Education Programs at Westfield

Education Programs at Westfield


Cathcart Schoolhouse

Westfield's Education Programs
Learn about the past in an immersive, multi-sensory environment that makes history come alive through hands-on activities and memorable experiences. All programs are developed with reference to the learning objectives outlined in the Ontario Curriculum.

2018 Program fees: $6.00 per student, and $11.00 for a full day program. There is no charge for teachers or supervising adults. Westfield has a three-week cancellation policy.

To book: Contact Westfield at 519-621-8851 or westfield@conservationhamilton.ca.


A Frozen Land - NEW!
Experience the joys and trials of winter in early Canada. Try your hand at traditional pioneer games and crafts, experience life in a one room schoolhouse, learn about Victorian strategies for keeping healthy and cozy up to the fire in the D'Aubigny Inn to learn about winter travel.

Grade Levels: Grades 1, 2, 3 and 5. ESL
Curriculum Links: Social Studies: Grade 1 Our Changing Roles and Responsivities, Grade 2 Changing Family and Community Traditions, Grade 3 Communities in Canada 1780-1850, Living and Working in Ontario, Grade 5 First Nations and Europeans in New France and Early Canada.

Program Offered: Mornings 10:00 - 11:30 from the last week of November to end of February.

A Frozen Land - Guide for Teachers


Secrets of the Pioneer Forest
Through discovering the fundamental connections between human activities and our natural world, students will increase their understanding of the need to protect the environment. This program considers the impacts of settlement, technology, agricultural practices and industry on water, soil, plants animal habitats, energy and food resources of Southern Ontario from the late 1700’s through to the early 20th century. Through hands-on activities and discussion, students will consider the ways in which our environment has changed over this period, and the lessons that can be learned for future action. This program can be booked as a half-day or a full day.

Grade Levels: Grades 4, 5, 6, 7, 8
Curriculum Links:

  • Social Studies: Grade 4 Political and Physical Regions of Canada, Grade 5 First Nations and Europeans in New France and Early Canada, The Role of Government and Responsible Citizenship, Grade 6 Communities in Canada, Past and Present, Grade 7 New France and British North America 1713 – 1800, Canada 1800 – 1850: Conflict and Challenges, Grade 8 Creating Canada 1850 – 1890, Canada 1890-1914: A Changing Society
  • Geography: Grade 7 Physical Environments, Grade 8 Physical Patterns in a Changing World, Natural Resources around the World: Use and Sustainability

Program Offered: Secrets of the Pioneer Forest I, 10:00 to 11:30 a.m. Secrets of the Pioneer Forest II, 12:30 – 2:00. May, June, September and October.

Secrets of the Pioneer Forest - Guide for Teachers


When Two Paths Meet:Indigenous and Settler Relations in Early Ontario - NEW!

This program focuses on the historical relationships between the many First Nations that lived across Turtle Island and the European settlers who arrived in what would later be called Canada.  This half day program includes four stations that each have an interactive elements and opportunity for discussion. This program considers the cultural impacts of treaties, the Reserve system, Residential schools and nation-to-nation relationships. A discussion of the Trust and Reconciliation Commission explores ways we can create a future based on mutual respect and understanding.

Grade Levels: Grade 5, 6, 7, 8.
Curriculum Links: Social Studies: Grade 5 First Nations and Europeans in New France and Early Canada, The Role of Government and Responsible Citizenship, Grade 6 Communities and Canada – Past and Present, Canada’s Interactions with the Global Community, Grade 7 New France and British North America – 1713-1800, Canada 1800 – 1850 Conflict and Challenges, Grade 8 Creating Canada 1850 – 1890, Canada 1890-1914 A Changing Society.

Program Offered: Mornings 10:00 - 11:30 or afternoons 12:30 to 2:00 April, May, June, September, October and November.

When Two Paths Meet - Guide for Teachers


Down on the Farm - Pioneers
Experience the joys and trials of pioneer life in Upper Canada with a visit to an early log home, straw-filled barn, rustic country inn and one room log schoolhouse. This program involves fun activities to help students learn about the many factors that impacted Upper Canadians farm families.

Grade Levels: Grades 1, 2, 3, 5 and ESL
Curriculum Links: Social Studies: Grade 1 Our Changing Roles and Responsibilities, Grade 2 Changing Family and Community Traditions, Grade 3 Communities in Canada 1780-1850, Living and Working in Ontario, Grade 5 First Nations and Europeans in New France and Early Canada.

Program Offered: Mornings 10:00 - 11:30 April, May, June, September, October, and November.

Down on the Farm - Guide for Teachers


Town Life
What was it like to live in a small town in Canada during the mid-late 19th century? Students will have an opportunity to learn about the responsibilities and expectations of a child in a Confederation-era home, the central importance of a general store, the impact of railways on small communities and the development and popularity of motion pictures at the turn of the century.

Grade Levels: Grades 1, 2, 3, 5 and ESL
Curriculum Links: Social Studies: Grade 1 Our Changing Roles and Responsibilities, Grade 2 Changing Family and Community Traditions, Grade 3 Communities in Canada 1780-1850, Living and Working in Ontario, Grade 5 First Nations and Europeans in New France and Early Canada.

Program Offered: Afternoons 12:30 – 2:00 April, May, June, September, October, and November.

Town Life - Guide for Teachers


A Child's Christmas
Westfield's beautifully decorated village is the setting for learning about how early Canadians prepared for Christmas. Students will visit a log home and discover traditional decorating techniques and Christmas foods. A stop at the Cathcart School will be an opportunity to create a lovely take-home holiday craft. At the Mountsberg Church, students will stage a traditional play, based on the original Christmas story.

Grade Levels: FDL, Grades 1, 2, 3 and ESL
Curriculum Links: FDL Belonging and Contributing, Grade 1 Our Changing Roles and Responsibilities, Grade 2 Changing Family and Community Traditions, Grade 3 Communities in Canada 1780-1850, Living and Working in Ontario.

Program Offered:  Mornings 10:00 - 11:30 or afternoons 12:30 – 2:00, last week of November and December.

A Child's Christmas - Guide for Teachers


The Sweet Taste of Spring – Maple Syrup
Mmm! Maple! Students will travel to four interactive stations to discover many tools and techniques used by both Indigenous and immigrant communities to transform maple sap into syrup and sugar.  A visit to the modern sugar shack will show how maple syrup is made today. Visit includes an opportunity to taste Westfield’s very own maple syrup.
Grade Levels: FDL, Grades 1, 2, 3 and ESL

Curriculum Links: FDL Belonging and Contributing, Grade 1 Our Changing Roles and Responsivities, Grade 2 Changing Family and Community Traditions, Grade 3 Communities in Canada 1780-1850, Living and Working in Ontario.

Program Offered:  Mornings 10:00 - 11:30 or afternoons 12:30 – 2:00, March.

Sweet Taste of Spring - Guide for Teachers


Village Explorers
An afternoon of adventure awaits you!  In this program students will journey with an interpreter to several of Westfield’s historical buildings.  Through engaging and unique hands-on experiences, your class will gain and understanding of life in 19th century Ontario.

We are happy to work with you if you have particular topics or interests that you would like your class to explore.  We can also suggest a variety of themes including home life, travel, technology, trades, food history, etc. Please feel free to contact us to discuss the possibilities.

Grade Levels: FDL, Grades 1, to 8 and ESL
Program Offered: Afternoons 12:30 – 2:00 January to December.


Make Your Own Film - New!
With its unique setting, period architecture and natural areas, Westfield is a popular site for commercial film companies. Why not bring your class to Westfield and make a film of your own? We provide the backdrop and unique setting, you provide the cast and camera.