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Education Programs

Green Venture offers sustainable living tours of EcoHouse year round.   During the school year, curriculum based tours are available for teachers who wish to take their students on a half-day environmentally focused field trip to Green Venture’s one-of-a-kind EcoHouse headquarters.

EcoHouse is Southern Ontario’s only retrofitted environmental demonstration home that offers a unique opportunity to educators to show their students how to live more sustainably.  Visitors will see many environmentally friendly technologies and behaviours while touring the 150-year-old historically designated home and 2-acre property.  Sustainable living practices such as natural gardening, composting and vermicomposting, rain water collection, energy conservation, waste reduction and wise water use will be explained and demonstrated to students to show how they too can make changes to live more sustainably.

Tours are available for:

  • school groups
  • home schoolers
  • Girl Guide and Boy Scouts
  • other youth groups
  • adult community organizations, groups, and club

To Book a Tour or Presentation 

Please email or call 905-540-8787, ext 154 to book a program.


Groups of seven or more visitors wishing a guided tour must pre-book for an Education Program.

Education Programs are conducted by EcoHouse staff in conjunction with volunteers and run around 2 hours, depending on your interests and program desires. We will adapt the Education Program to meet your specific needs. Education programs cost $6.00 per visitor, included HST (effective Jan 1, 2015- prices subject to change). There is a minimum charge of $42.00

Tour Types

General Sustainability Tours

 If you would like to bring your class to EcoHouse for a general tour on sustainable or “greener” living, you can expect to cover a broad range of topics such as recycling and composting, energy conservation, renewable energy, sustainable transportation, wise water use, and organic gardening. Many environmentally friendly technologies and behaviors will be demonstrated to inspire students to make positive changes in their own homes and school.  A historical component is also included as the heritage of EcoHouse and its original inhabitants is described and explored through maps, photos, architecture and artefacts.  This includes an interactive tour of EcoHouse and two 30-minute hands-on activities.

Tours can be modified to suit the specific needs of any group.  Programming is flexible.  Teachers are encouraged to discuss specific curriculum requirements with staff who will tailor a program to fit your needs.

Kindergarten – Wiggly Worms and Waste

Grade 1 – Green Adventure- A Quest for Less

Grade 2 – Don’t Let It Drip

Grade 3 – Soil: It’s More Than Just Dirt

Grades 4,5, & 6 – Watt a Waste

Grade 5 – Partnership Tour with Hamilton Steam and Technology Museum

Grade 6 & 7 – Biodiversity: Closing the Loop

Grade 8- Tap Water- A Precious Resource

Totally Transit Option – A FREE Sustainable Transportation program add-on to a regular Education Program. Hamilton Grade 5 classes only.

High School Tours

Grades 9-12 – High School Level Tours

Description of Tour:

A tour of EcoHouse will expose students to water and energy saving technologies and allow them to discover ways of conserving water and energy in their own homes and at school. This is also discussed during the Think Inside The Box activity, where students will have chose an item and present all the way it helps leads to living more sustainably. The outdoor part of the tour includes an Adopt-a-Tree activity and a discussion around air quality. Indoors, students will participate in two hands-on activities related to environmental issues such as climate change, habitat destruction, population growth, energy conservation, and waste management.

Please email or call 905-540-8787, ext 154 to book a program.

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Teacher Testimonial

"The EcoHouse tour provided the students with an excellent opportunity for environmental education outside the classroom.  The activities the students participated in were both interesting and interactive and served to enhance their awareness of water and energy conservation as well as waste reduction.

The tour leaders enthusiastically shared their knowledge and illicited a great deal of student involvement allowing them the opportunity to share their ideas and opinions.  In an era where we are faced with enormous environmental challenges, environmental education should be an integral part of our educational system.  By experiencing EcoHouse, the students recognized the important need to adopt a sustainable lifestyle.

EcoHouse was undoubtedly a worthwhile school trip and was thoroughly enjoyed by both the students and teachers.  Many of our students expressed their excitement about everything they had learned and commented on how "cool" the experience was.  We will definitely visit again!"

GT, St. Francis Xavier School