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.

 

“We truly did have a beautiful and educational day. Thank you for helping make our curriculum come alive so vibrantly for the kids.”
– St. Vincent School, Oakville

Our programs begin at either 10:00 am or 12:15 pm, and run for one hour and 45 minutes. (Exceptions: Pioneer Life, Back to School and Pioneer Pursuits.) The Parlour Play Time program is offered as both a half-day and full-day option.

Prices are based on groups of 20 participants. An additional fee per student applies to groups of more than 20. Admission for teachers and educational assistants is free with a group booking. All of our education and day camp programs are HST exempt.

Spring Special: This May & June book an interactive tour of the Village from 2:15 -4:00 for only $6.00 per participant. Great for ESL and community groups!  Available Monday- Friday only.

 

To book programs by phone, please call Visitor Services at 416.667.6295 (press 2). Click link above to book online.



Plan Your Field Trip!

What to Expect

Inside and Out:  Education programs at Black Creek Pioneer Village take place both outdoors and inside our 40 heritage buildings!

When you arrive, students will disembark from the buses in front of the Visitor’s Centre group entrance. Ample bus parking is provided.

Meeting your Village Guide: Black Creek Pioneer Village Educators will meet your group as you leave your bus. They will answer any questions, orient you to the site, show you where to leave your lunches, and then lead your group into the village and onto adventure!

Washrooms are located in the Visitor’s Centre and also outside in the village. Plan to arrive approximately 10-15 minutes before your program is scheduled to begin.

Be Ready for Adventure! Black Creek Pioneer Village education programs are developed with learning, action, and fun in mind.  Every program is interactive and immersive.  Your students may use their senses, touch real artifacts from history, play games, or sing songs from the 1800s.  Arrive ready to explore, discover, and imagine your way through history!

Everyone gets involved: Our programs are designed to get everyone involved.  We encourage teachers, parents, and adult helpers to participate in the program along with the students.

Fire Safety:  Many of our heritage buildings have burning fires and hot wood-burning stoves.  In preparation for a visit to Black Creek Pioneer Village, please discuss safety around fires and stoves with your students.

Meet the animals:  Our heritage breed animals are friendly but preferred to be introduced before being petted. Please do not feed or touch the animals until you are invited to do so — for your safety as well as theirs.

Pack a picnic and be prepared to eat it outdoors! Covered eating space is limited and available on a first-come, first-served basis only. During inclement weather, there may be a short wait for lunch space.

Staying safe: Schools and teachers are responsible for the actions of their students while in The Village.

High school group learns about gardening on a field trip to Black Creek Pioneer Village

What to Wear and Bring

Programs take place both inside the historic buildings and outdoors, in all weather. Please ensure that students dress appropriately for the conditions and time of year.

Suggestions:

Let’s cut back on waste! Litterless lunches are appreciated.

Keep it simple: Packing lunches in a single container before you leave school simplifies storage and ensures your students’ lunches stay together.

On your feet:  Grass can be wet and dirt roads can be muddy.  Please ensure students wear sturdy shoes with treads.  In the winter, boots are strongly recommended.

Staying cool: In hot weather, please encourage students to be prepared with hats, sunscreen, and refillable water bottles. Water fountains are available in the Visitor Centre and Event Pavilion.

 

Please note that Black Creek Pioneer Village is not responsible for personal belongings.

Elementary school students receive a lesson at Black Creek Pioneer Village

Safety

Staff First Aid Training: Many staff at Black Creek Pioneer Village have first aid training. In the rare event of an injury, rapid response procedures are in place.

Nearest Hospital/Emergency Response Time: Humber River Regional Hospital is the closest hospital. Depending on urgency of incident, Toronto EMS response time is between eight to 20 minutes.

Allergies: Black Creek Pioneer Village is a “nut-sensitive” facility: visitors are asked to bring only snacks that are free of nuts or nut products. If your group includes a student with food sensitivities or allergies, we asked that you make our staff aware beforehand, so that we can take the appropriate precautions.

Accessibility

There are hard-packed gravel roads throughout the Village and wooden boardwalks in several areas. The Visitor’s Centre and 14 of the historic buildings are accessible by wheelchair. Five buildings are partially accessible. Accessible washrooms are located in the Visitor’s Centre and the Event Pavilion.

Learn more about accessibility at  Black Creek Pioneer Village.