Travel with your school group to the heart of our origins at the Prehistory Park of Tarascon-sur-Ariège. The land of the Cro-Magnons is the land of adventure for your school trips!

Our educational approach is based on the pleasure of discovery and on simulation; we develop participatory mediation times in order to live sensitive experiences, to confront reality and to nurture questions; the pupil questions and confronts himself concretely with different types of knowledge. 

Programs

In kindergarten

The children will explore the Prehistory Park in the company of Granoc, a little Cro-Magnon man.

The

Wall art
Thanks to GRANOC, children discover the parietal works; they paint in a cave reconstructed with tools and materials from the Upper Paleolithic.
I do: wall painting
Workshop duration: 25min
30 children max

Flint tools
Granoc, seated by the fireplace, watches his parents making tools necessary for everyday life.
I discover: tools and objects from Prehistory
Workshop duration: 15min
30 children max

Modeling
Granoc educates children about another mode of original artistic expression of its time: modeling.
I do: modeling with clay
Workshop duration: 25min
30 children max

Feu
Granoc, comfortably installed in the tent, observes his parents lighting the fire without a lighter or a match.
I discover: the origins of fire
Workshop duration: 15min
30 children max

Hunting
Granoc takes the children to the hunting grounds in order to learn about the way of life and the environment of the hunter-gatherers of the Upper Paleolithic.
I handle: the thruster
Workshop duration: 25min
30 children max

The storytelling tour of the museum space

Granoc shares his world with the children, they go to meet the giant animals of the Ice Age such as the mammoth and then admire the paintings of the facsimile of the 'Salon Noir' of the Grotte de Niaux.
I discover: the atmosphere of a cave, prehistoric animals, art and paintings
Duration of the visit: 45min

Skills worked

• find one's way in time and space
• discover different forms of artistic expression
• awakening of sensitivity and curiosity in front of works of art
• open up to otherness: listen, compare, analyze, discuss, share with others

2021 prices

5,50 € / child


In CP, CE1 & CE2

The

Wall art
While respecting the techniques and graphic conventions of the men of the Upper Paleolithic, children discover the main themes of cave art in a cave setting.
I do: wall painting
Workshop duration: 25min
30 children max

Flint tools
The workshop allows you to discuss some of the daily practices of prehistoric men.
I discover: the tools, objects and gestures of Homo Sapiens
Workshop duration: 15min
30 children max

Feu
Children learn about the long history of fire and its production techniques.
I discover: the origins of fire
Workshop duration: 15min
30 children max

Hunting
Children experience an Upper Paleolithic hunting technique while learning about the environment and wildlife of the last Ice Age.
I do: spear thruster shooting
Workshop duration: 25min
30 children max

Archeology
Children experience an Upper Paleolithic hunting technique while learning about the environment and wildlife of the last Ice Age.
I do: the investigative work of the archaeologist
Workshop duration: 50min
From CE2
30 children max

Audio-guided tour of the museum space

Children dive into the material and artistic world of nomadic hunters. They find themselves facing life-size animals from the last ice age and facing representations of the facsimile of the “Salon Noir” in the Grotte de Niaux.
I discover: a museum, animals, art and paintings from Prehistory
Duration of the visit: 1h

Skills worked

• find one's way in time and space
• act, express and understand through artistic practices
• awakening of sensitivity and curiosity in front of works of art
• appropriate tools and methods
• master the French language

2021 prices

5,50 € / child


In CM1, CM2 & 6th

The

Wall art
Children discover the main themes of cave art.
I do: graphic art on walls
Workshop duration: 25min
30 children max

Flint tools
Through the tools produced and the processed materials, children get a concrete idea of ​​the way of life of our ancestors.
I discover: the tools, objects and gestures of Homo Sapiens
Workshop duration: 15min
30 children max

Feu
Children learn about the long history of fire and its production techniques.
I discover: the origins of fire
Workshop duration: 15min
30 children max

Hunting
Children experience an Upper Paleolithic hunting technique while learning about the environment and wildlife of the last Ice Age.
I do: spear thruster shooting
Workshop duration: 25min
30 children max

Archeology
Children approach prehistoric periods by learning about the scientific methods of the archaeologist.
I do: the investigative work of the archaeologist
Workshop duration: 50min
30 children max

Audio-guided tour of the museum space

Children dive into the material and artistic world of nomadic hunters. They find themselves facing life-size animals from the last ice age and facing representations of the facsimile of the “Salon Noir” in the Grotte de Niaux.
I discover: a museum, animals, art and paintings from Prehistory
Duration of the visit: 1h

Skills worked

• find one's way in time and space
• build historical landmarks
• associate a work with an era, a civilization
• practice scientific and technological approaches
• master the French language

2021 prices

5,50 € / child


from 5th to high school

The

Wall art
The students experiment with cave art, its techniques and deepen its themes in a realistic cave setting.
I do: a work of the Paleolithic
Workshop duration: 25min
30 children max

Flint tools
The pupils get a concrete idea of ​​the way of life of our ancestors but not only; they understand the technological complexities and the operating chains put in place to standardize tooling.
I discover: the tools, objects and gestures of Homo Sapiens
Workshop duration: 15min
30 children max

Feu
Students become aware of the impact of fire on the biological, social evolution and on the technological acceleration of humanity.
I discover: the techniques of fire
Workshop duration: 15min
30 children max

Hunting
Students experience a hunting technique while becoming aware of the environment, wildlife, predation economy and nomadism during the last ice age.
I do: spear thruster shooting
Workshop duration: 25min
30 children max

Archeology
The pupils try to read, decipher complex archaeological soil, determine the activity zones, observe the distribution of materials and develop hypotheses.
I do: the investigative work of the archaeologist
Workshop duration: 50min
30 children max

Audio-guided tour of the museum space

The students dive into the universe of the Upper Paleolithic: the environment and the fauna as well as the artistic productions of the Magdalenian.
I discover: a museum, animals, art and paintings from Prehistory
Duration of the visit: 1h

Skills worked

• associate a work with an era and a civilization based on the elements observed
• understand elaborate oral speeches
• interact in a debate
• identify questions of a scientific nature
• propose hypotheses
• discover the relationship to reality and the expressive function of art

2021 prices

5,50 € / child


Classes

heritage

Over 1, 2 or more days, relive with your students the daily life of our ancestors, whatever their levels.

In kindergarten

Guided tour of the museum space to immerse yourself in the world of Prehistory with the Great Workshop and the Giants of the Ice Age.
Then different workshops to choose from:
• prehistoric habitat
• the ignition of the fire
• the size of the flint
• draw a prehistoric animal
• cave art
• modeling
• hunting and subsistence
• the trail of traces and the hunter's game
• adornment
• the flint tools and the “toolbox” set
• the manufacture of brushes and pigments

In CP and CE1

Discovery module: this module includes a variety of activities to choose from for a global approach to the prehistoric period.
Guided tour of the museum space to immerse yourself in the world of Prehistory.
1 / Workshops related to everyday life
• prehistoric habitat
• the ignition of the fire
• the size of the flint
• hunting and subsistence
• adornment
2 / Workshops related to Art
• the manufacture of brushes and pigments
• draw a prehistoric animal
• cave art
• modeling

From CE2

Guided tour of the museum space to immerse yourself in the world of Prehistory.
Then 2 modules of your choice:
1 / Daily life module
This module includes activities related to the theme of the daily life of prehistoric men:
• prehistoric habitat
• the ignition of the fire
• the size of the flint
• the hunt
• adornment
• lighting
• bone work
• sewing
2 / Art module
This module includes activities related to prehistoric artistic techniques: drawing, painting, modeling, adornment ...
• the ignition of the fire
• heats pigments and manufacture of paints
• the size of the flint
• the manufacture of brushes
• draw a prehistoric animal
• lighting
• modeling
• schist engraving

2021 prices

1 day package: 14 € / child
2-day package: € 12,90 / child
3-day package: € 11,80 / child
4-day package: € 11 / child
5-day package: € 9,90 / child


Programs

for extra-curricular

The land of the Cro-Magnons… It's your land of adventure! In the heart of a magnificent landscape, the Park allows to deepen the knowledge on the life and the art of Prehistory. It is organized around two axes: a museographic space, indoors and an outdoor visit circuit with animated workshops and discovery games.

From 3 years

The

Wall art
Paint as in prehistoric times in a real reconstructed cave, lit by grease lamps, using its volumes and with natural pigments, brushes, sticks, stamps and even hands!
Workshop duration: 25min

Archeology
Understand the interest, purpose and methods of prehistoric archeology thanks to an experimental module reconstructing an excavation delivering the remains of an open-air camp.
Workshop duration: 50min
From 8 years

Hunting
Discover the food of the Magdalenians and hunt with a thruster, the hunting weapon adapted to the great spaces of Prehistory.
Workshop duration: 25min

Tools and fire
In a prehistoric camp, reconstructed from archaeologists' data, you will witness the birth of fire and observe the movements leading from flint to tools.
Workshop duration: 30min

The museographic space

The Grand Atelier
Dedicated to cave art, the large workshop presents the world of decorated caves through films, movable art objects and life-size replicas of the Salon Noir in the cave of Niaux, the “Niaux interdicts” and the Marsoulas cave, inaccessible today.
Duration: 30min

Giants of the Ice Age
Giants offer you the opportunity to see the everyday environment of a Cro-Magnon man. A steppe landscape has been recreated with 4 emblematic life-size animals: the cave lion, the mega-deer, the woolly mammoth accompanied by its calf and the steppe bison. Finally, the Giants challenge offers games and tests as fun and original as they are educational around these animals such as the race against the cave lion ...
Duration: 30min

A superb natural setting

The Prehistory Park is also a superb place to visit, in the heart of the Pyrenees. Nestled in the heart of a mountainous circus, with a tour circuit on a 13 hectare park, it is dotted with water basins, rivers, a large waterfall, woods and even reconstructed caves and gours.

The labyrinth of sounds

Autonomously, this large plant labyrinth will allow you to immerse yourself in the sound environment of prehistoric men: the sounds of nature (flowing water, wind in the leaves, cracking of branches, thunderstorm ...) mingle with the sounds of animals (buzzing of insects, song of birds, neighing, hooting of wolves, growling of bears, ibex fight…) in order to create a natural music, perhaps inspiring the first Magdalenian melodies.

Finally, an original musical creation will complete your experience by offering a reconstruction of what could be the music of the Cro-Magnon man: bone flutes, percussions on concretions, rhombs (primitive wind instrument) ... unite their melodies for a auditory journey 16000 years ago!

2021 prices

5,50 € / child


Info

practice

  • Bus parking: free parking 
  • For lunch : restaurant: children's menu € 9,50 / picnic area: packed lunches € 6 (on order)
  • The drivers are our guests: entrance and welcome coffee offered 
  • Playground on the spot
  • 1 free invitation to each child in the class so that he can return to his family (valid for 1 adult place purchased)
  • Free transport to schools 09: possibility of taking charge of transport for Ariège establishments by the Transport service of the Ariège department. Inquire on 05 61 02 09 09
  • Maternelle : 1 free companion for 8 children
  • Cycles 2, 3 and 4 : 1 free companion for 10 children
  • Additional guides benefit from the group rate

how to book?

Contact the reservation department on 05 61 05 50 40.
Patricia and Geraldine will advise you and organize, with you, your tailor-made outing.

teachers, prepare your visit

Do you have a school trip plan but you do not yet know our sites?
We offer a free guided tour during “Discovery Wednesdays” in order to discover the main events and activities scheduled as part of educational outings. A Wednesday in September or in the spring, from 14 p.m. to 17 p.m. at the Prehistory Park and (or) at the Château de Foix.
Do not hesitate to contact us for the exact dates. By registration only with the school service info@sites-touristiques-ariege.fr / 05 61 05 50 40.

Have you confirmed your school trip and would like to make a scouting visit?
On request from the school service, you come on the agreed day.


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