Programs & Experiences

Go back in time as you experience our Interpretive Centre. Enhance your experience, feel the spirit of the Blackfoot plains peoples' ancient way of life.

  • Special events are held throughout the year.
  • Onsite daily public programs are held daily in the peak season.
  • Education and youth group programs are offered for children of all ages.

Thinking of bringing your class or youth group to Head-Smashed-In Buffalo Jump? We offer a variety of fun and educational programs that can meet your needs. Located 90 minutes south of Calgary, Head-Smashed-In Buffalo Jump is a UNESCO World Heritage Site that was used by Native people for close to 6,000 years. Native guides describe a way of life at the very place where hunters drove buffalo over the cliff. In our imagination, the cliff still echoes with the voices of the hunters and the thunder of buffalo hooves.

School Programs

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Guided Building Tour (Grades 4-12)

This 1.5 hour tour of the Interpretive Centre will include an introduction to local Native culture and the history and mechanics of a buffalo jump.

Your students will walk the cliff top trail to look over the actual buffalo jump! You will have a chance to view our engaging theatre presentations and be guided through our artifact-rich exhibits.

  • Minimum 16 students per program
  • Maximum 30 students per program
  • Grades: 4-12

$3/youth per program

  • Chaperones ratio is 1:8 including teachers. Admission for chaperones within the required ratio is complimentary (additional chaperones pay group rate admission fees). 
  • Programs are booked on a first come, first serve basis — book early to ensure program availability!
  • When planning your visit, don’t forget to leave time for lunch, snacks, or a visit to the Head-Smashed-In Gift Shop.
  • All our programs complement the Alberta Education Curriculum.
  • To book programs, call 403-553-2731Image removed. or email education.bookings@gov.ab.ca.

Tipi-Teepee (All Grades)

Learn about the perfect home from the inside out. What was a tipi made from? How were they constructed? Your students will help set up a real tipi while learning some Blackfoot Tipi legends.

  • Minimum 16 students per program
  • Maximum 35 student per program
  • Grades: All grades
  • Dates available: September to June, weather permitting
  • Total time: 1 hour

$3/youth per program

  • Chaperones ratio is 1:8 including teachers. Admission for chaperones within the required ratio is complimentary (additional chaperones pay group rate admission fees).
  • Programs are booked on a first come, first serve basis — book early to ensure program availability!
  • When planning your visit, don’t forget to leave time for lunch, snacks, or a visit to the Head-Smashed-In Gift Shop.
  • All our programs complement the Alberta Education Curriculum.
  • To book programs, call 403-553-2731Image removed. or email education.bookings@gov.ab.ca.

Living Off the Land (All Grades)

Learn how First Nations people lived in harmony with nature by harvesting all that they needed, taking advantage of our abundant natural resources. Find out about the tools and technologies that evolved with the buffalo culture in this interactive and hands-on program.

  • Minimum 16 students per program
  • Maximum 30 students per program
  • Grades: All grades
  • Dates available: September to June
  • Total time: 1 hour

$3/youth per program

  • Chaperones ratio is 1:8 including teachers. Admission for chaperones within the required ratio is complimentary (additional chaperones pay group rate admission fees).
  • Programs are booked on a first come, first serve basis — book early to ensure program availability!
  • When planning your visit, don’t forget to leave time for lunch, snacks, or a visit to the Head-Smashed-In Gift Shop.
  • All our programs complement the Alberta Education Curriculum.
  • To book programs, call 403-553-2731Image removed. or email education.bookings@gov.ab.ca.

Stones and Bones (Grades 3-12)

Become a stone and bone detective and discover what archaeology is all about. Learn about point styles, materials, and methods for tool production and uncover some of history’s mysteries in a simulated archaeological dig.

  • Minimum 16 students per program
  • Maximum 27 students per program
  • Grades: 3-12
  • Dates available: September to June
  • Total time: 1 hour

$3/youth per program

  • Chaperones ratio is 1:8 including teachers. Admission for chaperones within the required ratio is complimentary (additional chaperones pay group rate admission fees).
  • Programs are booked on a first come, first serve basis — book early to ensure program availability!
  • When planning your visit, don’t forget to leave time for lunch, snacks, or a visit to the Head-Smashed-In Gift Shop.
  • All our programs complement the Alberta Education Curriculum.
  • To book programs, call 403-553-2731Image removed. or email education.bookings@gov.ab.ca.

Hike to the Past (Grades 4-12)

Explore our lower trail and learn about native plant uses. Visit the kill site and find out how geology, sun, and wind all helped create the perfect buffalo jump. Walk through the processing area and campsite atop thousands of years of buffalo bones!

  • Minimum 16 students per program
  • Maximum 25 students per program
  • Grades: 4-12
  • Dates available: September and April to June, weather permitting
  • Total time: 1 hour

$3/youth per program

  • Chaperones ratio is 1:8 including teachers. Admission for chaperones within the required ratio is complimentary (additional chaperones pay group rate admission fees).
  • Programs are booked on a first come, first serve basis — book early to ensure program availability!
  • When planning your visit, don’t forget to leave time for lunch, snacks, or a visit to the Head-Smashed-In Gift Shop.
  • All our programs complement the Alberta Education Curriculum.
  • To book programs, call 403-553-2731Image removed. or email education.bookings@gov.ab.ca.

Video Conference: Living from the Land (All)

Your class will talk directly with a Guide in the Head-Smashed-In Buffalo Jump Lodge. Each program will introduce native buffalo hunting culture. Your students will get to see tools, games, and more and have a chance to ask questions. This program can be adapted to suit each grade and age group.

We suggest that you book the Head-Smashed-In Travelling Edukit along with your Video Conference Program for a true hands-on experience.

$100 per program

  • Maximum 1 class per program 
  • Grades: All Grades
  • Dates available: October to April
  • Total time: 1 hour
  • Programs are booked on a first come, first serve basis — book early to ensure program availability!
  • All our programs complement the Alberta Education Curriculum
  • To book programs, call 403-553-2731Image removed. or email education.bookings@gov.ab.ca

Travelling Edukit: 2 Worlds, 2 Eras (All)

For a hands-on experience that comes directly to your doorstep, book our Travelling Edukit for 2 weeks! “Two Worlds, Two Eras” is full of information, photos, DVDs, and real tools locally made that would have been used by the Blackfoot people of the past.

$30 (not including shipping)

  • Grades: All Grades
  • Dates available: September to June
  • Total time: 2 weeks

Youth Group Programs

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Guided Building Tour (9 Years and Up)

This 1.5 hour tour of the Interpretive Centre will include an introduction to local Native culture and the history and mechanics of a buffalo jump. 

Your students will walk the cliff top trail to look over the actual buffalo jump! You will have a chance to view our engaging theatre presentations and be guided through our artifact-rich exhibits.

  • Maximum 30 participants/program (chaperones not included)
  • Ages: 9 years and up
  • When planning your visit, don’t forget to leave time for lunch, snacks, or a visit to the Head-Smashed-In Gift Shop
  • Programs are booked on a first come, first serve basis – book early to ensure program availability!

Admission Fees

  • Pre-booked admission to the centre is $10/youth for groups of under 15 people or $7/youth for groups of more than 15 people

Program Fees

  • Each program is an additional $3/youth.
  • Chaperones (ratio 1:8) are allowed to accompany the group for free. Additional chaperones will be charged admission to the Centre.

To Book

Tipi-Tepee-Teepee! (All Ages)

Learn about the perfect home from the inside out. What was a tipi made from? How were they constructed? Your students will help set up a real tipi while learning some Blackfoot Tipi legends.

  • Program length: 1 hour, weather permitting
  • Maximum 35 participants/program (chaperones not included)
  • All ages
  • When planning your visit, don’t forget to leave time for lunch, snacks, or a visit to the Head-Smashed-In Gift Shop
  • Programs are booked on a first come, first serve basis – book early to ensure program availability!

Admission Fees

  • Pre-booked admission to the Centre is $10/youth for groups of under 15 people or $7/youth for groups of more than 15 people

Program Fees

  • Each program is an additional $3/youth.
  • Chaperones (ratio 1:8) are allowed to accompany the group for free. Additional chaperones will be charged admission to the Centre.

To Book

Living Off the Land (All Ages)

Learn how First Nations people lived in harmony with nature by harvesting all that they needed, taking advantage of our abundant natural resources. Find out about the tools and technologies that evolved with the buffalo culture in this interactive, hands-on program.

  • Program length: 1 hour
  • Maximum 30 participants/program (chaperones not included)
  • All ages
  • When planning your visit, don’t forget to leave time for lunch, snacks, or a visit to the Head-Smashed-In Gift Shop
  • Programs are booked on a first come, first serve basis – book early to ensure program availability!

Admission Fees

  • Pre-booked admission to the centre is $10/youth for groups of under 15 people or $7/youth for groups of more than 15 people

Program Fees

  • Each program is an additional $3/youth.
  • Chaperones (ratio 1:8) are allowed to accompany the group for free. Additional chaperones will be charged admission to the Centre.

To Book

Stones & Bones (8 Years and Up)

Become a stone and bone detective and discover what archaeology is all about. Learn about point styles, materials, and methods for tool production and uncover some of history’s mysteries in a simulated archaeological dig.

  • Program length: 1 hour
  • Maximum 27 participants/program (chaperones not included)
  • Ages 8 years and up
  • When planning your visit, don’t forget to leave time for lunch, snacks, or a visit to the Head-Smashed-In Gift Shop
  • Programs are booked on a first come, first serve basis – book early to ensure program availability!

Admission Fees

  • Pre-booked admission to the centre is $10/youth for groups of under 15 people or $7/youth for groups of more than 15 people

Program Fees

  • Each program is an additional $3/youth.
  • Chaperones (ratio 1:8) are allowed to accompany the group for free. Additional chaperones will be charged admission to the Centre.

To Book

Hike to the Past (9 Years and Up)

Explore our lower trail and learn about native plant uses. Visit the kill site and find out how geology, sun, and wind all helped create the perfect buffalo jump. Walk through the processing area and camp site atop thousands of years of buffalo bones.

  • Program length: 1 hour, weather permitting
  • Max 25 participants/program (chaperones not included)
  • Ages 9 years and up
  • When planning your visit, don’t forget to leave time for lunch, snacks, or a visit to the Head-Smashed-In Gift Shop
  • Programs are booked on a first come, first serve basis – book early to ensure program availability!

Admission Fees

  • Pre-booked admission to the centre is $10/youth for groups of under 15 people or $7/youth for groups of more than 15 people

Program Fees

  • Each program is an additional $3/youth.
  • Chaperones (ratio 1:8) are allowed to accompany the group for free. Additional chaperones will be charged admission to the Centre.

To Book