Once Upon a Time
Kindergarten/Grade 1 - Social Studies
Nursery rhymes are the focus of this fun program, where students see animals, feed the chickens, play games, and help with household chores.
Heritage and Citizenship - Relationships, Rules and Responsibilities
The Kindergarten Program, 2016 and Grade 1: Our Changing Roles and Responsibilities
1.5 hours, maximum 45 students

Everyday Structures
Grade 1 - Science and Technology
In this hands-on, participatory program, students use tools and models to simulate construction techniques as they examine barn frames, log buildings, and other structures.
Structures and Mechanisms – Everyday Structures
2 hours, maximum 60 students

Family and Community Traditions
Grade 2 – Social Studies
This program introduces students to a variety of events and festivals celebrated in the Region of Waterloo, including Eid, Hanukah, Diwali, and Chinese New Years. Combine with A Village Christmas 1914 to make a full day visit.
Heritage and Identity – Family and Community Traditions
2 hours, maximum 60 students (offered November and December)

A Village Christmas 1914
Grade 2 and 3 – Social Studies
Christmas and New Year are events used to demonstrate how traditions and celebrations are passed on, preserved, and changed. Students examine ethnic groups, as well as home and public celebrations. Combine with Family and Community Traditions to make a full day visit.
Grade 2 Heritage and Identity - Changing Family and Community Traditions
Grade 3 Heritage and Identity - Communities in Canada, 1780 to 1850
2 hours, maximum 90 students (offered November and December) 

Waterloo Wellington Children’s Groundwater Festival
Grade 2 to 5
The program covers a variety of Science and Technology, and Heritage and Citizenship units.
Full day, no student limit, free bussing when applicable
Runs on specific dates in May. 
For more information visit www.wwcgf.com 

Strong and Stable Structures
Grade 3 – Science and Technology/Social Studies
This program focuses on structures, building upon the material learned in Grade 1 with an emphasis on what makes a building stable. Students look at joints, struts, braces, ties, and more in a variety of structures on site.
Structures and Mechanisms - Strong and Stable Structures
Heritage and Identity - Communities in Canada: 1780 to 1850
2 hours, maximum 60 students

Communities in Canada 1780 to 1850 – half day
Grade 3 – Social Studies – Heritage and Identity
In our half-day version of this program, we take an integrated, interactive look at the three main communities in southwestern Ontario during this time period. We examine how First Nations, European settlers, and settlers of African descent lived and interacted.
Heritage and Identity - Communities in Canada, 1780 to 1850
2 hours, maximum 75 students

Communities in Canada 1780 to 1850 – full day
Grade 3 – Social Studies – Heritage and Identity
In our full-day version of this program, we compare how First Nations, European settlers, and settlers of African descent lived and interacted during this period. Students will compare the similarities and differences between these three main communities in southern Ontario as they visit the main museum gallery, historic village buildings, and take part in hands-on activities.
Heritage and Identity - Communities in Canada, 1780 to 1850
4 hours, maximum 120 students

Communities in Canada 1780 to 1850
Grade 3 – Social Studies
Enjoy a half-day or full-day version of this program, which examines the lives of First Nations, European settlers, and settlers of African descent in southern Ontario during this period. Students will compare the similarities and differences between these groups as they visit the main museum gallery, historic village buildings, and take part in hands-on activities.
Heritage and Identity - Communities in Canada, 1780 to 1850
Half day, maximum 60 students; full day, maximum 120 students

First Peoples Springtime Education Days
Grade 3 to 5 – Heritage and Identity
First Nations, Métis and Inuit Connections
In the days leading up to National Indigenous Peoples Day, students learn about the history and current realities of the Region's First Nations, Métis, and Inuit populations. A variety of activities, including dance, music, art, and traditional teachings by Elders, are presented in partnership with the Waterloo Region District and Waterloo Catholic District School Boards.
Program content relates to many studies in history and social studies across the curriculum.
Full day, maximum 140 students per day (June 17 to 19, 2020)

Amazing Machines
Grade 4 – Science and Technology
Students are challenged to use the seven simple machines and their problem solving skills to deal with real life issues. Devices such as block and tackles and winches are used by students in full scale.
Structures and Mechanisms - Pulleys and Gears
2 hours, maximum 60 students

First Peoples Autumn Education Days
Grade 5 to 8 – Heritage and Identity
First Nations, Métis and Inuit Connections
Students learn about the history and current realities of the Region's First Nations, Métis and Inuit populations. Educational programming, presented in partnership with the Waterloo Region District and Waterloo Catholic District School, includes dance, crafts, art, and traditional teachings by Elders.
Program content relates to many studies in history and social studies across the curriculum.
Full day, maximum 400 students per day (September 24 to 26, 2019)

Louis Riel Days
Grade 5 to 8 – Heritage and Identity
First Nations, Métis and Inuit Connections
This program focuses on key events surrounding the life and death of Louis Riel. All activities, including the raising of the Métis flag, workshops, Métis and Voyageur games, music, and others are presented in cooperation with the Grand River Métis Council.
Program content relates to many studies in history and social studies across the curriculum.
Full day, maximum 120 students (November 12 and 13, 2019)

Taking Flight 
Grade 6 – Science and Technology
Connect your classroom studies into flight and biodiversity with two new feature gallery exhibits, Birds of Prey and Going Places: Past Present Future. A combination of curriculum related activities in the museum galleries, mixed with time for independent exploration, makes for a meaningful, science-based learning opportunity.
Structures and Mechanisms, Life Systems
2 hours, maximum 60 students (September through December)

Forest Festival
Grade 6 and 7 – Science and Technology, Social Studies, Geography
Through hands-on interactive activities, students learn several key messages: the importance of the forest life zone, forest ecosystems, species at risk, stewardship and conservation, and climate change.
Program content relates to many studies in science and geography across the curriculum.
Full day program, maximum 500 students per day (October 9 and 10, 2019) 

Canada:  A Changing Society – (half day or full day)
Grade 8 to 10 - History
In this program, students learn about lifestyles, technology, and the factors of social change in 1914. Through a variety of activities, from health and medicine to leisure and entertainment, students gain firsthand insight into life over 100 years ago.
Grade 8: History - Canada: A Changing Society
Half day or full day, maximum 120 students

Berlin to Kitchener in the Great War
Grade 10 - History
Technology, soldiers, women's history, and a name change. What happened in Waterloo County and Berlin in the First World War? Combine this program with Canada: A Changing Society for a full day experience.
Canadian History Since World War I – Academic and Applied
2 hours, maximum 80 students

Great War Education Days
Grade 10 - History
This is an event-style program offered in partnership with the History Matters Association, a Great War re-enactor organization. Bringing a wide variety of collected First World War artifacts and paraphernalia, enthusiastic presenters display military fashions of the different nations; run battle school; explain equipment through demonstration; discuss the role of women in the war; address life on the home front; and run students through a coordinated battle re-enactment.
Full day, maximum 400 students per day (September 30 and October 1, 2019)

For more information about any of our School Programs contact:
Michael Van Huisseling
Education Coordinator 
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