Seager Wheeler Farm School Tours
Seager Wheeler National Historic Site
Education Program Overview
We would like to invite you to come tour the Seager Wheeler National Historic Site as one of your school field trips. This venue fits very nicely into the Social Studies and Science curriculums of many elementary grades, as well as Biology in the senior grades. This package is to assist you in planning your class visit, as well as to let you know what we have available. What is the Seager Wheeler Farm? The Seager Wheeler Farm is a National Historic Site. It is the original homestead of Seager Wheeler, renowned as a world champion wheat grower, pioneer farmer, and early conservationist. It has been restored to its condition of 1919. Students who visit this farm will learn about past and present methods of farming through hands-on experiences, as well as ideas about conservation and co-existence of agriculture and nature. They will also see the home of and learn about the life and history of a true Saskatchewan hero.
Getting There - The Seager Wheeler Farm is located 7 km East of Rosthern, just off Highway #312. Signs will guide you. Parking is available for buses.
What about Lunch? There are tables on the veranda outside the Visitor Centre where students and teachers can eat their bag lunches. If the weather forbids eating outside, indoor facilities are available. Lunch can be purchased with advanced booking through our tearoom.
Guided tours are available for all school groups, provided booking is done in advance and arrangements for a tour guide have been made. Booking information is included in this package. This package includes a list of sights and activities available at the farm. The tour time will vary depending on the focus.
Tours offered by the Seager Wheeler National Historic Site include: Food chains · The relationship between animals and their environment. · Co-existence of agriculture (humans) and nature, including animals. Ecosystems · The relationship of plants, animals and soils. Learn how Seager Wheeler practiced soil conservation · shelterbelts, not burning stubble, tilling practices. Soil and Plant Growth · Causes of erosion. · See how agriculture affects our everyday foods and its continued importance. · Components of soil. · Agriculture Past and Present · Agricultural practices both past and present, pros and cons. · Improvements in agriculture. · The quality and quantity of vegetation due to topsoil or lack of. · Moisture management practices. · Improving soil quality. · Water Cycle and Weather · Water cycle · Effects of changes in weather patterns. · Moisture Management practices.
The tour will also include the following areas of the farm to help the students understand the patience and perseverance Seager Wheeler practiced in his accomplishments.
The Visitors Centre - Students can have a look around in this 1909 restored house. Upstairs, there is a display area with artifacts, pictures, and newspaper clippings from Seager Wheeler's era.
The Barn - In the main floor of the barn, the students can see where Seager Wheeler kept his workhorses and his dairy cattle. In the hayloft, there are hands-on displays about agriculture and about where our food comes from. Students can learn about different crops grown in Saskatchewan, as well as some processed foods that come from these crops. Other activities include touch tables of antique farm tools, role-playing, problem solving exercises, and crafts.
The Seed Cleaning Plant - This building houses Seager Wheeler's original seed cleaning equipment, as well as other pioneer farm implements. Students can learn what Seager Wheeler did before he had any of his seed cleaning equipment - sort grains by hand.
Other Sites - Other things on the farm include Seager Wheeler's two homes, the blacksmith shop, the chicken coop (with chickens), some farm animals, an orchard, flower gardens and shelterbelts.
General Information for Teachers - Students should be prepared to be outdoors, outdoor clothing and proper footwear. Be sure any students with allergies to straw, dust, feathers, etc. are aware of the farm environment they will be entering. Inform students that they must: Not litter - garbage cans will be provided. Not pick any living plants or flowers. Stay in the group and remain on pathways. Handle items only when invited by staff person.
We will be available to give school tours starting May 1st. Book early!
We will confirm by phone the date, time, and admission price. Upon booking your tour, we will send you a video of the Life Story of Seager Wheeler, which should be viewed by the students prior to the farm tour.
Fees: $3.00 per student , 3 adults free.
To Book Your Tour: Phone the Seager Wheeler Farm at (306) 232-5959 or e-mail us at firstname.lastname@example.org
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