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Waterloo Region Museum is the largest community museum in Ontario. Our main gallery tells the story of Waterloo Region and our feature gallery showcases local and traveling exhibits from around the world.

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2015/2016 Education Programs:

Mini Museum GoersPre-school Program Early Learning/Kindergarten Children are introduced to the gallery museum and community outings through fun activities on a variety of themes. Choose from program themes such as; Collecting, People in our Community, or Jobs and Working. Available January to April only. 1.5 hours, maximum 40 children.

Once Upon a Time – Kindergarten/Grade 1 – Social Studies Nursery rhymes are the theme in this fun program, where students can see animals, feed the chickens, play games and help with household chores. Heritage and Citizenship – Relationships, Rules and Responsibilities. 1.5 hours, maximum 45 students.

Everyday Structures Grade 1 – Science and Technology/Social Studies In this highly interactive program, students use tools and models to simulate construction techniques while examining barn frames, log buildings, and other structures. Structures and Mechanisms. Two 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. A good companion to the Village Christmas program. Heritage and Identity – Changing Family and Community Traditions. Two hours, maximum 60 students (offered November and December).

A Village Christmas 1914 Grade 2 and 3 – Social Studies Christmas and the New Year’s are the tools used to demonstrate how traditions and celebrations are passed on, preserved and changed. Students examine ethnic groups as well as home and public celebrations. Grade 2: Heritage and Identity – Changing Family and Community Traditions. Two hours, maximum 90 students.

Waterloo Wellington Children’s Groundwater Festival – Grades 2 to 5 – across curricular event/program Covers a variety of Science and Technology, and Heritage and Citizenship units. Full day, unlimited students, *free busing when applicable. For more information visit

Strong and Stable Structures  Grade 3- Science and Technology/Social Studies This structures program advances 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. Two hours, maximum 60 students.

Communities in Canada 1780 to 1850Half day Grade 3 – Social Studies – Heritage and Identity (replaces Early Settlement in Upper Canada). An integrated and highly interactive look at the three main communities in southwestern Ontario in this period. First Nations, African Canadians and European settlers. How they lived and interacted. Heritage and Identity – Communities in Canada, 1780 to 1850. Two hours, maximum 75 students.

Communities in Canada 1780 to 1850Full day Grade 3 – Social Studies – Heritage and Identity (replaces Early Settlement in Upper Canada). Our full-day version of this popular program. First Nations, African Canadians and European settlers. Comparisons of how they lived and interacted during this period. A more in-depth look at all three groups of people in Southern Ontario, students will see the majority of our historic buildings in this more comprehensive program with lots of great hands-on activities. Heritage and Identity – Communities in Canada, 1780 to 1850. Four hours, maximum 120 students.

Aboriginal Teaching Circle Grades 3 to 5 Social Studies – Heritage and Identity Aboriginal Perspectives: The Teachers Toolkit This program is offered in partnership with our Aboriginal friends in the local community. Students learn about the Haudenosaunee, Ojibway, Métis and Inuit through hands-on activities and a concluding pow wow. Hosted by the Waterloo Region Museum, but completely taught by members of our Aboriginal Communities. Four hours, maximum 100 students (offered on selected dates in the spring, fall, and winter).

Amazing MachinesGrade 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 Two hours, maximum 60 students.

Forest Festival Grade 6 and 7 – Science and Technology, Social Studies and Geography The Forest Festival teaches students several key messages; the importance of the Forest Life Zone, forest ecosystems, species at risk, stewardship, and conservation and climate change through hands-on interactive activities. Relates to many studies of science and geography across the curriculum. Full-day program, 500 students per day (October 7 and 8, 2015).

Heritage Fairs Program – Grade 6 to 10 – History and Geography Sign up for the Ontario Heritage Fairs Program. A great way to teach inquiry and historical thinking. Students use historical thinking skills to research and create their own exhibits to be judged at the school and at the Regional Fair, held at the Waterloo Region Museum each year. A variety of awards are available for student excellence. Numbers vary, The Heritage Fair program addresses the thrust of the new Social Studies, History and Geography curriculum. Regional Fair held annually in May.

First Peoples Festival – Grade 5 to 8 – Heritage and Identity, Aboriginal Perspectives: The Teachers Toolkit Learn about the history and current realities of the Region’s First Nations, Métis and Inuit population. A three-day educational festival presented in partnership with the local First Nations, Métis and Inuit communities and organizations. Dance, crafts, art, Elders and traditional teachings, current issues and more. Relates to many studies of history across the curriculum. Full day, maximum 400 students per day (September 29 to October 1, 2015).

Grassroots Groundwater – Grade 8 – Earth and Space Systems, and Water Systems A hands-on program where students work with real monitoring wells to map aquifers, measure draw down and compare surface and groundwater quality. Two hours, maximum 120 students Combine this program with ‘Canada: A Changing Society’ for a full day experience.

Canada: A Changing Society – half or full day Grade 8 and 10 – History In this program, students learn about lifestyles, technology, and the factors of social change in 1914. Teachers may select from a variety of activities from health and medicine to leisure and entertainment. Grade 8: History – Canada: A Changing Society. Half 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? Canadian History Since World War I – academic and applied Two hours, maximum 80 students Combine this program with ‘Canada: A Changing Society’ for a full day experience.

Aboriginal Issues Symposium Grades 9 to 12 – History and Native Studies The Secondary School Aboriginal Symposium is held spring and fall for students in both semesters. The day features a keynote speaker and break-out sessions dealing with current issues, treaties and the realities of the aboriginal community. Full day, maximum 300 students (October 2, 2015 and April 2016).

School Fairs and Special School Celebrations – Design your own day! Doon Heritage Village has hosted many school anniversaries and celebrations. We can work with you to plan your special whole-school day at Doon Heritage Village. A variety of activities are possible. Full day, unlimited numbers.

10 Huron Road, Kitchener, Ontario N2P 2R7
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