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Snowshoeing Under the Stars
Friday, March 10 from 7 pm to 9 pm
Enjoy the fresh air and a starry night sky as you join us for Snowshoeing under the Stars at picturesque Pinhey’s Point Historic Site. We’ll teach you the basics of the sport and take you on a hike exploring the varied natural and historical features of this beautiful location on the Ottawa River. Hot chocolate will be served by the open fire following the hike. Space and snowshoes are limited, so registration is required at 613-247-4830 extension 221.
Cost: $10.45 per participant
Sunday, March 12 from 10 am to 12 noon
Get out and about Sunday morning as you explore the park at Pinhey’s Point Historic Site on snowshoes! We’ll teach you the basics of the sport and take you on a hike exploring the varied natural and historical features of this beautiful location on the Ottawa River. Hot chocolate will be served by the open fire following the hike. Space and snowshoes are limited, so registration is required at 613-247-4830 x221.
Cost: $10.45 for adults, $6.30 for children
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Curriculum-linked School programs and educational activities are offered for students from kindergarten through Grade 7. Students will learn through discovery and cross-disciplinary exploration topics related to history, social science, science, math, the arts, and physical education.
The museum offers three exciting programs which includes a brief tour of the museum for students from kindergarten to grade 7. This two hour program focuses on natural and cultural heritage, and ensures students get to play outdoors. The museum can work with teachers to develop curriculum programs and meet special needs.
Book visits Tuesday to Friday from 9 am to 4 pm, from May 11th through the end of June. Fully bilingual staff are on site at all times.
270 Pinhey’s Point Road, Dunrobin, Ottawa (35 minutes from downtown Ottawa)
$4.20/participant per program; you can also choose an activity add-on for an extra $1/participant.
All fees must be paid prior to participation in the program.
Groups are limited to a maximum of 60 children plus teachers and supervisors.
All of our programs meet the Ontario Curriculum and are designed to take advantage of the beauty at Pinhey’s Point.
Wild Builders: Kindergarten to Grade 4
Learn how animals build their homes. Search for spider webs, birds’ nests, beaver dams, beehives, and groundhog’s holes among others. Do crafts, play games and enjoy other fun activities.
- Kindergarten – Visual Arts, Science and Technology, Mathematics;
- Grades 1 & 2 – Visual Arts, Science and Technology, Drama;
- Grade 3 – Science and Technology, Heritage and Citizenship;
- Grade 4 – Science and Technology
River Stories: Grades 2 to 4
Discover the people who have relied on the Ottawa River throughout history and learn about the people who settled along its shores. Students will discover how the river was once used as a main transportation route and what life was like for the Pinhey family and others who first settled in March Township almost 200 years ago.
- Grade 2 – Social Studies, Science and Technology, The Arts;
- Grade 3 – Social Studies, Science and Technology, The Arts;
- Grade 4 – Social Studies, Science and Technology, The Arts.
We are all Connected! Grades 4 to 7
Students can learn about natural food chains, habitats, and ecosystems first hand, by taking a hike through the bush to identify animal habitats, playing games to reinforce lessons, and discovering how we are connected to the world around us.
- Grade 4 – Science and Technology, Health and Physical Education;
- Grade 6 – Science and Technology, Health and Physical Education;
- Grade 7 – Science and Technology, Social Studies, Health and Physical Education
The following activities are short workshops that can be added to other programs. Each additional activity is 30 minutes in length and costs $1 per child.
- Old Fashioned Games: Students can learn how kids had fun back then: play old-fashioned games like tug-o-war, Game of Graces, and marbles, Students can make their own toy to take home.
- Geoheritage: Children will use GPS for a scavenger hunt around the site to discover how records hidden in local rocks can reveal what life was like billions of years ago in the Ottawa Valley.
- Bonkers for Botany: Discover different kinds of plants at Pinhey’s Point. Learn how to find out which are useful or unsafe. Find some you can eat!
- Bug Hunt: Students will learn how to spot different bugs and how they are important.
- Learn to Churn: Explore how pioneer children used to make milk and butter for their families. Students get to taste their own ice cream and butter.
Book a program
Phone 613-832-4347 May through June and 613-247-4830 x225 September to April to book your program. The Education and Interpretation Programs Officer will contact you to arrange your visit. Faxed or emailed confirmation will verify your booking.
Pre-booking is required for all group visits. The Education and Interpretation Programs Officer can assist you in planning the details of your visit.