Virtual Education Programs

Take your students on a virtual field trip! Until we can welcome you back for in-person field trips, we are developing online resources to help you enliven learning.

Live-Online Classroom Visits

Bringing the museum to your classroom. We are taking the very best of our onsite education programs and activities and offering 45 minute virtual programs to engage your students. Cost is $100.00 per virtual program. 

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For more information or to book programming offered through Schneider Haus National Historic Site and McDougall Cottage, contact us at

For more information or to book programming offered through the Ken Seiling Waterloo Region Museum and Doon Heritage Village, contact us at

Check Out Programs From Each of Our Sites

Ken Seiling Waterloo Region Museum - Virtual Education Programs 

Baskets Full of Old and New - Suggested Grades JK/SK & Grade 1

Costumed village standing in front of general storeJK/SK & Grade 1 Social Studies

Your class we’ll go through items found in our historic General Store and compare them with similar and familiar objects we use today. Conversation can be catered to discuss the purpose and attributes of the objects, as well as the roles and responsibilities of the people using them. A great idea for a fun virtual show and tell.   


Changes in Matter - Suggested Grade 5 

BlacksmithGrade 5 Science and Technology 

The coal-fired forged heats up the cold steel, molecules really begin to get moving, smoke and steam rise into the air.  Be transported to our Blacksmith Shop to discuss the three main States of Matter and learn a thing or two about this vital historic trade.


Coming to Canada - Suggested Grades 9 & 10

MuseumGrade 9 Canadian Geography & Grade 10 Civics and Citizenship

Diverse communities of people have come from all over the world to Waterloo Region for generations, and it continues today.  Visit our gallery live-online with museum staff to hear personal stories and accounts people coming to Canada.  Have a focused discussion on the topics your class is tackling, from factors affecting political issues, to implications of immigration and diversity for Canada.


Berlin to Kitchener - Suggested Grade 10

Lord KitchenerGrade 10 Canadian History
We’ve adapted one of our most popular secondary school programs for you.
Live and prepared video components with the familiar figures and elements you know and love.
*This Live-Online Classroom Visit is approximately 45 minutes

McDougall Cottage Historic Site - Virtual Education Programs 

Emigrants 'Kist' - Suggested Grade 3

kistGrade 3 – Social Studies

Join us as we unpack the ‘kist’ and explore the most important items an emigrant family would bring with them on their journey, using the Scots who emigrated to Canada in the 1800s as an example. 


 Murals & Illusions - Suggested Grades 4, 5, 6
Grades 4, 5, 6 - The Arts Photo of wall murals in McDougall Cottage
We will take your class on a virtual exploration of the recently uncovered 100 year old trompe l’oeil murals and friezes at McDougall Cottage. Students will learn about the process used to uncover these hidden art treasures, compare and contrast historic mural art with modern examples of optical illusion mural and street art and be guided through the process of creating their own ‘trick of the eye’ art piece. 
Art supply kits available for an additional $4.00 per student.

Traditions and Celebrations - Suggested Grade 2 

man in kilt

Grade 2 – Social Studies, The Arts, Mathematics
This new program combines Social Studies, Art, and Mathematics as we explore Traditions and Celebrations using the Scottish heritage of the former residents of McDougall Cottage as a starting point for a live virtual visit with your class! 
Schneider Haus National Historic Site - Virtual Education Programs 

UN/COVERING Communities (October to May)

Grade 6 - Social Studies, The ArtsUNCOVERINGS exhibit image
This program will include a virtual tour of our temporary exhibit UN/COVERINGS: Mennonite and Muslim Women’s Heads and Hearts. UN/COVERINGS challenges students with thought provoking questions surrounding community, diversity, identity, and fashion, and aims to turn stereotypes on their head. Students will have the opportunity to participate in a community art project in response to the exhibit.

Feathered Friends - Suggested Grades JK/SK

feathered friendsThe Kindergarten Program 2016

Students will visit with a Teacher / Interpreter to learn about the stages of development inside the egg, watch a few ‘egg’-experiments, do some birdie-dancing, and discover our ‘feathered friends’ from all around the world.  

Canadian Wildlife: Mammals - Suggested Grades 2 & 4 

jawGrades 2 and 4 - Science and Technology

Museum staff will share items from our natural history collection to learn about local mammals, focusing on the similarities and differences between herbivores, carnivores, and omnivores.

Canadian Wildlife: Birds, Amphibians and Reptiles - Suggested Grades 2 & 4

owl pelletGrades 2 and 4 – Science and Technology

Compare the similarities and differences between local reptiles and amphibians, and explore native bird species with a live virtual owl pellet dissection.