivered by trained and costumed interpreters. All of these programs are designed to fit with specific curriculum components and have a recommended grade level.
Here’s a sampling of programs being offered; check the web link for more.
The Trapping & Trading program (Grades 2+) will give students the opportunity to work with currency of the day: animal pelts! They will discuss the value and uses of fur and learn the basics of wilderness survival.
The Home Sweet Home program (Grades K+) enable students to actively participate in activities such as making old-fashioned ice-cream, baking in a wood stove, churning butter and washing clothes on a scrub board.
In the Working on the Railroad program (Grades 4+), students will hear about the catastrophic effects on Fort Steele when the town was by-passed by the BC Southern Railway and the demanding work of a railway worker. Then students will build a section of track using authentic railway tools and finish the program with a pump-cart ride on the tracks.
In the Overnight at Kootenay Post program (Grades K+) elementary age children have the opportunity to rough it just like the Mounties did in 1887-1888. Sleep on wooden trestle beds with straw mattresses, cook on a wood stove and perform typical kitchen and clean-up duties of yesteryear.