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Pre School, Elementary and Middle School & Group

Take outdoor fun to the limit. Black Creek Pioneer Village offers education programs for visiting schools and groups.

  • All programs are based on the Ontario curriculum for Social Studies, History,Environmental Studies, The Arts and Health and Physical Education.
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  • Programs are offered in the morning from 10:00 am or in the afternoon after 12:15 pm. The programs are 1 and 3/4 hours in length with the exception of Pioneer Life, Back to School, and Pioneer Pursuits.  Parlour Play Time is offered as both a half day and full day option.
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  • Prices are based on groups of 20 participants. An additional fee per student applies to more than 20 participants.  One Teacher is free for every 10 students. Additional adults pay regular admission.
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  • For phone reservations, please contact Visitor Services at 416-667-6295 (press 2) Monday to Friday, 8:00 am - 4:30 pm. For programmes not offered to book online, please e-mail your booking request to visitorservices@trca.on.ca

Building for the Future! Black Creek Pioneer Village has been a wonderful historical resource for Canadians for nearly sixty years. In order to continue offering state-of-the-art learning opportunities for new generations of learners, Black Creek Pioneer Village is going through an exciting period of transformation and renewal.  As part of this rejuvenation, we are upgrading some much needed infrastructure to better serve school groups and all our visitors.  The work will take about 6-8 weeks, beginning on March 20, 2017.  We will be delighted to host your group at Black Creek Pioneer Village before March 19 or after April 29, 2017 for our exciting Canada 150 season!

» Plan Pre & Post Visit Activities

Program Name

Age Level

Considerations

Descriptions

Cost

Celebrate Canada's 150th birthday

Confederation Generation

Grades 6- 8

Available May- mid November

*Maximum 60 students per half day

Curriculum Links: Social Studies: Communities in Canada, Past and Present (grade 6) Creating Canada, 1850-1890 (grade 8)

Students, in small groups, "become" a young person in the 1850s.  By jointly making decisions, students make life choices for their character and follow his/her progress as s/he grows into aduthood on the eve of Confederation. Moving through the Village, they will make choices based on real life issues addressed by young people in the mid-19th century and informed by the gender, family status, and ethnicity of the character.  Brought together at the completion of the program, students will reflect on the choices available to young people in 1867 and compare them with those of today.    

$11.00 per student

 

Due to popular demand now available in the Spring and Fall!

Experience and Explore

Grades 2- 8

Available January to mid November (excluding July & August)

*Maximum 120 students

(all day program 10:00- 1:00)

Perfect for early bus departures!!!

Curriculum Links: Social Studies: Changing Family and Community Traditions (grade 2), Communities in Canada, 1780-1850 (grade 3)Communities in Canada, Past and Present(grade 6) Creating Canada, 1850-1890 (grade 8)

Enjoy an interactive tour of historic Black Creek Pioneer Village and then choose from one of six exciting activity stations- Fun & games(indoor); Fun& games(outdoor);Get Ready to Party;Wonderful Wool;Artifact Exploration;Fashionable Fun.  Get outside, get active, and discover the past. This program ends at 1:00.  Perfect for groups with early bus departures!

 

$14.00 per student

Winter Program Only

Back to School

Grades 2 -8 

Available January-April

*Maximum 100 students per full day

(all day program 10:00- 2:00)

Curriculum Links: Social Studies: Heritage and Identity- Changing Family and Community Traditions (grade 2), Communities in Canada, 1780-1850 (grade 3), Communities in Canada, Past and Present(grade 6),Canada,1780-1850 Conflict and Change(grade 7), Creating Canada, 1850-1890 (grade 8) 

 Spend a half day as a student in our 1860s school house.  Write on a slate, participate in a spelling bee, play 19th century games and practice the 3Rs.  Will you be the son of a blacksmith, daughter of the miller or a child of a farm laborer?  Spend the second half of the day exploring select buildings in the historic Village!

 

$16 per  student

Now offered the entire school year!

Parlour Play Time

Grades pre school-grade 1

Available January- mid November(excluding July & August)

*Maximum 50 students per half day

 Curriculum Links: Language; Science; Mathematics-Patterning; Physical Activity and Arts (Kindergarten)

Social Studies: Heritage and Identity-Changing Roles and Responsibilities;Mathematics-Patterning and Algebra (grade 1)

Explore and play like pioneer children this winter with our fun parlour toys, games, stories and crafts.



half day $14 per  student

 full day
$19 per  student (includes tour of village)

Now offered the entire school year!!

Pioneer Life

Grades 2-6 and high school

 

Available January- December 23  (excluding July & August) 

*Maximum 100 students per day

*all day program(10:00-2:00)

 

Curriculum Links: Social Studies: Heritage and Identity-Communities in Canada (grade 3), 1780-1850, Communities in Canada, Past and Present(grade 6) Creating Canada, 1850-1890 (grade 8)

Get to work in an authentic heritage log house! Cook on a real wood stove, churn and prepare butter, card wool, and learn to use a spinning wheel.  In our workshop weave on a barn loom, engage in wood working and explore various tools, and then enjoy a snack made with "many hands".  Spend the second half of the day exploring select buldings in the historic Village. 

 

$19 per  student

Winter program only

Pioneer Pursuits

 

Grades 2-8

 

Available January - April

*maximum 40 students per day

*all day program (10:00-2:00)

 

Curriculum Links: Social Studies: Heritage and Identity- Changing Family and Community Traditions (grade 2), Communities in Canada, 1780-1850 (grade 3),Communities in Canada, Past and Present (grade 6); Physical Education-Active Living, Movement Competance (grades 2-8)

Get active and learn how various groups contributed to our Canadian identity through sport and leisure pursuits. Students snow shoe (weather permitting), play traditional outdoor games, and learn and perform three Victorian dances.  Compare and contrast nineteenth century social life with that of today in this cross-curricular program.

  


$19 per student

 

Field to Fork

grades 2- 8

Available May1- October 31

*Maximum of 30 students per day

*all day program 10:00- 2:00

Curriculum Links: Language (grades 2-8); Social Studies: Heritage and Identity- Changing Family and Community Traditions (grade 2), Communities in Canada, 1780-1850 (grade 3), Communities in Canada, Past and Present (grade 6), History: Creating Canada, 1850-1890 (grade 8)

Experience 2 great field trips in one day!

Start your adventure at Black Creek Community Farm where students follow the magical journey of their food by putting on their farmer's hats!  In the afternoon the fun continues at Black Creek Pioneer Village where students create a small meal using the vegetables that they picked on the farm and explore food preparation artifacts of the past.  

$17.00 per student

Society and Change

Grades 6 and 8 and high school

 

*Available May 1-mid November

Curriculum Links: Social Studies: Communities in Canada, Past and Present (grade 6) Creating Canada, 1850-1890 (grade 8); Physical Education: Active Living, Movement Competence (grades 6 and 8)

 Enter the world of Confederation era Canada.  Interpret, analyze and evaluate Canada's past through the eyes of women, children and the various religous and ethnic groups that contributed to our country's development. Explore social, political and economic issues such as temperance, education, voting rights and social norms. Interact with our costumed educators in our many historical homes and trades buildings. 


$11 per  student

Farm Life

grades 2-8

Available May 1-mid November

(excluding July and August)

*Maximum 50 students per half day and 100 students per full day

Curriculum Links: Language (grades 2-8); The Arts (grades 2-8);Social Studies: Heritage and Identity- Changing Family and Community Traditions (grade 2), Communities in Canada, 1780-1850 (grade 3), Communities in Canada, Past and Present (grade 6), History: Creating Canada, 1850-1890 (grade 8)

Experience the life of a farmer in this fully interactive program. Grind grain in a quern, try your hand at threshing and winnowing, plant seeds to take home, and investigate and examine real food preperation artifacts from the 1800s.  End the day with a taste of fresh bread and butter from our very own Black Creek bake oven. 


$14 per student

Many Hands

 

Grades 2- 6 and high school

 

Available all year except July/August

*Maximum 50 students per half day

 

Curriculum Links: Social Studies: Heritage and Identity-Communities in Canada, Changing Family and Community Traditions (grade 2) 1780-1850 (grade 3),Communities in Canada, Past and Present (grade 6) Creating Canada, 1850-1890 (grade 8)

Get to work in an authentic heritage log house! Cook on a real wood stove, churn and prepare butter, card wool, and learn to use a spinning wheel.  In the workshop weave on a barn loom, engage in wood working and explore various tools. The program concludes with a snack made with "many hands". 


$14 per  student

Garden and Table

grades 6-8 and highschool

Available May 1- mid November (except July & August)

**Maximum 30 students per half day

Social Studies: Communities in Canada, Past and Present (grade 6) History: Creating Canada, 1850-1890 (grade 8) Language, Health and Physical Education

Visit our Black Creek gardens and then create a small meal in a heritage log home by preparing food items, chopping vegetables, and cooking over a wood burning stove. Discover where our food comes from and changes in kitchen technology over time. Experience life in the nineteenth century using your taste buds as your guide!


$15 per student

Yesterday's Child

Grades 1-3

Available May 1 -mid November

 

Curriculum Links: Social Studies:Heritage and Identity-Changing Roles and Responsibilities (grade 1) Changing Family and Community Traditions (grade 2), Communities in Canada (grade 3), 1780-1850

Become a child of long ago!  Compare and contrast life then and now by trying on clothing, practicing chores and playing with  traditional toys and games while visiting the many trades shops and houses in our Village.


$11 per student

Getting Ready for Winter

Grades pre school -  grade 8

Available mid November-December 23 

 

Curriculum Links:Social Studies: Heritage and Identity-Changing Roles and Responsibilities (grade 1)Family and Community Traditions (grade 2), Communities in Canada (grade 3), 1780-1850 Communities in Canada, Past and Present (grade 6)

Discover how our early settlers prepared for winter as you travel through from building to building engaging in a unique activity in each one.  Explore winter travel, food preperation, toys, games, storytelling, household chores and family traditions.  Each student creates a winter themed craft in this interactive program that helps usher in the new season.

*Activities depend on buildings visited


$12 per student

Sensory Adventures

Pre school -grade 1

Available May 1 - mid November

Curriculum Links: Language; Social Studies: Heritage and Identity- Changing Roles and Responsibilities, Changing Family and Community Traditions (grade 2)

Use your 5 senses to explore the Village.  Meet  farm animals, smell the baking bread and herbs from the garden, and card wool.  Finally, enjoy a tasty treat at the Inn. 


$11 per  student

Life in A New Land

Grades 3 and 6-8 and ESL

Available May 1 - mid November

 

Curriculum Links: Language; Social Studies:Heritage and Identity-Communities in Canada (grade 3), 1780-1850, Communities in Canada, Past and Present (grade 6) 

History: Canada,1780-1850 Conflict and Change(grade 7)

History: Creating Canada, 1850-1890 (grade 8)

Explore the Village as you travel to trades shops and houses and discover the many challenges that faced our early settlers. Study the economic and social realities of the day.  Learn about survival, how to build a community, and how to cope with conditions in a new land.


$ 11 per  student

1837 Rebellion 

Grade 7 

Available May1- mid November

*Maximum 80 students per half day

 

Curriculum Links: History:Canada,1780-1850 Conflict and Change(grade 7)

Take sides in the 1837 Rebellion to decide the future of your country!  Meet characters from the time period and discover the main social and political issues that led to rebellion.  Gather your facts and analyze information to prepare for a lively Town Hall debate!    

 

$11 per  student

Christmas Past

 

HAND OUTS:

 

Primary and Intermediate versions available

 mid November to December 23 only

*Maximum 400 students per half day 

Curriculum Links: Language; Environmental Studies; Social Studies: Heritage and Identity- Changing Roles and Responsibilities (grade 1) Changing Family and Community Traditions (grade 2)Communities in Canada,1780-1850 (grade 3) Communities in Canada, Past and Present(grade 6) History: Creating Canada, 1850-1890 (grade 8)

Traditions and celebrations of the different cultures that make up the Village provide a very special Christmas visit. Engage in a variety of unique activities in homes and trade shops.  All participants create their own Christmas decoration to bring home.

*Activities depend on buildings visited


$12 per student

Pioneer Workshops

 

Grades 3-8  

Available May, June and September to mid November

(Only available in combination with a guided program)

Curriculum Links: Physical Education: Movement Competence, Active Living (grades 3-8)

Social Studies-Heritage and Identity-

Communities in Canada,1780-1850 (grade 3) Communities in Canada, Past and Present (grade 6) History: Creating Canada, 1850-1890 (grade 8)

Continue the fun and learn a new skill! When you book any regular priced program choose from one of the following interactive activities from only $5.00 more per student.   

 

  • Victorian dancing
  • Lacrosse skills
  •  Pioneer craft
  • Extended tour

 

 


$5 per  student when booking a half day program

Dickson's Hill School program

Grades 2- 3 

*Minimum of 5 days

Maximum 50 students

Curriculum Links: Active Living, Movement Competence (grades 2-8); Social Studies: Heritage and Identity: Changing Family and Community Traditions (grade 2) Communities in Canada, 1780-1850 (grade 3)

Step back in time and spend a week role playing with your students in a one room school house.  Teacher orientation is provided as well as scheduled daily visits to many of the Village homes and shops.  Children are encouraged to dress as students of the 1860s and take part in lessons with materials that are appropriate to the time.

 

$11 per  student

 

 

 

 


 

For more details about programs at Black Creek Pioneer Village, planning tips, and registration information visit the TRCA School Programs

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