Plan your school visit to our national landmark
This nationally significant historic attraction has been delivering educational school programs to the school community for over 40 years. We are proud to offer you and your students some of the most outstanding educational opportunities available in the province of Ontario.
MOON OF WINTERTIME - Live in Program 24 or 48 Hours
Immerse your students in winter past! The Moon of Wintertime Live-in program offers an unforgettable 24 or 48 hour journey into winter in the 17th century at Sainte-Marie. Single classes enjoy their own curriculum-based historical visit. Teachers can work with the program staff to select activity workshops that provide take-home projects for every student. Enjoy a snowshoe outing to nearby Martyrs’ Shrine, and experience the magic of legends in the longhouse, by firelight! Sainte-Marie’s Education Centre provides sleeping quarters for up to 40. (Including teachers and chaperones)
Time: 24 Hours
Available: January to mid-March
24 Hours - $50.00* per student
48 Hours - $90.00* per student
Numbers: Minimum 20 - Maximum 40 students (students, teachers and chaperones)
Note: *Cost of programs does not include meals
Grade 5 Curriculum Links
1. Describe some of the positive and negative consequences of contact between First Nations and Europeans in New France
2. Analyse aspects of early contact between First Nations and Europeans in New France to determine the ways in which different parties benefited
Tours of the historic attraction, along with education programs, offer interactive activities that correspond in the development of learning outside of the classroom. All education programs at Sainte-Marie link with the new Ontario Curriculum which came into effect September 2014. In addition to relevant content, programs make use of the Concepts of Disciplinary Thinking such as Continuity and Change and Cause and Consequence. At Sainte-Marie students have the opportunity to engage in Social Studies and History in a way that gets them thinking about people, places, and ideas.
A wide variety of programs
Our skilled and experienced interpreters will teach and engage your students through exploration, story-telling, lively discussion, comparisons, and “hands-on” activities. They like kids and they love history. Their mission is to connect your class to the past, in a spirit of discovery and fun.
We offer half-day, full-day and winter programs to suit your teaching requirements. Programs can also be tailored for Secondary School levels and English as a Second Language students. A lunchroom has been designed especially for students bringing their own lunches. This bright and modern open concept facility accommodates 75 students and is wheelchair accessible. It is equipped with hand-washing stations, a juice and water vending machine, and knap-sack storage.
Discovery Harbour, located in nearby Penetanguishene, also offers enhanced education programs. Please refer to www.discoveryharbour.on.ca for more information on Discovery Harbour education programs.
Sainte-Marie has added a new education room, the “North End Classroom”. This multi-use room can be used for various indoor education activities and can also serve as a comfortable lunch area for students.