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Billings Estate National Historic Site

Programs are offered Wednesday to Friday during the months of May, June, September and October. All programs are available in both French and English. For more information about a particular program, or to book a program, please contact the Client Services Clerk at 613-247-4830 ext. 221. Monday to Friday from 9:30 am to 3 pm.

Living in the Past at the Billings Estate

This program allows teachers to customize their visit to meet their students’ needs. Visits are either a half day or full day, depending on the number of activities that you have planned. The cost for a half-day program (three activities) is $4 per student. Each additional activity costs $1 per student.

Each activity combines the history of the Billings family with hands-on activities and discussion.

  • Kindergarten to grade 4

Building from the ground up

Pioneers had to use whatever was available to build their new homes. Students will learn about construction techniques, the importance of natural resources and what home life was like by building their own log cabin.

  • Kindergarten to Grade 2: Math
  • Kindergarten to Grade 1: Science and Technology

Victorian games

Students will play children’s games from the past, learn why they were popular and what they tell us about that time.

  • Kindergarten to Grade 4: Health and Physical Education

Step into the kitchen

Discover how ingredients made their way from the field to the cupboard. Students will make their own snack– a batch of “nice breakfast cakes” and freshly churned butter.

  • Kindergarten, grades 1 and 4: Math
  • Grades 2 to 3: Science and Technology

Mapping the community

Explore the Billings Estate, its history and community through maps. Students will learn how to read them and create their own maps of the estate.

  • Grades 1 to 4: Social Studies

Let’s get growing

Students will learn about the pioneer vegetable garden and the lifecycle of plants. Students will get to help out in the garden while learning about locally grown food.

  • Kindergarten to Grade 4: Science and Technology
  • Grade 3: Social Studies

Get to work!

Students will learn about pioneer chores through role-play. They will dress up like pioneers to do chores, while their classmates guess what their responsibilities are.

  • Kindergarten, Grade 3: Science and Technology
  • Grades 1 to 3: Social Studies
  • Grade 2: The Arts

Exploring the cemetery

Learn about local families with this outdoor scavenger hunt. Students will use math skills to understand tombstones and make rubbings to show off their findings.

  • Grades 1 to 3: Social Studies
  • Grades 1 to 4: Math

Herbs and their uses

Lamira Billings was a well-known herbal healer. Students will learn how she used herbs in food and medicine and get the chance to make herbal tea to take home.

  • Kindergarten to grade 4: Science and Technology

What’s that?

Students will examine objects used in the everyday lives of the Billings. Students will compare them with today’s objects.

  • Kindergarten to grade 2: Science and Technology
  • Grade 3: Social Studies

Light show

Learn how the Billings kept their homes lit up at night and how lighting has changed since then. Try shadow puppets, an old-fashioned parlour game.

  • Kindergarten to grade 3: The Arts
  • Grades 1, 4: Science and Technology

Making the band

Music was an important part of Victorian life. Students will learn how music influenced culture and get the chance to make string, wind and percussion instruments and perform.

  • Kindergarten to grade 4: The Arts
  • Grades 2, 3: Social Studies
  • Grade 4: Science and Technology

Recycling the past

Early settlers never let anything go to waste. Students will learn how items could be re-used and compare them to today’s disposable products.

  • Kindergarten to grade 4: Science and Technology
  • Grade 2: Math
  • Grade 3: Social Studies

Lumbering Along the River, Can You Dig It? and Christmas at the Estate

Each program is a half-day and costs $4 per student. A cost of $1 per student can be added if teachers want to add activities from Living in the Past to any of these programs.

Lumbering Along the River – Grades 4 to 8

Learn what it’s like to be a lumberjack. Students will identify what trees were used for on the Billings Estate They will travel down the river and through the lumber camps and sawmills in a role-playing game. They will also learn about life in the shantytowns by playing traditional games and eating food from that time.

  • Grades 4 to 8: Social Studies
  • Grades 4, 5, 8: The Arts
  • Grade 4: Science and Technology

Can You Dig It? – Grades 5 to 8

Become an archaeologist for the day. Learn how to identify dig sites, tools and how to uncover hidden artifacts. Students will also learn to identify what they find and what it means about our history. Students will explore the entire estate to find out about the people who lived here. A house tour will follow. This program takes place both indoors and outdoors.

  • Grades 5 to 8: Social Studies
  • Grades 5 to 7: Science and Technology

Christmas at the Estate – Kindergarten to Grade 4

Enjoy Christmas traditions and learn about 19th-century life while baking gingerbread cookies, making heritage ornaments, staging a shadow puppet show and playing winter games outdoors. Find out how the holiday has changed over time.

  • Kindergarten: Personal and Social Development
  • Kindergarten to Grade 4: The Arts
  • Kindergarten, Grade 4: Math
  • Grades 1 to 4: Science and Technology
  • Grades 1 to 3: Social Studies

Bytown Museum


Historical tours of Ottawa’s oldest stone building

Available for all grades

The museum’s collection, building and location are the perfect combination to explore Canada’s history! Tailor your tour to your current in class activities. Our historical tours focus on military history, pioneers, Confederation, the buildings history and life in Victorian Canada.

Interactive components can include:

  • Pioneer Costumes, old fashioned toys and coits
  • Writing with chalk and slate

Cost: 60 minute program is $4.50 per student, 90 minute is $5.50 per student. (1 free adult supervisor with every 8 students)


Builders of the City: Past and Present

Available for all grades

Come and learn about the people and events that shaped both the city and the community that make up Canada’s National Capital. This program has been designed to connect to Social Sciences Curriculum.

Cost: 60 minute program is $4.50 per student (1 free adult supervisor with every 8 students)

Ottawa Stories

Available for all grades

Explore the history of Ottawa through stories of famous, infamous and forgotten residents. In this program, students will engage with the museum’s collection and special exhibitions through language arts based activities

Cost: 60 minute program is $4.50 per student (1 free adult supervisor with every 8 students)

 All rates include HST

Reserve a tour or program


Cumberland Heritage Village Museum

Our school programs are tied with the education objectives established by the Ontario Ministry of Education. The Cumberland Heritage Village Museum school programming gives students an up-close, hands-on exploration of the skills, lifestyles and challenges of past generations. Our programs are approximately 2 hours.

From Farm to Table: May to September – JK to Grade 3

This guided education program is designed to give students the opportunity to learn about a variety of animals on a family farm and discuss the importance of livestock for work, food, clothing, transportation, health and companionship.  Children will learn about safety surrounding farms and farm animals and will be invited to share their own knowledge.

Please note there are two separate options for this program:  Option 1 includes horses, geese, pigs and ducks.  Option 2 includes cows, chickens, turkeys, and rabbits.  Please note that substitution of animals may need to occur.

  • Kindergarten: Science and Technology; Health and Physical Activity
  • Grade 1: Health and Physical Education; Science and Technology; Social Studies
  • Grade 2: Health and Physical Education; Science and Technology; Social Studies
  • Grade 3: Health and Physical Education; Science and Technology; Social Studies

Discovering Dairy Products: May to September – JK to Grade 2

This guided education program introduces students to milk production in the 1920s and 1930s.  Students will learn about milking cows; breeds of cows; and the different products produced from milk.

  • Kindergarten: Personal and Social Development; Science and Technology; Health and Physical Activity
  • Grade 1: Health and Physical Education; Science and Technology
  • Grade 2: Science and Technology

From Kinder “Garden” and Up!: May and June – JK to Grade 3

This guided education program introduces students to the variety of herbs and vegetables that would have grown on farms in the 1920s and 1930s.  Students will plant their own fruits or vegetables and learn about fruit and vegetable life cycles.

  • Kindergarten: Science and Technology; Health and Physical Activity
  • Grade 1: Science and Technology; Social Studies
  • Grade 2: Science and Technology; Social Studies
  • Grade 3: Science and Technology; Social Studies

Waste Not, Want Not: May to October – JK to Grade 5

In this guided education program, students will learn about different methods used by people in the 1920s and 1930s to stretch their resources further.  Reduce, reuse, recycle is not a new idea!  Topics include: food preparation and preserving; sewing clothing; and other grade specific topics.

  • Kindergarten: Science and Technology
  • Grade 1: Science and Technology; Social Studies
  • Grade 2: Science and Technology; Mathematics
  • Grade 3: Science and Technology; Social Studies
  • Grade 4: Science and Technology
  • Grade 5: Science and Technology

A Lesson in Learning: February to November – Grade 1 to Grade 6

This guided education program allows students to experience the life of a student in a one room schoolhouse using lesson plans based on those from the 1920s and 1930s.  Students will study a social studies lesson and either a language or math lesson.

Please note there are two separate options for this program: Option 1 includes Social Studies, Traditional Games, and Math exercises.  Option 2 includes Social Studies, Traditional Games, and Language exercises.

  • Grade 1: Social Studies; Health and Physical Education; Mathematics / Language
  • Grade 2: Social Studies; Health and Physical Education; Mathematics / Language
  • Grade 3: Social Studies; Health and Physical Education; Mathematics / Language
  • Grade 4: Social Studies; Health and Physical Education; Mathematics / Language
  • Grade 5: Social Studies; Health and Physical Education; Mathematics / Language
  • Grade 6: Social Studies; Health and Physical Education; Mathematics / Language

(maximum of 25 students per program)

Exploring the Village: May to October – All ages (no additional fees)

This self-guided visit of the museum allows for further exploration about rural life in Eastern Ontario during the 1920s and 1930s.  Visitors will discover the sawmill, forge, pump manufacturer, the “Imperial” service station, print show as well as explore farm houses.  Visit the heritage breed animals and examine the heritage gardens all of which serve as reminders of an economy based on agriculture, trade and industrialization.

Fees: The cost for one program is $4.10 per student. Each additional program costs $1 per student.

Availability: Wednesday to Friday from 9:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. Fully bilingual staff is on site at all times.

Diefenbunker: Canada's Cold War Museum

The Diefenbunker is one of the most unique educational sites in Canada. Come visit the museum with your class or school tour group and let participants experience the complexities of the Cold War first-hand.

Tours of the Diefenbunker allow students to immerse themselves in the Cold War and experience Canadian history from a perspective unlike any other. The Diefenbunker offers curriculum programs with links to social studies, language arts, science, mathematics, and visual arts.

Design your own field trip

Our programming is flexible to allow you and your class to get the most out of your field trip to the museum.

75 – 90 minute programs

Start your visit with a tour of the building, tailored for your group, followed by a short 15-30 minute workshop. Choose from one of the following:

  • Tour + Rex Zero Workshop (Grades 3-6)
    • What’s a Cold War?
    • Strong and Stable Structures
    • Tour + Daily Life in the Diefenbunker (Grades 7-12)

Half-day and full-day programs (120 – 240 minute programs)

Start your visit with a tour of the building, tailored for your group, followed by one or two 60-75 minute programs. Choose from the following:

  • Emergency Preparedness (Gr. 4-8)
  • Art and Peacebuilding (Gr. 4-8)
  • Morse Code and Communications (Gr. 4-5)
  • The Bunker as a Habitat (Gr. 4)
  • Functions of Government (Gr. 5)
  • Emergency Government (Gr. 5-8)
  • Electricity and Communications (Gr. 6)
  • Systems and the Bunker (Gr. 8)
  • The Berlin Wall (Gr. 8)

Not sure what you’re looking for? Call us and let us design a program to meet your needs. We can offer add-ons such as paper-bag lunch and movies, and can work with you to focus on content you are covering in class. Email tours@diefenbunker.ca or call 613 839 0007 x 225.

To reserve, please fill out our Reservation Request Form.

For more information on curriculum links, teacher resources, and a teacher checklist, see Resources for Educators.

The museum is open year-round, excluding Christmas and New Year’s Day. Tours are offered daily Monday to Sunday from 9:00am to 4:00pm (special requests can be accommodated after 4:00pm).  Tours are offered in English or French (with advance notice) and can be schedule for 60 or 90 minutes.  Please book at least two weeks prior as space is limited.

Fairfields Heritage House

Take your class to Fairfields for our unique school programs. Contact the Nepean Museum for more information at 613-580-9638, or museums@ottawa.ca.

Goulbourn Museum

Costumed interpreters are happy to make classroom presentations and offer an interactive and hands-on artefact discussion. We will also play our popular artefact memory game and, if time permits, let a lucky few try on clothing from the pioneer days.

The Museum does not charge schools for classroom presentations. Yes, you read that correctly – classroom presentations are free!

Call 613-831-2393 or email for more information.

Nepean Museum

For information about programs, please contact (613) 580-9638 or email museums@ottawa.ca

Osgoode Township Museum

The Osgoode Township Museum now offers many exciting educational programs based on the lifestyles of the pioneers and early settlers.  Our programs can be coupled with a guided tour of the museum’s exhibits and artifacts, or they can be stand-alone programs held at the museum or at another location such as your school or community centre as part of our History To-Go travelling programs.  All programs are facilitated by our museum representatives.

Educational Museum Workshops are designed for participants ages six and up, with a maximum of 30 participants per workshop.

The fee for all educational programs, including on-site museum programs and our travelling programs is $5.00 per participant.  A museum representative will be present to lead each workshop.

If you wish to deliver an Educational Program to your class or community group on your own, Program Kits can be rented out for a week at a time, and cost $50.00 per kit.

The following is a list of the Educational Programs & Workshops which the Osgoode Township Museum is currently offering:

Fun with Canadian Folk-Music!

This program brings to life the songs and music of early Canada.  Children will learn how to sing and dance to the songs of the fishermen, farmers, fur trappers, sailors and more!  English and French-Canadian songs will be featured, and there be lots of moving and shaking involved for those kids who like to keep busy!

 Before the Ballpoint: 19th Century Writing  

This program explores the history and origins of writing from its very beginnings up to the time of the early settlers.  Program participants will learn how to make homemade paper and will create their very own quill pens!  Everyone is then invited to write a letter to a friend by trying their hand at 19th century writing using their feathers with an inkwell!

Pioneer Toys and Games

This program takes a look at the many different toys and games of days gone by that were popular with pioneer children.  Program participants will learn how to play some of these games, and will have the opportunity to make a pioneer toy of their own, which they will be able to keep after the workshop!

Pioneer Clothing: Fibres, Fabric and Fashion on the Farm

This program explores the natural fibres that were readily available to the pioneers, and takes a look at how women would turn these fibres into thread, wool, and fabric. Participants will have the opportunity to try out some simple needle-craft, weaving and sewing exercises.  There will be time set aside to try on pioneer-style clothing and pose for and “olden-day” black and white photograph!

From Cow to Churn: Old Fashioned Butter-Making

*Program extension can include making Ice-Cream!

Program participants will take a look at how butter is made the old-fashioned way, beginning with the milking of the cow, each step in the process will be explained.  Program participants will then experience making their own butter through a hands-on workshop culminating with a chance to taste the fruits of their labour!

Curator for a Day: Design a Diorama!

This program explores the role of the curator in a museum.  A discussion with program participants will follow where participants will be invited to share their experiences at the various museums they have visited in the past.  Everyone will then use a shoebox to create their very own museum diorama based on a variety of different themes relating to pioneer life & farming.

Please do not hesitate to contact us to book your next program, or to request additional information.  It would be our pleasure to answer any questions you may have, and we would be happy to assist you with the selection of a museum workshop to suit your specific needs – call us at 613-821-4062 

Pinhey's Point Historic Site


All of our programs meet the Ontario Curriculum and are designed to take advantage of the beauty at Pinhey’s Point.

Wild Builders: Kindergarten to Grade 4

Learn how animals build their homes. Search for spider webs, birds’ nests, beaver dams, beehives, and groundhog’s holes among others. Do crafts, play games and enjoy other fun activities.

  • Kindergarten – Visual Arts, Science and Technology, Mathematics;
  • Grades 1 & 2 – Visual Arts, Science and Technology, Drama;
  • Grade 3 – Science and Technology, Heritage and Citizenship;
  • Grade 4 – Science and Technology

River Stories: Grades 2 to 4

Discover the people who have relied on the Ottawa River throughout history and learn about the people who settled along its shores. Students will discover how the river was once used as a main transportation route and what life was like for the Pinhey family and others who first settled in March Township almost 200 years ago.

  • Grade 2 – Social Studies, Science and Technology, The Arts;
  • Grade 3 – Social Studies, Science and Technology, The Arts;
  • Grade 4 – Social Studies, Science and Technology, The Arts.

We are all Connected! Grades 4 to 7

Students can learn about natural food chains, habitats, and ecosystems first hand, by taking a hike through the bush to identify animal habitats, playing games to reinforce lessons, and discovering how we are connected to the world around us.

  • Grade 4 – Science and Technology, Health and Physical Education;
  • Grade 6 – Science and Technology, Health and Physical Education;
  • Grade 7 – Science and Technology, Social Studies, Health and Physical Education

Activity add-ons

The following activities are short workshops that can be added to other programs. Each additional activity is 30 minutes in length and costs $1 per child.

  • Old Fashioned Games: Students can learn how kids had fun back then: play old-fashioned games like tug-o-war, Game of Graces, and marbles, Students can make their own toy to take home.
  • Geoheritage: Children will use GPS for a scavenger hunt around the site to discover how records hidden in local rocks can reveal what life was like billions of years ago in the Ottawa Valley.
  • Bonkers for Botany: Discover different kinds of plants at Pinhey’s Point. Learn how to find out which are useful or unsafe. Find some you can eat!
  • Bug Hunt: Students will learn how to spot different bugs and how they are important.
  • Learn to Churn: Explore how pioneer children used to make milk and butter for their families. Students get to taste their own ice cream and butter.

Booking information:

Book visits Tuesday to Friday from 9 am to 4 pm, from May 11th through the end of June. Fully bilingual staff are on site at all times.

Location: 270 Pinhey’s Point Road, Dunrobin, Ottawa (35 minutes from downtown Ottawa)

Cost: $4/participant per program; you can also choose an activity add-on for an extra $1/participant. All fees must be paid prior to participation in the program.

Group size: Groups are limited to a maximum of 60 children plus teachers and supervisors.

Phone 613-832-4347 May through June and 613-247-4830 x225 September to April to book your program. The Education and Interpretation Programs Officer will contact you to arrange your visit. Faxed or emailed confirmation will verify your booking. Pre-booking is required for all group visits. The Education and Interpretation Programs Officer can assist you in planning the details of your visit.

Vanier Museopark

The Muséoparc Vanier Museopark® offers students a rich learning environment. Its activities are aimed at supporting the work of teachers, and follow the Ontario curriculum, including its language development policies.

Activities for students


Our activities on how people first lived where we do are designed to make children wonder how life would have been for them without the convenience of modern objects. With the help of a historical interpreter, many interesting artifacts and a selection of interactive activities, students can explore how First Nations, Pioneers first lived in New France.

  • Once upon a time… Life in the days of the Pioneers.          Kindergarten and Grade 1
  • Smarter Barter                                                                             Grade 2, 3 and 4
  • A Chasse Through History                                                        Grade 2, 3 and 4
  • In Search of Occupation in New France                                 Grade 4, 5 and 6
  • My wigwam is your Wigwam                                                     Grade 2, 3, 4 and 5


Children love Maple Syrup, but do they know how this traditional Canadian delicacy is produced? Museoparc Now offers four different workshops of different difficulty levels for apprentices of all ages!

  • Sweet Bites of Maple                                                                Kindergarten and Grade 1
  • Maple on the Table                                                                   Grade 2, 3 and 4
  • Crazy for Taffy                                                                            Grade 4, 5 and 6
  • Sweet treasures in the Heart of Vanier                                 Grade 6, 7 and 8


offered during the fall and spring only, these programs are designed to according to the Ontario curriculum of Science and Technology. They aim to show the richness of the forest located in the Richelieu Park and its unique ecosystem. They include theory and nature exploration.

  • Following Animal Tracks                                                       Grade 1 and 2
  • Apprentice Ornithologist                                                       Grade 1 and 2
  • The Sect of Insects                                                                  Grade 3 and 4
  • Ambivalent Plants                                                                   Grade 3 and 4


Museoparc Vanier offers Arts and Crafts programs to schools who choose to stay for a longer time period and want to supplement their learning experience with hands on activity. They are designed based on the Ontario curriculum for Arts.

  • Paper Quilling                                                                         Grade 1 to 6
  • Toys and Pioneers                                                                  Grade 1 to 6
  • The Talking Stick                                                                   Grade 1 to 6
  • Paw prints and sculptures                                                   Grade 1 to 6



• A preparatory session in the classroom given by one of our ambassadors.

• A visit to the Muséoparc Vanier Museopark® with educational activities organized by the Museopark’s team and volunteers.

• An activities kit distributed to teachers to help them follow up and focus more deeply on what was learned once they are back in the classroom.


Educational programs are provided throughout the school year from 9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. Each activity lasts 90 minutes.

Inquiring Minds

Watson's Mill

Watson’s Mill provides exceptional curriculum based educational programs that are ideal for elementary level classes, as well as special interest groups such as the Girl Guides or Scouts. Our hands-on approach is designed to encourage student participation and exploration.

Our programs are tailored to suit each group’s individual needs and aim to cover core curriculum points in Science and Technology, Mathematics, Social Studies, History, and Geography.

Programs are available weekdays from May – OctoberEach program costs $4.00 per participant, with free admission for teachers and chaperones.

Please note that our educational programs require advance reservations, and groups arriving without reservations cannot be accommodated. Contact the Programming and Visitor Experience Officer at 613-692-6455 or programs@watsonsmill.com to start planning your visit today!

Our Most Popular Program: Simple Machines
This program explores the use of Simple Machines (levers, inclined planes, wheels & axles, wedges, pulleys, and the screw) and how they are used to make work in our everyday lives easier. Watson’s Mill is filled with simple machines and students will be able to explore their uses through a variety of hands-on-activities.

Appropriate for Grades 2-4

Core Curriculum:

  • Gr 2: Science and Technology – Understanding Structures and Mechanisms, Movement
  • Gr 3:  Science and Technology – Understanding Structures and Mechanisms, Forces Causing Movement
  • Gr 4: Science and Technology – Understanding Structures and Mechanisms, Pulleys and Gears