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Camillus Erie Canal Park welcomes public, private and homeschooled students to visit the park to learn about the Erie Canal. All the school tour activities are wheelchair/handicap accessible.

School tours operate from May through June and from September to mid- October. Summer visits are also available. The field trip is free but donations are appreciated. The visit takes about two and a half hours. Arrival time is usually 9:30 with tours ending around noon, just in time for lunch. A covered picnic area is available for lunch at the Park.

School tour groups rotate through three guided activities. Many guides are retired teachers and all guides are trained volunteers. The 3 forty-five minute activities are:

  • A boat ride on the Enlarged Canal including a trip over the restored aqueduct (only working one in NYS) while learning the history of the canal
  • A visit to the 1850s Sims Store, Canal Museum, and an 1800s room
  • A wet lock demonstration, a view of an original canal lock gate, and a trail walk to the original Clinton’s Ditch Canal with a stop at the lock tender’s shanty, outhouse and mule barn.

If you would like to arrange a school tour, please contact Janet Conners at 315-677-3097 (home) or 315-317-8094 (cell) or e-mail at janet.conners17@gmail.com to get a date. After making a reservation date, please download and complete the reservation form and mail it to Janet Conners, 1725 Meeker Hill Road, LaFayette, NY 13084.

Boat Information-All of the boats have passed an annual NYS inspection for stability, safety, and passenger capacity. All captains are licensed by NYS to pilot a public vessel.

 

 
 

 

Calling all Teachers!

Check out these downloadable activities to use before or after your school visit.

These activities were designed by teachers who used the activities in their own classrooms.

See what your Camillus Erie Canal field trip will be like.
Erie Canal Field Trip Into


Erie Canal Vocabulary
Erie Canal Vocab
Erie Canal Matching Cards
Erie Canal Vocab Book


Erie Canal Timeline
Erie Canal Short Timeline
Erie Canal Long Timeline


Maps
NYS Maps
Erie Canal Edible Map Recipe


Erie Canal History Cloze Activity
Erie Canal Cloze Reading
Erie Canal Cloze Answers
Erie Canal Cloze Going Through the Locks


The Erie Canal Fact Story
Erie Canal Fact Narrative
Erie Canal Fact Sheet
Erie Canal Fact Answers


Erie Canal Primer for 4th grade


DBQs
Erie Canal Song
Digging The Canal
Distances & Fares
Erie Canal Cargo
Working On The Canal


“I Have” question and answer game


Erie Canal Readers’ Theater
Reader Theater Ideas
Reader Theater Script
Reader Theater Visuals


Midnight's Canal Adventure Readers' Theater
Reader Theater Script


Effect of the Canal
on the Haudenosaunee (Iroquois)

Haudenosaunee Historical Background

Haudenosaunee Land Becomes Erie Canal Land

Haudenosaunee Land Dispossession Timeline


Web and Printed Resources


Fun Activities
Erie Canal Crossword Puzzle
Erie Canal Maze
Erie Canal Word Search

 

 
 
   
 
Erie Canal Park • 5750 Devoe Road, Camillus, NY 13031 • Phone: 315-488-3409