Fridays on the Frontier

Sessions for this event:

Session 1:
Fri Oct 6th, 2017 9:30 am - Fri Oct 6th, 2017 1:00 pm

Session 2:
Fri Oct 13th, 2017 9:30 am - Fri Oct 13th, 2017 1:00 pm

Session 3:
Fri Oct 20th, 2017 9:30 am - Fri Oct 20th, 2017 1:00 pm

Session 4:
Fri Oct 27th, 2017 9:30 am - Fri Oct 27th, 2017 1:00 pm

Interactive school program for 4th and 7th graders. Scholarships available. At this time, all programs are fully booked.

To register: 

Contact Carrie LaFlair at Old Fort Niagara (716) 745-7611 ext. 223 or Tell us your preferred date, group size and contact information. The program fills quickly and is available on a first-come-first-served basis. Once registered, your group's admission fee will be underwritten by the Niagara Falls National Heritage Area. There is no need to pay admission when you arrive at the site. Please note- free admission is available only to those groups who have pre-registered. We will send you a confirmation that you are registered. 

Transportation Assistance:

If you need assistance in funding bus transportation, you may apply to New York State's Connect Kids program. The purpose of this initiative is to encourage children to learn more about New York State environment and history on a field trip. Grants will offer a re-imbursement of up to $1,000 per class/group for a field trip, to a New York State Park or selected Department of Conservation site. Field trip costs eligible for a refund include transportation, program fees' and/or pavilion fees.

Grants are now available to ALL public schools in a school district with a Title 1 school (grades preK-12 including School-Sponsored Clubs), Advantage After School Programs, 21st Century Community Learning Centers and Village Towns, or County Communities with a Title 1 School are eligible to apply. Applications will be accepted from July 2017 to June 2018. Details about the program are available at Grants are on a first come first served basis. If you have questions or need more information, contact John Ceretto at (716) 278-1772 or via email at

 About the Program

Fridays on the Frontier is an interactive program for 4th and 7th graders sponsored by the Niagara Falls National Heritage Area. This hands-on education program immerses students in the events of the American Revolution on the New York frontier. Students experience British, American and Native American perspectives on the war.

The following are features of the program and interactive activities that students and educators can participate in:

-Pre-visit materials will be available on this website prior to your visit.  

-Students can view a pre-visit video on captive Jasper Parrish. Visit the Old Fort Niagara channel on YouTube to view the video, which is entitled "The Narrative of Jasper Parrish."

-Be recruited for the cause of liberty by soldiers of the Continental Army. 

-Learn the harrowing story of an American woman, Elizabeth Gilbert, who was captured by a Native war party and brought to Fort Niagara as a prisoner.

-View a musket demonstration and learn about 18th century battlefield technology.

-Engage in the infantry exercise. Students will use wooden muskets to follow the corporal's commands as he teaches them how soldiers were trained. 

-Learn the fine art of blacksmithing by viewing how iron objects were made and repaired at Fort Niagara.

-Experience the fine art of coopering and understand the importance of barrels, how they were made and how vital supplies were moved around the Great Lakes.

-Listen to popular tunes of the colonial period and learn how they regulated the soldier's day.

-Learn how joiners worked with wood to create furniture and other objects needed by Niagara's garrison.

-Bread was a staple of the colonial diet. See how bread was prepared in wood-fired ovens.

-Meet a member of the Indian Department and learn about his job recruiting Natives as British allies. 

-Artillery firing. Watch the soldiers load and fire a cannon.

-Learn about the lives of Native Americans who lived near the Fort.

Soldiers' Life: Visit a guard room and learn about the daily lives of common British soldiers. 

To register: contact Carrie LaFlair  (716) 745-7611 ext. 223 or

Sponsored by the Niagara Falls National Heritage Area. 


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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.

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