Children learning at Backus

The Long Point Region Conservation Authority believes that tomorrow’s healthy environment depends on the connections that children make with nature… today.  And what better place to do it than in the outdoors, where the forest and pond or a pioneer log cabin become the classroom.  We offer innovative, curriculum-linked outdoor education programs that provide hands-on opportunities for students to discover nature or experience our pioneer past.

At Backus Heritage Conservation Area, we take the classroom outside.  Each year, several thousand students visit Backus to learn first hand about local history and the importance of conserving the environment.  Conservation and heritage education programs have been designed to link directly to many of the provincial curriculum expectations and are delivered primarily September to November and April to June.

With 15 historic structures, a Conservation Education Centre and the 1798 Backhouse Mill National Historic Site, Backus Heritage Conservation Area offers a unique setting and a tremendous learning experience.  Imagine walking in a Carolinian forest… Learning about a soldier’s life during the War of 1812… Bird watching or exploring life in a pond… Constructing a split rail fence or attending a one-room schoolhouse.  These are just a few of the adventures that students can experience at Backus.

Conservation Education Programs

It's time to get out of the classroom and into nature. A wide variety of programs are offered at Backus that engage students with the natural world. Programs are either half-day or full-day and can include:

  • Map and compass activities
  • Animal and plant characteristics
  • Habitats and watershed ecosystems
  • Bug hunts
  • Dip netting for pond life
  • Learning outdoor survival skills
  • Binocular hikes and signs of nature

Heritage Education Programs at the Backhouse Historic Site​

Explore the history of Norfolk County’s early settlers and the War of 1812 in two experiential, curriculum based school programs.

  • A Day in the Life of a 19th Century Child – Grade 3

What was life like for the Backhouse children when they arrived in Norfolk County in the 1790s? In this program, your class will explore the experiences of early settlers who moved to this region to build a new life in Upper Canada. 

Click here for a PDF link: Early Settlement Program Outline for Teachers

  • The War of 1812:  Conflict and Challenges – Grade 7

In this full-day program, your class will take on the role of soldiers during the War of 1812 in the morning and in the afternoon, explore the vital role of women and children to the military campaign.  

Click here for a PDF link: 1812 Program Outline for Teachers

Program Fees

Half-day programs:  $8.00 per student (minimum fee $105.00/class)

Full-day programs:  $11.00 per student (minimum fee $135.00/class)

To Book a Program:

Conservation Education:  Contact LPRCA’s Outdoor Educator at 519-586-2201, ext 231 or email outdoored@lprca.on.ca

Heritage Education:  Contact LPRCA's Curator at 519-586-2201, ext 228 or email backusvillage@lprca.on.ca