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Join “The Amazing Alberta Race” and help your team decide where Alberta’s next town should be developed!

Examine Alberta’s beautiful landscapes, explore its diverse geography, and note the abundance of natural resources found in the 6 geographical regions. Gather your teammates, grab your gear, and race off on this thrilling adventure in Alberta’s great outdoors!


  • Theme: The Great Alberta Race
  • Activities: Inquiry based team problem solving, examining artifacts, exploring different regions of Alberta, discussions about resources/tourism/topography/power-sources, applying knowledge to plan a new town, students justify and promote their ideas.
  • Cross-curricular connections

I really liked the amount of information the students acquired, the cooperative group work, access to artifacts, and items related to the region.

Grade 4 TeacherSt. Luke School

It was comprehensive, and it met each student’s needs. There was reading involved, but there were pictures and interactive aspects to keep the students engaged.

Grade 4 TeacherAcademy at King Edward

I love this field trip (and have used it for years). I know what to expect and the students are engaged in each station.

Grade 4 TeacherAscension of the Lord School

Students will demonstrate an understanding and appreciation of how elements of physical geography, climate, geology and paleontology are integral to the landscapes and environment of Alberta.

4.1.1 value Alberta’s physical geography and natural environment:

  • Appreciate the diversity of elements pertaining to geography, climate, geology and paleontology in Alberta (LPP)
  • Appreciate how Alberta’s fossil heritage contributes to the province’s unique character (LPP)
  • Appreciate the variety and abundance of natural resources in Alberta (ER, LPP)
  • Appreciate the environmental significance of national and provincial parks and protected areas in Alberta (ER, LPP)

4.1.2 examine, critically, the physical geography of Alberta by exploring and reflecting upon the following questions and issues:

  • Where is Alberta located in relation to the other provinces and territories of Canada? (LPP)
  • What are the major geographical and natural vegetation regions, landforms and bodies of water in Alberta (e.g., prairie region, forests, rivers, hoodoos, Rocky Mountains, oil sands)? (LPP)
  • What are the significant natural resources in Alberta, and where are they located (e.g., mineral deposits, coal, natural gas and oil, forests)? (ER, LPP)
  • How are Alberta’s provincial parks and protected areas and the national parks in Alberta important to the sustainability of Alberta’s natural environment? (ER, LPP)

4.1.3 examine, critically, how geology and paleontology contribute to knowledge of Alberta’s physical geography by exploring and reflecting upon the following questions and issues:

  • What geological features make Alberta unique (e.g., hoodoos, Rocky Mountains, foothills, oil sands)? (LPP, ER)

4.1.4 analyze how Albertans interact with their environment by exploring and reflecting upon the following questions and issues:

  • In what ways do the physical geography and natural resources of a region determine the establishment of communities? (LPP)
  • How do Albertans deal with competing demands on land use (e.g., conservation, solar and wind power, recreation, agriculture, oil exploration, forestry)? (ER, LPP)