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Chevron Open Minds Cross Conservation School

"A chance to be one with nature.  A wonderful way to get to know each other as well as live peacefully with nature.  A wonderful learning journey." 

                  Grade 6 teacher

Ann & Sandy Cross Conservation Area will not be delivering Open Minds Cross Conservation School programming for the 2021-22 school year. Thank you for your interest in the CCOM Program. For more information please contact:  jlmeredith@cbe.ab.ca

What do you call a unique and exciting educational program that gives classes the opportunity to move the classroom into the community and learn in a natural environment?

Our Chevron Open Minds Cross Conservation School week-long curriculum based program adds value to classroom learning by creating meaningful hands-on experiences that promote critical thinking, problem solving and journaling skills. Open Minds programs provide hands-on, out-of-classroom experiences for students, focusing on observation, writing, and critical thinking skills (canada.chevron.com).

Research has shown that students' participation in programs like Open Minds helps to improve literacy, writing skills and interest in learning.

At Cross Conservation School students are provided with a week full of opportunities to learn about the environment and its many creatures.  Hands-on exploration and close observation help students learn how to care for the environment.  Each week is unique! 

The classroom teacher and Education Coordinator work together to plan a week that best suits their curriculum and incorporates a year-long big idea or study.  And because nature is full of surprises, we make sure to leave plenty of time to examine nature in all its forms from scat to tracks, or discuss whatever comes up along the trail!

To learn more about the Cross Conservation School program, check the website Overview

Student Showcase: Hawkwood School

An Autumn visit from the grade 3 classes from Hawkwood School inspired a fantastic student website of their time  at the Ann & Sandy Cross Conservation Area. Their work is a testament to their enthusiasm for nature and their understanding of the value of conservation in their community. Totally epic!  

How to Apply?

For more information or questions about Cross Conservation School, please e-mail Maureen Luchsinger or call (403) 931-2042. There are now 10 weeks available to Calgary public and private schools.

Applications for the 2013-2014 school year are now complete.

Applications for the  2014-2015 school year are now being accepted. Deadline is April 8. Proposal writing workshop on Feb 13 at teachers convention 12:30-1:45 pm City Hall

Information for Parents

How exciting! Your child is coming to the Ann & Sandy Cross Conservation Area (ASCCA) for an Education Program!  We need your help to make this a fun, educational, and safe time for your child.

For information on what your child needs to bring and what to expect, see the Parent/Guardian Information Sheet. 


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