Set in the scenic Don Valley, Todmorden Mills Heritage Site is a complex of historic buildings which were once part of the small industrial community of Todmorden. Today, the site consists of two historic millers’ homes dating from the early 19th century, the Brewery building and the recently renovated Papermill Theatre and Gallery. Adjoining the site is a 9.2 hectare wildflower preserve with walking trails exploring a number of natural habitats, including upland and bottomland forests, dry and wet meadows, swamp lands and a pond.

To book a school trip to Todmorden Mills, please contact the museum directly:

67 Pottery Road
todmorden@toronto.ca
416-396-2819

Explore meadowland, forest, and wetland habitats and discover the basic needs of animals and plants throughout the year

  • Using a variety of materials, create a three-dimensional “creepy crawly”
  • Spring/Fall: Investigate and identify the macro-invertebrates living in the pond and make a drawing of these observations
  • Winter: Learn more about the animals that live in the lower Don Valley, and those that lived here in the past.

1.5 hours
Min. 15 students; Max. 45 students
$4.43 plus tax

Ontario Curriculum

Subject: Science & Technology
Topics: Life Systems, Characteristics and Needs of Living Things

Visit the historic homes and explore the family members’ roles and responsibilities

  • Handle real artifacts and discover their uses and roles in everyday activities
  • Discover how the physical environment has changed at Todmorden, draw a map of the historic community and its industries and design and apply a colour-coded legend

1.5 hours
Min. 15 students; Max. 45 students
$4.43 plus tax

Ontario Curriculum

Subject: Social Studies
Topics: Relationship, Rules & Responsibilities, Local Community

Explore the Wildflower Preserve’s diverse habitats, discovering the impact of humans on the environment, and how plants and animals have adapted.

  • Spring/Fall: Hands-on investigation of the plants and life forms in the pond habitat
  • Identify producers, consumers and decomposers and discover their interdependence
  • Examine different types of soils and discover how they interact with the living things in the environment
  • Winter: Learn more about the animals that live in the lower Don Valley, and those that lived here in the past

2 hours
Min. 15 students; Max. 45 students
$5.31 plus tax

Ontario Curriculum

Subject: Science & Technology
Topics: Habitats & Communities, Growth & Changes in Plants, Soils in the Environment

How did families entertain themselves before the days of TV and video games? Explore the science of sound and light through early 20th-century technology.

  • Discover how light and sound entertainments have changed over the past century.
  • Experiment with optical illusion toys.
  • Act out a 1930s-style radio play, using voices and sound effects

1.5 hours
Min. 15 students; Max. 45 students
$4.43 plus tax

Ontario Curriculum

Subject: Science & Technology
Topic: Light and Sound Energy

Explore the plant and animal life at Todmorden (grounds and wildflower preserve) and discover ways in which biodiversity is both thriving and threatened in the Don Valley

  • Investigate the diverse species of macro-invertebrates in Todmorden’s pond habitat
  • Explore the Wildflower Preserve and discover how native species have been impacted by human activity, and learn what steps have been taken to encourage greater biodiversity
  • Discover the complex relationships between interdependent species in a habitat
  • PLEASE NOTE: This is a seasonal program and available only from mid-April to late October

2 hours
Min. 15 students; Max. 45 students
$5.31 plus tax

Ontario Curriculum

Subject: Science & Technology
Grade 4 Topics: Habitats & Communities, Interactions with Ecosystems, Biodiversity
Grade 6 Topics: Interactions with Ecosystems, Life Systems, Biodiversity

Learn about the history, culture and traditions of the Mississaugas First Nations people who were residents of the Don Valley. The program can be paired with the Nature’s Web: Biodiversity at Todmorden program for a full day of learning and fun.

  • Learn how changes from European contact affected the lifestyles of First Nations communities
  • Explore ways in which the environment influenced Canadian Aboriginal cultures through activities (food, shelter, cultural practices)
  • Examine the consequences of Aboriginal and European interactions
  • Activities in the program include a tour of the Wildflower Preserve to identify native plants and their uses, and creation of a take-home craft

2 hours
Min. 15 students; Max. 45 students
$5.31 plus tax

Ontario Curriculum

Subject: Social Studies
Topics: Heritage & Citizenship, Canada’s Link to the World, Canada and World Connections

Originally the home to First Nation peoples, the Don River Valley has undergone extensive changes over the last 200 years.

  • Investigate the geographic concepts of interaction and movement and their impact
  • Explore diverse land uses and discover why this site was selected for early industrial development and settlement
  • Learn to identify native and invasive species of plants, discovering how native plants are displaced
  • Using topographical maps, investigate and discover the impact of human settlement

2 hours
Min. 15 students; Max. 45 students
$5.31 plus tax

Ontario Curriculum

Subject: Geography
Topics: Interactions with Ecosystems, Natural Resources, Patterns in Physical Geography

Using samples and specimens from our pond, students diagnose the health of the Todmorden pond and ecosystems.

  • Perform biological monitoring by studying macro-invertebrates.
  • Construct an experimental water filtration system and learn more about pollution sources and other threats to ecosystems
  • Tour the Todmorden Mills water systems and discover the effects of industrialization on the Valley’s waterways
  • PLEASE NOTE: This is a seasonal program and available only from mid-April to late October

2 hours
Min. 15 students; Max. 45 students
$5.31 plus tax

Ontario Curriculum

Subject: Geography
Topics: Water Systems, Interactions with Ecosystems

All Grades: Changing Holiday Traditions

Explore changing holiday traditions at Todmorden Mills. This interactive program compares Christmas celebrations from the 1840s, 1890s & 1940s with the diverse winter holiday traditions enjoyed today.

  • Explore the holiday celebrations of the Victorian era and the wartime home front

And choose any TWO of the following:

  • Prepare a seasonal treat in our historic kitchen
  • Learn the famous dance from Charles Dickens’ ‘A Christmas Carol’
  • Create a take-home craft inspired by Victorian collage

2 hours
Min. 15 students; Max. 45 students
$5.31 plus tax

Ontario Curriculum

Subject: History/Social Studies
Topics: Traditions & Celebrations, Communities in Canada: Past and Present, British North America, Early Settlements in Upper Canada, Relationships, Rules & Responsibilities, Drama & Dance