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learning beyond the classroom

Students using notebooks at the Chevron Open Minds Cross Conservation School

In 2018, Chevron Canada celebrated the 25th year of its flagship program, Open Minds. 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. 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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Celebrating 25 years in 2020! 
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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celebrating 25 years

celebrating 25 years

Why Campus Calgary / Open Minds is an awesome way to learn.


timeline of our history - doing together what we can't do alone

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Timeline showing the growth of the Open Minds program over the last 25 years


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

celebrating 100,000 students

celebrating 100,000 students

On April 7 2016, the true impact of this program over the past two-plus decades came into sharp focus when the Campus Calgary/Open Minds (CC/OM) program celebrated an amazing milestone.

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:

We’d love to see what you discover using these program guides. Please share your experience and learnings online using the hashtag #yycCCOM25 and join in our milestone conversation.

A Chevron Open Minds thank you card from the room 5 class at Killarney School