Teachers & Schools

Black Creek Pioneer Village offers education programs suitable for all grade levels, all year round. All of our programs are based on the Ontario curriculum for Social Studies, History, Environmental Studies, The Arts, and Health and Physical Education.

 

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ON-SITE EDUCATION PROGRAMS

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OPTION 1: ON-SITE INTERACTIVE TOUR
Pricing: $12.50 per student
Duration: 1.5 hours (half day program)
Times: 9:30, 10:00, 10:30, 11:00 a.m., 1:00, 2:00 p.m. (Wed-Fri only)

Visit Black Creek Pioneer Village, where a costumed educator will take students on a tour of select village buildings. Student participation is encouraged through activities and reflective questions. Choose from a variety of program options designed for all ages and grades.

  • Lunch space not included
  • Available Wednesday to Friday only
  • Groups will be provided with an activity sheet to explore the village on their own after their program

OPTION 2: ON-SITE TOUR + SKILL BUILDING WORKSHOP
Pricing: $16.50 per student
Duration: 3 hours plus 30-minute lunch break (full day program)
Times:
9:30 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. (Lunch 11:00 a.m.)
10:00 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. (Lunch 11:30 a.m.)
10:30 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. (Lunch 12:00 p.m.)

Build on knowledge gained in the interactive tour to develop skills and deepen understanding. Choose from different workshops that combine learning, skills development, and active fun!

  • Includes guaranteed lunch space for 30 minutes

PROGRAMS AVAILABLE

SENSORY ADVENTURES
Suitable for Junior Kindergarten to Grade 2

What would you find on a farm long ago? Use your senses and learn about the roles that family members, farm animals, and plants played on a family farm.

OPTION 1: Interactive Tour

OPTION 2: Interactive Tour + Skills Building Workshop

Choose from the following workshops:

  • Stories, Games & Toys: Play with an assortment of games and toys from the past and enjoy an interactive story to further understanding about everyday life long ago.
  • Explore the Garden: Use your senses and explore our village gardens. Plants seeds to take back home and watch them grow!
  • Get Crafty: Continue the fun and create seasonal heritage craft with our talented educators.

Call (416) 667-6295 to book

grey goose with goslings at Black Creek Pioneer Village

YESTERDAY’S CHILD
Suitable for Grades 2 to 3

Discover the everyday lives and challenges of different communities that lived and worked in 19th century Ontario. Topics covered include food, clothing, education, recreation and work, and the roles of children.

OPTION 1: Interactive Tour

OPTION 2: Interactive Tour + Skills Building Workshop

Choose from the following workshops:

  • Artifact Discovery: Discover how different types of objects teach us about the everyday lives of people in the past. Get hands on with artifacts from our collection and learn about different types of artifacts, how to identify them, and why they are important. Please bring a photo or picture of an object that is important to you to share with your class.
  • Back to School: Spend time in an authentic one-room schoolhouse and discover the similarities and differences between schools of today and in the past.
  • Outdoor Sports & Games A: Play a selection of 19th century sports and games and examine archival photos and artifacts. (Dancing, hoop & stick, lacrosse)
  • Outdoor Sports & Games B: Play a selection of 19th century sports and games and examine archival photos and artifacts (baseball, graces, stilts
  • Wonderful Wool: Learn how wool is processed by learning to card, spin and weave wool on a barn loom.

Call (416) 667-6295 to book

student learns how to weave wool on a loom

SOCIETY & CHANGE
Suitable for Grades 6 to 8

Enter the world of Confederation-era Canada. Interpret, analyze, and evaluate Canada’s past through the eyes of women, children, and the various religious and ethnic groups that contributed to our country’s development.

OPTION 1: Interactive Tour

OPTION 2: Interactive Tour + Skills Building Workshop

Choose from the following workshops:

  • Artifact Discovery: Discover how different types of objects teach us about the everyday lives of people in the past. Get hands on with artifacts from our collection and learn about different types of artifacts, how to identify them, and why they are important. Please bring a photo or picture of an object that is important to you to share with your class.
  • Outdoor Sports & Games A: Play a selection of 19th century sports and games and examine archival photos and artifacts. (Dancing, hoop & stick, lacrosse)
  • Outdoor Sports & Games B: Play a selection of 19th century sports and games and examine archival photos and artifacts (baseball, graces, stilts
  • It Time to Debate! Choose from a topic that people were talking about in 19th century Ontario and participate in a lively debate at our Town Hall. Choose from two debate topics: Temperance & 1837 Rebellion. Teachers are sent an information package to prepare for the debate ahead of their visit.

Call (416) 667-6295 to book

students learn to play traditional Victorian stick and hoop game

BUILDING A COMMUNITY
Suitable for Grades 3 and up, ESL groups

Explore the Village as you travel to trades shops and houses and discover the many challenges that faced communities in the 19th century. Study various perspectives on the economic and social realities of the day. Learn about survival and how to how to build a community.

OPTION 1: Interactive Tour

OPTION 2: Interactive Tour + Skills Building Workshop

Choose from the following workshops:

  • Artifact Discovery: Discover how different types of objects teach us about the everyday lives of people in the past. Get hands on with artifacts from our collection and learn about different types of artifacts, how to identify them, and why they are important. Students are asked to bring with them a photo or picture of an object that is important to them to share as part of the workshop.
  • Meet the Flynns: As a refugee dual faith family living in the Toronto Region, the Flynns faced many challenges similar to those faced by newcomers to Canada today. What was it like to be a refugee working class family in the Toronto Region? How did their ethnic background and religion impact their lives? How did gender influence their experiences? Visit their home and place of work and engage in a variety of hands-on activities!
  • Nature in the Village: Go on a nature hike around the village and discover how newcomers to Canada utilized plants, animals, and the environment around them. Identify plants, explore heritage gardens, and discuss the impact growing communities had on the land and waterways. What lessons can we learn from the past?

Call (416) 667-6295 to book

costumed educators tend to heritage garden at Black Creek Pioneer Village

When you visit Black Creek Pioneer Village, we want you to have a great time and feel safe.

Stringent visitor protocols, including advance reservations, masks, physical distancing requirements, health screenings, and hand sanitization stations remain in effect until further notice.

Thank you for your continued support to proactively protect staff and members of the public from the potential risk of contracting COVID-19.

VIRTUAL PROGRAMS FOR SCHOOLS

costumed educator leads virtual field trip from Black Creek Pioneer Village

OPTION 1: VIRTUAL FIELD TRIP
Pricing: $157.40 (per class, maximum of 30 students)
Duration: 1.5 hours

Enjoy your favourite Black Creek programs virtually! A costumed educator will visit with students virtually in their home or classroom, shares videos and photos from the Village, and lead an active exploration of life in the 1800s. Student participation is encouraged through activities and reflective questions. Choose from a variety of program options designed for all ages and grades.

OPTION 2: VIRTUAL FIELD TRIP + POST-VISIT ACTIVITY + VIRTUAL SKILL BUILDING WORKSHOP
Pricing: $262.50 (per class, maximum of 30 students)
Duration: 2.5 hours (1.5 hour virtual field trip + 1 hour workshop)

Build on knowledge gained in the Virtual Field Trip to develop skills and deepen understanding. Choose from different workshops that combine learning, skills development, and active fun!

Option 2 – Program Components:

  1. Virtual Field Trip: Explore the 1800s through an activity-based Virtual Field Trip led by a costumed educator. Visit a 19th century building and learn through guided activities.
  2. Activity Package: Reinforce concepts through an in-classroom skills-based activity package.
  3. Virtual Workshop: Solidify learning in a virtual workshop that develops skills and “dives deeper” into a topic of your choice.

PROGRAMS AVAILABLE

LIFE ON THE FARM
Suitable for Junior Kindergarten to Grade 2

What would you find on a farm long ago? Students learn about the roles that family members, farm animals, and plants played on a family farm.

OPTION 1: Virtual Field Trip

OPTION 2: Virtual Field Trip + Workshop

Choose from the following workshops:

  • What is an Artifact? (Grade 2): Students are sent on a mission to find an object that represents an important event or celebration they participate in with their family. At the next session, an educator will join the class live from the Village, to reveal what different objects can teach us about how families in the past came together.
  • Then & Now (Grade 1): Students are given the task of drawing a picture or taking a photo of a place in their community that they go to with their family. At the next session, an educator will join the class live from the Village to discuss how we use old photos and maps to learn how communities change over time.
  • Stories & Games (Junior/Senior Kindergarten): Students receive a package with a variety of photos, activities, and games from the past. These can be used at home or in the classroom. At the next session, an educator will join the class live from the Village to engage students in an interactive story that will reinforce concepts learnt in the first session.

Book Online

BOOKING PROCESS: Please choose a date and time slot for your virtual field trip, indicate the number of students and teachers participating, and select “Continue”. You will then be given the option to add a virtual workshop for an additional $100. Please select ONE workshop only. Call (416) 667-6295 if you have questions or experience problems with your registration.

Go to Booking Page

costumed educators tend to vegetable garden at Black Creek Pioneer Village

YESTERDAY’S CHILD
Suitable for Grades 2 to 3

Discover the everyday lives and challenges of different communities that lived and worked in 19th century Ontario. Topics covered include food, clothing, education, recreation and work, and the roles of children.

OPTION 1: Virtual Field Trip

OPTION 2: Virtual Field Trip + Workshop

Choose from the following workshops:

  • What is an Artifact?: Students are sent on a mission to find an “artifact” that represents an important event or experience in their life or the life of their family. At the next session, an educator will join the class live from the Village to discuss what different types of artifacts teach us about communities in the past.
  • All About Food: Students receive three different 19th century recipes that they can try at home. At the next session, an educator joins the class live to introduce kitchen tools from the past and examine 19th century recipe books.

Book Online

BOOKING PROCESS: Please choose a date and time slot for your virtual field trip, indicate the number of students and teachers participating, and select “Continue”. You will then be given the option to add a virtual workshop for an additional $100. Please select ONE workshop only. Call (416) 667-6295 if you have questions or experience problems with your registration.

Go to Booking Page

costumed educator presents demonstration of 19th century baking at Black Creek Pioneer Village

SPORTS, GAMES & COMMUNITY
Suitable for Grades 2, 3, 6 and 8

Even before the invention of hockey in 1875, sports were an important part of what it means to be Canadian. Through the exploration of artifacts and participation in engaging activities, students discover how sports influenced the lives of Canadian men, women and children in the 1800s. (This program is adaptable to meet the learning expectations of grades 2, 3, 6 and 8 social studies and history curriculum.)

OPTION 1: Virtual Field Trip

OPTION 2: Virtual Field Trip + Workshop

Choose from the following workshops:

  • What is an Artifact? (Grades 2, 3, 6 and 8): Students are sent on a mission to find an “artifact” that represents a sport, game or social event that is meaningful to them. At the next session, an educator will join the class live from the Village to discuss how different types of artifacts teach us about the challenges, changes, and contributions of different communities in the past.
  • Stories & Games: Past & Present (Grades 2 and 3): Students receive a package with a variety of photos, activities, and games from the past. These can be used at home or in the classroom. At the next session, an educator will join the class live from the Village to engage students in an interactive story and other fun activities that will reinforce concepts learnt in the first session.

Book Online

BOOKING PROCESS: Please choose a date and time slot for your virtual field trip, indicate the number of students and teachers participating, and select “Continue”. You will then be given the option to add a virtual workshop for an additional $100. Please select ONE workshop only. Call (416) 667-6295 if you have questions or experience problems with your registration.

Go to Booking Page

costumed educator at Black Creek Pioneer Village leads virtual field trip on sports and community

SOCIETY & CHANGE
Suitable for Grades 6 to 8

Enter the world of Confederation-era Canada. Interpret, analyze, and evaluate Canada’s past through the eyes of women, children, and the various religious and ethnic groups that contributed to our country’s development.

OPTION 1: Virtual Field Trip

OPTION 2: Virtual Field Trip + Workshop

Choose from the following workshops:

  • What is an Artifact?: Students are sent on a mission to find an “artifact” that represents an important event or experience in their life or the life of their family. At the next session, an educator will join the class live from the Village to discuss what different types of artifacts teach us about the challenges, changes, and contributions of different communities in the past.
  • The Doctor Dilemma: Should Emily Stowe and Jennie Trout be allowed to attend medical school? Students are sent both primary and secondary sources to explore in order to prepare for a lively debate. At the next session, an educator will join the class live from the Village to moderate a discussion of the “admissions panel” deciding the future of these two trailblazing women!

Book Online

BOOKING PROCESS: Please choose a date and time slot for your virtual field trip, indicate the number of students and teachers participating, and select “Continue”. You will then be given the option to add a virtual workshop for an additional $100. Please select ONE workshop only. Call (416) 667-6295 if you have questions or experience problems with your registration.

Go to Booking Page

costumed educator at Black Creek Pioneer Village