‘Beyond the Classroom’ refers to an innovative approach to informal learning pioneered by Gillian Kydd and Don Harvie.  Intriguing and enriching sites (such as museums, fire halls, civic venues and nature preserves) welcome an entire class of children to use their site as a classroom for an entire week.  Students and teachers use this new ‘classroom’ to engage in learner-led, hands-on, inquiry-based learning and exploration through tours, journaling, and a host of creative activities.  This model makes the stuff students learn in textbooks come alive, and has an incredible power to inspire students and teachers!

Since its inception in Calgary in the 1990’s, this immersive learning model has grown into an international movement from Newfoundland to Singapore.  It is known in Calgary as ‘Open Minds/Campus Calgary’, ‘Inquiring Minds’ in Edmonton, & various monikers in places beyond.

In Edmonton & area, the following sites host “Inquiring Minds” programs:

  • City Hall School
  • Edmonton Oilers ICE School
  • Fort Edmonton Park
  • Green School at Devonian Botanical Garden
  • Jubilee Auditorium School
  • Suncor Zoo School
  • Royal Alberta Museum School
  • School at the Legislature
  • University of Alberta U School