During this full-day program in conjunction with Wye Marsh Wildlife Centre, participants will learn how people were influenced by the environment and how they adapted to it in order to survive. Participants will experience first-hand what it took for both the Wendat and the French to survive in the Wye Valley over four centuries ago.
At Sainte-Marie, students will compare European and Wendat diets, explore the challenges of bringing livestock and European technologies into the region, and how the waterway system might have been used. Students will learn of the importance of games such as Lacrosse, in the Wendat Culture, as a way of keeping warriors fit for battle, and of solving disputes between villages.
At the Wye Marsh participants will learn how knowledge of the natural environment can contribute to the survival of all species, including humankind.
Participants will deepen their understanding of how people were influenced by their surroundings and how they, in turn, adapted their environment to survive, using natural resources, including animals and birds.
Time: 4 1/2 hours (2 1/2 hours at Sainte-Marie and 2 hours at the Wye Marsh)
Cost: $12.00 per student ($6.00 payable at Sainte-Marie and $6.00 payable at Wye Marsh)
Chaperones: 1 per 5 students (JK to Gr. 3) or 1 per 10 students (Gr. 4 and up): Complimentary
Program Highlights at Sainte-Marie:
- Interactive tour of the reconstructed historic site
- See how the French used a combination of old and new world technologies to carve a European-style home in the wilderness
- The importance of games in the Wendat culture as a mean to improve survival
- Game of lacrosse
Program Highlights at Wye Marsh:
- Learn how knowledge of the environment can contribute to the survival of all species
- Walk on the same paths taken by some of Ontario’s Indigenous People
Numbers: Minimum 15 – Maximum 100 students