Drumheller promotes itself as the Dinosaur Capital of the World and it's clearly a draw for one school in North Central Alberta.
Each year, Stephanie Cumbleton's Grade 7 science class at Boyle School, about an hour and a half north of Edmonton, heads south to take in the sights of the Drumheller Valley. Of course, their first stop is the Royal Tyrrell Museum of Paleontology.
"It ties in very nicely with one of the units for our Science 7 curriculum in Alberta," she explained. "It gives the students an opportunity to really experience hands on science in a really cool way, like what kid doesn't like dinosaurs?"
This will be the 7th trip that Cumbleton has led to Drumheller, where she has family, and the 5th time for the Boyle School students.
"We're a K-9 school and most of the elementary students are already looking forward to their Grade 7 Drumheller trip," she informed us. "It costs us about $5,000 to pay for the whole trip, so the kids know walking into class at the beginning of Grade 7 that they are fundraising that year and that is the goal."
"We go see the Hoodoos, we participate at the Atlas Coal Mine, we see the East Coulee School Museum, make sure we go bowling at the local bowling alley because the kids absolutely love it, of course they want to climb the World's Largest Dinosaur, they love the whole experience."
Cumbleton's Grade 7 class this year has 13 students: they will visit the valley from June 18-20.