chevron open minds

learning beyond the classroom

Students using notebooks at the Chevron Open Minds Cross Conservation School

Chevron Canada’s flagship program, Chevron Open Minds, has been running for 25 years. 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: 

campus calgary/open minds celebrates 25th anniversary

timeline of our history

Doing together what we can't do alone

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

Click the timeline to open the high resolution version.

why journal?

We use journaling in our 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 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

do it yourself

To celebrate 25 years of Campus Calgary/Open Minds programs, we have developed guides for parents and teachers to get out of the house or classroom. We encourage you to embark on your own journaling program with your children!

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.

where to go

There are many ‘special spots’ around the city where children can observe and reflect. In our 25th year, we are encouraging you to get out to a Campus Calgary/Open Minds site and engage in immersive education.

Here is a list of exciting and educational locations in the city that you can visit:

  • Calgary Zoo 
  • Stampede Park 
  • Prince’s Island Park 
  • TELUS Spark Science Centre
  • Aero Space Museum
  • Heritage Park
  • Calgary Tower
  • Nose Hill Park
  • Glenbow Museum
  • National Music Centre
  • Lougheed Park
  • Chinese Cultural Centre
  • Ann & Sandy Cross Conservation Area
  • Devonian Gardens
  • Inglewood Bird Sanctuary
  • Bowness Park
  • Elbow Valley Wetland
  • Canada’s Sports Hall of Fame

Want to learn more about Calgary while engaging in immersive learning? Here is a helpful guide to Calgary:

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