Grade 9+

To book a high school program or for more information: or call 705.748.9153 x218

Interested in our overnight programs? Download our brochure.

Interested in our overnight programs? Download our brochure.


Program cost per student: $8.00* for 1 program
Additional programs are $5.00*/student
*Fees are as listed above unless otherwise noted below. There are no additional taxes on education program fees. 3 teacher/parent admission fees included per class.

Programs are approximately 90 minutes long unless otherwise noted. You are welcome to stay after your staff-led programs for students to self-tour after your programs.

All Programs available in French or English

Treaty Canoe

An introduction to the historical treaty process, based on the Williams Treaty. Students carry out a simulated treaty negotiation, playing the roles of First Nations and government agents.  This program is a great exercise in critical thinking and negotiation, and inspires passionate engagement with the frustrations, inequities and different cultural perspectives of the participants in the treaty process.  Museum Animators facilitate the process and ensure there are more than a few surprises and ‘wows’ along the way.

Grade 10: Canadian History since World War I CHC2D (A1, B3, B1.1, B2), Aboriginal Peoples in Canada, NAC2O  (General Expectations)

Grade 11: Current Aboriginal Issues in Canada, NDA3M  (General Expectations)

Grade 12: Aboriginal Governance: Emerging Directions NDG4M, Canada: History, Identity, and Culture CHI4U

Kayak Discovery

A stimulating hands-on activity. Students are supplied with the pre-cut parts to build an eight-foot skin-on-frame kayak, based onMuseum’s collection. Introduction to the idea of kayak-building as a community task in traditional Inuit cultures where different members play distinct and crucial roles. Students work collaboratively in small groups. They discover the building method and order of operations that works best for their group and project. Students experience the problem-solving process and group-building exercise. They also get the deep satisfaction of seeing their efforts produce tangible results.

Grade 9-12 Visual Art AVI10,AV120,AVI3M,AVI4M and AVI4E General Expectations

Grade 9 Native Studies NAC10 Expressing Aboriginal Cultures

Grade 9-12 Canadian and World Studies

Grade 9-12 Business Studies (Problem Solving, Teamwork, Critical and Creative Thinking, Leadership, Strategic Planning)

Grade 12 Business Studies BOH4M, BOG4E

Grade 12 Health and Physical Education (Recreation and Fitness Leadership)

Full-Size Paddle Carving 

7.5 hrs, $75 (bass wood), $90 (ash)A one-day paddle-carving program for youth ages 15-18. Students carve a full-size, soft- or hardwood paddle to keep and use for years to come, using correct measurement techniques, spokeshaves, shave horses, calipers and palm sanders. Full-size paddle carving requires focus, perseverance and stamina — participants get a great deal of satisfaction from the tangible results of their hard work!  Read the Museum’s Education Coordinator’s blog post about a recent class visit for this program. No time for full-size? We have a 3-hour souvenir-size (24″) paddle-carving program.


Soapstone Carving

Hands-on experience of soapstone carving in the context of our Arctic Galleries and Inuit artifacts.

90-minute Soapstone Carving: carve from a 2×3″ block that is pre-shaped to most easily be worked into the mouse or bear sculptures, but which is very open to abstract and other ideas. $8/participant

3-hour Loon Carving: start with a “blank” made from a 4×6″ block and create a silky smooth sculpture in the iconic loon shape. $15/participant

Grade 9-12 Arts (Developing Creativity, Communicating, Understanding Culture, Making Connections)

Grade 9 Visual Arts AVI10 (A1, A3.1, C2.1)

Grade 9 Native Studies NAC10 Expressing Aborginal Cultures

Grade 10 Visual Arts AVI20 (A1.2, A2.2.,A3.1,B2.1,B2.2,B2.3,C1.2)

Grade 10 Civics and Citizenship CHV20 (C2.1)

Grade 11 Visual Arts AVI3M (A3.1, A3.2, C2.1) AVI13O (A2.1, A3.1)

Grade 12 Visual Arts AVI14M (A3.2) AVI14E (A2.1)


Watercolour Painting

An exploration of watercolour painting techniques.  Our staff works with small groups of students to introduce watercolour techniques, and draws attention to the forms of artistic expression throughout the Museum from different periods. Participants are then free to set up throughout the Museum’s galleries – wherever they find most inspiration – to complete 1 to 2 small paintings. At the end of the program, we gather to frame and celebrate the participants’ works.

Grade 9-12 (Developing Creativity, Communicating, Understanding Culture, Making Connections)

Grade 9 Visual Arts AVI10 (A1, A3.1, C2.1)

Grade 10 Visual Arts AVI20 (A1.2, A2.2,A3.1, B2.1, B2.2, B2.3, C1.2)

Grade 11 Visual Arts AV13M (A3.1,A3.2, C2.1), AVI13O (A2.1, A3.1

Grade 12 Visual Arts AVI14M (A3.2), AVI13E (A2.1)


Voyageur Canoe

 4 hours, $25*/student (*includes soapstone carving) Take your class to the beautiful and historic Otonabee River. Take part in 2 learning-packed, hands-on programs: Voyageur Canoeing and Soapstone Carving. Students have the unique experience of paddling a 26′ North Canoe or canot du nord. This stunning cedar-canvas canoe is a replica of a canoe used in Canada’s Fur Trade era. Students learn about Voyageur history and First Nations’ roles in the Fur Trade. Learning through story, role play, song and costume. Back on shore, students will explore the tradition of soapstone carving. Students will carve their own soapstone pendant. Connecting students to the land, the culture, the art and the people of Canada’s Arctic. On-water programming is staffed by ORCKA and NLS certified instructors. A copy of the Museum’s Risk Management Policy is available upon request. Optional: Watercolour painting can be substituted for Soapstone Carving.

Canoe Literature

The centrality of the canoe to Canadian cultures is clearly portrayed in numerous works of art and literature. Students see Canada through the eyes of explorers, prospectors, First Nations peoples, fur traders and even modern day recreational canoeists. Canoe Literature takes students on a journey of the imagination. They explore the literature behind the canoe, the canoes themselves and the students’ own stories.

Grade 9 and 10 English ENG1D, ENG2D (1.6, 1.7, 1.8, 1.2,1.4)

Grade 11 and 12 English ENG3U,3C,4U,4C (Listening to Understand, Speaking to Communicate, Understanding Form and Style, Developing and Organizing Content, Using Knowledge of Form and Style)

Grade 12 English, The Writer's Craft (1.3,1.5, Exploring Ideas,Forms and Styles, Drafting and Revising)

Sleepover at the Museum!

6:00pm-8:30am Cost: $40*/student *Food and drinks not included

The ultimate Museum experience! Arrive just before 6:00pm for an adventurous evening of learning. Features any two programs from the list above. Option for an indoor campfire full of songs and stories, plus snack time. ‘Camping’ in the Museum’s Voyageur Encampment and/or Wigwam. Departure in the morning by 8:30am. Or add a morning program to further enrich your students’ Museum visit experience.