"To look backward for a while is to refresh the eye, to restore it, and to render it the more fit for its prime function of looking forward." - Margaret Fairless Barber
O'Keefe Ranch Education Programs are offered in May, June, September. The School Program operates near capacity, and we will be accepting booking beginning of March for the 2017 school year.
To Book your school tour today, please email Karen Bouchard [email protected]
or call 250-542-7868
The Historic O'Keefe Ranch is a unique site to educate and entertain all learning levels. The program offers learning opportunities for students from pre-school to college level, and annually attracts over 3,000 students. Students experience a lesson in the Balmoral Schoolhouse using slate boards, while tours of the mansion, general store and grounds are also included. Children and supervisors are invited to dress in period costume and pack a heritage picnic lunch. Our program is tailored to each grade and has flexibility to include special requests.
Pre-visitation materials are generated and distributed to schools prior to their visit. Students are divided into groups so that they can best experience the different learning stations.
School tours are $8 per participant ($8.40 with GST). Teachers, educational assistants, and bus drivers are free. Parents are $8.40 as well.
Tours with groups up to 60 kids generally take about 2 1/2 hours in total, and if they are in 4 groups (between 12 & 15 kids in each group), they do 4 stations (30 min each) and have half an hour for lunch.