The Niagara Falls National Heritage Area is proud to announce its sponsorship of complimentary field trips for school districts to Old Fort Niagara’s “Fridays on the Frontier” program. The program will take place every Friday during the month of October, 2016. Fridays on the Frontier is an interactive hands-on education program for fourth and seventh graders that immerses students in the lives of French soldiers, English captives and Native people who lived in the Niagara region during the colonial period.
The Niagara Frontier, from first contact to today, has played a critical role in the contest of nations (European, Native American and Colonial/American) for economic and political control of the river and its falls. As a key transportation nexus, the region has evolved as an international border with resulting impacts and consequences to its history and character. Fridays on the Frontier is a dynamic place-based educational experience that encourages youth to expand their classroom knowledge beyond a textbook to the history that happened right in their backyard.
Admission and bus transportation to Old Fort Niagara are complimentary for participants in the program. The program will take place on October 7th, 14th, 21st and 28th. School groups can arrive any time after 9:00 am, the program will end at 1:00 pm. Activity stations are concurrent and continuous, and groups will rotate from one to the other at their own pace. Registrants will receive pre-visit materials to prepare for their visit including a map of the station locations. To register, contact Gen Montante (716) 745-7611 ext. 221 or email@example.com.
The flow of water was stopped completely over both falls on March 29th 1848 due to an ice jam in the upper river for several hours. This is the only known time to have occurred. The Falls did not actually freeze over, but the flow was stopped to the point where people actually walked out and recovered artifacts from the riverbed!