Education Programming

Program Information

Attention Educators:

At this time Fanshawe Pioneer Village is unable to provide our traditional onsite “hands-on” activity programs. Alternative education programming is being planned for the 2020-2021 school year. If you are interested in a specific topic or coordinating an electronic lesson please reach out to our Education Coordinator at Please check back this fall for more information on electronic program offerings for the 2020-2021 school year.

New this Fall - Homeschool Days

Join us Thursdays in September and October for an enhanced visit aimed at students learning from home.

While we aren’t able to offer our traditional onsite education programs, there is still lots to see and discover at Fanshawe Pioneer Village! We are encouraging families with students at home to come for a visit and talk with our pioneers about life in the 19th century. Admission into the Village allows you to see the buildings at your own pace and visit demonstration stations to learn more about topics like clothing, trades, farming, education, health, and leisure. This is a great opportunity to ask questions about topics you are learning at home! *Please note: demonstrations are not hands-on this year.

Homeschool Days are designed for single family groups. Please remember to keep your distance from other groups as you travel around the village. We recommend that your pre-book an entrance slot by calling our Visitor Entrance/Tollgate at 519-457-1296 x 819 Thursday to Sunday from 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. to schedule a time.

If you are meeting a Homeschool Co-Op or Group– you are welcome to meet up for a picnic in our green space.

For further dates visit our Events section.

Onsite Education Programming

Please see Education Programs below for dates offered. Please note our onsite education programming is currently on hold due to the COVID-19 situation.

Education Programs are offered April to December and must be booked in advance. Bookings are subject to availability.

Onsite Programming Times

  • Education Programs include a full 90 minutes of activities.
  • Arrival at Fanshawe Pioneer Village is scheduled at least 15 minutes before activities begin in order to allow for an introduction and time to organize groups (this may take longer if staying for lunch, as bags need to be walked to the eating area and dropped off).
  • Please remember when scheduling your departure to leave time after your program ends for students to collect their belongings and walk down to the pick-up area. (It is suggested to leave at least 15 minutes after activities end, to walk down to bus.) This schedule does not include lunch/snack breaks or visits to the General Store. Please inquire at booking if you would like to schedule these into your visit.
  • Morning Sessions
    • Scheduled Arrival is 9:45 a.m.
    • Program Activities run from 10:00 a.m. - 11:30 a.m.
  • Afternoon Session
    • Scheduled Arrival is 12:00 p.m.
    • Program Activities run from 12:15 p.m. - 1:45 p.m.
  • Full Day
    • Scheduled Arrival 9:45 a.m.
    • Combine two program for a full day experience. The schedule follows both the morning and afternoon activity schedules with a short lunch break in between.
    • OR Book one of our education programs and spend the rest of your visit exploring the Heritage Village, including the interiors of the buildings! (Please note: Building interiors are only open during the musuem’s public visiting hours from Victoria Day weekend to Thanksgiving Monday. Buildings are closed on Mondays as we are only open for volunteers and education programs on this day.
  • The above sessions are the museum’s standard programming times. Please inquire with our Education Coordinator about adjusting programming times.

Programming Cost

  • The cost for all 90 minute(half day) programs is $7.00 per student/participant. (This does not include Education Special Events, Summer Day Camp, Workshops, and Adult Programs.)
  • All chaperones and teachers are free. It is recommended one chaperone for every six students.
  • Payment is due at time of arrival or must arrive at our offices within two weeks of the scheduled trip date. Schools and Community groups may request an invoice to be prepared for payment in advance otherwise one will be mailed to the booking contact. Please make cheques payable to Fanshawe Pioneer Village.
  • If you are receiving funding from your school board and have a Trip I.D. Number, please inform our Education Coordinator and we will include it on your invoice.


  • Unless buses are cancelled or weather becomes extreme (severe blizzards or lightning storms) it is expected that our programming will proceed.
  • Please Note: Any Groups cancelling less than 3 business days in advance of their booked trip will be charged a flate rate of $50.00, unless they are able to re-schedule.

Fanshawe Pioneer Village is an outdoor site and we consider our programs outdoor field trips. Please dress for the Weather. We will be walking between buildings.

Lunch Facilities

  • Fansahwe Pioneer Village has picnic tables throughout the museum.
  • The Village barn may be requested, but is based on availability at booking. (This is a shared space with other student groups.) The barn is only available in May, June, September and October from Monday to Friday.
  • Student Participants must bring their own packed lunch and water bottle. Please note there are NO drinking fountains at the museum.


  • Fanshawe Pioneer Village is located in the Upper Thames Conservation Area. Please make sure you enter through the Conservation Area at 1424 Clark Road and follow the directional signs to the Museum Entrance. (Share this with all chaperones.)
  • Our education staff will meet you at the Village’s Visitor Entrance. Buses should drive up to the entrance to dropoff and pickup students.

Denfield General Store Visits

  • The Denfield General Store offers unique souvenirs, toys, candy and more! It is available for school trips by special booking during Spring and Fall Programming. If you plan on visiting with your group please arrange this at booking. The General Store is open Tuesday to Sunday during the public programming season from Victoria Day weekend to Thanksgiving weekend each year.
  • Please note this is separate from the scheduled student activities and teachers should schedule extra time to visit after their program. We suggest allowing at least 20 minutes for every 15 students visiting.

Education Programs

A Day in the Life
(Grades 2/3)

2020-2021 Dates TBD

Children led busy lives in the 19th century. When they were not working on the farm, they attended school and contributed to household chores. In this interactive program, students assume the role of children in the 19th century and participate in household chores, a one room school house lesson and learn about how the community celebrated after a hard day’s work. Students will also visit the log house and discover early settler belongings, as we examine the house’s artifacts.

The Village at Work
(Grade 2/3)

2020-2021 Dates TBD

In the 19th century, the village was a busy and productive place. This program offers students the opportunity to experience the hard work expected of children and villagers. Students will perform farm chores, experience the life of apprentices, and discover the importance of working together as a community. Students will also explore the differences between tools and technology used in farming and trades.

The Development of Communities in Canada
(Grade 6)
Half Day Program, $7/student | Full Day Program, $14/student

2020-2021 Dates TBD

There are many reasons why people decided to immigrate to Canada and settle in the London region. Throughout this program students will begin to understand how London developed from early settlements in the 1820s into a community with a strong sense of identity by 1920. This program is divided into two parts with an introduction and guided tour of the museum in the morning and a series of hands-on activities in the afternoon.
Choose either part of the program for a half day or include both parts for a full day experience! This program lets you choose from either the tour portion or the activity portion or both.

Celebrating our Communities
(Preschool, Kindergarten, Grade 1)

2020-2021 Dates TBD

This education program is designed to introduce Preschool-Kindergarten aged students to early Canadian heritage and local cultural traditions through hands-on interactive activities, including dancing and 19th century games. Students will also get to visit village’s farm animals and discover how even young children helped with chores. Students will learn how the responsibilities of children may have changed and see how an earlier settler community looked.

An Upper Canada Christmas
(Kindergarten, Grades 2, 3)

Winter 2020-TBD

Learn about the Christmas traditions of London’s early inhabitants, who managed to celebrate despite cold weather and scarce material goods. Through interactive activities students will discover the cultural traditions of the Victorian era, including holiday greeting cards, the Christmas tree, the art of candle making, and the importance of celebrating with family.
This is an outdoor winter program. Students should dress for the weather, as some buildings are heated traditionally and students will need to walk between stations.

  • Choose either a morning or afternoon session time. Please note there are no lunch/snack facilities available during winter programming. We do not allow food inside the buildings.

Interactive Guided Tour
(Grade 7 - Adult)

2021 Dates TBD

Discover life in the 19th century by visiting our historic buildings at Fanshawe Pioneer Village. During this walking tour, our costumed interpreters will guide participants through a hundred years of history as they learn about the development of early communities from 1820 to 1920. Students will be introduced to the unique histories of the village buildings and will have the opportunity to participate in a hands-on activity.
Choose from carding and spinning wool, churning butter, dancing, rope making, outdoor games, or visiting the Print Shop.

Education Events

World War One Education Day
(Grade 8 - 11)
Full Day Program, $14/student, *$140.00 Non-Refundable Deposit Required to Confirm Booking

2020-2021 Dates TBD

Presented in partnership with the History Matters Association and with the Canadian Military Heritage Society

This unique full-day, multi-school event provides students a chance to explore World War One through a series of real life scenarios and vignettes. Join the Canadian Expeditionary Force and learn the art of the trench raid, participate in battle school, and discover the roles that men and women played in World War One. Through active participation in various stations, students will make a personal connection with the Great War and leave with an understanding of how it affected those overseas and at home.

Event Times (Sign-In 9:20-9:35 a.m., Activities 9:40 a.m. - 1:20 p.m., Departure 1:30 p.m.)
To book call 519-457-1296, ext. 817 or email

Muskets, Militia and Mayham: War of 1812 Education Day (Cancelled)
(Grades 7 & 8)
Full Day Program, $11/student, *$110.00 Non-Refundable Deposit Required to Confirm Booking

2021 Dates TBD

Presented in partnership with the 1st Royal Scots Grenadiers

This exciting full-day, multi-school event brings the War of 1812 to life. Join a militia muster, watch a 19th century cannon crew fire the gun, and discuss the role of indigenous peoples. Through active participation in various stations, students will leave with an understanding of how the War of 1812 affected local inhabitants’ daily lives and shaped Canadian History.

Event Times (Sign-In 9:40-9:50 a.m., Activities 10:00 a.m. - 1:20 p.m., Departure 1:30 p.m.)
To book call 519-457-1296, ext.817 or email

Museum School

Make Fanshawe Pioneer Village your classroom! Book the award-winning Museum school program for a week-long experience. This program is offered twice a year in the fall and spring.
For more information contact:
The London Heritage Council at

Contact Information

Morgan Shropshall, Edcuation Coordinator | call 519-457-1296 ext. 817