Longwoods Road / Ska-Nah-Doht Village Education Programs
Educators and Community Groups!
Spend the day with us at Longwoods Road Conservation Area or Ska-Nah-Doht Village and Museum and add something special to your lesson plan or group meeting! Enjoy unique learning opportunities that can be tailored towards your groups learning goals and interests.
Our programming framework will adhere to current COVID-19 guidelines and LTVCA standard operating procedures. The well-being of our employees and the members of the public continues to be the top priority of the LTVCA during the current COVID-19 pandemic.
For information and/or to book:
Email Agnes.Vriends@ltvca.ca or call 519-264-2420, Monday-Friday, 9:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Please include your request and contact information; staff will follow up with a telephone call.
We will review with you our LTVCA Procedure for Education Programming at Longwoods Road Conservation Area. A confirmation letter and LTVCA Covid-19 Screening and Waiver form will also be emailed to you prior to your trip.
Offered at Longwoods Road Conservation Area and Ska-Nah-Doht Village and Museum.
One Program or Half Day
- 1.5 to 2 hours
- $8 per participant – minimum fee is $120 for 15 participants or less
Two Programs or Full Day
- 3.5 to 4 hours, includes a half hour lunch break
- School groups: $14 per participant – minimum fee is $210 for 15 participants or less
- Community groups: $16 per participant – minimum fee of $240 for 15 participants or less
All programs are offered to all grades/school age children and are able to be adapted for community groups.
1) The Ska-Nah-Doht Experience – Trail Walk includes Ska-Nah-Doht Village
Learn about First Nations communities 1,000 years ago. Discuss contributions of First Nations peoples to the present. See artifacts from 1,000 years ago, sit in the longhouse, and explore the village.
2) Tool Making – Outdoors and Cabins (limited capacity)
Participants learn about trade and the necessities of life as they work in teams to create tools using some of the same materials that would have been used in the past (and some modern equipment we’ve thrown in to help along the way).
3) Traditional Games – Outdoors
Participants will work on their hand-eye coordination as they learn about, and try, some traditional games.
4) Traditional Pottery – Pavilion or Cabins (limited capacity)
Spring, Summer, Fall; Take-Away
Each participant shapes and decorates their own clay pots by hand using traditional methods. Participants will take their pot home, where it can be painted. An amazing art project!
5) Corn Husk Dolls – Pavilion or Cabins (limited capacity)
Spring, Summer, Fall; Take-Away
Learn about the beginnings of agriculture in Southwestern Ontario! The Haudenosaunee were the area’s first farmers and recyclers. Using every part honours the plant. Plus, hear one telling of a legend which still has lessons to teach us today.
6) Snowshoeing– Outdoors (weather permitting)
January through March Break Only
Are you up to the challenge? Learn how to snowshoe, play games, look for signs of animals, and explore winter habitats during your tromp through the snow.
7) Sensational Seasons – Outdoors
Join us on a hike down one of our beautiful trails to discover the sights, sounds, and textures of nature. Learn how animals and plants adapt to the changing seasons through hands-on discovery and experiments.
8) Petals, Leaves, and Seeds (Outdoors)
Who needs plants? We all do! Learn how trees and flowers grow and change through the seasons. Go on a wildflower hike or search for seeds.
9) Habitats and Communities (Outdoors)
Habitat, sweet habitat! Learn about the needs of living things and find out why some animals and plants become endangered. Form a food chain and search for animal homes. Forest, field, and wetland habitats await you!
10) Eco-Activities (Outdoors)
Let’s play a game! Learn about camouflage, cycles, food chains, species at risk, predator-prey relationships, and animal behaviours through a series of games that will get you out of your chair and away from a screen!
11) Winged Wonders (Indoors and Outdoors)
Life is for the birds! Examine bird wings, feet, nests, and beaks up-close. Find out about migration and seasonal behaviours. Listen for birdsongs, hear different types of bird calls, and look for evidence of birds during a hike.
Have older participants? Discover the world of hawks and owls, predatory adaptations, and habits. Use your detective skills to determine what an owl eats. Take a hike to discover raptor and prey habits and habitats.
General Information and Resources:
- Floods – Why Do They Happen? (A Presentation created for elementary students, based on the Thames River Flood Events of February 2018 – with a focus on the community of Thamesville in Chatham-Kent.)
- River and Creek Safety Video
- Biodiversity and You! Teacher Package
- Ska-Nah-Doht Village & Museum Resource Guide
- Ska-Nah-Doht Village & Museum Resource Guide (Francaise)
- Video Clip of Students Enjoying Ska-Nah-Doht Village
Chatham-Kent and Lambton Children's Water Festival