School and Group Tours

Curriculum-based School and Group Tours

All Group Tours must be Pre-Booked.

The Claybank Brick Plant Historical Society offers tours of this National Historical Site. Frozen in time, this site gives an insight into early 20th century industrialism. The visitor experiences, first hand, a labour intensive operation just as it existed in 1912.

School Self Guided Tours — $4.00 per person with a school group of 15 or more students.

May include main plant area, bunkhouse, offices, brick sheds, kilns and more. Operations are explained in an interesting and informative fashion.

Length: 1 hour plus

Hands On Programming (prices valid to June 30 2017):

  Prairie Pies Program

Eco-Educational Program

SaskTel Ancient Pottery Program

 

Prairie Pies
Making and Baking Program

 

 

 

Goal: to facilitate the retention of knowledge about brick making we offer the comparison of two similar production methods that result in two very different products. The program participants will always remember the similarities of the two processes: ‘Brick Making’ and bbaking from scratchb. This program also incorporates a tour of the Claybank Brick Plant.

History: Room and board was available for many years in the historic Bunk House (Visitor Centre) for up to 40 men. The 2 cooks that fed the men prepared most meals from scratch. Pies were on the menu for dessert every day, all day, there was rarely any deviation – only all kinds of pie.
During this program each participant will experience what it was like to work in the ‘bunk house kitchen’ by taking them through the process of baking a 4b Saskatoon Berry pie from scratch.

We want to show the participants the old ways and the interesting connection between baking foods and baking bricks. In both processes we mix ingredients, make sure everything is added in proper proportions, knead, shape, and bake.

The baked goods that the participants have prepared with their own hands will be packaged for take home.

Program Cost: $7 per child and adequate teacher/parent supervision must accompany the groups (please ask for details).
Timelines: approximately 2 hours, pies are 4+” diameter with prepared Saskatoon Berry filling.
Special requests: will be entertained and every effort will be made to accommodate your needs or preferences.
Contact: If you need more info or wish to book a program please call Pat (306) 868-4474 or email   email   claybanktours@gmail.com

 

Eco-Education Program

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Hiking in the Pits & Canyon

Goal: This thought provoking program allows children to look at their heritage and the environment in a different way and encourages them to think about their own accountability in those areas. The program strives to facilitate a greater appreciation of nature, help the children to improve their observation skills, and give them the opportunity to learn from the natural world. By using this program the teacher can supplement and reinforce lessons in ecology, social studies, science, geology, technology, eco-systems, land use, mining, birding, native history, and local history.

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Kids MCC

Groups can use their maps to decide on a plan of action and communicate with each other using the walkie-talkies provided. Setting out on foot, with the discreet supervision of teachers or parents, the children’s classroom of the day will be the beautiful 250 acre Massold Clay Canyons and Clay Pits area adjacent to the Brick Plant Site. With an objective to experience as much of the Massold Clay Canyons as possible; be it flora, fauna, geology, historic features etc. or to just get out there and have fun.
After the adventure the digital photos taken on the programbs cameras will be organized and uploaded to an online album for participants use, show, and share.
Note: all copyright of photos remain with the Claybank Brick Plant Historical Society and may be used in promotion of the site and/or its programming.

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Geography Formation

Included with this program is the option of taking a 45 minute Brick Plant tour, either upon arrival or if time allows prior to departure. The tour of this National Historic Site and brick making process gives the children an insight into what it was like to live and work in the early 1900’s and gives them interaction with our province’s industrial heritage.

Program Cost: $7 per child with adequate teacher/parent supervision (please ask for details).
Timelines: approximately 2 -3 hours+
Special requests: will be entertained and every effort will be made to accommodate your needs or preferences.
Contact: If you need more info or wish to book a program please call Pat (306) 868-4474 or email   claybanktours@gmail.com

 

Ancient Pottery Program
Sponsored by SaskTel

 

 

 

Goal: The Clay deposits located in the Massold Clay Canyons adjacent to the Brick Plant have a long history. The Clay deposits were used far before the Brick Plant ever was thought of.  This program facilitates the appreciation and better understanding of two differing cultures and their methods in utilizing the same resource. By comparing the modern clay uses and the legends of the native people that lived on the prairies we show the progress of time and industry.

History: First Nations people that had access to the clay used it for many purposes; medicinally for casting sprains or as mud packs for sore muscles after hunting. They also used it in rituals – they brought mineral water from the Moose Jaw area and mixed it with the clay, this mixture held great healing and special powers. They allowed their children to play in the rain puddles that formed in the clay deposits area, it is said that while the children played the clay captured their laughter and this empowered the clay even more. Legend has it that you can and still can hear the children’s laughter echoing in the hills. They also used the clay to make small toys such as marbles or figures and to make crude clay pots by molding the clay around stones or doing coil works.

During this mainly indoor program the participants will make their own item, the old way, using round rocks as tools to grind the clay to a powder. The clay will be mixed with water to the proper consistence. Finally, they create their piece be it a crude pot, a figure or a toy. The item will be packaged and taken back to the school/home for display and discussion. This program also includes a tour of the Brick Plant and the brick making process in order for the children to find similarities in use and process and appreciate both methods of production.

Program Cost: $7 per child and adequate teacher/parent supervision must accompany the groups (please ask for details).
Timelines: approximately 2 hours
Special requests: will be entertained and every effort will be made to accommodate your needs or preferences.
Contact: If you need more info or wish to book a program please call Pat (306) 868-4474 or email  claybanktours@gmail.com


Special requests: will be entertained and every effort will be made to accommodate your needs or preferences
Theme: The men that worked in this area worked for pennies a brick. They were strong, fast and precise.
Contact: If you need more info or wish to book a program please call Pat (306) 868-4474 or email   email  claybanktours@gmail.com

Additional Resources:

Included with group tours is access to the adjacent Massold Clay Canyons area. These 250+ acres include the historic Clay Pits, clay canyon bad lands, rolling hills of virgin prairie, wooded areas, and breath taking vistas of the farm lands and villages below. Self-guided hiking is encouraged in this diverse landscape.

Programming at the Claybank Brick Plant National Historic Site, access to the Massold Clay Canyons, and Clay Pits area falls into the Kindergarten, elementary grades and high school curriculums in the following subjects and lesson units — Science: earth, plants, matter, energy, fossils, rocks, resources, earthquakes, eco-systems, Saskatchewan, environment — Social Studies: heritage, interdependence, identity, historical geology, resources, change, culture, earth’s crust – ELA: historical, environmental, courageous spirits, change, social – Health: community and other relationships.

We encourage you to book your favorite tour early in order to avoid disappointment.