Educational Trips

Enjoy a day of learning or fun and bring your class, Scouting or Guiding group for a full or half-day Ontario Curriculum-based field trip.

What you learn

We will teach your group the following:

  • Technological, and scientific themes related to Alexander Graham Bell
  • Social themes related to the Bell family and the late 19th century

What's included

We offer our programs year-round unless we let you know otherwise. We will also come to your classroom if we are available. All of our programs include:

  • An interactive tour of the Bell Homestead and Henderson Home
  • Hands-on activities or experiments
  • Making calls with our 1930's telephones

Rates

All of our rates are below and prices are per student. Teachers, chaperones and EA's are free.

Educational program options and rates
OptionRate
Half-day $5.00
Half-day visit (we come to you) $5.25
Full-day $10.00
Full-day (we come to you) $10.50

Half day programs

We offer a wide variety of half day, two-hour programs.

Music in Motion – grades jk to 3 (The Arts, Science and Technology)

Curriculum Links:

  • Music
  • Materials; Objects and Everyday Structures; Energy in our Lives

Alexander Graham Bell dreamed of being a concert pianist. You will explore sound and music by making a rhythm instrument, move to music, and create art to go with the music.

Living in a Material World – grades jk to 2 (Science and Technology)

Curriculum Links:

  • Materials; Objects and Everyday Structures; Properties of Liquids and Solids

By testing them, Alexander Graham Bell knew what materials to use to build his telephone, airplane, and hydrofoil. You will investigate the properties of different materials through hands-on experiments. You will compare the materials and objects the Bell's used in their home to what we use today.

Boats that Float – grades 2 to 4 (Science and Technology)

Curriculum Links:

  • Properties of Liquids and Solids

Alexander Graham Bell built a hydrofoil in his later years. You will explore the properties and behaviours of various liquids and then compete to build the best floating boat.

The Mystery of Magnets – grades 3 to 6 (Science and Technology)

Curriculum Links:

  • Forces Causing Movement; Properties and Changes in Matter

Alexander Graham Bell's telephone worked using magnets. You will test metals, see magnetic fields, try making your own magnet, and look at how magnets are used in your everyday life.

The Sound of Science – grades 3 to 6 (Science and Technology)

Curriculum Links:

  • Light and Sound

Through hands-on experiments you will learn about the properties of sound and its importance to the invention of the telephone.

Exploring Electricity – grades 3 to 6 (Science and Technology)

Curriculum Links:

  • Conservation of Energy and Resources; Electricity and Electrical Devices

Alexander Graham Bell's invention of the telephone began with his work with electricity. You will conduct electrical experiments and compare life before electricity to today.

Towering Tetrahedrons – grades 3 to 6 (Science and Technology)

Curriculum Links:

  • Strong and Stable Structures; Forces Acting on Structures and Mechanisms

Alexander Graham Bell experimented with a variety of strong and stable structures to build his kites. His solution was the tetrahedral cell. You will test different structures for stability and see the strength and stability in a house.

Dr. Bell Sees the Light – grades 4 to 6 (Science and Technology)

Curriculum Links:

  • Light and Sound

Alexander Graham Bell used sunlight instead of wires to transmit sound through a special telephone he called the photophone. You will explore the properties and behaviours of light, see how it works with other materials, and see how people in the 1800s used light in their homes.

Inventing the Future – grades 5 to 8 (History)

Curriculum Links:

  • Canada – A Changing Society

You will explore inventions throughout history, identify what makes an invention succeed or fail, look at its impact on the environment, draw up your own invention plans, and critique each other's inventions.

Project Telephone – grades 5 to 8 (Science and Technology; History)

Curriculum Links:

  • Forms and Functions; Systems in Action
  • Canada – A Changing Society

Alexander Graham Bell invented the telephone in 1874. The technology hasn't changed, but the form has. You will analyse and critique the functionality of 20th century telephones and create a model for a new telephone.

Flights of Fancy – grades 6 to 8 (Science and Technology)

Curriculum Links:

  • Flight; Form and Function

Alexander Graham Bell did many experiments with kites and early airplanes. You will investigate the properties of air and flight and make a kite just like Mr. Bell's.

Holidays at the Homestead – grades jk to 8 (Social Studies)

Curriculum Links:

  • Traditions and Celebrations

The Holiday season is celebrated differently all over the world. You will:

  • learn how some traditions started
  • tour the homestead decorated for a Victorian Christmas
  • bake Hogmanay cookies in our 19th century kitchen
  • learn about other cultural holiday traditions including Hanukah and Kwanza
  • make a seasonal craft.

This program is offered in December only and we can have up to 60 students.

Full day programs

You can mix any two of our half day programs or select one of our following full day programs which are four hours in length each.

Judging Aleck – grades 7 to 8 (Art; History)

Curriculum Links:

  • Drama and Dance
  • British North America; Canada – A Changing Society

Our interactive program include tours, drama, and reading and writing activities. You will learn the influences and events that resulted in Alexander Graham Bell's invention of the telephone. You will also analyze competing claims to the telephone. In a mock court session you present your arguments for and against Alexander Graham Bell.

Habitat Homestead – grades jk to 6 (offered May and June only)

You will explore the natural environment around the Bell Homestead through a series of activity stations, including use of resources, plant and animal identification, baking in the historic kitchen, and making a craft. We can have up to 160 students and it can also be booked as a half-day program upon request.

Sense and Sensibility – grades jk to 6 (offered May and June only)

You will explore the five senses through a series of activity stations, including an archaeological dig, cooking in the historic kitchen, and making a craft. We can have up to 160 students and this can also be booked as a half-day program upon request.

Scouting and Guiding badge programs

Our school field trips are flexible to help kids in all levels of scouting and guiding earn their badges. Book your program on an evening, weekend or at an overnight “camp” in our visitor centre. Speak to our education coordinator for more details.

Scouting and Guiding program options and rates
OptionRate
Half-day $5.00
Overnight $30.00

Contact us

You can call us or email us to book or for more information.