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learning beyond the classroom

Open Minds is an innovative, international award-winning learning program that provides a hands-on, out-of-classroom experience for students, focusing on observation, writing and critical-thinking skills. By stepping out of the classroom for a week of learning, students can slow down, develop critical thinking and observation skills and build confidence. 

the community is our classroom

the community is our classroom

By stepping out of the classroom for a week of learning, students can slow down, develop critical thinking and observation skills and build confidence.

where to find us

Chevron supports five Open Minds sites in Alberta and one in Newfoundland and Labrador. To learn more, please visit: 

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Ann & Sandy
Cross Conservation Area,
Calgary, Alberta
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Glenbow Museum,
Calgary, Alberta
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Fort McMurray Historical Society,
Fort McMurray, Alberta

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The Rooms,
St. John's, Newfoundland
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TELUS Spark,
Calgary, Alberta
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Calgary Zoo,
Calgary, Alberta
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* Note; Museum School will be taking a hiatus, beginning September 2021. Visit the Museum School website for more information.

why journal?

Open Minds uses journaling in its programs as a tool to help students stimulate curiosity and make sense of the world around them. By asking them to sketch and write about what they see, feel and imagine, they are encouraged to go beyond the obvious. This allows for emotional connections that cement their learning.

This type of experience asks children to observe and reflect on their surroundings. This inspires them to make careful observations and thoughtful interpretations – setting the stage for inquiry.

Learn more about why journaling is a valuable learning tool

program milestones

In 2018 Chevron Canada celebrated the 25th year of its flagship program, Open Minds.

do it yourself

As part of the Calgary Campus Open Minds 25th Anniversary Celebration in 2018, we developed the following guides for parents or teachers to get out of the house or classroom:

Download our journaling resources: