School Programs & Group Tours
Group rates are available for unguided and guided groups. Admission fees are payable by the tour leader on the day of the visit. We can design the tour to suit the time you have and the interests of the group. Most guided tours last 1.5 hours but short tours are also possible.
Adult & Senior Groups
|With Guided Tour||GST||Total|
|Groups of 10 – 20||$12.00||$0.60||$12.60|
|Groups of 20+||$11.20||$0.56||$11.76|
|Groups of 10 – 20||$10.50||$0.52||$11.02|
|Groups of 20+||$9.60||$0.48||$10.08|
School & Youth Tours
|Guided Youth Tour||$7.00||$0.35||$7.35|
|Two Youth Programs/visit||$10.00||$0.50||$10.50|
For more information contact: Barbara Sabyan at 1.888.468.8555 or 250.495.7901 ext. 211 or by email at Bsabyan@nkmipdesert.com.
How to book a program:
Special school and group tours are available by contacting Barbara, email Bsabyan@nkmipdesert.com
or phone 250-495-7901 local 202.
Okanagan Cultural Tour | 1-2 hour program
School groups begin their tour with the 20 minute feature film, “Coyote Spirit” which depicts a young girl’s encounter with the spirit of Coyote on her visit to the Osoyoos Indian Reserve. Following the film, students are guided by interpreters to a reconstructed Okanagan village; along the way, they are educated about the local plants and animals of the Osoyoos desert grasslands, and their traditional uses. At the village, students have the opportunity to examine traditional tools used by the Okanagan First Nations in a hands-on artifact session. If time permits, classes attend a second pit-house theatre production which recounts how Coyote brought salmon to the Okanagan.
Snakes Alive | 40 minute program
Most students have heard of Western Rattlesnakes; however, there are seven local species of snakes in this region, most of which are also at risk. The “Snakes Alive” program educates students about snake species and their habitats as well as safety in rattlesnake country. The program explains the conservation techniques of the Nk’Mip Rattlesnake Research Project and illustrates how our fragile ecosystem is vital to their survival. A live gopher snake and rattlesnakes are featured in each program. After the program, students are encouraged to explore the centre exhibits and trails.
Pow and Wow! | 45 minute program
Through the use of a vivid multimedia presentation, students are introduced to the culture and meaning of the powwow. The presentation begins with an introduction to the significance of the powwow to Native American culture, outlining its purpose, and divulges the meaning behind the songs and dances, showcasing different styles of singing in the process. A live performance exhibiting various drumming styles by a local singer, along with the encouragement of open audience participation provides insight into this cherished Native American custom that must be experienced to be understood.