Inquiring Minds

We’re setting the stage for Inquiring Minds Learning. Join us on Thurs Jan 25 4-6pm at the Northern Alberta Jubilee Auditorium for our annual Open House. We hope to see you there.

Inquiring Minds Open House Invitation

We are so excited that our friends from Campus Calgary/Open Minds Calgary to have sent us a ‘Save the Date’ for their Beyond the Classroom conference and to celebrate their 25th anniversary June 14-16.  If you are interested please fill out this survey. A teacher component to the conference is coming so stay tuned!


Children learn best by doing. The Inquiring Minds partnership offers teachers an opportunity to move their classroom to a community site for a week of hands on, multi-sensory learning. Student learning is enhanced by meeting curriculum expectations through meaningful connections to the real world.

Inquiring Minds offers 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 a 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 or Campus Calgary’, ‘Inquiring Minds’ in Edmonton, & various monikers in places beyond.

To see where week-long, site-based, inquiry programming is around the world go to the Beyond the Classroom Network.

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