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2016-06-15 / Lifestyles

Students Journey to Past at Pioneer Day Camp


Students experience pioneer life in a number of ways at the Buffalo Niagara Heritage Village. Students experience pioneer life in a number of ways at the Buffalo Niagara Heritage Village. The Buffalo Niagara Heritage Village lets students time-travel the 1800s at its summer Pioneer Day Camp.

The camp will run from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Tuesday, July 26, until Friday, July 29.

“We have had so much interest in our youth programming over the past five years, that it only makes sense to continue the lessons we teach during the regular school year during the summer months when many students are on summer break,” said Spencer Morgan, development and marketing director at the Buffalo Niagara Heritage Vill age.

Students from ages 7 to 14 get a chance to experience history through various activities.

The camp’s farm-to-table program serves as an introduction to agriculture. Students will learn about gardening, farming and pioneer cooking practices.


Student learns about gardening at Pioneer Day Camp. 
Courtesy of Buffalo Niagara Heritage Village Courtesy ofMichael Mandalfo Student learns about gardening at Pioneer Day Camp. Courtesy of Buffalo Niagara Heritage Village Courtesy ofMichael Mandalfo Students will also get an opportunity to work with textiles. They will take wool and learn how to dye it using plants from the camp’s dyer’s garden. Then they learn how to spin it and make thread. The final step is to use a loom to make a piece of cloth.

“Experimental learning and imaginative play is emphasized every actvity,” said Morgan.

Guild members from the BNHV Museum volunteer become teachers for the camp.

“Our weavers guild and master gardeners have been very generous with their time and knowledge,” Morgan said.

A third activity includes spending a day in the camp’s one-room schoolhouse and learning how group teaching throughout different age levels works.

There are also opportunities for the students to learn about historic clothing and possibly see some examples.

The camp has continued to grow throughout the years, and Morgan says there has been a good mix of older and younger children.

Last summer, BNHV doubled its number of participants. Funding for the program is provided by Erie County.

“The children at the camp love the experience, because it is so different from their daily lives and they gain a better people lived in the past,” Morgan said.

Buffalo Niagara Heritage Village is located at 3755 Tonawanda Creek Road, at the corner of New Road, in Amherst.

For more information on how to sign up for the camp, visit www.bn hv.org/ events or contact Jennifer Nickeson at 689-1440.

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