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Education Programs at Westfield

Westfield 's Education Programs

Westfield is excited to be able to offer on-site education field trips to our student visitors, and we are now accepting bookings for 2022/23.

Down on the Farm Education Program

We are easing back into our education field trips and are currently only offering our program, Down on the Farm. Explore the similarities and differences of families, groups, and communities living in the time period 1790-1850, their ways of living and the impact they had on the world around them.

Students will be guided through four learning stations by Westfield’s costumed educators and given opportunities to engage in a unique range of active learning experiences. 

Learning stations:

Take a seat in the 1845 Cathcart School and learn about life as a mid-19th century student.  Lessons and role-playing activities, based on mid-19th century subject matter and teaching methods, will give your students a first-hand glimpse of life in an early rural schoolhouse.

Individuals and families travelling in the period 1780 to 1850 faced extreme challenges; many caused by the environments in which they lived.  At the c. 1818 D’Aubigny Inn, students will identify the hazards of early travel and work together to create strategies for overcoming them.

Explore the direct connection between human activity and natural environments through a series of guided explorations.  Students will discover both the short and long-term impacts of humans living and working within natural spaces and how this can differ according to the individuals, groups or communities who encounter that environment. 

Keeping clean, healthy, and safe on a small, remote farm was hard work in the period 1780 to 1850.  Families had to find ways to overcome these challenges and all members had an important role in this.  Working in small teams, your students will learn how to care for health, home and farm through fun, hands-on activities.

This program runs from 10:00 a.m. to 1:45 p.m. The cost is $11.00 per student for a minimum of 20 students. Make sure to ask about our Balanced Day Schedule option and our Midday Lunch Schedule option. To book your trip please email us at or call 519-621-8851.

Need more information? Click here to view the Down on the Farm Teacher’s Package.

Additional Education Information

Remember to visit our History at Home page for additional activities to use with your students, or check out our virtual tour. This is a great option to explore Westfield both before your visit and as a follow-up after your visit.

If you are able to extend your day, our conservation area is great to explore all year round and is beautiful in every season. There are self-guided options including our game apps and scavenger hunts if you would like to arrange something extra to the onsite education program for your class, homeschool group or for other social activity groups. 

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