The Niagara Falls National Heritage Area is proud to announce its sponsorship of complimentary field trips for school districts to Old Fort Niagara's "Fridays on the Frontier" program. The program will take place every Friday during the month of October 2015. Fridays on the Frontier is an interactive hands-on education program for fourth and seventh graders that immerses students in the lives of French soldiers, English captives and Native people who lived in the Niagara region during the colonial period.
The Niagara Frontier, from first contact to today, has played a critical role in the contest of nations (European, Native American and American) for economic and political control of the river and its falls. As a key transportation nexus, the region has evolved as an international border with resulting impacts and consequences to its history and character. The Fridays on the Frontier program aligns with the fourth and seventh grade NYS curriculum and introduces students to the important role the Niagara region had in history.
Students and teachers will have the opportunity to meet the people of the Niagara Frontier including Jean Lowry, an English woman who was captured by a Native war party, Native
Americans who lived near the fort, voyageurs who paddled the canoes carrying trade goods and furs throughout the Great Lakes and many more. Students can expect to engage in hands-on education of the trades and skills of the diverse people who lived in the Niagara region during the colonial period such as blacksmithing, coopering, baking and other trades.
Sara Capen, NFNHA Executive Director states, " The NFNHA is committed to connecting youth and teachers to the remarkable natural, cultural, and historical resources in the Niagara region. "Fridays on the Frontier" is a dynamic place-based educational experience that encourages youth to expand their classroom knowledge beyond a textbook to the history that happened right in their backyard."
Admission and bus transportation to Old Fort Niagara are complimentary for participants in the program. The program will take place on October 9th, 16th, 23rd and 30th. School groups can arrive any time after 9:30 a.m. The program will end at 1:00 p.m. Activity stations are concurrent and continuous, and groups will rotate from one to the other at their own pace. Registrants will receive pre-visit materials to prepare for their visit including a map of the station locations. To register contact Gen Montante (716) 745-7611 ext. 221 or firstname.lastname@example.org
The "Fridays on the Frontier" program aligns with the Every Kids in a Park Initiative to celebrate the Centennial of the National Park Service. The Niagara Falls National Heritage Area is committed to supporting the initiative by working to introduce kids to their outdoor land, history and culture. The Niagara Falls National Heritage Area will provide information to teachers, parents and students on how to obtain and use their fourth grade park pass to experience federal lands and waters for free during the 2015-2016 academic year. For more information on the Every Kid in a Park Initiative visit www.everykidinapark.gov