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Educator's Field Trip Guide

Bringing Your Class to the Fort

First-hand encounters with the past inspire students to learn more about our history, while supporting important in-class learning objectives. Field trips where students see, hear, smell and touch life in another century are great ways to instill a life-long love of history in your students. Field trips include an animated guided tour of our centuries-old fortifications and an audience with a soldier who demonstrates the workings of a flintlock musket.

Hours: The Fort is open year-round from 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. School tours are available during these hours.

Reservations: Please make your reservation at least two weeks in advance by calling (716) 745-7611 ext. 223. When you call, please provide the date and time of your proposed visit, group size, grade level, contact information, number of classes and special requests. We will then send you a confirmation.

Rates: School group admission to the Fort is $8.00 per person (unless otherwise listed). One teacher/chaperone per ten students is admitted free. Admission fees are payable the day of your visit. We accept cash, checks and credit cards. To expedite your entrance, please have one person pay for the entire group. Call us at (716) 745-7611 for other payment arrangements.

Financial assistance may be available. Visit http://parks.ny.gov/environment/connect-kids/grant-program.aspx In completing the application, please list Old Fort Niagara's address as Post Office Box 169, Youngstown, NY 14174

Special Programs for Fall 2019

FALL FRONTIER DAYS - September 26-27; October 3-4; 10-11; 17-18. 

 

Dear Educator,

We invite you to lead your students back in time to the formative years of the United States and Canada. During their tour of Old Fort Niagara, students will encounter Haudenosaunee people, French, British and American soldiers as well as women of the garrison and craftsmen plying their trades. Students will witness musket and artillery firing demonstrations and try their hands at laying out an 18th century fort, using the same math skills employed by military engineers over 250 years ago. Students will also meet a fur trader and discover how goods were moved on the Great Lakes when birchbark canoes and human muscle were the means for commercial success.  

Interactive Learning Stations include:

Lay out a fort- Math and Military Engineering in 1755.

Native American History and Culture

La Vie du Soldat (The Soldier’s Life) - what life was like for the people who lived in the French Castle.

The Fur Trade- Meet traders and voyageurs who moved goods and furs on the Great Lakes.

The Military Exercise- take up a wooden musket and learn how to perform musket drill of 1764.

Musket Demonstration- learn how a musket was loaded and fired.

Artillery Demonstration- learn how a cannon was loaded and fired.

Washing Your Linen- see how laundresses kept the soldiers’ clothes clean.

Blacksmithing

Woodworking

Military Music

Admission for this program is underwritten by the Niagara Falls National Heritage Area. Bus transportation may be underwritten through a reimbursement grant from New York State's Connect Kids to Parks program. Click here for an application http://parks.ny.gov/environment/connect-kids/grant-program.aspx 

For educators looking to book a group, please contact us after July 15, 2019, by emailing or calling Carrie LaFlair at (716) 745-7611 ext. 223.  claflair@oldfortniagara.org

 

Things you should know before your visit

  • Please notify us of changes in your arrival time, etc.
  • Reserved groups who fail to arrive without notification are billed for tourguide costs.
  • Have your class dress for the weather
  • Wheelchairs are available on a first-come, first-served basis. For those unable to climb stairs, a virtual tour of the Fort is available on a laptop on a first-come, first-served basis.
  • School groups may eat a bagged lunch on the premises
  • How to find us click here.

Once you are here

  • Restrooms are located in the Visitor Center and next to the French Castle inside the Fort
  • Our Museum Shop offers a full range of publications and souvenirs
  • Please keep your group together and follow the instructions of your docent.

 

Educational Immersion Programs

Old Fort Niagara offers a variety of hands-on, overnight and outreach programs that allow students and scout groups to experience the past. Click here to find out more-

https://www.oldfortniagara.org/educational-programs

Hours of Operation

The Fort is open year round with the exception of New Years Day, Thanksgiving Day and Christmas Day.

  • Jan - June 9:00 am - 5:00 pm
  • July - Aug - 9:00 am - 7:00 pm
  • Sept - Dec - 9:00 am - 5:00 pm.

General Admission

Adults:

$13.00

Children (6 to 12 years old):

$  9.00

Children (5 and under):

  FREE

 

Please note: Ticket sales end 30 minutes before closing time.

 

Support the Fort

Old Fort Niagara is operated by the Old Fort Niagara Association, an independent, not-for-profit organization established in 1927. We do not rely on tax dollars. Instead, the Fort is funded through a combination of admission fees, museum shop sales, and charitable contributions.

Donate today!

 

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